I’m Drunk, I Love You, the new romance flick starring Maja Salvador and Paulo Avelino, opened last February 15, giving moviegoers another tale of unrequited and hugot-fueled love. It tells the story of Carson (Salvador) and Dio (Avelino), who go on an epic road trip post-graduation to work out the kinks in their friendship and (hopefully) draw out the suppressed emotions they’ve been feeling for each other. The film features a number of musical tracks from some of the country’s most prolific musicians like Ebe Dancel, Johnoy Danao, and Bullet Dumas, and if the title’s suggestions are to be believed, there must be a ton of boozing involved as well. Mixing alcohol and romance is always either a recipe for disaster or a sweet cocktail that goes down smoothly and sweetly, as proven by the eight other movies on this list. Take a swig, pace yourself, and try not get too drunk in love. Otherwise, you’re bound to pay for it with a hangover. Burp!
The sassy Sandra Bullock plays Gwen, a newspaper columnist who enjoys too many martinis on her downtime. After drunkenly crashing her sister’s wedding, she’s forced to go into rehab, question her relationship with her alcoholic boyfriend, and face her demons. The worst part of all this? She needs to start managing her life sober.
Director Alexander Payne’s ode to all things wine sees best friends Miles and Jack (a pathetically hilarious Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church) drinking themselves silly through Santa Ynez Valley, a haven for winos. Miles is a wine aficionado and an alcoholic-in-the-making, and Jack, in the throes of a midlife crisis, is just trouble waiting to happen. Their trip takes a turn for the dramatic when they meet a pair of women (Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh in equally arresting supporting performances) they form romantic bonds with, injecting catharsis into their painfully sorry lives. They say that in wine there is truth, and Sideways is that rare, small movie that allows you to take in all the drama and comedy down to the very last drop.
Leaving Las Vegas
If you wanted to commit suicide, how would you do it? Ben Sanderson (Nicolas Cage in an Oscar-winning turn) decides he’s going to drink himself to death. And what better place to do so than in the City of Sin. His plans go awry, however, when he meets Sera (the always sexy Elisabeth Shue), a hooker with a heart of gold who decides to help him see things through. They spend their last days together swimming in a sea of sex, tequila, bourbon, and loneliness that not even the glittering lights of Las Vegas can salvage.
When A Man Loves A Woman
Meg Ryan is cute. A drunk Meg Ryan is even cuter. But, as Andy Garcia learns in this tragic tale of a once-happy marriage unraveling, a drunk Meg Ryan working as a guidance counselor can be a handful.
Beer lovers Kate and Luke (Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson) are coworkers at a craft brewery, where they wile away their time together chugging cold ones. It seems like they’re meant for each other, except they’re both in relationships with other people. What ensues is subtle tensions and quiet moments, typical of the mumblecore genre made popular by director Joe Swanberg and company. The icing on top of this boozy cake: Anna Kendrick costars!
Kate and Charlie (Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul) are madly in love. They’re married and infatuated with one another. There’s just one problem: they’re both alcoholics. And Kate’s addiction, well, it’s starting to cripple her existence as a functioning adult. Sadly, her husband refuses to get sober, testing their marriage and putting their future as a couple at risk.
This is early Tom Cruise mixing drinks and seducing the ladies as a super fly bartender in the ’80s—that’s all you really need to know.
Count on hedonistic provocateur author Charles Bukowski to pen a semiautobiographical script about his heady days (and nights) patronizing the dingy, smoke-filled bars of Los Angeles. Henry Chinasky (the author’s infamous alter-ego and played here by Mickey Rourke) is an alcoholic on the verge of destruction. Both sensitive and explosive in his ways, he’s a writer and poet who works through his issues with the help of the pen. When he meets Wanda (Faye Dunaway) at his favorite dive, there's an immediate spark, and the undeniable chemistry leads to conflict, controversy, and endless evenings of liquor binges. It’s a romance that’s powerful and tragic and will leave the stench of whiskey lingering in the air even when the credits are done rolling.