10 Films That Teach Us About Online Dating

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Whether you're on eHarmony, Match.com, and OKCupid all at once or could never put a profile out there, one thing is for sure: online dating is here to stay. Meeting people on the Internet is so ingrained in our culture, we can barely remember a time before chat rooms. Each of these movies about finding love on the web offers a specific message we can take away. And no matter if you're a fan of online dating or the whole thing creeps you out, these 10 films are sure to entertain.

  • Because I Said So: Diane Keaton plays Mandy Moore's overbearing mother who is terrified her daughter will never have a healthy relationship. Diane realizes she might just be looking for some love and checks things out online.
    What to Take Away: It's never too late to find love.
  • Catfish: This startling movie is under the radar, but forces us to ask some very serious questions. It's a documentary based on a NY boy's online relationship with a beautiful girl who lives on a Michigan farm.
    What to Take Away: Ask yourself how well you really know someone you meet online. How much stock can you put in a relationship that takes place solely through technology?
  • Eurotrip: In this goofy and screwball comedy, a group of friends graduate from high school and take the ultimate overseas adventure to meet up with a gorgeous German girl he meets online.
    What to Take Away: Sometimes going the distance and being spontaneous is totally worth it.

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  • Hard Candy: Ellen Page is a girl on a serious mission in this crazy thriller. After she develops a relationship with a dude she believes to be a pedophile, she attempts to bring him down.
    What to Take Away: Things are not always what they appear to be.
  • Napoleon Dynamite: It's not Napoleon who finds love online. It's his awesome brother Kipp who finds love online with LaFawnduh Lucas, who travels by bus to meet Kipp in person.
    What to Take Away: Everyone can find love. And I mean everyone.
  • LOL: Whether it's through text, email, or online dating, this movie is a strangely accurate portrayal of the role technology plays in our relationships.
    What to Take Away: How much do you really depend on technology instead of face-to-face interaction?

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  • Must Love Dogs: After her sister puts her profile on PerfectMatch.com, Diane Lane goes on some outrageous dates before meeting someone great, who must love dogs, like John Cusack.
    What to Take Away: Despite the loads of crazy dates you may go on, it's important to stick it out and keep trying.
  • Sex Drive: Josh Zuckerman plays a shy 18-year-old virgin who steals his brother's car and goes on a cross-country trip with his two best friends in order to hook up with a girl he meets online.
    What to Take Away: Sometimes you need to go the distance to appreciate what's been in front of you all along.
  • The Lionshare: After meeting on OkCupid, Matt and Jane decide to meet in person. After their first date, Jane invites Matty to her house and to her favorite BitTorrent site, The Lionshare.
    What to Take Away: All first dates may be a tad awkward, but you can't push a true connection.
  • You've Got Mail: The quintessential online dating movie. This one dates back all the way to 1998. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks meet in an AOL chat room and the rest is history. If you're looking for an easy, breezy, and sweet romantic comedy, check this one out immediately.
    What to Take Away: Don't judge a book by its cover - or reputation!

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