The Mash

Not celebrating Valentine’s Day? We’ve got your covered with anti-love movies and music.



  • “500 Days of Summer” — It’s a story about a guy who’s obsessed with the idea of love and a girl who doesn’t believe in it. What could be more disastrous than that?
  • “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” — At its core, this movie is about heartbreak, heartache and all the other emotions that most men spend the majority of their energy trying to repress in an effort to appear strong.
  • “The Break-Up” — The title says it all. It’s an uncompromising and often harsh, but accurate, examination of a relationship unraveling.
  • “The Wedding Singer” — It’s not just ladies who have a hard time dealing with breakups, sometimes guys go a little ballistic and sing “Love Stinks” at a wedding reception.
  • “Better off Dead” — It’s a breakup in a 1980s teen flick. It’s delightfully dramatic and filled with teen angst, and keeps you laughing along with John Cusack’s heartache.


  • “Irreplaceable” by Beyonce — If you’re feeling glum, know that you can kick them to the left.
  • “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie — The title speaks for itself. If you’re a big girl, don’t cry. Move on and just make the best of it.
  • “Perfectly Lonely” by John Mayer — This song totally justifies singleness and it’s telling you it’s perfectly OK.

—Compiled by Julianne Micoleta of Elk Grove and Angel Idowu of Mother McAuley

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