- A quarter of Brits planning to woo their partners this Valentine’s Day with a movie-inspired romantic gesture
- blinkbox creates world’s first aphrodisiac popcorn to spice up Valentines movie date night
LONDON - Lara Croft and Captain Jack Sparrow have been voted Brits’ ideal Valentine’s Day fantasy movie companions according to research that involves hard facts and rigorous peer review.
According to these findings, athletic action woman Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) from Tomb Raider won the hearts of British men, scooping 21 per cent of the votes, while granny-pants wearing career-girl Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) came in a surprise second place with 18 per cent. Scarlett Johansson’s flame haired, leather-clad take Black Widow in Avengers Assemble also set some pulses racing with the super-spy placing third, taking 15 per cent of the votes.
British females opted for a more rugged look with the quick-witted Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from Pirates of the Caribbean sending hearts a flutter with 25 per cent of the votes and smooth-talking Danny Ocean (George Clooney) from Ocean’s Eleven coming a close second with 21 per cent. Matt Damon’s amnesiac government agent, Jason Bourne, from The Bourne Identity and Robert Pattinson’s brooding vampire, Edward Cullen, from the Twilight trilogy placed third and fourth, pipping popular ladies’ man Ryan Gosling to the post, who came in fifth for his portrayal of womaniser Jacob Palmer in Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Breaking down the results here, we can see a pretty upsetting trend. While gents are tending towards female characters with big racks, women would prefer to spend an evening with men that society deem as ‘bad guys’. Ryan Gosling’s character in Crazy, Stupid, Love manipulates women and discards them; Jason Bourne is a mentally unstable killer; Edward Cullen is over a century old (and a killer); Danny Ocean has spent a considerable amount of in prison; and Captain Jack is A PIRATE!
In short: women LOVE criminals.
The research also revealed that Brits really do want love like in the movies, with nearly a quarter (22 per cent) stating that they plan to make a big romantic gesture towards their loved one this Valentine’s Day taking inspiration from a movie scene. And it seems that the 16 – 24 year-old demographic are the most romantic, with 31 per cent of them wanting to express their feelings in this way.
Women voted for the moment dance heartthrob Patrick Swayze lifts up Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing as the romantic scene they’d most like their partner to re-enact for them, gaining 30% of the votes. This was followed by the “to me you are perfect scene” from Love Actually (21 per cent), the moment when Richard Gere climbs the fire escape in Pretty Woman (17 per cent) and the iconic pottery scene between Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost (16 per cent).
British males opted to go back to the 1970s with the moment Bo Derek jogs along the beach in her yellow bikini in 10 voted as the scene they’d most like their partner to re-enact for them (25 per cent). However, the survey didn’t indicate how these men expected their partners to run in extreme slow motion without the aid of high-speed cameras.
This was followed closely by the iconic and seductive shot of Mena Suvari covered in red rose petals from American Beauty (18 per cent) and the moment when Uma Thurman and John Travolta dance the twist in Pulp Fiction (16 per cent).
With the research revealing the nation’s penchant for movie-inspired romance, blinkbox is playing Cupid this Valentine’s Day by creating the world’s first aphrodisiac popcorn to spice up the classic movie date night.
Lights, Popcorn, Action! is a heady combination of three powerful aphrodisiacs – ginseng, ginger and chocolate – and a limited edition sample run has been made in partnership with gourmet French popcorn company Cheeky Frog.
Popcorn guru Antoine Gourdon from Cheeky Frog comments: “Studies have shown that ginger and Ginseng root are powerful aphrodisiacs. Ginseng has an earthy and bitter flavour to it which is perfectly offset by the spiciness of the ginger and the richness and creaminess of the chocolate. Chocolate contains serotonin, a chemical that makes the brain happy, leading to affectionate behaviour, as well as phenylethylamine, a chemical associated with love.”
Those who follow us on Twitter and want to put the aphrodisiac qualities of the playful popcorn to the test, can get their hands on some by tweeting @blinkbox with details of who they’d share it with & why from 10am on 7th February until 12th February.