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43 Date-Night Ideas

MovieNight Magic

Drama or comedy? Popcorn or candy? Here's how real couples do movie night in, according to a Netflix poll of more than 1,200 members. See how your habits measure up!

Go for laughs. Most respondents — 63 percent — said the best movie for date night is a comedy. Twenty three percent prefer dramas, 10 percent cuddle up to a classic, and only 5 percent go for horror.

Women on top. Sixtysix percent of women said they're the one who picks the flick.

Funniest date night flick:When Harry Met Sally. (Close second: The 40YearOld Virgin. )

Most romantic date night flick:The Notebook.

After popcorn, wine is the next "must" for date night, beating out candy and chips.

Turn Up the Heat

Make any date sexy and surprising with these melt him moves:

Meet at 2 in the afternoon — or 9 in the morning. You'll feel less like a card carrying long term couple trying to plan some quality together time and more like a pair of illicit lovers squeezing in a rendezvous behind everyone's back.

Add something unexpected. For Lisa, 40, the twist was going on her usual mountain biking date with her husband, but ending it with a skinny dip in a nearby pond. "Now we make it a point to map out rides near water," she says.

"Accidentally" brush against him as you walk together.

Tell him how hot he looks, and exactly how you plan to ravish him later.

Date Night Sex Secret

70 percent of you are ending your evening in a bedtime romp, according to our exclusive REDBOOK poll. But here's another, even hotter idea: Get intimate before your date.

Gene, 32, picked up this tip ages ago, and he says it helps him and his wife ease into date mode: "We don't do it every time, but making love prior to going out lets us completely focus on the pleasure of being with each other, because it gets rid of the pressure and tension that builds up over whether the evening will or won't end with sex." The bonus: When you've already made the sex connection, you're more physically receptive to each other during your date. Take advantage of this heightened awareness with little touches — caressing each other's fingers, stealing unexpected kisses, and rubbing shoulders or linking arms as you walk together — to keep you bonded.

REDBOOK's new book, 500 Great Dates, has tons of fun plans for you and your guy — no matter how much (or how little) time, money, or babysitter access you have! Available wherever books are sold, or call 8663383778 to order.


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