Play down the mush factor
"Don't describe the film as a romance; call it a plot twisting drama," says Lorel Lindstrom, Ph.D., co-author of "Red Hot Relationships." Focus on the guy-friendly elements and he'll be more likely to bite.
Make an offer
Tell him you'll gladly hit the venue of his choice afterward. Lindstrom says that dangling the idea of a reward for making you happy ups his interest.
Keep your Hugh Jackman crush to yourself. "Men don't want to be compared to over-achieving big-screen versions of what a boyfriend should be," explains Lindstrom.
Bring it home
He'll be more likely to tolerate sappy scenes on the comfort of his own couch. Plus, it's easier to find a film at the video store that you'll both enjoy.