You will probably not have the dating problems the main character in Every Day — which hits theaters Feb. 23 — has. Sixteen-year-old Rhiannon falls in love with A, a soul who wakes up in a different body every day. Some days A’s a boy, and some days A’s girl. But every day, the teenagers fall for each other a little more.
Given this, we’d excuse you for not looking to the movie for love advice, but we beg to differ. Ultimately, it’s a reminder that love is love — no matter what form it takes. Below are a few lessons we’re taking to the real world of dating.
Find someone who likes you for you.
When we meet Rhiannon, she is not in a dream relationship. Her boyfriend, Justin, barely seems to register her existence. He’s with her, but he isn’t with her with her, and it’s unclear what connection — if any — the two have. But everything changes when Rhiannon meets A, and she learns what it means to be with someone who truly likes her for her. It sets a whole new standard for what a relationship should be like.
Date against your “type” — better yet, don’t have a type.
When A asks Rhiannon why she’s with Justin, she says he’s her type. And what she means is he physically looks like who she wants to date. It takes meeting A as people of all shapes, sizes, races, and genders for Rhiannon to realize the limitations of type, and that it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Even good relationships face challenges.
No relationship is perfect, and each one faces its own unique challenges. Grant it, not every challenge is as unique as one person waking up in a different place, in a different body, and with a different phone number every day, but unique, nonetheless. For Rhiannon, the struggle is she must wait for A to find her every day, limiting the amount of time they can spend together. Still A always finds her, and though it makes the relationship hard, it does not diminish their love for one another.
This post was sponsored by Every Day.