Let’s face it, the only reason why most guys watch chick flicks is because they want to please their better half. However, over the last few years, the term ‘chick flick’ has evolved into something more than just a cheesy love story, offering plot elements that only women can relate to. Some of the earlier films of this genre have depicted women as being weak and emotional and men as being tough and not showing any emotion. This has caused us to look towards our own kind for guidance in films, as opposed to just looking at the characters regardless of their gender. The new purpose of the chick flick appears to be blurring the lines between the sexes so that we are no longer gender biased when it comes to which characters we root for.
We are no longer subjected to the stereotypes that make most mainstream romances a lot less appealing to the male audiences. Instead we are treated to smarter characters who come off as more relatable, with storylines and dialogue that completely transcend the films they are a part of, creating something along the lines of what we deal with on a daily basis. This creates a seamless effect on films considered to be chick flicks which, in turn, makes it more appealing to everyone. Having said that, there are still a wide array of cheesy films even guys will get sucked into because we all secretly wish to have our wildest dreams come to life. These films provide us with hope and ideas to reassure us that the word impossible doesn’t exist in reality.
13. The Notebook
Despite being one of the many, but possibly the best Nicholas Sparks adaptation, believe me when I say that the only guys who say that they don’t like The Notebook have probably never seen it. Featuring two riveting performances from Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, The Notebook tells the story of a poor boy who falls in love with a rich girl and his endless pursuit to win her heart. Even though many of the Sparks cliches are in play, you can’t help but adore both leads who make this love story feel so authentic, and you can’t help but enjoy every minute of this flick.
Launching the film careers for Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and director Paul Feig, Bridesmaids tells the story of Annie, who is maid of honour to her best friend Lillian. Despite falling on hard times financially, Annie bluffs her way through a bunch of bizarre pre-wedding rituals with a colourful group of bridesmaids. The title alone is enough to make most guys cringe. However, if you give it a chance and let these crass, funny women do their thing, you will find yourself laughing uproariously, especially in one particular scene, which is memorable for all the right reasons.
11. The To-Do List
Originally titled The Ha*ndj*b, which was changed after having trouble securing filming locations because people thought it was an adult film, Aubrey Plaza stars as a girl who spends her summer trying to become more sexually advantageous before she heads off to college. On the surface, this movie resembles every 90s John Hughes flick he has ever made, which makes it unappealing on the surface to guys. However, once you start watching it, you will realize this is very far from a chick flick and is in fact one of the naughtiest comedies in recent memory.
10. The Fault in Our Stars
Now I know what you’re thinking: why would any guy enjoy a film about two cancer patients who fall in love? Well, let me tell you something: this movie has nothing to do with being sick. Based on the famous John Green novel of the same name and starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, this flick is a prime example of what it means to be in love and to treat life like a celebration because we only get one. Very likeable characters, witty dialogue and a harsh storyline make this film truly unique and entertaining to anyone willing to give it a chance.
9. The Duff
This film truly blurs the lines between the sexes when it comes to its characterization and thats what makes this flick truly enjoyable for both men and woman. Featuring an absolutely charming performance from Mae Whitman, The Duff, which stands for designated, ugly, fat friend, is the story of the girl who finds out she has been classed under this label and enlists the help of her neighbour to reinvent herself. What makes this movie stand out from the pack is that even though you know what’s coming, the journey to the inevitable is simply delightful and quite hilarious, and its underlying message is something we should all embrace in order to just live better lives.
8. Stuck in Love
Before directing The Fault in Our Stars, Josh Boone’s directorial debut starring Greg Kinnear and Lily Collins tells the story of just how complex love is, where it is experienced differently by each family member on what should be known as a vociferous year. Wonderful performances from a truly likeable cast manages to allow us to get sucked into this supremely engaging film, which allows to keep tabs on whats going on with each character and check off all the boxes of our own personal perceptions on what it means to be in love and all the crazy shit it makes us do.
7. Definitely Maybe
Before he became Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds was a super charming and loveable goofball in a slew of romantic comedies, which really helped him make a name for himself. His most memorable role would have to be this one where he plays a recently divorced father who recounts his love-life story about how he met her mother, where his daughter has to play a guessing game about which of the three women is in fact her mother. I know that this certainly resembles a certain sitcom that coined the phrase “legen…wait for it…dary”, but this film paints a picture about how we all need to go through these emotions we wish we could avoid in order to understand ourselves and to determine who we want to spend a lifetime with. Truthfully, theres no leading man out there quite like Ryan Reynolds.
In a time before a simple Facebook search could have simplified everything, Serendipity tells the story of John and Sarah played by John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, who having spent the best night of their lives together, decide to leave their love up to fate by leaving crucial clues that will lead them back to each other. This movie features a glimpse of what possibly inspired Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold in Entourage, and a wonderful cameo by Eugene Levy that will surely have you laughing out loud. If we would all stop worrying so much about who we end up and let fate take the wheel, you might be surprised at what truly awaits you.
5. Easy A
This laugh out loud comedy stars Emma Stone as a girl who relies on her high school’s rumour mill to advance her social status. This films realistic portrayal of high school serves as a wonderful commentary concerning how lies appear to travel at the speed of light compared to the truth, because come on, who wouldn’t plead guilty to spreading a few lies in order to become more appealing to the masses. Its leading lady and sharp witty script make this comedy a future classic, considering how timeless and relatable its story really is.
4. Crazy Stupid Love
Scoring Ryan Gosling a golden globe nomination, this movie follows a guy who’s life is turned upside down when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks police in his new friend Jacob who teaches him all his best moves to pick up chicks. This charming film reminds us that love is impossible to evade at any cost and the minute it takes hold of us, it never lets go. Featuring winning performances from Steve Carell and especially Ryan Gosling, who continues to prove just how talented he is, this film offers up laughs by the minute and a few surprises even the most avid movie fan, won’t ever see coming.
3. The First Time
A true diamond in the rough, this dialogue heavy film, which was inspired by the film Before Sunset, features one of the most realistic love stories in recent memory. Though not seen by many people, this film serves as the launching for the careers of both Dylan O’Brian and Brit Robertson, who play two high school teens who fall in love over one magical weekend. The conversations between these two characters alone, as well the chemistry between the two leads, which makes you believe you are spying on real life teens are enough to merit this film a perfect score.
2. 500 Days of Summer
This near perfect film starring Joseph-Gordan Levitt and Zooey Deschanel from Marc Webb, director of both Amazing Spider-Man flicks, tells the story of Summer, who doesn’t believe in true love and Tom, the man who falls head over heels for her. The purpose of this film is to remind us that our expectations are predominantly unrealistic, which leads to us feeling disappointed because reality never quite lives up to the fantasy. This wonderful original film depicts many happy and sad truths about relationships and just how hard we work to keep them going for as long as we can.
1. Love Actually
This film launched two and now a possible third american remake that we just aren’t interested in. Aside from brilliant performances from this star-studded cast (especially Bill Nighy) how many films allow you to witness the new Chuck Norris (Liam Neeson) crying, as well as Severus Snape being tempted by a younger woman? Love Actually delivers multiple stories about love that unfold over the holiday season, which come in many different forms and may not end the way you expect them to. If you are having trouble getting into the holiday spirit, this film will surely rekindle said spirit, as well as provoke uproarious laughter and remind you just how important love is. This holiday classic holds up well due to the timeless nature of its stories.