Believe it or not, I have actually really been looking forward to writing this article. Sure, I think most chick flicks, with their goofy stories of friendship where one character meets their untimely demise, are the bane of American cinema. But there are a select few I’m proud to say I love. Now once again let me state the obvious, “My article, My rules”. I’m not examining the four movies you ladies think should be on the list. Sorry to be selfish, but this is “my” nerdy fanboy list of the best chick flicks of all time. So if you’re hoping that one of the many awful RomComs starring the overrated Kate Hudson will make this list, it’s not happening. So now that I’ve aggravated all you ladies with bad taste in movies with my arrogant attitude just, let’s get to the list of my best chick flicks of all time.
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Pretty Woman (1990)
The prostitute with the heart of gold is the first chick flick to make the list. It’s ironic that Julia Roberts became America’s sweetheart playing a hooker in Pretty Woman. Robert’s Vivian was a complete charmer as a fish out of water in high society that you almost forget that she was probably riddled with a crazy number of STDs. Pretty Woman has all the great chick flick essentials: a popular soundtrack, a shopping musical montage and a ridiculous ending. I mean, does anyone believe Richard Gere’s corporate businessman would have really invited the street-walker come live with him? Still, Pretty Woman is a classic that will make me casually say to my wife “You can leave this on if you want”.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
There was no way I was going to put Dirty Dancing in a corner and not include the film on this list. Dirty Dancing is a great coming of age story about Frances “Baby” Houseman who becomes involved with a hunky, yet sensitive, dance instructor while on vacation. Swayze plays Johnny Castle who is forced to teach Baby how to dance after his partner gets herself in trouble (that’s 1950s talk for “She needs to get a backdoor abortion”). Once again, Dirty Dancing has all the quintessential elements for a chick flick: a young girl who gets a guy way out of her league, a sensitive Swayze and one of the greatest soundtracks of all time. If the crane kick in The Karate Kid was one of the most memorable film scenes for guys in the 1980s, the lift scene in Dirty Dancing has to be that for the ladies. Plenty of guys, whether they want to admit it or not, had the time of their lives while watching Dirty Dancing with their dates.
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The Wedding Singer (1998)
Whatever you may think of Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler’s current career paths, there’s no denying the chemistry they show on-screen together, especially in their first film The Wedding Singer. Set in the 1980s, The Wedding Singer was the rare chick flick that attracted both men and women. The guys got to see Sandler’s Robbie sing his goofy songs and melt down in true Sandler man-child fashion, but the ladies were able to see a sweet love story between a couple who was so freaking cute on-screen. Plus, all of the great chick flick factors are in place: a soundtrack loaded with 80s classics and a couple of funny misunderstandings that lead to a chase involving Billy Idol that ends with Robbie professing his undying love for Julia through song. The Wedding Singer is a great chick flick hiding out in Sandler’s immature world.
Steel Magnolias (1989)
If there is a number one on this list, Steel Magnolias is it. Maybe it’s because I grew up around the southern women that were depicted perfectly on film or maybe it’s just that Steel Magnolias is a great freaking movie. Steel Magnolias deals with physical ailments, maternal needs, hair styling and, of course, death. All things that go into a sad, but uplifting chick flick. Julia Roberts and Sally Field turn in powerful performances as the mother and daughter at odds over how they should lead their lives. As dark and serious as Steel Magnolia is at times, it’s also hilarious. Most of those laughs were due in part to the comedic duo of Olympia Dukakis and Shirley MacLaine. The duo have the funniest scene of the movie with Clairee offering up Ouiser for Field’s heartbroken mother to take out her frustration on exclaiming, “We’ll sell t-shirts sayin’ I SLAPPED OUISER BOUDREAUX! Hit her!”. It’s one of the best icebreaker scenes in any movie. Steel Magnolias feels very familiar and real which makes it my ultimate chick flick.
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Well, there’s my list. I’m sure some of the ladies are screaming “Where’s The Notebook?”. Here’s a question I would pose to the lovers of The Notebook: Can you tell me the plot? Anyone? That’s because there is no plot! Gosling restores a house, kisses McAdams in the rain and the old lady forgets. There’s your lame movie you love so much. Feel free to direct your anger at my Twitter and Facebook pages by clicking here @CW44CouchPotato or Facebook.com/CW44CouchPotato.