You know what I do on Friday nights? I turn off all the lights, close the blinds, light a candle, and watch the same few chick flicks over and over again on my 13″ laptop that I perch carefully on my chair because I don’t have a bedside table. I’m what they call “the life of the party”. (Ehem. Sometimes I just need a night in to make a tasty dinner, relax, and sleep early.)
10 Things I Hate About You
Julia Stiles is my chick flick hero. This is a modern version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Stiles plays Kat, a misfit in high school who hates almost everyone, while her sister, Bianca (above), is the most popular and sought-after girl. Their dad is severely against dating, but after enough of Bianca’s complaining, he strikes a deal: Bianca can date if Kat does. Bianca enlists Cameron, a new student who is in love with her, to get Kat a date, and well, the story plays out from there.
Materials required: tissues, stuffed animals, warm blanket
Save the Last Dance
This movie also stars Julia Stiles, and it’s for those of you who need a little push to pursue your dreams. Sara desperately wants to be a ballerina and auditions for Juilliard. In a rush to get to the audition, Sara’s mom ends up in a fatal car accident. Sara then gives up ballet and moves to Chicago to live with her dad. She meets Chenille at school, who is nice enough to show her around and introduce her to Steps, a hip hop club in the city. Chenille has a handsome, smart, and chivalrous brother, Derek, who teaches the ex-ballerina some hip hop moves. Fill in the blanks.
Materials required: willingness to be inspired, an open mind
This is basically Save the Last Dance, but with a male lead (ehem, Channing Tatum). It will either make you feel bad for being single or excite you to no end because Channing Tatum is so hot when he’s dancing.
Materials required: chocolate OR a general love for Channing Tatum / dancers
He’s Just Not That Into You
If you’re not a fan of traditional chick flicks, this movie is a great collection of all the good and bad that can happen in relationships. With a full cast of stars including Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, and Justin Long, this movie masters the art of storytelling. There’s a single girl, a dating girl, a married girl, and “the other girl”. I promise, some of these characters end up alone. Dates happen, relationships happen, breakups happen…I’ll leave it at that to avoid spoiling the movie.
Materials required: focus (if it’s the first time you’re watching it), chocolate, pizza, wine
This one will never get old. If you really need some inspiration, Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is the answer. The movie starts with Elle, president of Delta Nu, getting dumped by her boyfriend, Warner, who claims that he needs to date somebody serious now that he’s off to Harvard Law School. Elle is determined to get Warner back, so she studies hard and gets into Harvard Law on her own (after getting a 179 on her LSAT…). However, Warner still patronizes her, so she studies and does well in class, earning herself one of the most coveted internships. It all plays out, and Elle Woods kicks butt in a bright pink suit and perfectly manicured nails.
Materials required: nail polish, wine, friends
What’s your favorite chick flick of all time?
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