- Obviously, you need a heroine we will like, and a hunk we will want, but that goes without saying, now doesn't it?
- I think as a common theme to most of my choices, the soundtrack is crucial. The music has to be amazing, and perfectly harmonized to the emotions being portrayed. A musical montage helps a lot, especially if it includes shopping or many costume changes, and dancing is also good.
- If the woman is at some point empowered, or gets to "stick it" to a man who's done her wrong, all the better.
When all of these elements come together in the perfect combination, well, the right chick flick can leave us feeling almost euphoric, stronger, even more hopeful for the future.
Anyway... without further ado, here are My Top 10 Choices for the Best Chick Flicks Ever (in no particular order):
1. Pretty Woman
This, to me, was the original chick flick. This movie had it all: a beautiful love story, an amazing soundtrack along with a great shopping montage, the most amazing date you could ever imagine, diamonds, and an amazing ending, what more could a girl want?
I was only about 11 years old when I saw it in the theatre. I ended up renting it about 30 times before my sister bought it for me for Christmas one year, tired of seeing me spend money on it.
2. Dirty Dancing
I must have been about 14 years old before I ever saw this one. This is the actual original chick flick. Music, dance, costumes, love: it's got it all; even Patrick Swayze, all young and hot looking. I think the part I liked best about this movie was that Baby wasn't too much of a looker. It made a girl hopeful, you know, that even if she wasn't the prettiest, maybe she could get the hot guy.
3. Raising Helen
This little gem with Kate Hudson also features hunky John Corbett, whom you may remember as Aidan from Sex and the City. When her sister dies suddenly, single girl played by Kate inherits her three children, and her life of course, is turned completely upside down. In comes Pastor Dan (played by Corbett) to save the day. With Hayden Pannetiere and a very young Abigail Breslin, the kids just stole my heart.
4. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Ladies, if you haven't seen this yet, it's high time you do. Especially if you're single, because you might just find out why you are from watching this film. Kate Hudson graces us again with her dazzling smile, but this time her co-star is the MEGA HOT Matthew McConaughey! The storyline is hilarious, and their chemistry is amazing: this is definitely a "must-watch" film!
Where to begin to describe how FABULOUS this movie was? The costumes are breathtaking, the soundtrack, with Christina Aguilera and Cher, is freaking AWESOME, and the storyline and acting was descent enough to pull it all together into one amazing, visually stunning production that leaves you just wanting MORE!
6. Sex and the City - The Movie
I know this movie wasn't very well received by the critics, but I suspect the critics weren't fans of the show. It was like picking up where we'd left off with four long lost friends, and I enjoyed every minute. Well, except maybe the parts where I was balling like a baby, but I was also an emotional mess, and Carrie's pain was unbearable. (I'll spare you the details about her pain, too much of a spoiler alert if you haven't seen it) Whatever- it ended well, and I got to spend close to two hours with the girls I'd missed so much.
7. Jerry Maguire
Awww who doesn't remember this one? There were so many amazing actors, but to me, her son stole the whole show. He was so funny and cute. "Did you know the human head weighs eight pounds?" Of course, the storyline was pretty cool and the build up to that spectacular scene no one could ever forget was just "ahhhh" for lack of a better word. Who could ever forget lines like "You complete me" and "Stop. You had me at hello."? I left the theatre leaving light as air - definitely worth watching!
8. Mean Girls
This should be a mandatory movie for all thirteen year old girls to watch. People laugh when I tell them it's still one of my favourites to this day, but I find that it's such an accurate portrayal of life in high school, and how horribly girls treat each other. Lindsay Lohan's performance is awesome, as she is in most of her films. Or was I guess, since we haven't seen her in anything new in a while (...)
Several lessons about life and friendship are disguised in funny dialogue and a cute storyline, it's a social commentary disguised as a chick flick, and I think it's a classic, really!
9. Legally Blonde
I don't think any list about chick flicks would be complete without this one. Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods is simply hilarious, and I loved seeing her go from helpless to fierce. I'll certainly never forget how she sticks it to her ex when he comes snivelling back... or the "bend and snap"!
10. Erin Brockovich
Starring the lovely Julia Roberts again, this story based in reality reeled us in, made us root for the little guy and gave us that "I am woman, hear me ROAR" feeling in the end. And her man-toy was pretty cute too.
So there you have it: my top 10. So many more movies come to mind, that I feel deserve honourable mentions, but maybe I'll just save those for another day.
In the mean time, grab your snuggie, your kleenex, your popcorn and your best friend, and settle in for a movie marathon... it's good for the soul.