Sometimes, all a girl wants to do on a Saturday night is pour herself a glass of wine, pig out on chocolate and some Campus Cookies, and watch a good old-fashioned chick flick. So for those of you who went a little too hard last weekend and just want to have a nice, relaxing night, here are a few chick flicks that you can enjoy (sorted into categories for your convenience)!
The Oldies but the Goodies
Dirty Dancing – Baby Houseman is expecting her family’s annual summer vacation in the Catskills to be
anything but exciting. That is, until she meets Johnny Castle, the resort’s dance instructor from the wrong side of the tracks. Johnny teaches Penny how to dance and they fall in love, much to the dismay of Baby’s father. But everyone knows that “no one puts Baby in the corner.”
Pretty Woman – Millionaire Edward Lewis takes a wrong turn while driving to his Beverly Hills hotel and ends up on Hollywood Boulevard. There, he meets prostitute Vivian Ward who directs him back to his hotel while charming him at the same time. Lewis realizes that he could use an escort for the week and offers $3000 to stay and they fall in love. This is the Cinderella story that made Julia Roberts a star and who doesn’t love Julia Roberts?
16 Candles – Sam Baker is struggling to get through her 16th birthday, which everyone in her family has apparently forgot. She’s also very much in love with the most popular and attractive senior at school, Jake Ryan. Her day gets even worse when she completes a “sex quiz” that is accidentally delivered Jake. All Sam wants to do is get through her 16th birthday in one piece. Directed by John Hughes and starring Molly Ringwald, it basically is already the ultimate chick flick.
Titanic – A young Leonardo Dicaprio. Need I say more?
The Tear Jerkers
The Notebook – Noah and Allie are two North Carolina teens from two very different worlds. Noah grew up in a tiny house where musicians jam on the porch while Allie is used to antebellum mansions. Against all odds, they spend an incredible summer together and fall in love. They are then separated, first by her parents and then by WWII. Hey Girl, don’t you want to see Ryan Gosling wet and building a house?
P.S. I Love You – I will admit it: The Notebook did not make me cry. However, P.S. I Love You did. Holly and Gerry are a happily married couple who live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Gerry suddenly dies of a brain tumor and Holly withdraws from her family and friends, until they descend upon her on her 30th birthday. While they are helping clean Holly’s apartment, a cake is delivered with a message from Gerry. It is the first of several messages to come, all ending with “P.S. I Love You.”
The Ones Guaranteed to Make You Smile
Love Actually – This British comedy is a crazy quilt of interlocking and unrelated vignettes dealing with love over the Christmas holidays in London. That’s all I’m going to give away because this is one of my favorite movies ever and an absolute must-see.
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Bridget Jones is a pretty and neurotic “thirty-something singleton” who is looking to take control of her life after being humiliated by the handsome yet standoffish Mark Darcy. She begins a diary to chart her progress. Someone we can relate to, Bridget is like the friend any girl can use. And she’s funny to boot!
Mean Girls – Cady has been homeschooled in Africa her entire life. That is, until she is thrown into the jungle that is public high school. She befriends Janice and Damien, who is “too gay to function” and they hatch a plan to ruin the lives of the Plastics, the most popular girls in school. The Plastics consist of Regina George, Gretchen Wieners, and Karen Smith. But while you’re watching this, just remember: “fetch” is never going to happen.
Legally Blonde – Elle Woods is a simple blonde who gets dumped by Warner Huntington III because he thinks she’s not smart enough for him. Determined to get Warner back, Elle enters Harvard to study law with him. Full of pink, blondes, and a Chihuahua that travels in a purse, this is the perfect chick flick!