There’s something about chick flicks
In an era when cinema is getting increasingly experimental and almost everything from morbid, sadistic to mindless flicks woo the audience; I am yet to grow over my fascination for chick flicks. I love chick flicks and even though I fully comprehend the arguments men put up to avoid these weepers, I just love the hoopla, drama and the fairytale endings they have in common.
And for guys, there is a reason why chick flicks are called that … I hope you get the hint.
So some say - if you have watched one, you have seen them all. But isn’t it great to know that no matter what the storyline is, there will always be a happy ending. Yes, it’s predictable! But it’s in no way monotonous. And that’s the beauty of these films. They always leave us with a smile, hopeful of finding our Mr Right or seeing the wonderful aspects of our not-so-perfect real life Princes.
And in my opinion, there is nothing more rejuvenating and relaxing than watching a good chick flick with your gal pals. Add a bottle of wine to this rendezvous, and voila - it’s time well spent for me. So here’s a list of timeless chick flicks from my archives:
<b>Sex and the City</b>
Designer gears, sturdy cars, killer heels and breathtaking accessories; the high fashion, chic appeal coupled with complicated love lives makes ‘Sex and the City’ a top contender for the classic chick flick slot. Four friends trying to keep pace with their fast lives as they strive to maintain a balance between the nuisances of their private and work lives, looking stunning and dolled up in the best brands as they deal with these hardships. While for ladies this one is nothing short of a treat, for men, I would like to say, there is more to ‘Sex and the City’ than just attending fashion weeks, partying and devouring Cosmopolitans.
A modern day Cinderella story, ‘Pretty Woman’ is one of those few films that make you believe in fairytales. Essaying the role of a sex worker, Julia Roberts finds her life turned around for better when she charges a lost and reckless millionaire Gere for directions to an upscale, plush Beverly Hills hotel. Young, vulnerable and completely unaware of her striking looks, Roberts plays the perfect damsel in distress who finds her prince charming in a rich, a tad bit arrogant but determined millionaire.
<b>The Princess Diaries</b>
One moment a misfit school kid, battling teenage issues as she tries hard to fit in with her oversized glasses and beehive hairdo and the next minute she is a princess, the only heir to the throne of Genovia. Now, who wouldn’t want to trade life with her? Anne Hathway as the 15 year-old Mia Thermopolis lives every girl’s dream as she transform from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan. Though the film is an out and out entertainer, the most memorable part is Mia’s journey to royalty with her classic makeover as she goes on the quest to find her prince charming.
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride; Katherine Heigl as Jane Nichols plays the role of the perfect bridesmaid as she decks up in some of the most outrageous theme dresses. Introvert, shy and much too giving, Jane’s life is turned around when one night she accidentally leaves her day-planner in a cab which she was sharing with Kevin Doyle (James Marsden). Kevin, who is a writer, finds his scoop in Jane. However cupid strikes, love happens and Jane walks down the aisle with her Mr Right at the end of it all.
One of the cutest films of recent times, ‘The Proposal’, may have a stereotypical storyline but Sandra Bullock as Margret Tate makes this one a keeper on the shelves. Playing the role of a hard-to-please corporate snoot, Sandra sparkles in her role of the chief executive editor of a publishing company. Her employees detest her bossy behavior. And just when she is on the verge of being deported to Canada, she pushes her assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), to marry her in return for editorship. However, Margaret receives a shocker on learning that Andrew belongs to one of the wealthiest families in Alaska. Bullock surly makes this one a must-watch.
<b>The Devil Wears Prada</B>
Based on a novel by the same name, ‘Devil Wears Prada’ is one flick that all gals can associate with. For like it or not, at one point or the other, we all have tried to be someone else’s idea of perfect. Then, be it a conceited boss or a demanding beau, we have all ‘been there done that’ just to learn in the end that - we are, who we are, irrespective of what the world perceives of us. And Anne Hathway as Andrea Sachs perfectly fits the shoes of a 20 something dreamy eyed lass, trying to make it big in the wicked, bad world of fashion and glamour. Though the film completely belongs to Meryl Streep, who breaths fire down her employees’ necks with her outrageous demands, Anne’s graceful performance sure deserves applause.
<b>He Is Just Not That into You</B>
Now here’s one flick that is a winner with the tolerant gender for haven’t we all come across men who just don’t realize how blessed they are to have lovers like us. Haven’t we all been scorned by men who just don’t return our affection? ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ is a story that revolves around many couples and how their relationships are tested through time. This one is a keeper and a must watch!
No matter how much men fuss over watching weepers, they have at one point of time or another loved and cried watching a sappy film. And ‘Notebook’ is one film that has awed both men and women. Noah-Allie’s committed love that stands the test of time makes the film one of the biggest hits of all times.
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