There are so many good “chick flicks” out there and I need to thank my husband for faithfully looking out for me when he updates our Netflix and throws a couple into the mix along with his selection of crime thrillers. Chick flicks to me are a wonderful escape. They are like comfort food for the soul. They lift your spirits even on the bleakest winter day.
We here at Imperfect Women would like to share our favorite with you and what made it special to us.
Anya ~ Terms of Endearment
I love this movie for many reasons, but the most important one was I saw it for the first time with my own (late) mom. She loved Jack Nicholson. I was a teenager when I saw it and thought it was funny my mom had a real crush! The performances are brilliant. Although it’s a tear-jerker, the story isn’t manipulative. The movie really understands mother-daughter relationships. One of the few movies I would watch again and again.
Samantha ~ You’ve Got Mail
What will NY152 say today, I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You’ve got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you.
The first time I saw this flick I had just had major knee surgery, maybe it was the Vicodin but I watched it about 20 times during my first week of recovery. I adore the dialogue, Its the only movie I quote on a regular basis. Bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils, anyone? If you haven’t seen it- you must. If you have seen it and didn’t like it- whats wrong with you? Just kidding…. ish.
Jennie ~ Titantic
Titanic: Yes, it’s cheesy. Yes, it’s probably too long (I could’ve done without most of the framing story). And, no, unlike many chick flicks, it does not have a happy ending. But I kind of love “Titanic.” Jack and Rose (and Kate and Leo) are a couple for the ages, and the story of the doomed ship is pretty absorbing, too. I get teary the moment the opening strains of “My Heart Will Go On” begin.
Ann ~ Beaches
I love Beaches. Barbara Hershey and Bette Midler are wonderful in this syrupy flick about a friendship formed in childhood and how it changes and endures over the different stages of their lives. Who can’t love two characters whose friendship survives loving the same man! Bette is funny, as usual, but also very good in the serious side of the role. The first time I saw it, I was drawn in by the Atlantic City scenes between the two young actresses who play the CC and Hillary as girls. I know the ending is predictable and sappy, but it makes me cry anyway. Unfortunately, I cannot help but sing Wind Beneath My Wings along with Bette, ruining the whole ending for anyone watching with me.
Lily ~ Fried Green Tomatoes
I love it. It has everything necessary to make one misty eyed when watching. It’s such a well acted movie, the cast is full of talent. I love the intertwining stories of Ruth & Idgy and Evelyn & Mrs. Threadgoode. Starting with Idgie’s mother who accepts and doesn’t try to change her child though she is different from the rest, this movie is about the love and devotion of friends and family. It’s depicted in the drama of Ruth helping Idgie overcome the loss of her beloved brother, the rescue of Ruth from a home of domestic violence which she endured for her mother’s sake, the murder to protect Buddy Jr, for which Idgie risks herself to protect her friend and hired help, Big George. It continues on til the end when Evelyn insists Mrs. Threadegoode must come and live with her. In between the drama, the viewer is treated to some great humor. It’s a hoot to watch Evelyn come into her own as she screams “Towanda” while totaling the car of a twenty-something who stole her parking space. Kathy Bates as Evelyn, is excellent in this movie. I think this might be my favorite role of hers. My favorite line is when Evelyn is exercising on a mini-tramp and her husband comes home to find a healthy dinner instead of the usual fried and fatty fare she serves. “Are you trying to kill me?”, he accuses. Without missing a beat, she calmly replies; If I was gonna kill you, I’d use my hands.”
Nancy ~ When Harry Met Sally
Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?
Although I don’t even remember the very first time I saw this chick flick classic, I can say I have probably seen it about 50 (or more) times. It seems it is always on some channel when I’m surfing to find something to watch! It’s probably the only movie aside from the Godfather that I can quote, too!
“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” –Harry
“You see? That is just like you, Harry. You say things like that, and you make it impossible for me to hate you.” — Sally
Harry Burns and Sally Albright were two of Rob Reiner’s best characters! I think any woman could relate to Sally — you know, the “high maintenance one who thinks she’s low maintenance.” The “worst” kind according to Harry! And, Marie and Jess — what great sidekicks to have as supporting roles.
“You made a woman meow?” — Jess
Pam ~ Sweet Hearts Dance
Sweet Hearts Dance was released in 1988 and pretty much ignored at the box office. The movie takes place in a small New England town and tells the story of two couples – one breaking up (Don Johnson and Susan Sarandon), the other falling in love (Jeff Daniels and Elizabeth Perkin). It is a spot on slice of life movie about two couples loving each other and not quite understanding the turn of events that brought them to this point. Don Jonson and Jeff Daniels play best friends and their chemistry and acting is so solid that it is hard to imagine that they are not best friends in real life. Although it is not a “grand” movie, it is an enjoyable midlife romantic comedy that has a terrific cast and does a great job of evoking the feel for the different seasons in New England.
Now we want to know what your favorite Chick Flick is. Please share with us and it is perfectly fine to have more than one or a couple of Honorable Mentions.