Yeah, I like it. And it doesn’t make me any less of a man! (5 chick flicks that I will totally watch any time)
My preference in movies has a wide range. There are a couple genres I stay away from, but for the most part I’ll give everything a chance. This has resulted in some movies I love that nobody, especially my male friends, can quite figure out why. I’m also a habitual movie quoter, so when I spit out a line form one of these I sometimes get looks of confusion… or shame. My wife thinks it’s cute. But I think she just says that to make me feel like it’s OK and I’m not emasculating myself.
So here’s a quick list of movies that were built for a girl but watched by this guy. One noticeable exception from this list is the Princess Bride. (One of my top 5 movies all time) The reason I left it off is because it has gained a huge following over time that includes both men and women, so it was omitted.
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
I still can’t believe I don’t own this on DVD. I’ll watch Romy and Michele’s hijinks any day. Not to mention Jeanine Garafolo in her crowning moment as the unique rebellious high schooler who stays that way, despite getting rich from developing a fast burning paper for cigarettes. She also has one of the greatest lines in cinematic history when trying on a flowery dress, saying “this dress exacerbates the genetic betrayal that is my legacy.” And nothing beats the awesome interpretive dance number to “Time After Time”at the end.
The Princess Diaries
I’m not quite sure why I like this one. I would say because Anne Hathaway is hot, but she was only 15 when she made this. So that explanation leaves me feeling a little dirty. Maybe it is the ugly duckling to swan transformation. I don’t know. I just like it. Deal with it. However, I could not find a YouTube clip of a good part that was less than 10 minutes long, so no fun time from that.
Unfortunately, they decided to grind out a sequel to this one. Not a good move in my opinion.
I can’t tell you how many times I have recited this timeless line from Elle Woods: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”
But like Princess Diaries, they slapped together far inferior sequel that almost affected my love affair with the original, but not enough to keep it off this list.
Oh, Lindsay Lohan, what happened to you? You were so hot in this movie. (Even though you were technically still a minor) My how times change. Regardless, this movie rocks. Not only that, it’s a treasure trove of great quotes. There is probably a line from this movie mentioned in my house at least once a day. The best one pretty much summarizes modern Halloween when she come to the door with nothing but a negligee and some ears. “I’m a mouse. Duh.”
This movie is freakin’ epic. And it has become a Christmas staple in our household. (Which means I’m watching it soon) It’s probably the only movie I’ve ever seen where every main character (there’s several of them) completely endeared themselves to me and I wanted them all to win. From the over-the-hill rocker desperately trying to keep his fame to the poor guy who watches the love of his life marry someone else. It’s just an all around great movie.
Update: Apparently there is copyrighting on YouTube now. Just click on the “Watch it on YouTube” and it takes you directly to the video I was trying to post. Sorry.
Every one should seriously see this movie. I don’t know how it got tagged with the “Chick flick” label. Maybe the whole love-conquers-all thing, or maybe because there is a guy who watches the love of his life marry someone else. Whatever. Anyhoo, it’s really good. Watch it this Christmas. You’ll thank me.