Let’s face it men… we’ve all had to sit through a ‘Chick Flick.’ A lot of us even like chick flicks, but there always comes a time when we have to endure one that we really don’t want to see. It’s okay guys, Crave Online has the solution: a list of Chick Flicks you and your lady can both agree on. These aren’t just movies everyone can enjoy… they’re movies specifically geared towards a female audience, but which any guy should be able to take pleasure in as well. Here they are: The Top Ten Chick Flicks for Di… Um, ‘Guys.’
10. Coyote Ugly (dir. David McNally, 2000)
Hot chicks. Booze. A little comics thrown in for good measure. Coyote Ugly might not be a particularly good movie, but as a throwaway chick flick it’s fun, flighty and – for the guys in the audience – filled with hotties, from Piper Perabo to Bridgette Moynahan to Maria Bello. It’s PG-13 sexy, obviously, but for a chick flick it’s still pretty spicy. Kevin Smith did uncredited work on the screenplay, about a young woman (Perabo) who moves to the big city to pursue her music career, only to get caught up in the world of bartending. Sexy bartending. A little empowering, a little silly, but all in good fun.
9. Tangled (dir. Nathan Greno & Byron Howard, 2010)
A lot of the Disney princess movies have undeniable guy appeal (is it just us or is Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty a total hottie?), but Tangled is one of the few that actually has dudes in mind from the outset. In this CGI-animated retelling of Rapunzel, a charming thief (Chuck’s Zachary Levi) stumbles across a kidnapped princess (Mandy Moore) with a magical head of hair, who blackmails him into leading her on a merry quest. At some point, yes, they fall in love, but you buy it because they’ve been on a truly grand adventure together, bickering hilariously from one creative action sequence to another. Plus, Tangled boasts one of the most memorable Disney creations in years: Maximus, a horse obsessed with justice who doggedly pursues Flynn long after his own rider has given up completely.
8. Some Kind of Wonderful (dir. Howard Deutsch, 1987)
John Hughes – like the rest of us – always wanted Molly Ringwald’s character in Pretty in Pink to end up with her charming dork of a friend Ducky, rather than the hunky rich guy. When that ending was taken away from him by test audiences he decided to tell the story again with Some Kind of Wonderful, a gender-swapped remake starring Eric Stoltz as the charmingly normal dude who has to choose between the sexy girl of his dreams and his sexy musician best friend. These are the problems you want to have. It hits all the familiar romantic comedy tropes but Some Kind of Wonderful does a better job than most of capturing the romantic tribulations of young – and particularly male – adulthood.
7. The Craft (dir. Andrew Fleming, 1996)
A group of disenfranchised teenaged girls (although honestly, have you ever met an enfranchised teenager?) team up to form a coven of witches. Call it The Lost Girls (as in The Lost Boys, not the Alan Moore book). Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney and Rachel True all rock the sexy goth schoolgirl look as they exact revenge on the boys who treated them like dirt, and it all ends in the supernatural catfight to end all supernatural catfights. Eye candy for guys, but a fun, empowering magical flight of fancy for the ladies, The Craft will make you its wee-otch.
6. 10 Things I Hate About You (dir. Gil Junger, 1999)
The best entry in the late 90’s teen rom-com craze, 10 Things I Hate About You adapts the classic William Shakespeare play The Taming of the Shrew to a modern high school. A young Joseph Gordon-Levitt – that is to say, a younger Joseph Gordon-Levitt – wants to date the girl of his dreams, whose father won’t let her date until her older sister Kat does. So Levitt hires a handsome rogue to sweep Kat off her feet. The clandestine lovers are played by Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, both of whom give delightfully charming performances. But it’s the film’s spry sense of humor that separates it from the She’s All Thats of the world, and makes it one of the best comedies – romantic or otherwise – of the 1990's. “There’s a d**k on my face, isn’t there?” Yes, there is… Yes there is.
5. The Quiet Man (dir. John Ford, 1952)
Man’s man John Wayne was never much of a romantic lead… except in The Quiet Man, a beautiful romance starring The Duke as a disgraced boxer – he accidentally killed an opponent in the ring – who tries to keep out of trouble in a small town in Ireland. But trouble comes along anyway in the form of a particularly fiery redhead, played by the never-sexier Maureen O’Hara. They hate each other, they fall in love, they can’t get together, but maybe they can. It's familiar, but it works. Set in the sweeping vistas we’ve all come to expect from John Ford, the film beautifully dramatizes the troubles men have with the romantic customs women have come to expect from us, and it ends with a big and kind of hilarious fist fight with O’Hara’s jerk of a brother.
4. Roxanne (dir. Fred Schepisi, 1987)
Cyrano de Bergerac is one of the great tragic romances, about a man with an enormous nose who thinks he can’t get the girl of his dreams, and settles for helping her find love with another, lesser man. Steve Martin, at the top of his game here, adapted the screenplay and wisely extracted the whole ‘tragedy’ part. He plays a small-town fireman who falls in love with a gorgeous astronomer, played by an impossibly lovable Daryl Hannah. Martin’s the smartest man in town, and the best fighter too, but he’s got one unmistakable fault that keeps him from acknowledging his own greatness. There’s never been a stronger or more sympathetic male protagonist in a romantic comedy, and the scene where Martin has to come up with 20 insults for his own schnoz holds up to this day as a work of comic genius.
3. Heathers (dir. Michael Lehmann, 1988)
Not every Chick Flick is an uplifting tale of love conquering all, as Michael Lehmann’s cult classic proves. This tale of hilarious backstabbing – pretty much literally – finds Winona Ryder and her boyfriend Christian Slater killing off the most popular girls in school and hiding their crimes as a wave of suicides, making their victims more sympathetic in death than they ever were in life. It’s as dark as it sounds, and Christian Slater has never been better (yeah, he peaked early). Heathers is the perfect film for every girl who hated the most popular girl in school (read: every girl who wasn’t the most popular girl in school), and the pretty much perfect film for every guy who can’t stand Chick Flicks.
2. Romancing The Stone (dir. Robert Zemeckis, 1984)
Lots of action movies have romantic subplots. Here’s a romantic movie with an action subplot. Kathleen Turner plays a cheesy romance novel writer who finds herself on an adventure not unlike her own tales when her sister is kidnapped in South America. Along the way she enlists the aid of a charming rogue played by Michael Douglas, a total ass of a man who contradicts all the idealized masculinity she’s come to expect from true heroes. Funny, action-packed and sexy as hell, Romancing the Stone marked the first true classic from director Robert Zemeckis, who would go one to cement his place in film history with The Back to the Future Trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump.
1. Casablanca (dir. Michael Curtiz, 1942)
Sometimes a classic is a classic for a reason. Casablanca stars Humphrey Bogart as a nightclub owner who’s just trying to stay out of World War II’s way, when his old flame Ingrid Bergman comes to town, begging him to help save her husband. Ouch. Love + Nazis = Gold, and not Nazi gold either. Cinematic gold. Bogart’s tough exterior hides a broken heart, but his exterior’s still so damned tough that you can’t help but look up to him as a kind of masculine ideal, and Bergman’s as sexy as Production Code women ever got. Casablanca is often called one of the best movies ever made. Damn, that’s an accurate statement. A tragic romance, a thrilling thriller, and a perfect movie for everybody, male or female.
What are your favorite Chick Flicks for Guys?