It’s easy to trash chick flicks, like Marisa Meltzer did this week at The Daily Beast. They set false expectations for women. The actresses are capable of more serious work. Blah blah blah blah blah….
But formulaic as the genre is known to be, you’ll still find us front row at the latest “He’s Just Not That Into Your Confessions Of 27 Dresses Bride Wars In The City” release. Chick flicks—gasp!—have redeeming value and we’re not afraid to say it.
After the jump, 10 things we lurve about the lady flicks.
- Because not every movie has to be thought-provoking or depressing. Real life is serious enough!
- Because we feel better about our own nut-job bosses after seeing the she-bitch in “The Devil Wears Prada.”
- Because sometimes you need to go see a movie with your mom/grandma/little sister that you can be sure doesn’t involve a raunchy sex scene with a pie, a grisly murder, or a rape.
- Because, on rare occasions, chick-flick relationships are relatable, like Miranda and Steve’s breakup in “Sex & The City,” or Bridget’s blinding lust for the office cad in “Bridget Jones’ Diary.”
- Because the male leads are always hot: Hugh Dancy, Ben Affleck, Justin Long, McDreamy, Hugh Grant, James Marsden, etc.
- Because there are only so many “Transformers”/”G.I. Joe” d**k flicks a wife or girlfriend can take before she wants to strangle herself with Red Vines.
- Because female friendships do involve competition and jealousy, like in “Bride Wars,” lies by omission, like in “SATC,” and disappointment, like in “The Devil Wears Prada.”
- Because Meryl Streep has starred in more than a few chick flicks (“Devil,” “Julie & Julia,” “Mamma Mia!” “The Bridges Of Madison County,” “Out Of Africa”) and that woman is a genius.
- Because we love the clothes! “SATC,” “27 Dresses,” “Hitch,” and “Confessions Of A Shopaholic” probably put more money into the costume budget than they did the writing. (Besides, somebody has to keep Patricia Field in milk and cookies.)
- Because you can still be a feminist and enjoy guilty pleasures when you’re smart enough to know that messages like “Life is complete once you are married” are silly.