5 Chick Flicks You’ll Be Able to Stand

You'd rather be watching "Batman Begins" for the sixth time, but your girl wants to watch "something romantic." Avoid a tortuous time by popping in one of these Primer approved chick flicks your girlfriend will dig and you might even enjoy.

“Chick flick.” Two words that strike fear into the heart of any man. Next to “shoe shopping” or “I'm pregnant” there are arguably no two words more likely to lead a man to a heart attack or self-inflicted wounds. Women are truly God's Rubix Cube and we can never hope to fully understand them no matter how many episodes of “Sex in the City” we force ourselves to sit through. But do not fear, men, there is hope yet.

Believe it or not, there are actually some “chick flicks” out there that aren't half bad. Some of you may have already seen one or two of these, but I am here to tell you that if you play your cards right you can get through your whole life without ever having to see a crappy “chick flick” ever again (well, okay, at least not for a little while). If you take heed you can navigate your way through the high pitched screams, unwarranted sobbing, longing sighs, and actually find some pretty good movies out there.

Here are five to get you started.

5. Bend it Like Beckham

This movie has a lot working against it from the get go… especially if you are an American male. One – The whole movie is about soccer. Two – It's about girls playing soccer. Three – It is about girls, playing soccer, in England. But this movie does have one thing: heart. It doesn't quit and it is able to overcome all of these obstacles before it's over and without the help of a locker room shower scene. And that's before you even mention two very attractive lead “footballers” in Keira Knightly (Alright, she's only 17 in this movie but she's older now so it's okay…right?) and Parminder Nagra (of “E.R.” fame…that show is still on?). Throw in a few funny lines, a good story, and lots of sports sequences (soccer is a sport after all) and Bend It Like Beckham actually ends up being one “chick flick” you should make it through with flying colors, or as the Brits say, colours.

4. Legally Blonde

Oh. My. God. I already know what you're thinking, and no, I'm not gay. But before you pass judgment maybe you should let me pitch you this movie from the man's point of view. First off, if you have been unlucky enough to have a lady obsessed with the musical, you have my sympathy and you may find comfort in the fact that the movie is far less obnoxious and actually pretty clever. Legally Blonde is a well made, funny movie, and if Beckham had attractive ladies the girls in this film are super models. Plenty of eye candy and a surprising amount of non-gender specific laughs Legally Blonde is a fun movie and she will no doubt get so excited when you claim to like it, you may not even need to watch it. **Warning** I do endorse Legally Blonde but under no circumstances should you agree to watch its sequel Legally Blonde Two: Red, White, & Blonde. A movie so painfully bad you may never fully recover, I haven't.

3. Love Actually

Yes, it's corny. Yes, it's sappy. And yes, I really do like this movie. Maybe it is the connection with Christmas (A.K.A. the most magical day of the year, sorry Festivus) or maybe it is just the use of The Beach Boys' “God Only Knows” (One of my favorite songs of all time), but this movie has some sort of irresistible appeal that makes you smile. It is a little hokey and the plot isn't very deep, but it's fun, and if this movie doesn't get her in the mood for some romance then you may want to take her to the hospital, because she's probably dead.

2. Le Fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain

Known simply as “Amelie” by most people. I want to say right out that this is without a doubt the best movie on this list. This French film from 2002 was nominated for five Oscars and is a fun, inventive, and even exciting story about a shy French woman living in Paris. If she isn't in love with this movie already she is guaranteed, GUARANTEED to love it after the first five minutes and you will too if you don't mind reading subtitles. (If you do get over it because you are robbing yourself of some great movies, learn to read!)

1. Clueless

When this movie first came out in 1995 I was only nine years old so I didn't have much of an opinion on it but if I had been older I, like you, probably would have thought, “No way in hell I'm ever seeing that piece of crap.” But hold on now, if you haven't caught it on basic cable by now you should know, this movie is really, honestly and truly, funny. I know guys, heterosexual guys, who count this among their favorite movies. This movie is a high school comedy on the level of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused. It's got a very good cast with a very hot 19-year-old Alicia Silverstone, a pre-“Scrubs” Donald Faison, and the always witty Paul Rudd. You are sure to be shocked at how much you like this movie but don't take my word for it, see it, your lady is sure to have already many, many times.

Honorable Mentions

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's – Oldie but classic film. Not much else to say.
  • Chicago – If you can take a musical go for it, she probably loves em' all and this is one of the best in recent years.
  • America's Sweethearts – Notting Hill or Four Weddings and Funeral with John Cusack instead of Hugh Grant. A very funny supporting turn by Hank Azaria and one hell of a cameo by Christopher Walken make this thing a sure thing.

Kevin H. MacLean currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where he enjoys people watching, writing, and dominating all comers in four-square. You can keep tabs on him at his blog http://ratedwrong.com/.


  • Reply July 21, 2008


    I’d agree mostly with this top 5 list (Love Actually might be #1 though, it’s so epic)

    BUT I’m going to have to call out Breakfast at Tiffany’s for being boring and terrible. Audrey Hepburn throws a cat into a rainy alley out of a car! But if you’re into racism, Mickey Rooney’s brilliant “yellow face” portrayal of the Chinese landlord could be your new favorite thing.

  • Reply July 21, 2008

    Roy Orbison's Ghost

    Where is Pretty Woman?

  • Reply July 21, 2008


    1. What Women Want
    2. Hitch
    3. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

    these would definetly be 3 i would add to the list

  • Reply July 21, 2008


    Good list, good article.

    I’d also add “Miss Congeniality”. I just saw it a little while ago, pretty entertaining.

  • Reply July 21, 2008


    Elizabethtown is definitely a “chick flick” that I could stand, I even partially liked it. And isn’t star wars considered a romance.

  • Reply July 24, 2008


    “Christmas (A.K.A. the most magical day of the year, sorry Festivus)”, lol. Funny stuff.

  • Reply July 26, 2008


    My boyfriend agrees… You can safely add Shakespeare In Love to the list.

  • Reply August 18, 2008


    Totally agree and I’m glad to see Amelie on there. Digg worthy!

  • Reply August 19, 2008


    You should check out this Korean movie called My Sassy Girl. Cheesy name, I know. It was pretty funny, a bit ridiculous, worth checking out if you dont mind subtitles.

    An American remake just came out, can’t speak to its quality though.

  • Reply January 11, 2009


    i think that you should add shes the man —- that has soccer and its relle funny!!!

  • Reply January 7, 2012


    America’s Sweethearts may be a chick flick, but it’s also damn hilarious. The whole cast gets the joke of it, and just has a ball.

  • Reply May 4, 2012


    Dude you should have mentioned “As Good As it Gets”. Has some sappy parts but the writing is excellent and Jack Nicholson has some of his best asshole lines in it, great film.

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