I love a good chick flick, don’t you?
I’m lying. I hate chick flicks. Well, most of them. For every ten that make me want to set myself on fire (Maid In Manhattan, The Notebook, anything with Katherine Heigl), there are one or two that aren’t so bad. So if you insist on making your guy sit through a chick flick, be kind; make it something he can watch without ovulating. Here are five that fit the bill.
1) Sixteen Candles
Molly Ringwald’s entire family forgets her 16th birthday in all the madness surrounding her scheduling-challenged sister’s wedding. And in a subplot no guy will give a crap about, Molly’s in love with the popular boy at her high school. The movie is a stitch and has some of the greatest quotable movie lines ever, from “I can’t believe my grandmother actually felt me up” to “His name is Long Duk Dong.”
2) All About Eve
A movie about women in theater. Sounds awful, right? Wrong. Not only is All About Eve a great chick flick, it’s one of my favorite movies. There, I said it. Like most chick flicks, it has a lot more talk than action, but good god, what talk. What treachery. What delicious double-crossings and mind games and revenge. You haven’t seen bitch until you see Bette Davis in action. “Fasten your seat belts. It’s gonna be a bumpy night.” Indeed.
3) Sense And Sensibility
If you like “Downton Abbey,” you’ll love this satisfying retelling of the Jane Austen classic. Directed by Ang Lee (The Life of Pi) and written by Emma Thompson, who won an Oscar for her script, the movie held my interest more than most period pieces, thanks in large part to an energy and sweetness often missing from similar films. The film’s cast is like a British actors’ all-star team: Thompson, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Laurie, Alan “Severus Snape” Rickman, Imelda Staunton, and Hugh Grant. Don’t let the cover fool you, guys: this is a great movie.
4) When Harry Met Sally
Can a guy and girl be friends without wanting to get it on? That’s the question here, and Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, writer Nora Ephron (RIP) and director Rob Reiner answer it with a tight, witty story of two people who go all the way and end up back where they started. (Yeah, a spoiler, but is there really anyone here who hasn’t seen this yet?)
5) Roman Holiday
Another classic, and with two of the classiest stars ever, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, long before they got old and dead. He’s a reporter; she’s a princess who slips out so she can spend one night tooling around Rome incognito. (Sound familiar? It’s only been copied a hundred times by now.) They fall hard for each other before Peck realizes who she is. Does he betray the girl for the big story, or throw away the biggest scoop of his career? Me, I’d sell her out in a New York minute for fame and fortune, but that’s why they don’t make movies about me.