The 10 Best Chick Flicks for Guysby Alison Vingiano on March 29, 2013
Men, we’re gonna save us all some time and just say it now: at some point, you will have to watch a chick-flick with your significant other. Given this reality, we decided to arm you with a few that you’ll actually enjoy.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Who hasn’t had a breakup so horrific that they wanted to follow their ex to Hawaii? This movie validates us. It proves that moving on was definitely the right choice. A highlight of this film is Paul Rudd’s charming stoner character, who says the best line about lemons ever written. Between the sensitive nice guy, played by Jason Segal, and the womanizing Russell Brand, you’ll relate to one of these guys and you’ll laugh at all of them. It’s a hilarious and smart film.
Fifty First Dates
Fifty First Dates is the comedy version of Momento. Less predictable than your average rom-com, the film stars comedic geniuses like Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Dan Aykroyd and Rob Schneider. Sweet, but not corny, funny, but not crude, Fifty First Dates makes me nostalgic for Adam Sandler’s pre-Jack and Jill days.
This 1987 classic is perhaps the wittiest fairytale of all time. Princess Bride is a hilarious, sweet and quirky love story that veers from the traditional romantic comedy equation. It is a story of adventure and exploration not to be missed. Seriously: it is one of my boyfriend’s favorite movies.
Zack & Miri Make A Porno
In this film Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogan -- both extremely compelling comedic actors -- play platonic friends who need cash fast. This results in them making a Star Wars themed porno, and they end up falling for each other. Probably the most male-friendly chick flick ever made.
Men will love this film from the first scene, in which Bill Nye attempts to record a Christmas album. Dudes will also delight in watching Bill Nye’s bromance with his manager, Colin’s failed pick-up attempts and the actors who shoot sex scenes. I have qualms with the power dynamics in this movie, which I wrote about here. I keep going back to it, however, because the child’s narrative breaks and reseals my heart every time I watch it. It’s a heart-warming and deliberate film.
When Harry Met Sally
This is a classic film about a road trip between two friends who don’t really like each other. It tackled that question “Can men and women really just be friends?” and features Meg Ryan faking an orgasm in public. While Billy Crystal’s final monologue might make your girlfriend shed a tear, chances are you will be just as engaged and delighted by Nora Ephon’s ingenious story.
Deemed “the dude’s chick flick,” by two of my male friends, Serendipity explores chance, fate and love with a male protagonist. Bonus: he is played by John Cusak. When he gets cold feet before his wedding, Cusak’s character carries out a last minute adventure to find a lost love. Jeremy Piven plays the requisite best friend/bro role, and Eugene Levy has a delightful cameo.
Crazy Stupid Love
Steve Carrel awkwardly tries to hit on women, and Ryan Gosling’s character guides him through it. This is a male-centered rom-com that gives birth to a funny and charming bromance. Steve Carrel’s character struggles to get through his divorce, meet new women and protect his daughter, which creates a narrative to which men can relate and sympathize. Also: who wouldn’t give up two hours to watch Emma Stone make out with Ryan Gosling?
Going the Distance
This film uses a funny, clever voice to explore the difficulties of a long-distance relationship. With Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day in the surrogate bro role, and Drew Barrymore and Justin Long as a couple who meet at a bar and go back to his place to smoke a bong and fool around, Going The Distance, is chick-flick any dude would enjoy.
My Best Friend's Wedding
A classic story of jealous and sabotage, My Best Friend’s Wedding is a chick flick that’s mostly comedy and hardly romance. An expected yet satisfying ending shows us that chick flicks aren’t just vapid and uncomplicated illustrations of loves. This is a comedy for men and women alike, and a lil’ Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts never hurt anybody.