Thursday, May 15, 2008

Chick Flicks Guys Will Watch!

Ladies, we hear you loud and clear when you tell us that you want us to like the same things as you. It's not that we don't want to sit down and watch movies with you, it's that in most cases men and women have very divergent views when it comes to quality "date" films. See my previous list on bromances to gain a perspective on what guys want to watch. My latest top five is all about communicating to the ladies what "chick flicks" we will not mind sitting down and watching. New couples pay close attention to this list, as "chick flicks" are a must for any blossoming relationship.

5. You've Got Mail

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in this remake of Sleepless in Seattle. You've Got Mail upgrades from it's somber predecessor by shedding the dead wife, single dad, thousands of miles apart plot-line, making it instantly more appealing. Dave Chapelle's cameo performance as the best friend also helps raise its production value. The film, while relatively new, has not aged well, since it is so deeply rooted in a technology that seems archaic to a 2008 viewers audience. Dial up internet, Gross!

4. Meet Joe Black

The ladies like it because it has Brad Pitt. The men love it because Brad Pitt gets crunked by a car! Seriously Brad Pitt gets slammed with the car so hard that he's still spitting out his teeth in the movie Fight Club. As the women crying your eyes out when Joe goes back to heaven, most guys are still thinking in their head, "omg did you see him get hit with that car?" Claire Forlani and Anthony Hopkins round out a film that will not make your boyfriend lose his lunch.

3. Titanic

Much like the car crash from Joe Black, guys will endure romantic movies if something gets blown up and/or destroyed. While I found myself rooting for the iceberg by the end of the film, other guys will watch this movie just to see Leo take the plunge to the bottom of the Atlantic. I'll never let go Jack, I'll never let go!

2. The Princess Bride

"Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world- except for a nice MLT - mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is lean and the tomato is ripe.." Guys love one liners. The more quotable a film is, the more we like it. You can't get more quotable than the Princess Bride. (What a great future top 5!) This is the kind of "chick flick" that a guy will actually admit to enjoying without fear of being ostracized by his bromances.

1. When Harry Met Sally

Speaking of one liners, Harry Met Sally is chock full of them. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan make their second appearance in our number one slot. The film begins with a road trip to New York city where the premise for the entire movie is established. Centered around the theme that men and women can't be friends because the sex will always get in the way, this film has something for everybody. Director Rob Reiner brilliantly explores both the male and female perspective on sex, dating, and marriage. The batting practice scene is one of the all time greats, and the reference to Mr. Zero is one of my favorite movie lines of all time. Don't mind the dust that has collected on this film over the past 20 years (approx). Sure the clothing is dated, and the tech is mad old, but the themes in this one are priceless. Guys will love it and ladies will love you for watching it with them.


JamesBedell said...

Meet Joe Black!!!!

Ok the car accident is f'n sweet. But it happens about 3 minutes into the movie. The rest of the movie consists of Brad Pitt staring wistfully. It was like 7 1/2 hours long and made me want to die.

Bryan Pol said...

Brad Pitt was playing Death, ya know. AND Anthony Hopkins tore it up in this flick! Honorable mention for Brad Pitt gut-busting moment: when he channeled a Haitian dialect---"Ev'ry 'ting gon' be ayrie." Classic.

Bryan Pol said...

Speaking of one-liners from 'Princess Bride:' "Have fun storming the castle!"

Patrick said...

For years my wife said she was gonna make me watch this chick flick called "Beautiful Girls" so I resisted.

When I finally succumbed to it when it came up in our Netflix queue, not only did I realize it didn't suck, it was actually more of a bromance than a chick flick! Rent it, trust me, it's a pretty good movie.