May 15, 2007
On Girl Movies
I don't watch girl movies, as a general rule. Occasionally, if the opportunity presents itself, I will pile into the car with my sisters or aunts or girlfriends and we'll go catch a show that the guys wouldn't want to see. Maybe once or twice a year. It's more about a Girls Night Out, though. If they'd go get margaritas with me instead, I'd rather do that. Especially if they have chips and that good, white cheese dip.
But every now and then, I feel as if I am missing out on something, and I'll run out and rent two or three chick flicks. King Pen rolls his eyes, because it never works out the way I think it will.
Well, it hit me this weekend, and I rented "Catch and Release." I like Jennifer Garner- she's my girl. She had me at "Alias". And the back cover of the movie sounded a little like "Hope Floats", which is one girl movie I enjoyed - so I went for it. I got my Goobers, my Diet Dr. P, put on my comfy clothes, ignored the tortured sighs of my husband, and settled in on the couch for some good girly me time.
Well, I am reminded of just why I quit watching this stuff. It stunk. Like old, moldy leftover casserole in the fridge. I didn't want to admit it at first- King Pen was clearly wearing his "I told you so" look. I tried to hold out, but he was right. Again. Girl movies bite.
At least I had my goobers, though.
What's happened to me? Am I missing a chromosome or something? Why can't I enjoy a goopy movie? Or is it that they make them so poorly that nobody really likes them? Predictable plots, forgettable dialogue, underdeveloped characters. Or have I become one of those people that can't appreciate a movie unless something blows up in it? I hope that's not the case.
The next girly-type movie I am really looking forward to is The Time Traveller's Wife, in 2008. That was such a great book. If only they'd blown up a few more things, it would have been perfect. (Kidding.)
I guess I should get myself in gear. Stuff to do, stuff to do. Movies to watch, yada yada yada. Have a good Tuesday, everybody. Mo' blogging later.
The Daily | By WonderGirl | 9:32 AM
I completely agree- I really really want to love them, but 9 out of 10 times that I actually get to rent one, I end up really hating it. Its so disappointing, and I also don't like admitting it to Eric.
But, I really want to rent "Because I said So" and I can watch How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days over and over without it getting old.
Posted by: ash at May 15, 2007 1:23 PM
I don't like most of 'em, either... but I did like Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood... and 50 First Dates... are those girl movies?
Posted by: spiderlillies at May 15, 2007 4:49 PM
I keep hearing terrible things about Catch and Release, but I guarantee you I will end up watching it anyway because it was filmed in Boulder. But I agree with you about chick flicks today being made extremely poorly. They used to be so much better. Exhibit A: Steel Magnolias. Exhibit B: When Harry Met Sally. They don't make 'em like they used to!
Posted by: Laura Sue at May 15, 2007 9:49 PM
It's true that good girly movies are few and far between . . . what constitutes "good" depends on your personal taste, of course. I'm partial to period movies like "A Room with a View", "Enchanted April" and "Shakespeare in Love." If you haven't already seen it, "The Devil Wears Prada" is a fun recent girly film. I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it 'cause I don't keep up with the fashion industry *at all*, but Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci and Anne Hathaway were terrific.
Posted by: Lorelei at May 16, 2007 4:31 AM
Shannon, with the only male post, I will remind you that the only "girly" movies that are enjoyable, are the ones that are good movies FIRST. This coming from a guy that doesn't mind his wife's indulgence in chick flicks from time to time. A very recent example of a good one is Music and Lyrics. As children of the 80's, you and Patrick would especially LOVE IT. A hilarious, girly, flashback movie. It's fantastic.
Posted by: UJ at May 16, 2007 8:26 AM
I knew there was a reason I liked you! I thought I may be the only person so interested in Jennifer Garner- never missed an episode! Although, as much as I know they lack depth, I do look forward to a good girly flick. However, I would rather save them for rentals/ppv since I really like the blow up ones on the big screen. I'm a softy for a pretend unrealistic lovestory :) Brian can vouch for that! I do have to stomach his sighs, but we have a preset number of comments that he can make- thats if he watches it with me! :) If I had to choose between movie night and margarita night- I would definitely choose the latter (sp?).
Posted by: Denise at May 16, 2007 9:11 AM
I don't know what kind of movies you like (I am not a huge "chick flick" fan either), but you should try a movie called Tortilla Soup, it is about 3 sisters who live with their father-and I think it qualifies as a girl movie (although my husband and father both really like the movie too). The movie is about a period in their lives where they all do a bunch of growing and changing, and there are awesome scenes of the dad preparing AMAZING looking food. You shouldn't watch this movie while hungry! Another good movie about two sisters is "In her shoes," again my husband likes this movie too but i think it qualifies as a girl movie.
Posted by: JLG at May 17, 2007 3:04 PM
The Holiday is a great movie if you have not seen it yet. Jude Law and Cameron Diaz. Jack Black and the blonde that is not as cute is Goldie Hawn's daughter but a good actress anyway. How about Music and Lyrics? anyone seen that yet?
Posted by: aunt charlotte at May 19, 2007 2:04 AM
Oh my graham cracker! They are making a movie on the Time Travelers Wife!!!!!! OMGC!!!! Yes!!
Posted by: MOTM at May 19, 2007 2:11 PM
Ever since Cinderella - my first movie in the theater - I have had this long relationship with films. What I remember about Cinderella is that my Dad - whose one main virtue has always been humor - made fun of the step-sisters noses and we laughed and laughed. Even then, I wasn't quite cut out for most chic flicks. However I watch an obscene amount of movies and I try a lot of girl movies out cause I gotta get my fix too. I'm usually disappointed but I keep trying. Movies are for my down time when my brain is frrrried or the latter which isn't always healthy - to escape. We choose not to have television so I get Netflix out here and I find a surprising amount at the military library. Somebody with good taste got stuck in the library ordering. Anyway, I have gone through all sorts of phases with my tastes and mainly settled into the independent, foreign and drama. While we have come a long way with what we can do with films I feel like more and more coming out these days are saturated with a wretched emptiness. I used to see almost anything for art's sake. One breathtaking bit of cinematography would have me sitting through a crummy film. I try to be more careful but since I got Netflix out here I've enjoyed only 7 out of 31 films. So this is my last month with Netflix - it was just to get me through the Winter. Of those seven films three of them were girl movies. I rarely like to recommend movies to people so I'm not doing that but here are the ones I liked...
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I love seeing them most with my sisters. One of my best memories is going to the theater with all of my sisters one Winter to see Little Women.
Embarrassing Admissions: I like that surfer girl movie...Umm, Blue Crush - yeah, it always makes me want to jump up off the couch and go jog on the beach so I can look cute in boy shorts. I always tear up when she finally makes the wave at the end. I have no pride:) I also like this rash of 80's/early 90's movies that are all trying to be realistic and are tragic - My only defense is that most of them have really good actors - Heartburn, Terms of Endearment, Men Don't Leave and more.
I'll end this book I'm writing here with some of my old friends (ones I can watch over and over) - Amelie, The Importance of Being Earnest, Out of Africa, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, When a Man Loves a Woman, Benny and Joon, Chocolat, Sense and Sensibility, Blue Sky, Prime, About a Boy and the list goes on and on:)
Posted by: Gypsy at May 19, 2007 5:06 PM
Hey, I'm not too proud to say that I cried during Steel Magnolias... when Sally Fields comes home from the hospital after her daughter dies and her grandbaby comes out to greet her... I better stop before I shortcircuit the keyboard.
Anyways, I also like that chickflick from a few years ago with Minnie Driver and David Duchovany (?) - The one where she receives a heart transplant from his dead wife.
Other than those two, fuhget about it!
Posted by: Brian at May 20, 2007 4:33 PM