Feel like relaxing and catching up on light-hearted movies? Planning a girls’ night out? Feeling blue? Here’s a list of the top 10 chick flicks that will surely leave a smile on your face.
1. The Princess Diaries – Fifteen-year-old Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is among the unpopular girls in school, and wears glasses one size too big. Her paternal grandmother, Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews), Queen of Genovia, brings news that Mia’s deceased father was the crown price of Genovia, and that Mia is the only heir to the throne. What I love is Mia’s journey into royalty, starting with a classic makeover. Mia must take princess lessons, attend balls, find true love and attempt to handle school. Andrews is perfect for the role with her sophisticated and classy ways. The movie will leave you hoping to find your royal ancestor.
2. 27 Dresses – Katherine Heigl, as Jane Nichols, attempts to be the perfect bridesmaid for twenty-seven weddings, changing into some of the most hideous theme dresses with a smile. She bumps into writer Kevin Doyle (James Marsden), in a cab one night. She accidently leaves her day-planner in the cab and Kevin begins research on what will be his most spicy article. Meanwhile, Jane’s sister Tess falls in love with Jane’s boss, George, whom Jane has always had a soft corner for. One fine day, Kevin’s article gets printed leaving Jane humiliated. Heigl is at her best, and the movie shows you how important it is to start living for yourself.
3. The Proposal – Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is the chief executive editor of a publishing company, the employees of which detest her bossy behavior. She is on the verge of being deported to Canada so she forces her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in return for an editorship. The two start living a lie and get invited by Andrew’s family to Alaska. Margaret is shocked to learn that Andrew belongs to one of the richest families there. Bullock is as funny as ever and some of the scenes leave you laughing out loud. The chemistry between Bullock and Reynolds is strange yet romantic.
4. Sex and the City – The movie revolves around the stylish and posh lives of four best friends, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon). Carrie is about to marry Big (Chris Noth) but he gets cold feet on the wedding day. Miranda’s marriage is in pieces. Samantha’s hormones are running high. Charlotte is happily married with an adopted child, but soon has her own baby. The movie makes you realize that you may be old, but you can still be young at heart. You’ll hope to live the same kind of life, attending fashion weeks, partying, sipping cosmopolitans, et al.
5. A Cinderella Story – It has Chad Michael Murray. Need I say more? The movie is about Sam Montgomery (Hillary Duff) who lives with her step-mother and step-sisters. They make her work at the restaurant, serve food, wash dishes, and bunk school. Austin (Chad) is her online friend and they decide to meet at a school dance. Disguised as Cinderella, she meets Austin and the two have a nice time. But she must be home sharp at 12 am and accidently leaves her phone behind. Then begins Austin’s quest for her. The movie is the kind of fairy-tale we all hope for. Watch out for Chad who is sure to sweep you off your feet.
6. Something’s Gotta Give – Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) is a 56-year-old classy, intellectual playwright. Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a 63-year-old wealthy, playboy socialite, who owns a record label, and dates women under the age of 30. Harry ends up staying at Erica’s beach house longer than intended, and the two of them, though completely opposite in personality, get to know each other. The movie is subtly handled with Erica and Harry falling in love without knowing it. Whoever said Paris is the city of love was right. The movie really does want to make you fall in love all over again. Brilliant acting by Diane and Nicholson.
7. The Devil Wears Prada – Andrea Sachs’ (Anne Hathaway) greatest dream is to be a journalist. She lands herself a job at Runway magazine, as assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). Andrea knows nothing about fashion, and Miranda is a merciless and wicked executive. Andrea takes it upon herself to get in sync with the fashion industry and it shows in her attitude and the way she dresses. Soon, under Miranda’s pressure, she gets carried away with work, ignoring her personal life. The movie is a classic example of how the world of glamour can control your life; but it is for you to realize where you belong. Streep’s performance is flawless.
8. 10 Things I Hate About You – Kat (Julia Stiles) is not your usual over-dressing, prom-loving collegian. Her sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is having a tough time with their father’s strict rules. Cameron wants to ask Bianca out on a date, but she can’t date until her sister does. Cameron pays Patrick (Heath Ledger) to take Kat out. Soon Kat finds out the truth about Patrick. The end is most beautiful as Kat reads out a poem written by her, revealing how she hates and cares for Patrick at the same time. Watch it as a tribute to the charming Heath Ledger.
9. 50 First Dates – Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a marine-life veterinarian in Hawaii. One day, he meets Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore) at a café and they both enjoy each other’s company. Lucy fails to recognize him at their next meeting. The café owner explains to Henry that Lucy suffers from amnesia in which each day’s events disappear from her mind. Slowly, Henry starts falling in love with her but wants to make her remember him, somehow. I think the movie should go down in the list of the sweetest romantic movies ever.
10. A Lot Like Love – Oliver Martin (Ashton Kutcher) and Emily Friehl (Amanda Peet) meet on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. Little do they know that their first meeting would not be their last. Emily is a crazy, uninhibited girl. Oliver is a reserved, good boy. A series of meetings take place, and each time they meet, they do not disclose how they’ve been missing each other. Instead, each one pretends to be content with his/her life. The movie makes you realize that true love is meant to be, and that love is never lost unless you give up on it. Peet and Kutcher share outstanding on-screen chemistry.