Top 10 Chick Flicks Of 201213.12.12 # Top Ten # 6 Comments
Women! They’re like men, only hotter. And unequivocally egalitarian society we live in nowadays, it’s only right and proper those long-legged lovelies have some movies all of their very own to watch when they’re kicking back after a hard day’s ironing. Here’s the Top 10 Best Chick Flicks of 2012 – guaranteed 100% Twilight Saga-free!
10th. The Lucky One
Likely you’re aware that author Nicholas Sparks is to chick flicks as J.K. Rowling is to movies about pubescent wand-wagglers, but did you know that The Lucky One was no less than his eighth novel to be given the big screen treatment?
You did? Okay, here’s another one then. Did you know that Zac Efron was cast in the lead role of an Iraq War veteran in The Lucky One because the icy haunted eyes of a man who’s seen all the horrors of the battlefield are EXACTLY the same as the cold dead eyes of someone forced to star in three instalments of High School Musical? Ha! Thought not.
9th. The Vow
A great clunking fist of a box office hit all the way back in February, this based-on-a-true story saw Channing Tatum trying to keep it together after wife Rachel McAdams loses her memory in a car accident. Free tip for you, Tatum: when the lady says she can’t remember, it’s least embarrassing for all concerned if you just Take. The. Hint.
8th. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Imagine a universe where Hermione from Harry Potter sacks off that zero, Ron Weasle-balls, and gets with the Bieber-haired hero that is Percy Jackson – he of the massive lightning rod fame (or something. Did anyone actually see that movie?).
Well, congratulations! You’ve just successfully imagined The Perks of Being a Wallflower, in which Emma Watson and Logan Lerman make goo-goo eyes at one another over the strains of some deeply tasteful tunes. Aw, bless.
7th. The Five-Year Engagement
Do you remember when ‘produced by Judd Apatow’ was an actual thing? Weird, non?
Spin on just a few years, and what feels like a great many movies about over-entitled men-children later, and the temptation now is to treat each new Apatow production with the kind of narrow-eyed suspicion normally considered the preserve of bucolic villagers begrudgingly greeting a fancy pants out-of-towner.
Oh, and if you’re surprised to see Five-Year Engagement in a Chick Flick run-down, given how penis-centric a perspective the majority of Apa-flicks are presented from, then let me refer you to Exhibit A: the poster, featuring Emily Blunt wearing a wedding dress.
Wouldn’t see Chuck Norris in one of those, would you?
Essentially, Pixar has two kinds of movies. The riotous buddy-coms – Toy Story, Cars, Monsters Inc. – in which the gags fly quicker than a bandito racing to the tequila bar after a hard day’s banditry, and the slightly more introspective tales, in which life’s bigger issues are brushed closer upon.
Finding Nemo, Up, WALL-E all fall into the latter camp, as does Brave, a movie that was inevitably beautiful to look at, but (and this seems ridiculous to suggest of a Pixar film) a little underrated. But forget the naysayers: the setup was less unoriginal than it was deliberately redolent of fairy tale archetypes, while the adventure and comic chicanery was served up in equivalently healthy doses.
Chick Flicks 2012
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