Top 20 Best Chick Flicks Of 201425.04.14 # Chick Flicks # One Comment
A chick flick is one that appeals to young women, or the young at heart. Usually it indulges in hopes and dreams, and has a fuzzy, happy ending. Today we’re zoning in on all titles with a strong femme appeal, examining the biggest and best chick flicks of 2014 – either recent, new or coming soon. Let us know in the comments what you’ve liked, or what you’re looking forward to.
20th – That Awkward Moment
Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots
Director: Tom Gormican
Released: 31 January 2014 (U.S. Dates)
Romantic comedy about three male friends (Efron, Teller, Jordan) in Manhattan who make a pact to remain single just as they start falling in love. Cue relationship talk and frat-friendly gross-out gags. Think ‘Sex in the City’ for dude-bro guys, taking the conventions of female rom-coms and centering them around male characters. The writer-director is new and the script was on Hollywood’s Black List (of the best unproduced screenplays). Critics say the romantic scenes are formulaic and too little is at stake, while the comedy is forced. But Zac Efron/Miles Teller fans have enjoyed it.
19th – G.B.F.
Starring: Sasha Pieterse, Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne, Evanna Lynch
Director: Darren Stein
Released: 17 January 2014
When unassuming high-schooler Tanner is outed by his classmates, he finds himself cast as the hottest new teen-girl accessory: The Gay Best Friend. Social warfare erupts between the clique queens who immediately pounce and makeover Tanner into their ideal arm candy, forcing him to choose between popularity and true friends – including his own B.F.F. Brent, who he’s leaving behind. Teen indie from the director of ‘Jawbreaker’. This may seem demeaning on the surface but critics have said it actually offers an admirable message of tolerance. Reviews (82% on Rotten Tomatoes) have called it endearing, energetic and thoughtful, with solid satire along the lines of ‘Clueless’.
18th – They Came Together
Starring: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Ed Helms, Jack McBrayer
Director: David Wain
Released: 27 June 2014
Parody of rom-coms and their cliches. When Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler) meet, it’s hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie shop. Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex. But amazingly, they fall in love, until they break up about two thirds of the way through, and Molly starts dating her accountant. But then right at the end…well you’ll just have to see. (Hint: Joel makes a big speech and they get back together.) From the director of ‘Role Models’ and ‘Wanderlust’, this is a reunion for the team behind ‘Wet Hot American Summer’. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler have great comic chemistry and this is sharply observed, if a little uneven. For a spoof it’s misleadingly marketed, and too subtle for its own good, the poster looks like a conventional rom-com, which has caught romance fans out and caused a lot of negative feedback. Watching it many have missed that it’s satire and written it off as just being a “bad, cliched rom-com”. Others have got annoyed that it’s “taking the piss” out of the genre. Which is a shame. Because it’s actually pretty clever.
17th – About Last Night
Starring: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Paula Patton
Director: Steve Pink
Released: 14 February 2014
Two new couples form, making the journey from the bar to the bedroom and eventually get put to the test in the real world. From the director of ‘Accepted’ and ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’, and the screenwriter of ‘Bachelorette’, this is a R-rated reimagining of the 1986 Rob Lowe/Demi Moore romantic-drama as a romantic-comedy with an African-American cast. Both are based on ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’, the play that established David Mamet. Despite being an ensemble, Kevin Hart is the dominating presence. It’s actually higher rated by critics than the original, thanks to its engaging cast and good balance of love and laughs. Public have been so-so on it.
16th – Step Up: All In
Starring: Ryan Guzman, Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan, Adam Sevani
Director: Trish Sie
Released: 25 July 2014
3D dance/romance drama. Multiple stars from previous installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers. Otherwise known as ‘Step Up 5’, there’s been an installment every two years since 2006. The new helmer is a Grammy-winning choreographer and music video director, best known for creating OK Go videos. This is something of a series reunion with Sean Asa, Andie, Camille Cage and Robert “Moose” Alexander III returning alongside Jenny Kido, Jason Hardlerson, Hair, Monster, Vladd, The Santiago Twins, and Eddy. But no Channing Tatum, who made his name off the first film. The franchise has remained consistently well-liked by audiences and this has the same kinetic appeal, good looks and smooth moves. Just don’t go looking for a complex or profound love story.