15 Best Chick Flicks Of 2015 So Far (& What’s Still To Come)# Chick Flicks # 6 Comments
Let’s take a look at the best chick flicks of 2015 so far – recent, new and coming soon. 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. After the top 15 rundown we’ll explore what’s coming out between now and the end of the year. These are the 2015 chick flicks worth your consideration…
15th – Fifty Shades Of Grey
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Released: 13 February 2015 (U.S. Dates)
A virginal literature student (Johnson, ‘Need for Speed’) goes to interview the handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan, TV’s ‘The Fall’) and discovers an electric mutual attraction. But he strictly controls everything in his life and she learns he’s only interested in a relationship on his terms. As they delve into a passionate affair, he introduces her to his world of dark and kinky S&M fantasies. She soon finds herself exploring her own desires for the first time… Based on the 2011 erotic romance by British author E. L. James. It’s sold over 100 million copies worldwide, while on Amazon UK it’s shifted more copies than the entire Harry Potter series combined. Mr Grey actor Jamie Dornan is a virtual unknown, after Charlie Hunnam got cold feet and dropped out. Dakota Johnson is the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Critics say the movie improves slightly on the poorly-written novel, cutting out the most ridiculous parts and making the leads more rounded characters with a sense of humour. But there just isn’t the required chemistry between the leads, not least because Dornan is just a touch too young and wimpy, not really the dominant type. The sex is no more explicit or daring than ‘Basic Instinct’ 20 years ago. As a phenomenon it has some interest and fans will generally get something from it, but it doesn’t appeal much beyond that.
14th – The Last 5 Years
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Natalie Knepp
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Released: 13 February 2015
Adaptation of the cult musical, exploring a five-year relationship between a rising novelist (Jeremy Jordan – TV’s ‘Smash’), and a struggling actress (Anna Kendrick – ‘Up in the Air’). The structure is unique – She tells her story from the end of the relationship to the beginning, while he tells his story from the beginning of the relationship to the end. They meet just once in the middle, at the high point when he proposes. From the writer/director of ‘Beautiful Creatures’ and ‘P.S. I Love You’. Kendrick was a critical and commercial smash in singalong ‘Pitch Perfect’, and critics say she does terrific work here too, along with her co-star. But be warned, it’s for fans of full-on musicals only.
13th – The Rewrite
Starring: Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote, J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney
Director: Marc Lawrence
Released: 13 February 2015
In 1998, Ray (Grant) was on top of the world – a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Oscar for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he’s creatively washed up, divorced, and broke, so takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favours of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn’t expect to find is romance with a single mom (Tomei) who’s gone back to school and who winds up giving him a few lessons of her own. This marks the fourth collaboration between Grant, director Lawrence and Castle Rock (after ‘Two Weeks Notice’, ‘Music and Lyrics’, and ‘Did You Hear About the Morgans?’), in fact every movie Lawrence has ever directed starred Hugh Grant. This one’s a slow-paced and mature rom-com that has a smattering of amusing one-liners and nicely observed romantic moments but won’t sweep a young person off their feet (there isn’t a kiss in the whole movie). Tomei exudes a charming happy-go-lucky appeal but rather than being leading lady she’s very much a supporting character. Grant gives his usual perfectly-serviceable performance, albeit in mid-life crisis mode. A solid one for long-time fans.
12th – Love, Rosie
Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Tamsin Egerton, Suki Waterhouse
Director: Christian Ditter
Released: 6 February 2015
Rosie (Collins) and Alex (Claflin) have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When Alex and his family move from the UK to America, their friendship is challenged by the years and the miles. Then will they gamble everything – including their friendship – on true love, or will misunderstandings, circumstances and bad luck continue to keep them apart? Based on the 2004 novel ‘Where Rainbows End’ by Cecelia Ahern (author of ‘PS, I Love You’). The book was a warm-hearted, life-affirming story of friendship and true love, but the movie has been marketed in America as a raunchy, sexy romp which is completely misleading (see the international trailer instead). The main issue is the movie’s too contrived, both in the way it keeps the lovers apart and how it sets up jokes, but younger audiences have connected with it.
11th – The Longest Ride
Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Alan Alda
Director: George Tillman, Jr.
Released: 10 April 2015
A love affair begins between a former champion bull rider (Eastwood) looking to make a comeback, and a college student (Robertson) about to embark on her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, they rescue an old man (Alda) from a car crash, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Intertwining the two love stories, it explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love… From the director of ‘Soul Food’ and ‘Notorious’, this is based on Nicolas Sparks’ 17th (!) romantic novel. Britt Robertson featured in TV’s ‘Under the Dome’ while Scott Eastwood is famous for being the son of his dad, Clint. Interesting that with each of the Sparks movies, the cast becomes less and less well known. ‘The Longest Ride’ is typical Sparks formula (see ‘Dear John’, ‘Safe Haven’ etc.) – a self-sacrificing woman romancing a sensitive tough guy in a contrived yet predictable plot – so you know by now if you’ll find it corny or endearing.