Self Isolation Streaming List, Week 3: The ‘Chick Flick’ List

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If you didn’t already guess by the title, this week we’re talking about chick flicks. So many iconic ones out there, but unfortunately, we can’t list them all. If you’re a manly man and reading this, it’s ok we’ll forgive you. Because everybody loves a bit of Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts.

Because of the mixed opinions on this one, I’ve decided to have a ‘B’ List at the end of the post. These are the ones that are still pretty popular but just didn’t seem to cut it with the rest. Thank you to all the people who I’ve spoken to this week regarding your opinions, as I’m only 65% feminine, so definitely no expert on this topic.

The Chick Flick List:

The Notebook – Netflix

How could the greatest love story of all time not make the top of the list?

The movie starts with an old man telling a story to an elderly lady in a nursing home. The man tells a tale set in the 1940s about a boy called Noah, chasing a girl called Allie. Unfortunately, similarly to Romeo and Juliet, these lovebirds are also from different classes, causing a few major issues. The link between the couple in the home and the couple in the story is both cute and sad at the same time. Some girls love this movie, and some despise it. Guys, if you’re planning a romantic movie night, tread carefully.

Love Actually – Stan & Foxtel Go

If you like movies such as New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day, you’ll like this one too. Love Actually is a mash-up of various characters’ love stories, which link together in some way or another.  It’s a rom-com with an all-star cast and a very easy watch. Each story unique, including Hugh Grant playing the Prime Minister falling for his secretary, and Colin Firth, a writer who is falling in love with his non-English speaking housekeeper. If you want a full rundown of each character’s story, they have a simple rundown on Wikipedia.

A classic to put on at Christmas time. If the self-isolation is still going in December, I’ll add it to a Christmas list too, along with Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

10 Things I Hate About You – Disney Plus

Our own Heath Ledger stars in this romantic comedy. Pat, a rebellious teen gets paid by an obnoxious thug named Joey to go out with a man-hating tomboy, Kat (Julia Stiles). By Kat accepting to date Pat, it gives Bianca (Kat’s sister) permission to go out with sleazy boy Joey. As the film goes on, we learn that Pat has a pretty kind heart and Kat does too behind her mean and standoffish front.

I’d say this is one of the most popular and respected chick flicks. It doesn’t go over the top and isn’t about snobby rich kids. Definitely chuck this one on, especially if you haven’t seen it before.

Mean Girls – Stan & Foxtel Go

Has anyone reading this ever been victimised by Regina George? This is probably the most quoted chick flick comedy of all time. Lindsay Lohan plays Cady, an innocent teenager who gets mixed up in the wrong crowd, being led by Regina George, the meanest girl at school. Soon enough Cady takes Regina’s title and lets down pretty much everybody, including her friends and family. How did such a nice kid become so bad, so quickly? Watch Cady’s spiral as it happens.

Clueless – Netflix

Originally this wasn’t on the list. Not because it’s not an obvious one, but I hadn’t seen it in a very long time. So luckily at the last minute, I asked for some opinions and gave it a watch, with my wife of course.

Making fun of privileged teenagers. That is what this is all about. Cher, a rich, popular teenage girl decides to start doing good deeds. One of her deeds is to fix the new girl’s looks and fashion sense (yes, sounds like Mean Girls). Unfortunately for her, her ‘experiment’ starts getting more attention than Cher bargained for. Who’ll end up with the man? Because let’s face it, in these movies there is always some sort of love story, no matter how weird it may seem.

Pretty Woman – Google Play

Julia Roberts playing a high-class escort, what more could you want? Luckily, she is hired by the suave and professional businessman, Edward (Richard Gere) for a few nights to accompany him to a few functions. Just like any predictable rom-com, maybe, just maybe, they fall in love. Made in the very early 90s, it probably isn’t a top pick for the new age kids.

Legally Blonde – Stan & Foxtel Go

Reese Witherspoon stars as Elle Woods, the blonde bimbo turned law student. After being betrayed by her boyfriend who thinks that she is too ditsy and not on his intellectual level, Elle decides to go to law school to prove him wrong. This is the movie that proves that anybody can do anything, with a few fashion tips included along the way. I quite like the way that they tie in a case involving fashion where Elle can truly shine.

Dirty Dancing  – Google Play

Made in 1987, it’s an oldy but a goody. An innocent young girl nicknamed ‘Baby’ goes on a holiday with her family for the summer. While there she meets the handsome bad boy, Johnny (Patrick Swayze) who is quite the ‘dirty’ dancer. Johnny’s dance partner for the final show encounters some serious issues, so Baby steps in for her, even though she has no idea about how to work her feet. Will they pull it off?

When We First Met  – Netflix

Even though concepts like this have been done before, I liked the characters and enjoyed the idea of the photo booth. I also liked that it didn’t have the most predictable ending that most were probably expecting.

A story about a boy called Noah. Seems to be a popular name in these love stories. Noah meets a girl named Avery at a Halloween party and falls head over heels. Soon enough he gets friend-zoned and has to watch her get engaged to somebody else, while his poor little heart breaks in two. Funnily enough, Noah is able to go back and fix things, but will his attempts land him Avery, or just a whole lot of trouble?

The Devil Wears Prada – Foxtel Go

This isn’t my favourite flick, but the fans voted it as a favourite and I couldn’t ignore the popularity of it, over those in the ‘B List’ below.

This movie demonstrates the dog eat dog world of the fashion industry. Andy (Anne Hathaway), a graduate lands a job working for the famous Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the head editor of a fashion magazine. There’s a lot of backstabbing and a couple of broken relationships. Basically, everything you want in a bitchy chick flick.

 

Just Missed the Cut (The ‘B’ List):

He’s Just Not That into You, Miss Congeniality, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

Next Week:

Stay tuned for the next issue in my self-isolation list series – Week 4: The ‘Immature Teen’ List.

Michael is an educator and writer from Melbourne. He enjoys writing about movies, sport, education and Italian Life.

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