By: Eric Michael (University of Miami)
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Guys, let’s be honest here. We don’t like chick flicks. They’re called that for a reason. They are movies designed for women to either make them ball their eyes out, or show them how the perfect guy does exist. We’ve all been there though, where we got stuck watching a chick flick. There are a few that aren’t too bad though, so here are the top 5 guy approved chick flicks.
5. Bring It On (2000)
Kirsten Dunst was brilliant in this comedy about a cheerleading squad who was getting ready for a competition, only to find out their routine and cheers had been stolen from another squad. Gabrielle Union is the fiery captain of the squad whose cheers were stolen. The movie is pretty funny, and with a bunch of girls in cheerleader outfits, what guy wouldn’t want to watch it?
4. Save the Last Dance (2001)
Honestly, I am a huge Julia Stiles fan and I think she is great in every role she plays. In this movie Stiles plays a girl from Chicago who moves into a predominantly African American community on the South Side with her father after her mother passes. Stiles meets Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas) one of the few people in the community with a chance to make it big, and they start to hit it off. The community is mad and upset with her, saying she was stealing the only one member of the community with a chance to do something with his life. Derek helps push her to forget about the other people and focus on her dream of being a professional ballerina.
3. Jerry Maguire (1996)
Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger are the main actors in this movie about a sports agent who is left with only one client. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Rod Tidwell, Jerry Maguire’s (Tom Cruise) only client, a backup wide receiver for the Cardinals. Zellweger plays the girlfriend who has Jerry come back into her life. Zellweger utters one of the most memorable quotes in the movie in, “You had me at hello.” Jonathan Lipnicki (Stuart Little) plays an adorable little kid in the movie that can bring any guy to tears.
2. Step Up (2006)
An interesting choice but it has a good story. Channing Tatum plays Tyler Gage, a troubled teen who is forced to become janitor at the Maryland School of the Arts as part of his community service. Tatum becomes close with Jenna Dewan’s character Nora Clark, a student at the school, after Tatum offers to help her with her choreography for the schools showcase. After Dewan’s partner gets injured and can’t perform with her, Tatum becomes her partner, and much more.
1. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Ok, I know I may hear some slack about why The Notebook isn’t on here, or why this is number one but let me explain. The cast of this movie is extremely underrated with Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. There’s plenty of comedy in it, but it’s a real movie. It shows how the asshole guy doesn’t always get the girl, and that money doesn’t buy everything. Guys even if you’re home alone and this movie happens to be on your cable, you can be man enough to watch it. It’s that funny.
So no, Notebook or Dear John are not on this list because I tend to think guys don’t find them as appealing. If you have any comments about movies you think should be on the list, or ones that shouldn’t be, feel free to let me know.