Before diving into the tears, tantrums, loves and losses of my favourite four chick flicks, I stopped to think about what it is about these movies that makes them so appealing to us ladies? Is it the hunky men, the first kiss (and more), the everywoman heroine that hits so close to home, or the inevitable they lived happily ever after that gets us every time?
What makes chick flicks so appealing is how relatable they are. In all of us lies a vulnerable woman that is waiting to be saved – saved by who, you might ask? Well that’s when things get a little tricky.
Pretty Woman is a modern-day fairytale that almost every woman can relate to.
Down-and-out Vivian Ward (Roberts) has to earn a living turning tricks in Los Angeles – a lifestyle that this gorgeous redhead was not destined for. Enter Richard Gere as Edward Lewis, a dapper businessman with a big heart and an even bigger wallet who sees more to Vivian than just her thigh-high boots.
What starts out as a business arrangement develops into a fairy tale romance that changes both of their lives forever, and is recognised as one of the greatest love stories to ever grace the silver screen.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
For every woman that has ever felt frumpy, rejected and unlucky in love, Bridget Jones’s Diary is your saving grace.
Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) is a thirty-something single woman living in London who struggles daily with her career, her self-image, her diet and, more importantly, her lack of a love life. “How’s your love life?” becomes the perpetual question that plagues Bridget throughout the movie, especially once she starts shagging her boss, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and develops feelings for Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), a family friend whose pool she used to paddle around in naked.
Bridget Jones’s Diary is as a parody of life’s relationships – parents, friends, lovers – that drive you crazy but who you can’t live without.
Aside from proving that women and comedy is a match made in heaven, Bridesmaids is a satirical look at the trials and tribulations that can come from being a bridesmaid.
Annie’s best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married. While this would ordinarily be a happy announcement, sad and single Annie (Kristen Wiig) is petrified of what this is going to do to their friendship and more importantly her ego. After losing her business, Annie has tried unsuccessfully to piece her life and her self-esteem together, a task that is made all the more impossible when Lillian assigns her the role of maid of honour. To make matters worse, Lillian’s other bridesmaid Helen (Rose Byrne) has all the qualities to make the world’s most perfect maid of honour and Annie’s arch enemy.
Bridesmaids will touch a soft spot for anyone who has ever felt afraid, friendless and lost.
My Best Friend’s Wedding
What do you do when the man of your dreams is marrying someone else? This is the dilemma that Julia Roberts is faced with in our final favourite chick flick, My Best Friend’s Wedding.
Few of us can blame Julianne (Roberts) for acting like a jealous psycho when her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) announces that he is marrying a woman he has only known for a few months. Aside from being outrageously good-looking, Michael has been her best friend for many years, and who can forget about the pact they once made to marry each other?
The heroine in this movie sadly does not get the guy, but does one better by proving what it means to be a true best friend.