I was sitting at home yesterday and my wife and daughter came in and in the middle of my weekly NBA game changed the channel so that they could watch a movie. Not just any movie either, but a Chick flick. Now I had a problem, I could roll off of the couch and leave my beautiful large 50″ LCD high-definition TV to my daughter and wife and relegate myself to the small regular TV in my study, or keep my mouth closed and watch a movie that didn’t interest me in high def.
What do you think I did? I chose to lay on the couch and pretend I wasn’t really interested, but the picture (screen) was great. Later my wife asked if I enjoyed the movie and I quickly reminded her that having the opportunity to spend time with her and our daughter was worth sitting through an insurance convention.
However, secretly I really enjoyed the movie and this premise made me think. What are the best chick flicks that men love but won’t admit they do to women? So for today I am creating this list and since these are all movies I have seen over time (especially when I was trying to convince my wife to date and later marry me) and although I may miss a few that many of you may have seen, feel free to write them in the comments section below.
Before I begin with the list first let me attempt to explain my interpretation of a Chick Flick if I may. Chick flicks to me are movies that generally center around creating some type of relationship, generally a love relationship. During the course of the movie they tend to touch on various deep seeded emotions that men seldom like to visit. Men don’t like these because before you know it, you could have tears rolling down your face and the excuse that you’ve got smoke in your eyes won’t cut it anymore because theaters are like everything else, non-smoking.
Regardless of how many times men hear that women love sensitive men, it’s that feeling that we will look like a panty that scare us away from any emotional movie. That is unless it has some blood and guts in it and some great action scenes.
A great example of this is the movie Pearl Harbor. Most men were convinced it was about WWII, however, in fact it was a chick flick with the love story hidden behind the bombing scenes. Damn, sometimes men (we) are suckers, really.
Enough of all that, let’s get down to the list of the “Top 10 Chick Flicks that men love and won’t admit.”
10) Something about Mary…
Yep! There really was something about Mary (Cameron Diaz) and Ben Stiller knew it too. Behind all of those laughs was one man who couldn’t get the thought of a beautiful woman out of his mind years after High School. He was so in love that he discovered where she lived and went through hell and high water just to see her.
Men flocked to see this movie because we all wanted to think it was a horror movie. To add to this, generally in horror movies you get two treats. The first being that the date you take will want to hold onto you when she’s scared (makes the rest of the evening promising if you know what I mean) and the second is that in most horror movies they show some skin. The though of Demi Moore showing skin in what we thought would be a scary movie was too much to bear at the time and we flocked to watch this amazing movie. Little did we know that it was a love story with no skin and a terrific plot and tearful ending. Still remains one of my favorites.
7) Pretty Woman….
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, do I need to say more. I knew this was a chick flick when I discovered they were starring together. However, it allowed me the opportunity to take a girl to the movies that I had wanted to take out for some time. In the end, I for one couldn’t wait for my next trip to L.A. so I could drive down Sunset Blvd looking for a prostitute I could convert into a wife. Just kidding, this movie was great and men enjoyed it just as much as women.
6) Sleepless in Seattle……
As funny as Tom Hanks is you can bet it’s a chick flick if he’s paired with Meg Ryan. Most guys I know watch this movie even when they’re home alone, however they will not admit it. This is a movie for women in love, however it’s also for men who wish to find true love.
5) 50 First Dates….
My daughter absolutely loves this movie. Once a week she and I have what we describe as movie night, occasionally we’ll go to the theater and other times we’ll make our own popcorn and watch DVD’s. It’s always fun and it allows she and I to spend quality time together since I work odd hours. One day she and my wife came home with 50 First Dates because my daughter like Adam Sandler, she thinks he’s funny. I like him to and since Drew Barrymore has a crazy side as well I agreed and we watched it. Don’t tell any other men, I wouldn’t want to lose my masculinity card but I loved it. Yes it was funny, but beneath all of that humor was a man who loved a woman so much that every morning he had to remind her who he was and make her fall in love with him all over again. My daughter just turned ten and she had tears in her eyes when it ended.
All reality comes from fantasy, you ever heard that before? So the idea of an overweight accountant wooing a beautiful socialite should be no problem for people to mentally grasp. Especially when he enlists the help of Will Smith whose business is to help men with successfully getting the women of their dreams. However, in the process Will himself falls in love (and who wouldn’t) with beautiful Eva Mendes. This movie is funny and Kevin James provides a ton of laughs as well as assist women with understanding that love comes in all different sizes. Especially considering that the only size that truly matters is the size of the heart that a man is offering you.
3) Meet Joe Black…….
Damn, they really caught men off guard with this one. Death (Brad Pitt) decides he wants to know what life is all about by learning it from a man who has it all (Anthony Hopkins). However, first he needs a body so that he’ll fit in so he snatches the body of a man (also Brad Pitt) who had turned the head of Anthony Hopkins daughter earlier in the day. In the end, even death falls in love. So much for that black garb and sickle, death needs love too. Great movie and yep, it’s a chick flick even though men may not admit it.
2) Jerry Maguire….
Men went to see this because it’s about a sports agent (Tom Cruise). However, once there we discovered it wasn’t about the love that Jerry Maguire had for his only client (Cuba Gooding Jr.) but really about the love and affection he had for beautiful Renee Zellweger. There is a lot of love in sports but it all fails in comparison to true love, every single time.
And the number one Chick Flick that men love and will not admit to is: Drumroll please!
1) City of Angles…..
Take all the displays of love in the movies above and place them together, it would still pale in comparison to the act of true love committed by Nicholas Cage in this ultimate chick flick. Of course it helped that Meg Ryan was the object of his affection, but regardless this is the ultimate portrayal of true unconditional love. For those of you whom have not seen this movie, I will not spoil it for you. Please rent it and talk your significant other into watching it with you, he’ll enjoy it too. It’ll also give you the opportunity to inquire as to what he’d do to prove his love for you. However, I have to warn you that the ending tends to generate tears in men as well as women and if your man at the least doesn’t get misty eyed, he lacks emotion and compassion. Regardless, he’ll enjoy it anyway and he’ll enjoy that he watched it with you.
Now before I go, please understand that these are 10 movies that I like. You may not agree with my idea of these ten movies. If there are movies that you think are better, please write them in the comment section. We could all use a good movie for those times with our loved ones where we simply want to relax and be together.