Most guys have been there. You sit down to watch a movie with your significant other and you can’t decide what to watch. Everything she picks seems sappy and unappealing and everything you pick is a bit too macho and full of testosterone for her tastes. The last thing many guys want to see is a movie that they consider a chick flick, but they watch them anyway to appease her. Well, there are some movies you can suggest with the chick flick elements she likes, but are still enjoyable for you. Here is PlanetHopperTV’s top 10 chick flicks that guys will not only tolerate, they’ll enjoy.
10. For a Good Time Call (2012)– This is a hilarious and well-written comedy about 2 former college frenemies who start their own phone sex line to make ends meet. It’s directed by Canadian director Jamie Travis and stars relative unknowns, Ari Graynor (The Sitter) and Lauren Miller with a great supporting performance from Justin Long. The impressive, sexy, and endearing writing comes from the mind of one of the leads Lauren Miller, who also happens to be Seth Rogen’s wife and the voice of Camille the Tampon in Rogen’s Sausage Party. The writing is the backbone of this film and one of the main reasons guys will appreciate it. The lines are delivered splendidly by the two leads who shine in starring roles after spending most of their careers as bit players. (Something that is likely to change for Graynor when she stars alongside James Franco in the upcoming film The Disaster Artist, based on the making of the so-bad-its-good phenomenon The Room). Justin Long plays excellently off these two as the gay friend in a role that could have easily been a caricature, but the writing and Long’s performance give it depth.
Why guys will appreciate it: It’s raunchy, provocative, and genuinely funny with strong sexual content and tons of great jokes about vibrators, orgasms, and creepy callers.
Why chicks will appreciate it: It’s a heartfelt story about friendship and female empowerment and you know it’s going to feel good for her when you’re laughing your ass off at a movie like this.
- Clueless (1995) – A classic high school comedy from legendary writer / director Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, National Lampoon’s European Vacation) and starring Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd. This is probably the most unlikely movie on the list because it features girly high school drama, shopping, and makeovers, but it’s still a damn good movie for both sexes and consistently fun on repeat viewings. The teen girl angst and juvenile zaniness are gloriously over the top and grounded in sarcastic realism by Paul Rudd’s character who’s smart-mouth aloofness and self-awareness seems to spread to the rest of the characters, and the film itself, as the story progresses. I dare you not to laugh when Silverstone and Rudd mix it up and the adorable Murphy shows her knack for physical comedy.
Why guys will appreciate it: This movie is about as girly as it gets, but it’s comedy you can appreciate and Paul Rudd will have you rolling as he voices exactly what you’re thinking when witnessing the teeny silliness around him.
Why chicks will appreciate it: It’s an endearing look at what life and love is like for high school girls and chicks are sure to think that young Paul Rudd is a dreamy and delightfully rough around the edges leading man.
- Jerry Maguire (1996) – Another high quality romantic comedy from a phenomenal writer / director. This one stars Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, and Cuba Gooding Jr. Cameron Crowe (Say Anything, Singles, Almost Famous) who also wrote Amy Heckerling’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, directs this romance for the ages and delivers a highlight in the illustrious career of its star Tom Cruise making this his 5th consecutive $100 million film. Cruise plays the title role based on the real-life story of sports agent Leigh Steinberg. Jerry Maguire is a successful agent who has it all, but begins an existential struggle, prompting him to pour his heart out in a mission statement. This results in him being stripped of all his biggest clients and status at his prestigious agency. He climbs his way up from the bottom with the help of only one football star client (Gooding Jr.) and the only colleague who believes in him (Zellweger). The film catapulted Zellweger to superstardom after having no money in her bank account when she got the part. The now iconic lines “show me the money” and “you had me at hello” help solidify the film’s place in cinema history.
Why guys will appreciate it: Guys will love the many sports references and macho bonding, as well as, the football sequences that include a real Monday Night Football game between the Cardinals and the Cowboys at the end of the film.
Why chicks will appreciate it: What chick doesn’t gush over the “you had me at hello” line? Plus, it’s a touching love story that doesn’t seem manufactured like many mainstream romantic comedies AND it stars Tom Cruise at his hunkiest.
- 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) – This touching and irreverent film is based on the Shakespeare play “The Taming of the Shrew” and stars the late Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It’s directed by Gil Junger, who is mostly known for his work in television, and penned by the writers who went on to bring us films like Legally Blonde and The House Bunny. This could have been just another teen romantic comedy, but It’s elevated by memorable characters and Heath Ledger who brings us a chiseled and dreamy bad boy while appealing to both men and women with his macho charm and endearing vulnerability in the face of true love. It defies rom-com stereotypes with sentiment that feels grounded and comedy that combines subtle chuckles with big laughs.
Why guys will appreciate it: Heath Ledger is in it. Guys love him after his iconic turn as The Joker in The Dark Knight and the comedy is sarcastic and often touching without being sappy.
Why chicks will appreciate it: Heath Ledger is in it. Plus, Julia Stiles’ character of Katarina is a tough as nails feminist who is convincingly softened by Ledger’s Patrick.
- Bridesmaids (2011) – This wildly successful and critically acclaimed raunchy comedy is directed by Paul Feig (The Heat, The Office) and stars an ensemble cast that includes SNL’s Kristen Wiig, who also wrote the script, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, and Maya Rudolph. Wiig plays a down on her luck pastry chef whose life falls apart during the planning of her best friend’s wedding while in a hilarious competition with a bridesmaid (Byrne) who wants to take her place as the bride’s best friend. It’s a wild ride that pulls no punches in moments that range from painfully awkward to lewd to heartwarming and all of them work to gut bustingly hilarious effect. The poop jokes, sex jokes, and captivating story are woven together superbly in a script that got an Oscar nomination for Kristen Wiig and a breakout performance from Melissa McCarthy that got her a Best Supporting Actress nom.
Why guys will appreciate it: The toilet humor and dick jokes normally reserved for mostly male films is on display here and it never seems forced because of the excellent cast and exceptional script.
Why chicks will appreciate it: Chicks love movies about other chicks getting married. Plus, they get to ogle at Don Draper himself, Jon Hamm, in a role that shows that he handles comedy as well as he does drama.
- As Good As It Gets (1997) – Directed and co-written by The Simpsons creator James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News) and starring legendary actor Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, and Greg Kinnear. Nicholson is delightfully ornery as Melvin Udall; a cantankerous and bigoted aging writer with obsessive-compulsive disorder who snaps at anyone who dares interfere with his regimented and troubled existence. Kinnear plays his gay neighbor who, along with his adorable little dog, start to break down Melvin’s defenses, opening his heart enough to let in Carol (Hunt). A struggling waitress who must leave work to care for her sick son and is unwittingly part of Melvin’s obsessive routine. It’s an irresistible film with a magic that never subsides, even with repeat viewings.
Why guys will appreciate it: What guy doesn’t love Jack? Nicholson’s character is at once comical, fascinating, and downright unlikeable with a believable arc that leads him on a journey of compassion and self-discovery.
Why chicks will appreciate it: It’s sentimental and whimsical and Hunt’s character is a strong, empowered woman who ideally handles Nicholson’s overbearing personality and succeeds in humanizing a man we think is beyond reproach at the beginning of the film.
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – One of the most captivating, mind expanding, and original films on the list. Directed by visionary director Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep), written by distinctively talented writer Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind), and starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in one of the finest films of their respective careers. A short description could never do this film justice, but it centers on a young couple, Joel and Clementine, whose relationship becomes so sour and painful that they submit to a procedure that will erase each other from their memories. While watching the memories of Clementine fade away, Joel realizes he still loves her and struggles to get back what they lost. It has drama, comedy, and mind-bending imagination in spades and makes an outrageous and magical storyline feel somehow grounded.
Why guys will appreciate it: Guys will love seeing the zany and physical comedian Jim Carrey in a serious role that shows what a true talent he is. It’s a story of loss and self-discovery told in a way that guys and girls can appreciate on an existential level and enough imagination to make it the epitome of an atypical love story.
Why chicks will appreciate it: The story literally gets down to the core of what makes us fall in love and what makes us drift apart. It has all the elements of a classic love story with Kate Winslet playing a substantial, genuine, and layered female character.
- The Wedding Singer (1998) – This heavily musical Adam Sandler vehicle set in the 80’s is directed by Frank Coraci who went on to direct slightly less notable Sandler movies The Waterboy, Click, and The Ridiculous 6 and written by Tim Herlihy who wrote most of the films in Sandler’s filmography. Not to knock the rest of his body of work, but this is one of his crowning achievements that got the balance of comedy, music, love story, and nostalgia just right. The costars are Drew Barrymore and most of the Sandler clan. This one is a fun crowd pleaser in every way with Sandler’s brand of comedy at its finest while highlighting his talent as both a musician and a comedian and his ability to mix the two.
Why guys will appreciate it: Guys will love the 80’s nostalgia, juvenile humor, and seeing the nice guy steal the girl away from the Delorean driving macho dickhead Glenn Guglia.
Why chicks will appreciate it: It’s a touching and delightful love story and the chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore leaps off the screen. Plus, there’s tons of outrageous 80’s fashion and girl bonding between Barrymore’s character and her friend played by Christine Taylor.
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) – Jason Segel writes and stars in one of the few romantic comedies with almost wall to wall sex and naughty humor. This uproarious and lively comedy directed by Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, Neighbors) would be considered downright smutty if it wasn’t so damn charming. The film also stars Mila Kunis, (who is just as funny as she is sexy), Kristen Bell, and Russell Brand. Peter (Segel) vacations in Hawaii to recover from a recent break-up, only to discover that his ex, Sarah Marshall (Bell) is at the same resort with her new boyfriend (Brand). What ensues is a fresh and boisterous film that is an absolute blast with unforgettable moments that include side-splitting appearances by stars like Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, and Bill Hader.
Why guys will appreciate it: There’s not much about this film that guys wouldn’t like. Naughty humor, the struggle of a guy recovering from a break-up, sex, MILA KUNIS having sex, Kristen Bell having sex… I could go on.
Why chicks will appreciate it: I don’t think I’m out of line when I say that many chicks will enjoy seeing full frontal male nudity and Segel’s seductively large manhood in a nude break-up scene inspired by his real-life experience.
- Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) – Directed by surprisingly inexperienced directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris, Focus) and surprisingly written by the writer of kid’s films Cars, Bolt, and Tangled, Dan Fogelman; this is an equally dramatic, exhilarating, and laugh out loud funny film with a fantastic cast made up of undeniable talent like Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone. Not to mention, scene-stealing appearances by Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon. Cal (Carell) is devastated when his wife Emily (Moore) asks for a divorce and he is forced to re-enter the dating market with the help of handsome stranger Jacob (Gosling). Watching Gosling teach Carell to pick up women is so entertaining, I could have watched it for the entire movie. Luckily, the writers gave us much more by giving Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling a platform for their positively electric chemistry, a cute and compelling sub-plot with Cal’s son Robbie and the babysitter, another sub-plot with Emily and Bacon’s David Lindhagen, and so much more. Few films are this watchable with enough layers, charisma, and charm to make it entertain no matter how many times you watch it.
Why guys will appreciate it: Ryan Gosling is in it playing a man’s man who is a fiend with the ladies and the bromance between him and Carell is palpable. Plus, he brings out Emma Stone’s sexiness and allure and there’s more than enough macho grandstanding to go around.
Why chicks will appreciate it: Ryan Gosling is in it… with his shirt off! The love stories, both in the central narrative and the sub-plots, are sweet and authentic. Emma Stone is a strong and empowered woman who handles Gosling’s swagger effortlessly to the point of being the aggressor and Julianne Moore reflects the real struggle of an aging woman who loses her lust for life and her husband and fights to better her situation no matter how challenging it is.