10 chick flicks that men will tollerate

A guide to romcoms that are ok to like if you’re a guy or at least to sit through for Valentine’s Day!  

Things I Hate About You (1999)

Loosely based upon Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things… is a high school romcom that isn’t actually bad. Dare I say, it’s quite good. It’s no masterpiece or anything, but that’s not what we’re going for here. With both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Heath Ledger on form, it’s a pretty decent watch.

Bridesmaids (2011)

This is the surprise hit of 2011. The maid of honour and the best friend try to outdo one another for the affections of their mate. Doesn’t sound wonderful, right? Well, when you throw in a bunch of women spouting an abundance of potty words in there, including dropping the C-bomb, it becomes pretty damn funny. Silly title to attract a male audience.

Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

Again, this little gem popped up in 2011. Ok, gem is maybe a little too much, but this was more of a romcom for guys, than girls. The two central characters are guys played by Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell. Gosling’s the gigolo who takes the newly separated Carrell under his wing with some really amusing consequences. Silly title number two to attract a male audience.

The Princess Bride (1987)

Silly title number three. Released almost 25 years ago, this movie is a little bit of fantasy, a bit of kings and knights and princesses of course, but it really is very funny. It’s tongue-in-cheek; of which it’s self aware; and it has a baddie with 6 fingers on one hand and Andre the Giant in it. What more can you ask for?!

Knocked Up (2007)

This is more of a stoner comedy for guys, but it does have a kind of romance running throughout. Seth Rogan is the stoner. Katherine Heigl is the highflying T.V host. Their paths cross and she gets preggos. The serious bit ensues, but with a fair amount of sweary banter to keep the guys interested. It’s the kind of movie, that makes you think – ‘Shit, what the hell would I do?’, but in a funny way!

The Girl Next Door (2004)

This movie stars Elisha Cuthbert. And she’s a porn star in it. I think that’ll pretty much sell it to most guys. She’s the porn star trying to get out of the business and moves to suburban civilisation, and takes a fancy to the boy next door (Emile Hersch). He gets besotted with her, until one of his mates recognises her. It’s funny and does have one or two boobs in it. Score.

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Ok, this might be a tough sell to some guys being in black and white n’ all, but this is a very funny movie. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are musicians who have to conceal their identities by joining an all woman orchestra. There’s some expertly crafted slapstick comedy in this one; and honestly Marilyn Monroe really wasn’t have bad lookin’.

The Wedding Singer (1998)

Adam Sandler is the wedding crooner trying to woo Drew Barrymore in this 1980s set comedy. Sandler is actually funny. It’s rare, but it’s true. And the romance between the two of them is a believable one. So, amusing and a bit soppy, The Wedding Singer might just hit the mark for both guys and gals.

Before Sunrise (1995)

This is the most independent movie of the bunch starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as complete strangers on a train who meet and hit it off. They wander the streets of Vienna incorporating some intelligently written and skilfully executed dialogue. It’s a sweet movie all about a chance encounter that changes the characters for ever.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

I don’t know why Matthew McConaughey has chosen to be so many shitty romcoms in the past, but this one is surprisingly ok. He’s tasked with making any girl fall in love with him. The ‘any girl’ is Kate Hudson who is a journalist who must do all she can to, once getting a guy on the hook, push him away….by being needy and neurotic etc. It’s pretty amusing, and McConaughey is as smug as ever.

(NOTE: Only watch Dirty Dancing and Grease if you watched these movies as a child and they have some kind of reminiscing value.)

At The Heart Of It…

So, some movies aren’t necessarily classed as romantically orientated, but do have a love story theme running throughout. The following are movies you may be able to get away with watching if you claim that they are love stories…..and you won’t be lying!

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – It’s gothic horror, sure. But the central narrative is a love story. The damn tagline for the movie is ‘Love never dies’, for Pete’s sake.

Leon (1994) – It’s an action movie, but with a very touching story of a guy who has nothing in his life and a child who needs a father figure. Jean Reno stars with a 12 year old Natalie Portman.

Drive (2011) – Released just last year and nominated for numerous awards is this movie; about driving, ultra-violence and of course a story of guy and a gal. I love this movie.

Written by @filmfellalozz

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