Five Chick Flicks You Won't Mind Watching this Valentine's Day

Thanks to a parade of sappy romances (we’re talking about you Nicholas Sparks), guys often decide to give anything targeted specifically at women a miss. Well, here at DAD.info, we say that would be a mistake. Just in time for Valentine's weekend, here are five so-called 'chick flicks' (in no particular order) which every man will love...

Roxanne, 1987

This modern riff on Cyrano de Bergerac stars Steve Martin as long-nosed fire chief who falls for Daryl Hannah. Worth watching for the scene of Martin’s character doling out nasally-toned insults.

My Best Friend’s Wedding, 1997

Romantic sure, but also strangely bitchy about the whole concept of marriage, with Julia Roberts playing someone deeply unlikeable yet managing to make you both carry on hating her, but also understand her point of view. In other words, it’s a romcom, but one with bite.

When Harry Met Sally, 1989

Insightful, genuinely funny and with great chemistry between the leads. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal are the friends who can’t get it together, but every line of this seminal screenplay rings with truth and honesty. Perhaps the perfect date movie.

Thelma and Louise, 1991

Pitched as a movie of female empowerment, it is that, but it’s also exciting, as well as saying something about the equality of the sexes (or lack thereof). Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis play two best friends on the run from the FBI, after committing a murder, plus there’s the famous ending.

As Good as it Gets, 1997

In many ways, it’s an utterly traditional romcom. But the fact that both Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson won Oscars in their respective fields (while the film was nominated for five more including Best Picture) should demonstrate how writer/director James L Brooks flips the concept into something fresh and vibrant. If you like this, check out Brooks’ Broadcast News, which is a great watch, too.

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