Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Not your average chick flicks

Just a cut above many traditional chick flicks, these stand out for their more complex and relate-able stories (not all happy, sappy endings here!). For example, in (500) Days of Summer, it's more about the break-up than the relationship. In Happy Go-Lucky, the main character Poppy (Sally Hawkins) is fervently up-beat, even when facing her abusive driving instructor. All the Real Girls features a betrayal-- but not by the character you think; Adventureland is similarly surprising.

Do you have any to add?

(500) Days of Summer (2009) 
Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel
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About a Boy (2002)
Stars Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, and Rachel Weisz
(based on the book by Nick Hornby)
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Adventureland (2009)
Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Ryan Reynolds
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All the Real Girls (2003)
Stars Zooey Deschanel and Paul Schneider
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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Stars Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, and Patricia Neal
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Clueless (1995)
Stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd
(based on Jane Austen's Emma)
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Stars Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Mark Ruffalo, and Kirsten Dunst
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Happy Go-Lucky (2009)
Stars Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan
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Junebug (2006)
Stars Amy Adams, Embeth Davidtz, Ben McKenzie, and Alessandro Nivola
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Juno (2008)
Stars Ellen Page and Michael Cera
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Lars and the Real Girl (2008)
Stars Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, and Paul Schneider
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Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
Stars Miranda July and John Hawkes
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Princess Bride (1987)
Stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin
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Sixteen Candles (1984)
Stars Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall
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  1. That's a pretty good list, I enjoyed all of those films. I think pretty much every romantic comedy with Billy Murray (i.e. Tootsie, Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation) could fit. Also,last year was pretty good in the realm of girly historical dramas, I enjoyed both Bright Star and the Young Victoria.

  2. When I saw the title I began thinking of movies, and then when I saw your list I found that you already had them all down! After some more thinking I thought to add:

    Once, about two musicians meeting, spending a few days together, and sharing a connection as friends before parting.

    WALL-E: Yes, it's animated and about a robot, but I loved the way the movie developed the relationship between WALL-E and EVE.