By Emily Heiss
"I’m tired of it."
"I’ve had enough!"
All are quotes said at the turning point of the typical ‘Chick Flick.’ They also happen to be my thoughts on these generic, overrated, and redundant films.
It’s usually around this time of the year when the ‘Chick Flick’ makes its appearance in mainstream again.
By Carrie Knight
"Here we go again another cliche chick flick released into theaters…”
This is the thought of many when another romance movie is produced. Chick flicks are viewed as being too sappy, as many believe once you’ve seen one romantic movie you have seen them all. Storylines are alike, depressing scenes, and then the outcomes always end in happily ever after.
The easiest way to spot one of these corny movies is by their dreamy leads or kissing scenes in the rain. I have also taken notice that the movie posters for these all follow a template. The lead girl is always smirking and staring deadpan into the camera as the lead male stares at her through the side of her eye. Seriously, they ALL have this component. "She’s All That," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," etc. The list goes on.
Examples of the generic rom-com movie posters that include but are not limited to: "She’s All That," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "The Backup Plan," and "Bridget Jones’s Diary."
However, just because I am anti-Chick Flick does NOT mean I am anti-romance. I’m a teen girl, I’m all about a good love story. The thing about Chick Flicks that I am not particularly fond of are the unrealistic expectations that they set. Life does not always end with you in that white house by the beach with all five of your well-behaved kids.
The most generic plot in each and every Chick Flick is the “guy gets girl, guy loses girl, guy gets girl back” phenomenon. In "The Notebook," Noah does everything he can to get the attention of Allie, shortly after they “fall in love,” she leaves him and believes he moved on so she moves on, in the end he gets her back by somehow managing to renovate an abandoned house with only his hands.
Now, I’m not saying let’s get rid of movies for Valentine’s Day all together. In fact, I have a list on our website, www.theleonid.com of top movies for Valentine’s day to watch INSTEAD of rewatching "The Last Song" for the umpteenth time.
So this year, let’s ditch the Chick-Flick like the lead couple does to each other at the climax of the movie, and let’s never get back together with it.
If there’s word of a new chick flick coming to the local movie theater, you can bet I am watching the trailer and looking for a time and a ticket.Society has people who are romance movie lovers tagged as hopeless romantics. I am the typical 17-year-old chick flick addict, your regular teenage romance movie connoisseur.
Romantic comedies are often the go-to for many that are not into full romance. This gives the satisfaction to those who like the romantic side but also relief to those who would rather be laughing instead of crying.
My absolute favorite part about romantic movies and any movie for that matter is guessing what will happen next. During a romance movie, I like to guess who will end up together in the end. Even if you are not into chick flicks, you could keep yourself entertained by predicting.
“Dear John” was a chick flick I recently watched (for the 50th time). The first time I watched it I predicted she would end up with the role channing Tatum was playing, however I was wrong. I do not want to give too much information and spoil it for ones who haven’t seen it, just proving not chick flicks will go how you think they will.
Many are also against romantic movies because they bring up the realization of being single. However, when watching a romance movie it could and as it should be, looked at as hope.
People enjoy watching movies so they can have a laugh or have the daylights scared out of them; many do not want to watch a movie that will make them cry. However, I like the emotional rollercoaster. Romance movies offer a variation of emotions from, sadness, hope, fear, relief, and also happiness.
Next time you aren’t sure what to do... pop a bag of popcorn and flip on “The Notebook” or “Dear John” and enjoy.