I’m a sucker for chick flicks. At the top of my list are 13 Going on 30, Freaky Friday and Bring It On, I’ve watched them an embarrassing number of times. I love the cliché romance plots, who doesn’t, right? But I think it’s time to switch it up. I use movies as one of my main sources of inspiration, so I can appreciate when a seemingly predictable plot is being told in a creative style. So, why not spice up this girls’ night and watch creatively filmed chick flicks?
Obviously, the classic chick flicks are irreplaceable, but I found a couple new ones to fulfill the necessary dose of romance all while told in a visually interesting way. I think the movies below do an especially good job, they’re all fun to watch and contain something that makes each special. These movies are not your typical chick flicks – cheers to finding a new favorite!
TRES METROS SOBRE EL CIELO (THREE STEPS ABOVE HEAVEN), 2010
A bad boy that goes by H (Mario Casas) falls for Babi (Maria Valverde), a good girl. They fall in love. This is the ultimate chick flick plot, I know, but you have to trust me, this movie is good. Honestly, I think this movie starts as one of those cute, romantic, cliché stories and then slaps you in the face with reality. Be warned, this is a Spanish film, but if you don’t speak Spanish you can still enjoy with the subtitles on. I actually recommend subtitles anyway because they speak fast and tend to use Spanish lingo. Also, grab some tissue while you’re at it.
TONIGHT YOU’RE MINE, 2011
Adam (Luke Treadaway) and Morello (Natalia Tena) are two rock stars that don’t get along while at a music festival. They end up being handcuffed to each other which forces them to spend the rest of the night together and figure out how they’re going to perform. Somewhere along the way they fall in love. It has a great soundtrack and the movie itself was actually filmed during the T in the Park Music Festival in Kinross, Scotland.
LOVE & OTHER DISASTERS, 2006
I watched this movie because I was obsessed with Brittany Murphy. I’ve watched every single one of her movies available on Netflix and this one is #2 on my list (Uptown Girls is #1, duh). Brittany plays “Jacks” a British girl that grew up in the U.S but now lives in Europe which results in a funny accent. She works for British Vogue, has lovely friends that always meet for brunch, and she keeps sleeping with her ex-boyfriend because she’s afraid of change. There are a lot of imaginary vs. reality scenes and self-irony. It’s a funny story and you’ll appreciate Brittany’s outfits throughout the movie.
500 DAYS OF SUMMER, 2009
I’m sure a lot of you have seen this one, but it’s on the list nonetheless. Summer (Zooey Deschanel) and Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) start going out. Tom is, I guess, in love with her while Summer is unsure about her feelings. Just like Three Feet Above Heaven, this movie is a slap in the face. I portrays a genuine love story or simply a genuine story not about love…depends on how you see it.
Okay, I’m going to admit this one isn’t told in a visually creative way and it probably doesn’t fit the same viewer age range as the ones above but nonetheless it’s a must see. While growing up I used to build forts and watch this on my portable DVD player every Friday. It’s about Hailey (Joanna ‘JoJo’ Levesque) and Claire (Emma Roberts), best friends that will soon be separated due to Hailey moving to Australia. They encounter Aquamarine (Sara Paxton), a mermaid, and decide to help her prove that love exists and in exchange she will give them one wish. It’s an adorable movie full of friendship, a hopeful message and a very necessary shopping montage!
Cover photo via IMDB.
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