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This Chick’s Flicks: Guilt-Less Pleasures

Dear Readers,

We talk a lot about “guilty pleasures”—you know, those things we do or like that we know we shouldn’t. But, I wonder:

How much “guilt” do we really feel about them?

Maybe it’s me, but I just can’t muster any real “guilt” about loving some of the chick flicks that I love…no matter how much judgment I face for my inability to get it up to please the haters. Effectively, these movies are my “guilt-less pleasures”…and I’m willing to bet that at least some of you can empathize in this regard.

So today I share with you, dear Readers, my top 5 favorite guilt-less pleasures. For each, I’ve given: 1-3 descriptive hashtags (à la my daily chick flick recommendation tweets); the plot, the cast, and some other basic info (doing my best to avoid as many *SPOILERS* as possible…sorry for any that slipped in!); and a trailer or other video (admittedly, some have ads and the quality varies…again, sorry!).

Give these chick flicks a chance…and when you love them too, I hope you’ll feel free to abandon any guilt you might otherwise have felt about doing so, or not even bother to pretend that you feel guilty in the first place.

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The Wedding Date (2005)
#Family #RomCom

A frequent item in the TBS weekend lineup, The Wedding Date is about a woman who hires a male escort to be her date at her younger sister’s wedding. Featuring witty family repartee, fun wedding festivities, surprising secrets, and a seduction scene that will leave you looking at boats in whole new light, The Wedding Date is endearing and enjoyable.

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The Wedding Date (PG-13, 90 mins.) stars Debra MessingDermot MulroneyAmy AdamsJack DavenportSarah ParishJeremy SheffieldPeter Egan, and Holland Taylor.

The Wedding Date is available on Amazon (DVD and Instant Video) and iTunes (Rent and Buy).

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Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
#Inspirational #Teen #GirlPower

A late 80s girl-power classic if ever I saw one, Troop Beverly Hills tells the tale of Phyllis Nefler, a socialite who takes the reins of her daughter’s Wilderness Girl troop to distract herself from her impending divorce. In the process of teaching the girls how to survive the nature they’re most likely to encounter—i.e., “the wilds of Beverly Hills”—Phyllis and the girls learn that, with a little faith in themselves and a strong team by their side, there’s nothing they can’t accomplish.

(Not the trailer, but I think this video will suffice to pique your interest…)

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Troop Beverly Hills (PG, 100 min.) stars Shelley LongCraig T. NelsonBetty ThomasMary GrossJenny LewisCarla GuginoHeather HopperKellie Martin, and Shelley Morrison, with appearances by Tori SpellingWillie Garson, Kareem Abdul-JabbarFrankie AvalonAnnette Funicello, Robin Leach, and Cheech Marin.

Troop Beverly Hills is available on Amazon (DVD and Instant Video) and iTunes (Buy).

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Brown Sugar (2002)
#HipHop #RomCom

Another TBS favorite, Brown Sugar is the story of two friends who come to realize that their lifelong love of hip-hop is indivisible from their true love for each other. Not only is this movie totally cute, but Brown Sugar will also teach you a solid hip-hop history lesson (…seriously…great soundtrack).

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Brown Sugar (PG-13, 109 mins.) stars Sanaa LathanTaye DiggsMos DefNicole Ari ParkerBoris Kodjoe, and Queen Latifah.

Brown Sugar is available on Amazon (DVD and Instant Video).

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Gossip (2000)
#Dark #College #PowerOfRumor

Ever wonder how, or why, rumors spread? A decidedly dark take on the power of the rumor mill, Gossip explores how scuttlebutt can be used to exact personal vengeance, and reminds us that, like magic in Once Upon a Time, all gossip comes with a price.

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Gossip (R, 90 mins.) stars Lena HeadeyJames MarsdenNorman ReedusKate HudsonJoshua JacksonMarisa CoughlanEric BogosianSharon Lawrence, and Edward James Olmos.

Gossip is available on Amazon (DVD and Instant Video) and iTunes (Rent and Buy).

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Drive Me Crazy (1999)
#HighSchool #RomCom

Having spent months planning her high school’s centennial celebration, popular girl Nicole needs only one thing to complete her once-in-a-lifetime night: the perfect date. When her first choice asks someone else, Nicole goes looking for an alternative…and instead finds *the one.*

You know you love Drive Me Crazy if you get goosebumps when, during the Centennial Dance, Nicole asks Chase, “So who are we making jealous?”, and he responds, “Everyone Nicole. Everyone.”

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Drive Me Crazy (PG-13, 91 mins.) stars Melissa Joan HartAdrian Grenier, Ali LarterSusan May Pratt, Keri Lynn PrattKris ParkMark WebberGabriel CarpenterJordan BridgesStephen Collins, and Mark Metcalf.

Drive Me Crazy is available on Amazon (DVD, Blu-ray, and Instant Video) and Netflix Instant.

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Think my top 5 is missing something special?

Tell me your favorite guilt-less pleasures in the comments!

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Want more chick flicks?

First, check out previous This Chick’s Flicks pieces.

Then, stay tuned to Screen Invasion for This Chick’s Flicks posts on chick flicks of now and then.

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Follow Sarah Katz on Twitter (@sarahdkatz) for daily chick flick recommendations (or tweet her for more suggestions), and stay tuned to Screen Invasion via Twitter (@ScreenInvasion) and Facebook.

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This Chick’s Flicks logo: © 2012 Kristal Bailey. || The Wedding Date image and video: © 2005 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. || Troop Beverly Hills video: © 1989 WEG Acquisition Corp. All Rights Reserved. || Brown Sugar video: © 2002 Fox Searchlight Pictures. || Gossip video: © 2000 – Warner Bros. All rights reserved. || Drive Me Crazy video: © 1999 20th Century Fox – All rights reserved.

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Sarah Katz

Sarah Katz

Born-and-bred New Yorker. Lifelong film & TV lover—from chick flicks, rom-coms, rom-droms, rom-drams, and tweentertainment, to Shakespeare, period pieces, James Bond, fairy tales, and mafia movies.