5 Chick Flicks That Guys Actually Enjoy (Just In Time For Valentine’s Day)
We’re officially ONE WEEK away from Valentine’s Day, so if you’re a guy and haven’t made plans with your significant other, you better do so soon. Agreeing on what constitutes “being romantic” can be a tough thing for some couples to see eye-to-eye on. For some guys, Valentine’s Day is best spent eating pizza in sweatpants. Meanwhile, no small number of ladies want to go to the movies to watch other people being romantic on the big screen.
If you’re looking for a compromise, here are some chick flicks that come highly recommended by men who ordinarily don’t like such things – or at least won’t admit to it:
5. THE NOTEBOOK
We may as well get this old standby out of the way first, since it’s pretty much the industry standard when it comes to chick flicks. Based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, the plot revolves around a man in a nursing home who reads stories from a notebook, about a mysterious couple, to an unresponsive fellow resident. The story speaks to the romantic in each of us, reminding us of love’s ability to endure. Men love to hate this movie, but one has to wonder how many of them have actually have given it a chance. I, for one, made fun of The Notebook for years until I saw it and realized it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.
4. MEET JOE BLACK
Unless you’re terribly disarmed and threatened by Brad Pitt’s arrestingly good looks, Meet Joe Black might be just the sort of romantic film you’ve been looking for. In it, Pitt portrays Death, who has decided to attempt life as a mortal to see what sorts of experiences he’s been missing out on. After falling in love with a woman named Susan (Claire Forlani), the daughter of a media baron (played by Anthony Hopkins), everything he thought and believed is turned upside-down.
3. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
Another classic chick flick, When Harry Met Sally takes advantage of the surprising chemistry between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. The film does a great job of unpacking the inherent awkwardness that comes from longtime friends stumbling into friends-with-benefits territory. Thanks to some great direction from Rob Reiner, and a genuinely funny screenplay courtesy of Nora Ephron, this movie could be a welcome surprise for skeptical guys.