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Chick Flicks: June 2014 – TFIOS, OBVIOUS CHILD & More

chick flick – (n.) A movie that targets a primarily female audience.
(e.g., most rom-coms, rom-drams, rom-droms and the like)
2. A movie centered around a strong female protagonist.
NOTE: Although commonly misconstrued as such, the term is not, in fact, a pejorative or a synonym for
The Notebook.
What’s In A Name?: Re-Defining “CHICK FLICK”

One year ago, I saw a distressing tweet by famed chick flick writer Kirsten Smith (10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, with Karen McCullah Lutz) about summer 2013’s movie prospects:

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So, I consulted IMDb, Box Office Mojo, Fandango, and the like, emerged with 10 June–July 2013 chick flicks, and—voila!—the Chick Flicks of the Month post was born.
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With each successive post, some things changed. I constantly alter the posts’ visual formatting and, perhaps more importantly, have amended my definition of “chick flick” more than once to expand the genre. Hence, below you’ll find flicks that tackle everything from doo-wop and destination weddings, to cancer and abortion—and even one or two that appear out of place (ex. Clark Gregg‘s Trust Me, included for newcomer Saxon Sharbino‘s strong performance).
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I’ve also noticed a few things that some distributors, filmmakers, and/or talent do quite well, while others could use some improvement: (1) Movies that aggregate all of their own information, social media links, and videos in one comprehensive website are the (delightful) exception, not the rule. Make it easy for potential audiences to interact with your movie: You have all the correct info, so share it in one, easy-to-find and easy-to-use locale. Audiences will thank you for it. (2) It’s far too easy to miss many movies among today’s myriad offerings, so endeavor to make your movie stand out in any (positive) way possible. Set up a Twitter account, and tweet the movie’s poster and trailer. Do a hashtag search, find press and people discussing similar movies or genres, and tweet them the trailer. Help others help you spread the word—and fans will follow suit.
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My heartfelt thanks to the inimitable Kirsten Smith for inspiring this monthly journey into the heart of my favorite genre, and to all of you for reading and sharing this post each month. I sincerely hope that it has been as helpful for you as it has been for me.
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And without further ado, here’s the 411 on 8 chick flicks hitting theaters and VOD/digital rental June 627.
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June 6

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The Fault in Our Stars
PG-13....125 min.....Drama, Romance
DIRECTOR: Josh Boone
WRITERS: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff,
Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell,
Mike Birbiglia, Emily Peachey
Website....FB....@TheFaultMovie ....G+
Instagram....Tumblr....YouTube

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Get Tickets

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
iTunes....Amazon....Barnes & Noble

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Movie Review

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Obvious Child
(NYC & LA – Expanding 6/13)
R....83 min.....Comedy, Romance
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Gillian Robespierre
Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffmann, Jake Lacy,
Gabe Liedman, Richard Kind, Polly Draper,
David Cross
Website....Facebook....@ObviousChildMov
Instagram....Tumblr

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Get Tickets

OBVIOUS CHILD Movie Review

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June 6 (cont’)

Trust Me
(LIMITED/VOD/Digital)
R....89 min.....Comedy
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Clark Gregg
Clark Gregg, Saxon Sharbino, Amanda Peet,
Sam Rockwell, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney,
Paul Sparks, Molly Shannon, William H. Macy
Facebook....@trustmemovie

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Get Tickets
Los Angeles....New York

RENT / BUY
iTunes....Amazon....Flixster
Google Play....GoWatchIt
YouTube....VUDU....VOD

TRUST ME Movie Review

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June 20

Jersey Boys
R....134 min.....Biography, Drama, Musical
DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood
WRITERS: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice
John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza,
Michael Lomenda, Christopher Walken
Website....Facebook....#JerseyBoys
G+....Pinterest....YouTube

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JERSEY BOYS Movie Review

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June 20 (cont’)

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Think Like a Man Too
PG-13....106 min.....Comedy
DIRECTOR: Time Story
WRITERS: Keith Merryman & David A. Newman
Kevin Hart , Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara,
Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson,
Terrence J, Romany Malco, Wendi McLendon-Covey,
Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union, La La Anthony
Website....FB....@ThinkLikeAMan
Instagram....Pinterest....YouTube

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Third Person
(LIMITED – NYC & LA)
R....137 min.....Drama, Romance
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Paul Haggis
Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody,
Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Moran Atias,
Maria Bello, Kim Basinger
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Website....Facebook
#ThirdPerson

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June 27

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Begin Again
(LIMITED – Exp. 7/11)
R....104 min.....Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
WRITER/DIRECTOR: John Carney
Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo,
Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine,
James Corden, Cee Lo Green,
Catherine Keener
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Website....FB....#BeginAgain....Pinterest

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Buy Tickets

BEGIN AGAIN Movie Review

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They Came Together
(LIMITED/VOD)
R....83 min.....Comedy
DIRECTOR: David Wain
WRITERS: Michael Showalter & David Wain
Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Cobie Smulders,
Christopher Meloni, Max Greenfield, Bill Hader,
Ellie Kemper, Jason Mantzoukas,
Melanie Lynskey, Ed Helms
Website....Facebook....@TheyCame2gether

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TCT – In Theaters

RENT
iTunes....Amazon
Google Play
VUDU....VOD

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Don’t see your most anticipated June chick flick above?
Tell me about it in the comments below!

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Chick Flicks of the Month – Archive
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UPDATED (June 17): Link to Screen Invasion’s review of Jersey Boys added.

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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.