Thursday, 26 March 2015

10 Chick Flicks I Remember from Sleepovers

It's Throwback Thursday, the perfect time to look back and get your nostalgia on about any of those fond memories you still hold. For me, 90's and early 00's chick flicks were examples of those perfect nostalgic memories.

Many of us enjoyed a sleepover with friends, filled with over-indulgence on sweets, silly games and the endurance test that came with trying to pull a total all-nighter (9/10, most of us would fail at this by the end of the night).

Here are ten of the chick flicks and romantic comedies I most remember watching with a bunch of girl mates.  Like a lot of films I may occasionally mention on a Throwback Thursday, any of the ten in this list, I will happily watch time and time again, whether on my own, or with good company.

So take a look through, and see how many of these films you remember sticking on at a sleepover!


10. Save the Last Dance
Save the Last Dance is often credited as being one of the first films to start off the 00's craze of dance films. A fusion of classical tap and ballet with hip-hop dancing, it shouldn't work, but in actuality, it does! 

Personally, hip-hop music is not really my thing, but I love dancing, whether it be dancing myself at my Belly Dance class, or dancing alone in my flat (sad, but true), it makes me happy. So watching it has the same effect! I guess that is why I enjoy this film so much, despite the music not being that appealing to me. However, Montell Jordan's "Get It On Tonight" is a classic!

9. Clueless
Clueless is without a doubt one of the most popular teen comedies of the '90s. Starring a young Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd and Scrubs' Donald Faison, Clueless introduced us to some totally 90's fashion, and paved the way for many of the teen films we have seen since. It's a classic that I still like to re-watch every so often. 

8. The Notebook
Ah, The Notebook. Women fell in love with Ryan Gosling for the first time here, whilst also falling in love with the romance between the two main characters, Allie and Noah. 

The Notebook often makes the top spaces of "most romantic films ever" lists, and with good reason too. Personally, I love this film, and still get a little emotional over the ending! 

7. Get Over It
One of my favourite teen comedies, Get Over It is often overlooked and under-rated, at least in my opinion. Whilst the premise is very clichĂ© (a guy tries to get over his ex-girlfriend after a split), it's the mixture of jokes, music, vibrant cinematography and a stellar comedic turn from Martin Short that makes this so enjoyable. 

It is also so 90's. Nostalgia trip, anyone?

6. Legally Blonde
"The bend and snap!"

I enjoyed the book that this was based on, so I had to watch Legally Blonde when it was adapted into a screen version, with Reese Witherspoon starring as the pink loving Elle Woods. 

Legally Blonde sees real-life Barbie Elle follow her ex-fiancĂ© Warner to Harvard University, in the hope that she will win his affections back if she was to prove that she is intellectual and serious. Fun, cute and silly, Elle is a loveable character that I can't help rooting for!

5. A Walk To Remember
Whilst sleepovers are often made up of a funny film or two, it is not uncommon to sit through a weepie or two as well. For me, A Walk to Remember was one of these. Based on the Nicholas Sparks book of the same name, the film follows the unlikely romance between the "bad boy" and the good Christian girl. 

It also signals the first time I had heard Mandy Moore sing, and her music, at least her more mature, less poppy sound, has become a guilty pleasure of mine ever since. Check out "Only Hope" from the film below.

4. She's All That
OK, so She's All That is an incredibly shallow film when you think about it, but come on, what teen girl didn't enjoy this when it was released? She's All That sees Freddie Prinze Jr (at the time, a teen heartthrob who has since sunk into obscurity, although he still kicks around as Sarah Michelle Gellar's husband), the high school jock, makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school's prom queen. 

Of course, as chick flicks go, the two start to fall for one another. But this is where the shallow part kicks in. Zack (Freddie Prinze Jr.) only starts to fall for her after Laney (Rachael Leigh Cook) undergoes her transformation. Take off the glasses and let down her hair...the geek becomes the desirable.

It may sound like I really dislike this film, but in truth, I can forgive its shallowness, for it is actually a pretty enjoyable film, and one that often was dug out at sleepovers with girl mates, time and time again.

3. Bring It On
"Spirit Fingers!" 

Like Save The Last Dance, Bring It On was another teen comedy/chick flick that bucked the trend of combining dance with a catchy soundtrack. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Bring It On followed the Clovers and Toros, two opposing cheerleading teams. 

Featuring energetic dance routines, a funky pop and indie soundtrack and some hilarious moments (the Toros' new dance instructors' moves, for instance), this one is worth a watch. 

2. 10 Things I Hate About You
Adapted from the William Shakespeare play "The Taming of the Shrew", 10 Things I Hate About You follows Kat, a non-conformist, feminist who has no interest in dating guys at all. However, when her sister is forbidden from dating unless Kat dates too, things begin to change....

Featuring a young Joseph Gordon Levett, Julia Stiles and a curly haired Heath Ledger, 10 Things I Hate About You is another one of those dated looking 90's films that somehow manages to warrant repeated viewings. Maybe it's the witty dialogue, the clever adaptation of the Shakespeare play for a teen audience, or for Heath Ledger's musical number. Whatever the reason, I cannot help but love this film.

1. Mean Girls
Released in 2004, Mean Girls came out at a time when chick flicks had become tired, samey and formulaic. It acted as a breath of fresh air, breathing life into the genre and proving that the chick flick formula can at times feel refreshing. Easy A has been another since then that earns this title. 

Eleven years later, and people are still remembering Mean Girls. Whether it be in the form of memes and reaction pictures, to quoting lines directly from the film, it clearly made an impact back when it was released. Also, let's just forget that Mean Girls 2 even happened, shall we?

Honourable mentions: Sixteen Candles, Never Been Kissed, Serendipity. 

What films do you remember watching on sleepovers?
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