Movies for Sleepovers: Chick Flicks Galore!
When it comes to flicks for little chicks, there are so many of them we could break them into subcategories – first love, coming of age, comedy, fairy tale, musical, etc. But when it comes to crowd-pleasers (even if it is just a mini-group of girls), that’s something altogether different. We put together a smattering of cinematic offerings that offer up a little something for everyone (and then some!), and we tried to keep it squeaky clean, but sometimes you just have to go PG13.
How could we not include a chick flick actually called Sleepover? Even if it wasn’t good, we would; fortunately, that’s not an issue because Sleepover is a wonderfully fun, entertaining, and heartfelt yarn that’s perfect for the tween set.
In the summer before starting high school, Julie (Alexa Vega) and her BFFs, Hannah (Mika Boorem), Yancy (Kallie Flynn Childress) and Farrah (Scout Taylor-Compton), have a slumber party. Tired of the burden of their nerdy reputations, they decide to do something about it, and as a consequence, they end up in a scavenger hunt contest against the popular girls. To win, Julie and her friends have to steal a car, swipe a pair of boy’s undies, and sneak into an over-18 night club, all without Julie’s mom (Jane Lynch) finding out.
Adapted from William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things I Hate About You updates the Bard beautifully and bitchily (not unlike the 90’s classic Clueless, which was based on the literary works of Jane Austen).
The heroine is Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) who is lovely, bright, and quite unlikable. The boys, especially, steer clear. Unfortunately for her younger sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), their parents say that Bianca can’t date until Kat has a boyfriend. Before long, Kat crosses paths with handsome new student, Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger)… is it just a coincidence he’s so charming?
It’s a given that everyone would like to escape the grind of everyday life and live in fantasyland for a while, but what about the flipside to that – fantasy characters finding themselves thrust into the real world?
That’s the idea behind Disney’s romantic comedy, Enchanted, and it works like a charm. Employing their classic 2-D presentation of yore, the animators show us a tale of hope, romance, greed, and betrayal, all in about 10 minutes… then line drawings become live action when Princess-to-be Giselle (Amy Adams) is cast out of the idyllic kingdom by the evil Queen (Susan Sarandon) and sent to present-day New York City.
Wide-eyed, rosy-cheeked Giselle is naïve and vulnerable to say the least, but fortunately a gallant guy (Patrick Dempsey) comes to her aid. On the heels of her glass slippers is Giselle’s intended, Prince Edward (James Marsden); then behind him is the evil queen’s henchman (Timothy Spall), a cute chipmunk called Pip, and finally, the nasty nemesis herself. This big picture hits all the tried and true notes: bursting into song, spontaneous romances, talking animals, black magic spells, and true love triumphing over all.
As a Ben Stiller film, you know going in it’s going to have moments of inappropriateness but regardless, it’s so funny, it’s a great sleepover chick flick.
Heartsick Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) returns alone from his honeymoon after his bride has jilted him, but he soon meets an adventurous, unrestrained woman. Polly (Jennifer Aniston) is a free-spirited, spicy-food-eating, salsa-dancing, animal-loving lady who lets her pet ferret have the run of her apartment. The elderly and half-blind fuzzy friend Rodolfo bears the brunt of many jokes in the movie. He is a potential source for toilet paper, gets dragged down the street, and is slammed into walls and trash cans. (But not to worry: Like the fire-scorched pooch in There’s Something About Mary and the windshield-whacking whitetail in Cabin Fever, it’s obvious that a mechanical critter was used for those scenes.)
The worst, most humiliating things actually happen to Reuben — Stiller is once again cast as the hapless, unlikely romantic lead, and he plays it to the ha-ha hilt! Teamed with the writer of Meet the Parents and Zoolander (John Hamburg, who wrote and directed Along Came Polly), Stiller once again delivers the eye-roller laughs. All of the actors are really funny and well-cast, and while the comedy is somewhat crass, it’s never mean-spirited.
What would a girls’ slumber party be without some lip-synching pop songs into a hair brush? Part of Me follows singer Katy Perry during her year-long California Dreams tour.
KatyCats get a bird’s-eye view to their idol’s sold-out shows in arenas around the world, the constant camera presence creating both a front-row seat and a backstage pass as she performs for legions of fans, then returns to the reality of her everyday life. Chats with family and friends complete the picture, as Perry gives her all onstage, then faces pressing personal problems.
Before there was Katy, there was The Spice Girls: Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) and Victoria Addams (Posh Spice). Spice World showcases the stylish songsters danceable singalongs, but unlike Part of Me, this movie is pure fantasy, with a plot and piles of comedy.
The five fashionistas hop into their decorative double-decker tour bus, have a close encounter with extraterrestrials, spend the night in a haunted castle, and avoid a huckster Hollywood pitch man, all while trying to make it on time to their very first live concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The ditzily delightful Brittany Murphy plays Molly Gunn, a free-wheeling heiress living off the estate of her long-dead rock star father until an unscrupulous accountant embezzles the whole kit & kaboodle, and Molly has to get a j-o-b.
After failed attempts at so-called “real jobs,” Molly finds herself nanny to a little girl more grown-up than she is – in fact, this little girl is more grown-up that most 50-year-olds. Dakota Fanning plays the lonely but self-reliant little girl Ray, whose music mogul mom (Heather Locklear) is hardly ever in her life and has no idea what’s going on with her. Meanwhile, Molly is in hot pursuit of a folk-rock musician (Jesse Spencer) who’s trying to get a record contract from Ray’s mom, while she is also trying to maintain her old friendships and hold onto her adorable pet pig, Mu.
What movies do you have lined up for your gal’s sleepover? Share your favorite chick flicks with us!
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