10 Movies Your Girlfriend Will Want To See (That You Might Actually Like)
All relationships require sacrifice and compromise. Not taking a promotion at work in order to spend more time with your children, attempting a long-distance romantic relationship… Or agreeing to go see a movie you fully expect to be complete garbage.
Many a boyfriend has been dragged to the theater to see a movie that their girlfriend is really excited about. You sit through the sappy, corny stuff like a champ, but we know most times you’re wishing she would go with her friends.
Fear not gentleman, there are several upcoming chick-movies that you might actually enjoy as well. All you need is an open mind, some snowcaps, and the desire to find a masculine lining on an otherwise girly cloud.
The title may make it seem like a ‘Bridesmaids’ clone, but the trailer borders on raunchy hilarity and sets up a story about the sex, drugs, and drunken debauchery surrounding three women asked to be a part of their friend’s wedding. The cast is hot: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan are the 3-woman bridal party to bride Rebel Wilson. Ultimately these women are happy for their soon-to-be- married friend, but there is a certain amount of numbing going on to distract them from the fact that their lives are not going at all the way they’d planned, and numbing usually makes for a pretty entertaining plot. Begrudging happiness and secret jealousy are emotions most of us can identify with; and laughing about what a travesty your life has become is much more enjoyable than crying in the corner. Normally a movie like ‘Bachelorette’ is one a group of girlfriends would see together but if you find yourself in the theater, this one is a safe bet.
Your girlfriend is probably going to want to go see this movie because the only thing anyone really knows about it is that it’s the high school reunion movie starring Channing Tatum, and that’s enough for most women. The trailer shows that people should be talking about a lot more than Channing Tatum, though.The main story of ’10 Years’ actually focuses on many different people in the class, and the star-studded cast includes ‘Parks and Recreation’ stars Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt, Anthony Mackie, Rosario Dawson and Justin Long. Marriage, children, and varying levels of success have changed most of them, and there are the select few people who appear to have not changed at all. If you haven’t faced a high school reunion yet, you probably will and will come face to face with the fact that the life you imagined you’d have after graduation is most often not the one you end up with. May you all be the Channing Tatum of your high school graduating class!
‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’
Fans of this book have been anticipating this movie for a long time, and everyone else is excited to see either Emma Watson in her first big role outside of Harry Potter, or ‘Percy Jackson’ heart throb Logan Lerman. The story revolves around a teenage boy named Charlie whose anxiety about starting high school is intensified after the recent suicide of his best friend. However, he quickly becomes friends with Sam (Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller) and begins to carve his way through high school and his life. At it’s core this is a story about and for the high school underdog (most of us) or anyone who has struggled to find their place in the world (all of us). The film has received rave reviews at festivals from both genders. Go!
At first, a movie about a battle-of-the-sexes college singing competition sounds a little too much like Glee, but don’t panic. Judging by the trailer it seems like ‘Pitch Perfect’ will be full of the typical “girls and guys just don’t understand each other!” clichés and the tried and true underdog competitor story line. Will it be corny and predictable? Probably. However, it stars Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick, an actress who is not only beautiful, but also makes every movie she’s in better just by being in it. Apparently she can also sing her butt off. Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, and Anna Camp are among the other members of the girl group that’s trying to defeat the boys. Even if musicals aren’t your thing, there are worse ways to spend a few hours of your time than listening to a bunch of attractive undergrads sing an a capella medley of modern music. Also, seriously, Anna Kendrick.
‘Silver Linings Playbook’
Jennifer Lawrence has many fans of ‘The Hunger Games’ excited for this one. We admit, the title seems troubling, like the movie is going to be some sappy romantic comedy where there’s a scene of undying declarations of love in the pouring rain. However, it’s directed by David O. Russell, who helmed ‘The Fighter’, which is about as far as you can get from a sappy, romantic comedy. The rest of the cast is quite impressive as well, and includes Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. Cooper’s character, Pat, has just been released from a mental institution and is trying to patch things up with his ex-wife when he meets an equally-damaged Tiffany (Lawrence). Granted, the whole “falling in love during rehearsals for a dance competition” thing is a bit much, but Lawrence and Cooper pull it off. If the banter from the trailer is any indication, this movie will be worth seeing just to watch these two talk to each other. It recently screened at the Toronto Film Festival, where it won the Blackberry People’s Choice Award, indicating that this is going to be one of the must- see movies of the fall.
‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’
There’s been a recent resurgence of the fairy tale movie genre, and they are almost always targeted toward females. ‘Beastly’, ‘Mirror Mirror’, and even the more action-packed ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ were marketed heavily towards women. It seems to be the general consensus that fairy tale films are probably going to be a little cutesy, with plenty of romantic fluff, but ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ doesn’t go light on the butt-kicking action. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play the titular siblings, and if the few minutes we get to see in the trailer are any indication of what the rest of the movie will be like, they’ll be slashing witches and exploding their way through forests like nobody’s business. There’s bound to be the more traditional aspects of the genre (we catch a glimpse of the candy house in the trailer), but the horror/comedy angle is a good indicator that this film has something for everyone to enjoy.
The basic storyline of Warm Bodies is that a zombie falls in love with a woman. An undead boy falling for a human girl is going to make comparisons to ‘Twilight’ inevitable, we know, but please stop screaming and listen; this might actually be a supernatural romance you can get behind. After the zombie apocalypse, our zombie (known only as R) wanders around the wasteland remnants of America looking for brains to gorge himself on. In this story, the zombies are able to absorb the memories of the people they eat, so when R feasts the brains of a male teen, he starts to fall in love with the boy’s girlfriend Julie, and saves her from a group of other zombies in order to be with her. There is no trailer for the film yet, and the few stills make R look a bit cleaner than zombies usually look, but you have to expect that from a story like this. And yes, the paranormal love story is the main theme of this movie, but let’s not forget that R falls madly in love with Julie because he ate her boyfriend’s brain…which is way more hardcore than anything that ever happened in ‘Twilight’. Plus, that’s about as badass as you’re going to get when it comes to the undead teen romance genre, so let’s be a little forgiving.
“There was a curse. There was a girl. And in the end, there was a grave.” Spooky! So goes part of the official summary for ‘Beautiful Creatures’, the first book in ‘The Caster Chronicles’ series. It centers on the love story between teens Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert). Lena moves into the small town of Gatlin, SC and Ethan, is determined to discover their star-crossed bond. Yes, this one sounds a lot like ‘Twilight’ as well, and they share the supernatural love story element. However, while the love story in ‘Twilight’ was the entire focus of the plot that is not the case with ‘Beautiful Creatures’. There is no trailer yet, but if the adaptation follows the book as closely as it should, there is a mystery for Ethan and Lena to solve about their town and their families. Mysteries are always fun to try and solve, right?! Even if that mystery might turn out to be “How do I keep getting roped into going to see these movies?”
This is the film adaptation of the book by Stephenie Meyer (‘Twilight’ again!) Fair warning: there is definitely some angsty love drama, but it’s about aliens! An extra-terrestrial named Wanderer takes over the body of Melanie Stryder (Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan) but Melanie’s mind fights back and prevents Wanderer from taking her over completely. The two are in a constant push-and-pull battle for dominance as they set out and find Melanie’s brother and boyfriend in a compound of humans hiding from the Souls. A strange kind of love-quadrangle (with only three bodies) emerges when Wanderer (still inhabiting Melanie) begins to fall in love with a human at the compound. For those still wary, ‘The Host’ is a sci-fi flick, and the love story isn’t the only thing going on here; these characters are fighting to take back control of the Earth. Saoirse Ronan has been a powerful actress since her role in Atonement, and has continued to be excellent in films like ‘The Lovely Bones’ and ‘Hanna’, so this movie is worth seeing if for nothing else than to watch her pull off a role where she has to portray two different characters battling inside her head.
‘Love and Honor’
In all honesty, this movie might as well be called “You Get to See a Shirtless Hemsworth Brother,” because that’s why your girlfriend is going to see it. Liam Hemsworth (‘The Hunger Games’) is the only recognizable name in this film, so whatever studio distributes it is most likely going to focus all promotion on him. He plays a soldier in the Vietnam War who ends up falling in love when he goes home with a fellow soldier who wants to see his girlfriend. The trailer looks a bit Nicholas Sparks-y (there is both a “kissing in the moonlight” and a “frolicking by the lake” shot), but it looks like there’s lots of war stuff too, so chill out. We’ll admit, it looks like the movie is romance-heavy, so if that’s not your thing there might not be a ton that you get out of it besides a very swoony girlfriend, high on Hemsworth’s abs. Bottom line: resistance is pretty much futile on this one. You will most likely be seeing this movie, so there’s no use putting up a fight. At the very least you can sit there and contemplate what movie you’re going to drag your girlfriend to the next weekend in retaliation.