Chick Flicks: Movies with a gorgeous, sensitive man who is only thought of as a contender for love when the beautiful female protagonist goes through her bad boy phase and determines she loved her aforementioned gorgeous, sensitive man all along.
Dick Flicks: Explosions. Heists. Boobs. More explosions.
Now, it’s pretty obvious, based on the name alone, the audience each of those movies is aimed for. Relationships are for girls. Action is for boys. Now this isn’t some nazi feminist post. It would be highly hypocritical of me if it was because the stereotypical chick flick movies are essentially all I watch. The reasoning may not be what you would have expected though..
Here’s a little tidbit about me in case you ever find yourself watching a movie and have me as company: I literally psychoanalyze every little detail. It’s like my brain is using all of it’s processing power to find plot holes, inconsistencies, or other little errors made by the director, producer, writer, or whomever. I find that I put the movies I watch in my short-term memory because keeping all that information locked up in my head is too much. It’s great, because that just means when I watch the movie a couple months later, it’s as if I’m watching it for the first time again. I digress though. Since I’m unconsciously trying to ruin the movie in my mind by searching for where the movie people erred, I find watching movies a bit stressful. After a long day of working, communicating, thinking, coding, and all the other things adults have to do, I just want to turn off my brain for a while and turn on something enjoyable. Well, it turns out action movies (dick flicks), are made to be somewhat stressful already with how the plot progresses. With the vast number of explosions, blood, gore, plot twists, etc. there’s quite a bit of room left for inconsistencies. And trust me, I find them. So let’s just add more stress to an already stressful movie. Now, when I turn on a chick flick (typically something bad), there are just so many smh, did that just happen, omg this is dumb moments, that my brain is essentially like, “there are just too many plot holes, I’m going to just give up and accept defeat.” While many people vote movies like that to be terrible since nothing really makes sense, I say HOORAY! The number of crappy chick flicks I’ve seen is actually quite embarrassing because I can just sit here and bask in the terribleness of it all. And my brain just shuts off – exactly what I want. I’m pretty sure there have been points where the shit-factor of a movie has literally caused me to lose a few brain cells, but it’s the price you pay for truly thoughtless time.
Now to branch off again, my favorite movies have actually been ones where chick flicks and dick flicks find a common ground. Including heist with romance. Explosions with affection. Love with emotions. In my opinion, those movies are tougher to produce because you’re attempting to captivate a larger audience, and for a movie like that to be successful, you’ve really got to spend a serious amount of time coming up with a plot that makes sense. Where everything isn’t sporadic and confusing, but rather meshes well together. Tone it down enough on both ends where it doesn’t end up being categorized for one over the other. It’s tough, but let’s see some di/chi-ck flicks!
So, to clear things up, I’m a girl who watches chick flicks; however, I’m not obsessed with needing to be in a relationship, getting married, having babies, gossiping , or any of that. It’s more of a mindless couple hours. And I love my fair share of dick flicks too!
PS: Movie peeps, find someone to look over your script to make sure everything makes sense. It truly is amazing when a movie has minimal/no plot holes!