Today is Friday, and at my college that usually means a few things. One, people go out because it’s college and that happens. Two, people go to dinner then rent a bunch of movies and sit around talking about how great or terrible their week was. Or, three, watch a movie and eat junk food as they discuss the possibilities of their future. For my best friend, Steven and I, tonight is the dinner, movie, talking combination. So, in light of this monumental event, I thought I would take a little time to share my top movie night picks. These movies are appropriate for girl’s nights, deep conversation nights, or “I don’t know where I’m going” nights.
1: Sixteen Candles is a classic 80s film, that I feel is just necessary to see. It’s a film that is authentic, shows the craziness of families, and includes a love story. I know that most people have probably heard of this film, and may think it’s a little cliche, but it’s not. Seriously, this film is better than most films released these days, and has a sense of authenticity that most popular films lack.
2: Dead Poet’s Society may sound a little (or a lot) morbid, and while it has some darker undertones, it is an amazing film. For any person who likes English lit, poetry, Robbin Williams, or education, this is the film for you. It has humor, friendship, grief, loss, but most importantly, it challenges the idea that education should be regimented, and that the teacher should be an absolute authority who holds all the answers. My dad insisted I see this film a few years ago, and I’m so glad I finally watched it. This is a great pick for rainy nights when you order takeout, and are feeling inspired.
3: I am seriously one of two people I know that actually enjoys Something Borrowed. Most people claim they hate this film because a friendship was ruined, and there is a cheating aspect. Interestingly, the cheating is something I can get past, even though I in no way condone it. For me, I think the larger picture of this film is that toxic friendships are not actual friendships, and when you find the person that is write for you, you should cling to that no matter what. Spoiler alert: Also, I would like to point out that Dex and Rachel only betray one person: Darcy. Darcy, on the other hand, betrays Dex AND Rachel by her actions.
4: Sex and the City is, in my opinion, the best girl’s night film. This is the film for true friends, for friends that are intense, unfailingly loyal, and compassionate for one another. This film is not for the superficial friends, or the petty friends, or the friends that cannot be happy for one another or support one another. This film reminds girls what a true friend looks like, and reminds us that sometimes we just need our girl friends to be happy and make it through things that feel like you’ll never recover from. So, grab a few blankets, a few of your closest friends (here’s looking at you, Rossy), and some cups of tea as you laugh, cry, and laugh again in this film.
5: Chick flick ALERT, The Notebook did make the cut. Feeling a little unloved? OR like you’re just never going to meet the one? Make it even worse by watching a Nicholas Sparks film in which every guy you encounter after will never be Noah. ;) Okay, I’m kind of joking, but really, Sparks’ wife is the luckiest woman, and I’m sure she goes home to roses and diamonds constantly. The romance is unreal, and yet I find myself constantly going back to this film no matter my mood. (Yes, I was that person that watched this on repeat with a gallon of soy ice cream when I was heartbroken. Don’t judge)
6: Now, for the lovely ladies who love a guy with a good body, Magic Mike is the pick for you. When I first saw this movie, I was kind of surprised that it had a lot of serious content. I was expecting constant dancing, constant removal of clothing, and constant just…magic? I don’t know, but what I do know is that I read a few interviews that Channing Tatum did when the film was released, and I was pleasantly surprised that he pushed for a more serious overtone within the film. He didn’t want it to just be a romanticized version of male stripping, but he wanted to show that it’s not all rainbows and sunshine, and that sometimes men get put down a path that is made of Molly and Cocaine.
7: Speaking of stripping, let’s segue into prostitution, and talk about the film that is Pretty Woman (I really didn’t plan on this post being so dark. Whoops). This film is awesome, and I just love Julia Robert and Richard Gere’s chemistry. So amazing. Also, did you know the scene with the necklace was improv? Don’t know what I’m talking about? GO WATCH THE FILM.
8: If you want a comedy you can watch one time and quote for the next week, go with The Hangover because it’s just perfectly humorous. I wasn’t a huge fan of the second or third films, but the first installment in the series is my favorite. It’s hilarious, and will keep you laughing the whole way through.
9: For those girls that love fashion, or feel connected to it, or maybe they don’t currently but they want to eventually, watch The Devil Wears Prada. I love Anne Hathaway and this film will always be a favorite pick of mine. When I first saw this film, I was convinced that I would be the next Miranda Priestly, and that I would make a billion dollars sipping lattes and designing a magazine. I don’t think that’s going to be the case with my future, but the idea is still fun to play with. I think this film also shows that there is a danger in changing who you are to fit what others think you should be. If you’re not a fashion guru, you don’t need to be. If you aren’t a size two, well, then you’re another size, but what that size is doesn’t matter. A number should not control women’s lives! So, for this movie I recommend going to your local grocery store, buying more junk food than you could possibly eat, and eat and converse while you watch people use Crisco and fishing line to get into a dress.
What are your favorite movie night picks?