Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Life of a Teenager...The Top 5 Teenage "Chick Flicks"

We can't underestimate the teenage films when considering the cannon of the best "chick flicks." These are films directed at teens or young adults and usually star young girls as the main character(s). Although they may be directed from a younger female audience, there are teen movies that can be categorized as one of the best "chick flicks". So here are, in my opinion, the top five TCF's (Teenage "Chick Flicks"):

Number 5: John Tucker Must Die

For those who may not have seen this film, it is about four high school students (Britney Snow, Ashanti, Sophia Bush and Arielle Kebbel) that decide to get even with John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe)after they find out that he was dating all of them at the same time.

John Tucker Must Die is one of the best teenage "chick flick" because of its great actresses and actor, its very funny plot line and its originality. I believe that it is not only a movie that teenagers and young adults will enjoy. Any older audience could very well laugh at the things these four girls come up with to get back at their cheating boyfriend.

Number 4: Sydney White

I would consider Sydney White one of the cutest TCF's. Amanda Bynes as well as all the other actors, the story line etc, make it a feel good, cute movie. A film that is not only for teenagers (although it is directed towards them), but for pre-teens, young adults and adults. It reminds me of a Disney movie that everyone can enjoy.

Sydney White is about a young girl entering college with a dream to be in her mother's sorority. However, when she is kicked out of the sorority by the evil Rachel (Sara Paxton), Sydney takes refuge with seven geeks. Of course there is a love story, qualifying it in the "chick flick" category.

If you are looking for a sweet movie to watch with the family then this one is definitely right for you.

Number 3: Bring It On

Everyone secretly wants to be a cheerleader....no? Okay, well either way this still is one of the best TCF's. I am going to guess that most people have heard the story line of Bring It or have seen it so I wont go into any detail. I will say that I never knew cheer leading could be so exciting until I watched this movie. When Torrance visits the East Compton cheer leading squad I was scared there was going to be some show down or something....how exciting. The film doesn't disappoint at the end with the face off between Rancho Carne and East Compton.

Bring It On stars Kirsten Dunst as Torrance Shipman, Eliza Dushku as Missy Pantone (from Rancho Carne) and Gabrielle Union as Isis (from East Compton) as well as many other really funny and great actors that make the movie what it is.

Number 2: Mean Girls
Welcome to girl world. The film that shows all the inside secrets of mean girls. Starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, Mean Girls is definitely one of the most popular TCF's today. I have not heard of one teenage girl (and maybe even young adult) that has not seen this movie.

Mean Girls has won a Kid's Choice Award, an MTV Award and Teen Choice Award, as well as being nominated for others. Robert Ebert says: "In a wasteland of dumb movies about teenagers, "Mean Girls" is a smart and funny one." I believe he is totally right. It is a very original teenage movie, exploring a subject that has stayed hidden until now. It is not your average film about high school kids. It takes common problems and exaggerates them, making this film one of the funniest in the TCF categories.

I have to add the trailer for this movie because it is absolutely great.

Number 1: She's the Man
Absolutely the number one TCF out there (and not just because of Channing Tatum....I promise). This movie had me laughing the entire way through, I absolutely love it.

It is loosely based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or What You Will, using some of the plot line, as well as character's names. If you haven't seen the movie it can be a bit hard to explain because of the hidden identities, but it goes something like this: "Duke wants Olivia who likes Sebastian who is really Viola whose brother is dating Monique so she hates Olivia who's with Duke to make Sebastian jealous who is really Viola who's crushing on Duke who thinks she's a guy..." Confused yet? That's because you should just watch the movie!

Robert Ebert says: "
The movie is good-natured and silly," making it fun for the whole family. Like Sydney White, it reminds me of a Disney movie for everyone to enjoy, even though it is directed at teenagers. Amanda Bynes does an amazing job at playing Viola who plays Sebastian who.....ok well you know what I mean. I seriously suggest you add this movie to your cannon of the best "chick flicks" or if you haven't seen it, watch the trailer (I laughed the whole way through the trailer as well) than as always, watch the movie.


  1. I mostly agree with your choices. It's defintely a toss up between Mean Girls and She's the Man for the best TFC for me. But I would also count Juno in this category which is definitely one of the best TFC's. I'm not sure I agree with Sydney White but good choices all round.

  2. I agree with you, She's the Man.. is my life. Mean Girls.. How many times to us girls quote that.. or is that just me? Juno perhaps could be included, but I'm not entirely sure it was a chick flick. Good Choices :D

  3. Yeah I do like Juno, and I never thought about that one. Good idea. lol I agree, quoting mean girls is great...but also She's the Man.