I think that to succeed in this life a girl needs one very important thing: a great group of girlfriends. Here are five of my favorite girls’ night flicks.
Sex and the City is the epitome of the girls’ night movie. We have four women with four very different personalities who come together in such a way that they find themselves in each other. All of my life I have wanted to have great girlfriends like that. I’ve gotta tell ya, my girlfriends are pretty fantastic. But I digress… No matter what Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte go through – the fights, the celebrations, the glamorous parties, the nights on the town, the men – the girls always manage to find their way back to one another. The show was such a huge hit with women all over the world that it had women and their friends discussing which one was the Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, or Samantha of the group. This is a perfect movie to watch with your gals and a bottle of wine.
This 1986 classic is a girls’ night must. In Pretty in Pink, Andie, played by Molly Ringwald, shows us that she has some serious guts. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and she goes after her dreams. She may feel plain, but her personality and her awesome 80s style have both the Duck Man (Jon Cryer) and the dreamboat, Blane (Andrew McCarthy) vying for her affections. I so relate to this movie. I think it is a celebration for every girl who never felt pretty enough in school. Every girls’ night deserves a happy sappy 80s ending and this movie delivers! Watch out for Duckie’s hairbrush rendition of Real Love.
Mean Girls illustrates the way girls act in high school. As a former high school student who was the target of much bullying, I can tell you that girls are in fact mean. Tim Meadows and Tina Fey may not be the stars, but they bring the hilarious. This laugh a minute movie sort of suggests that once you’ve left the treacherous confines of high school, the world seems a sunnier place. But there will always be another group of mean girls following in the footsteps of those who graced the high school hallways before them. A perfect movie to laugh at with your girls.
It is hard not to drool over The Notebook for three reasons. Reason the first, Ryan Gosling. Reason number two, Rachel McAdams. Reason number three, the two of them together. I was probably more upset about their real life break up than they were. What girl doesn’t want that kind of excitement, romance, and passion? The way Noah pines for Allie is something that we would only find in, well, the movies. This movie requires girlfriends, wine, and tissues. How about that kiss in the rain, hm? Is it just me or is it suddenly very hot in here?
10 Things I hate about you is another movie that takes us back to the high school days. Though my high school was nowhere near as luxurious as the one in the film and I didn’t have nearly as much fun as these kids do, it is still a great movie to gather round with your girls. The sister with a mind of her own trying to look after the little sister with the mind fully focused on cute boys. The adorable good guy and the gorgeous bad boy. Let’s be completely honest here, staring at Heath Ledger’s gorgeous grin for 97 whole minutes doesn’t hurt either. Who knew paintballing could be so romantic?