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The 5 Worst Chick Flicks Of All Time

Updated on February 23, 2016

I’m a sucker for a good chick flick — a romantic love story with a twist in the plot but it all works out in the end. Cliché I know, but I enjoy it every time. But being the chick flick fan that I am, even I can recognize a stinker when I see one. Though oddly enough, most of the chick flicks that I dislike are among the most popular and successful movies. Here’s my list of the 5 worst chick flicks and why they landed on this list.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

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It’s sad to watch this woman (Annie) gradually ditch her fiancé (Walter) as she seeks out a mysterious radio show caller, a man she’s never met but has a huge crush on. Seriously, if you’re unhappy with your fiancé just dump him; don’t keep him as a backup plan. Maybe some people find this movie romantic, but if you stop and look at this movie from Walter’s perspective, his fiancé is a liar, an emotional cheat, and clearly not committed despite the engagement. Let’s hope for Sam (Mr. Sleepless in Seattle) that she doesn’t keep the same habits in the unseen future post-movie-credits.

You've Got Mail (1998)

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It’s like watching Sleepless in Seattle all over again. However, this time around both of the main characters are each in a serious relationship and emotionally cheat on their partners. True commitment to someone doesn’t mean “until something better comes along.” If it gets to the point the relationship doesn’t work, leave, but looking for the “next best thing” while in a relationship means it’s already over. Get out and then look for love. Considering the behaviors of Joe and Kathleen, they get together only to be doomed to yet another round of “till boredom do we part.” That’s not romantic.

Twilight (2008)

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Everyone says the book is so much better than the movie, but from the perspective of someone who watched the movie without having read the book this is a terrible movie. There’s no character development; you can’t even figure out why Bella and Edward like each other. Based on how the characters are portrayed in just the movie it appears she’s a needy, clingy, hopeless romantic and he’s a freaky, controlling stalker — not the example we want for young women. I understand that for those who read the book before watching the movie, they filled in all of the long, drawn out, awkward moments where Bella and Edward just stare at each other with all of the details from the book. But when those details are lacking from the film, it makes for a bad movie about an abusive relationship with a vampire.

Bride Wars (2009)

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Roger Ebert

Viewing this movie is like being in high school watching a year-long cat fight between the two popular girls. It seems like it’d be entertaining, but soon enough you realize it’s immature and that you have better ways to spend your time. The trailer for Bride Wars looked funny, but there wasn’t enough humor in the script. It just ended up sad and pathetic. A real disappointment, especially from the big chick flick stars Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson.

Grease (1978)

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I know, I’m going to get a lot of flack for this one, but Grease is the complete antithesis of the Elvis movies. Elvis always played the bad boy turned good thanks to the influence of a good girl that he falls in love with. In Grease, however, the good girl turns bad to impress the bad boy. Not exactly the best message to put out there.

Which Chick Flicks do you think are the worst ever? Why?


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