For months, I have been saying that this week’s release of Sex and the City is a chance for women around the country to get back at all their boyfriends and husbands for dragging them to see macho movies like Iron Man and Indiana Jones. Fortunately, Sex and the City has enough nudity and raunch that guys can like it too.
In the interest of keeping us sane while being deluged with romantic comedies and period pieces, here’s a list guys can use next time they’re at the video store with their significant other. When in doubt, check out one of these chick flicks that are safe for guys to like too.
10. Father of the Bride
What guy can’t enjoy a good Steve Martin movie? More importantly, the brains behind this film is writer Nancy Myers, and realistically the other films she went on to direct (like What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give and The Holiday) can make it on the list as well. Sure, most chick flicks are actually directed by men, but leave it to the woman director to make things most accessible.
9. Feast of Love
Here’s one of those movies that wallows in the poetic nature of love, and it’s a strain to watch for a guy who likes action flicks. But the real catch on this movie is that all the hot actresses (Rhada Mitchell, Alexa Davalos and Selma Blair) bare it all in the sex scenes. Fortunately, Morgan Freeman does not.
8. Love, Actually
It’s one of the better holiday films made in recent years, and the cast is utterly charming. It’s also not a typical, canned romantic comedy, and that’s what makes it palatable for guys as well as the ladies.
7. Pretty Woman
A retelling of the Pygmalion tale, this film is the quintessential romantic comedy. And, it’s about prostitutes, so what guy won’t be interested. Plus, you get to see Julia Robert’s boobies, when she was in her prime, no less.
Back when this movie came out, I waited in line to see it with my wife. During the wait, I proclaimed, “This movie had better have some nudity in it, or I’m gonna be pissed!” All the women in line thought I was a pig. All the men in line silently agreed with me. And we were not disappointed! Oh, and the action sequences are pretty cool as well.
5. The Terminator
Another Cameron movie on the list! This one tells the story of a man who travels back through time to save the woman he loves. And there’s also something about robots shooting people.
4. The Wedding Singer
Before he started doing so-called “serious” films like Spanglish and Reign Over Me, Adam Sandler was a guy’s guy for movies. His rom coms always seem to turn out some comedy for the dudes as well as the women.
3. Knocked Up
On one hand, this film is perfect for chicks because of the pregnancy storyline. On the other hand, it’s got great moments of stoner comedy and raunch all over it. You can enjoy it, no matter where your sexual organs are found.
2. When Harry Met Sally
Back when Rob Reiner couldn’t make a bad movie, he directed this film, which perfectly captured relationships from both points of view.
1. The Devil Wears Prada
This film is considered a chick flick because it takes place in the fashion world with female characters in the lead. However, the story elements are universal and relatable to both sexes equally. Along with Knocked Up, it was one of the most recent chick flicks that guys could enjoy too.