5 Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
Over the course of one crazy night, Nick and Nora fall in love. We didn’t even bother with a spoiler alert there, because we figured the title alone already gave it away. Starting out with a strange coincidence that throws our two young love-birds together, they embark on one night’s crazy journey. Of course this is all just a wonderful excuse for the adorably timid Michael Cera and his oddly quirky yet smoking hot love-interest (Kat Dennings) to meet up with a cast of deranged secondary characters who make Cera cutely uncomfortable. Oh, and then they kiss.
4 Sex and the City
Score one for girl-power in this chick flick. Major spoiler alert here: It doesn’t end like other chick flicks. While it fulfills all the criteria of a female lead, light-hearted comedy and a plot all about dating, the guy and girl don’t get together in this one. Instead, this movie focuses on the power of female friendship to get a girl through the tough times brought on by all the romance that the other movies are talking about. Although that may have lost it some points as a chick flick, it gains some extra credit for being a spin-off from the ultimate in chick-flick-style TV.
3 Mamma Mia
If no musical chick flicks were released in a given year, it was a bad year for the art of film. In this case, we had to make the tough choice between Mamma Mia and High School Musical 3. Ok, we lied: the choice wasn’t tough at all. Not only is the entire soundtrack by Abba, but this is actually a multi-generational chick flick. A daughter is trying to figure out who her father is and invites the three possibilities to come meet her and her mother so we get to learn the history of each relationship. But here’s the kicker: The whole thing takes place around the daughter’s own wedding, so we get to see an additional romance play out.
2 27 Dresses
This one makes the number two spot for its straightforward and shameless adherence to the classic chick flick plot line. The Cinderella-esque damsel in distress is taught to stand up for herself by the cute, if slightly shaggy, Prince Charming. We didn’t have to compromise here, as this follows all the rom-com rules. We’re talking public declarations of love, slightly creepy and intrusive romantic gestures, and cynical views of marriage held by the male lead, which of course change when he falls in love with our beautiful girl-next-door.
1 Definitely, Maybe
The fact that the main character is male in this movie is more than compensated for by the fact that he is played by Ryan Reynolds. And everyone knows that a gorgeous guy is even more lovable when caring for a cute kid, so the How-I-Met-Your-Mother style narrative makes this movie (and its star) even more appealing. As Reynolds tells his daughter the history of his love-life as it led to her birth, you can’t help rooting for every potential mother, which is already a surprising twist for a chick flick. But just because the ending isn’t completely obvious doesn’t make it any less sweetly “aww” inducing when it comes.
Of course, there were plenty that didn’t make the cut. Made of Honor, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Twilight are just of the few examples of 2008 releases that just couldn’t fight their way to the Top 5. Think you can make their case? Give it a shot. Especially Twilight — We’d love to see you argue that one.