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Chick Flicks: A Movie Lover's Guide to the Movies Women Love Paperback – December, 1996

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Pr (December 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806518367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806518367
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,220,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When film critic Jami Bernard thinks about the kinds of movies that appeal to women, she doesn't always follow the common route. Sure, such classic weepies as Now, Voyager, Brief Encounter, and Waterloo Bridge are included in this guide, as are more modern chick flicks like Working Girl, Sense and Sensibility, and The American President. But Bernard also believes that female audiences have a wilder side that the cinema can unleash. Her defenses of The Hunger, True Lies, and 9 1/2 Weeks as "chick flicks" are intriguing, particularly since these movies were designed to entrance aggressively misogynist men. Bernard covers 75 films in detail, categorizing them under headings like "impossible love," "hunks," "emotional rescue," "catfights," "funny girls," and, of course, "female bonding." --Raphael Shargel

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Shelley on March 15, 2001
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New York Daily News film critic Jami Bernard says there are Guy Movies and there are Chick Flicks. Guy Movies are those with little dialogue and lots of action - punching, explosions, aliens, car chases or sex. Chick Flicks tend to have more dialogue and less action. Bernard claims women prefer romances, tearjerkers, relationship movies - female stars, familial situations, cuteguys, emotional catharsis. The 75 films Bernard catalogues here provide a range of genres, wide enough to override the stereotypical view that the label Chick implies. The usual match for Guy is Gal so Bernard's choice of the more sexist Chick can either be seen as deconstructive or an acceptance of semantic subjugation. (That "chick" is derived from Chicken, the male hen is evidence of the twisted logic of slang. And Gal has a subtle gay association). Bernard's chapters make genre choices - Tearjerkers, Emotional Rescue, Bad Girls, Hunks, Role Models, Impossible Love, Funny Girls, Schoolgirl Crushes, Catfights, Daddy Dearest, Hurts So Good, Lesbian Inclinations, Female Bonding, The Maternal Instinct, and Perfect Love - and while some of the choices of films are obvious and rather hackneyed, others are surprising. We get Casablanca, Gone With The Wind and Sabrina, but also A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Gaslight, The Bad Seed, and To Sir With Love. The anaylsis of each film tends to concentragte more on plot rather than assess performance or any technical ability, but occasionally Bernard throws in some behind the scenes information. When someone includes The Bridges of Madison Country and fails to comment on how excruciatingly dull it is, you can pick the agenda.Read more ›
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