There are few things I hate more than the term “chick flick”. Yuck. I think that because a lot of these movies have been written off as “chick flicks”, no one gives them a chance or pays them any mind. But I’m here to tell you now, that not only are these movies awesome, but they all promote girl power in the best ways possible.
1. Spice World
If you haven’t seen this movie, you really should. If you’re unfamiliar with 90’s popular culture, the Spice Girls were a huge all-girl band who came out of England. They were a phenomenom in their own right, and were responsible for a lot of the background business of their band themselves. This movie is no different. They helped to write it, and obviously starred in it. The best thing about the movie, though, is how it’s centered on friendship and band loyalty. None of them meet anyone, no one couples off. They work together and care for each other, and teach young girls what it means to be a true friend. If that’s not girl power, I don’t know what is.
Teenage girls who inadvertently, and then on purpose, bring about the change needed in their country to reveal their president for who he truly was, a crook! One of my all time favourite movies. A lot of the historical stuff is accurate as well as it just being really fun to watch. It’s two girls who won’t sit back and watch their country be run by someone as crooked as their president.
3. Josie & The Pussycats
Another movie that is centered on friendship. The most important thing to these girls is that they are friends first, and then in a band. Sure, there is some romance for Josie, but that is a secondary storyline to that of the Pussycats, and how they stick together!
4. Legally Blonde
It starts out leading you to believe that Elle Woods is the average dumb blonde. But she works her butt off, gets into Harvard Law, and then excels at it. The movie starts with the goal of our heroine being that she wants to get her boyfriend back, but it goes so much deeper than that. It’s about believing in yourself, creating lifelong friendships, and working hard. Love it!
5. Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion
High School Reunions are often seen as a way to show off your successes to people who may have been mean to you in high school. This movie definitely starts that way, but it teaches the importance of being true to yourself, and not pretending to be anyone else in order to impress people. And that true success is in being yourself.
6. Uptown Girls
This is one of my favourite Brittany Murphy movies. It shows that when it comes to friendship, age doesn’t really matter, and you can learn life lessons from anyone! The friendship between Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning is the best part of the movie. It also shows that you don’t need some guy to make you feel fulfilled, especially when all they do is take from you. A true relationship should be give/take from both sides.
7. Now & Then
Another one of my all time favourite movies! This movie shows that no matter how many years go by, and how many things change, your girlfriends will always be there for you when you need them. The duality of this movie makes it really interesting. It shows the 90’s women, who are grown ups with their own sets of problems, and it shows the 70’s girls, who are coming into their own and learning about how they are similar to their friends as well as different. It’s got so much to it!
8. Charlie’s Angels (& Full Throttle)
One of my favourite parts of this movie is the fact that they were adamant that the Angels don’t use guns. They were showing that they didn’t need weapons in order to kick butt! I also love the fact that it was produced by Drew Barrymore, so she was able to have a lot of artistic control over it. I would totally watch a third Charlie’s Angels movie (Please Drew please!!!)
9. A League of Their Own
The real-life story of the first All-American Women’s Baseball league! Based during World War 2, this story is about the women who came together to play and promote America’s favourite pastime. Plus, it shows the real stories of women as they struggle to get by with what they have and what they can do. In a time where women were not generally allowed to work, these women fought to be able to do something they loved, especially toward the end of the war when they were expected to go back into the home.
10. Bring It On
This movie made a huge impact on a lot of people when it came out, but is still seen as a silly chick flick. When you really look at it, it’s about a girl who is trying really hard to succeed at a sport she loves. She tries to keep her team together, and prove that they are the best out there. They work really hard to get what they want, and it shows throughout the movie.
What are your favourite girl power movies?