When Elizabethans went out on the town for one of Shakespeare’s plays, they knew more or less what to expect. His tragedies end with deaths, and his comedies end with weddings or betrothals.
And when today’s audiences sit down to watch a chick flick, they know in the backs of their minds what to expect. A chick flick almost always goes like this:
- She is probably a publisher, designer or architect.
- He has an impeccably clean and stylish house…somehow.
- They meet in an “unconventional” way. A bus stop? A friend’s wedding? Who would have thought of that?
- The actors that play their parents look way younger than their characters are supposed to be, and the actors who play their teenage siblings look way older than their characters are supposed to be.
- Only the trendiest soundtrack with a few 80s classics or oldies sprinkled in. You know, for quirkiness.
- Unnecessary sex or make-out scene. Maybe two for good measure.
- Product placement, including fancy SUVs and shiny cell phones.
- Suddenly, tragedy. One conversation, one misunderstanding, ten minutes of sappy music and…everything changes. Will their relationship survive?!
- Her father dishes out some quirky advice and she follows it, because she’s daddy’s little girl.
- He realizes he can’t live without her and runs, drives, sails or flies to “get her back,” because that’s what men do.
- Dramatic makeup scene complete with inclement weather and declarations of eternal love.
- Wedding dance montage! All conflicts are suddenly resolved! Fade or freeze-frame to credits!
I guess if a certain formula works (by some people’s standards), why change it?
- Top 5 Excuses for Getting Out of Watching a Chick Flick with Your Girlfriend (daydaily.com)
- Chick Flicks and Dog Dish Movies (boudicabooks.org)
- Movies That Inspire My Kind of Chick Flick (nonsensetomomsense.com)