Chix who love flix, analyzing so-called "chick flicks."

The Chic Witch

April 19th, 2008 by Margeaux | Posted in Posts | 4 Comments »

Some time ago, the goth look became very popular. It was a look defined by dark clothes and dark make-up. Along with the look, pop culture was suddenly influenced by the occult as Wicca and Witchcraft became a popular fascination for the masses. While it might be hard to determine what caused the sudden interest in the world of the occult, it is quite easy to surmise that the chick flicks The Craft and Practical Magic helped maneuver the interest. Because being dark suddenly became chic, those who have lived the “vampiric” lifestyle were suddenly comfortably part of society. As such, goth clothes and paraphernalia became part of the mainstream retail industry. Even fashion couture was influenced by the goth movement, as designers like Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier innovated the goth look. MAC, the make-up brand, was catapulted into popularity as they came out with a line of dark lipsticks and eye shadows for goth crazed women. For a short moment in time, being pale and having dark make-up was a day look that women emulated. It was a short moment when looking like a rebel was chic.

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The Fashion, the Attitude, the Teen Culture of the 90’s

April 17th, 2008 by Margeaux | Posted in Posts | 2 Comments »

Do you remember a time when the schoolgirl look became hip? When girls ran to the malls to buy super short A-line skirts, knee-high stockings, and a pair of stacked-heeled penny loafers? Some of you might be too young to remember, but I do. It was the fashion craze of the late 90’s inspired by hit chick flick Clueless. Every girl wanted to emulate Cher (Alicia Silverstone), the primary character in the movie. They wanted her computerized closet, her clothing allowance, and her fashion sense.

The popularity of this movie, however, did not only inspire a new fashion trend, but it also inspired a change in attitude. The film promulgated the hip, young, beautiful lifestyle of the Beverly Hills crowd; a lifestyle defined by teens owning expensive cars, constant cellphone usage, and non-stop shopping. It also portrayed the beauty-before-everything-else attitude of California teens. This was a lifestyle that every girl wanted or at least dreamed of, and it was a lifestyle they tried to live. Another remnant of the movie that is part of teen culture is the use of the expression “whatever” and the hand gesture that went with it. The movie had a great effect on the teen culture of the 90’s.

It is amazing how one film can create such a big change. Films can influence daily lives and everyday characters, whether we want to admit it or not. Their influence can be so great that they inspire an entire movement. We often try to remind ourselves that it’s just a movie, it can’t be real. However, we do find a way to make it real. What so funny is that the portrayal of the characters from the movie Clueless was an exaggerated parody of reality. . .a parody that became all too soon actual reality. That shows you how influential a flick can be, especially for those chicks who wanted to be Cher.

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From the Big Screen to the Streets: Fads

April 17th, 2008 by Chelsea | Posted in Posts | 1 Comment »

Legally Blonde Movie PosterFads are a huge part of culture and many times they are influenced by media. In particular, one movie that had a some what large influence on fashion fads was “Legally Blonde.” In the movie, the lead character Elle Woods is portrayed as a very fashion-conscious, but rather dim-witted stereotypical blonde. Where dialogue may have failed Reese Witherspoon’s character, fashion saved her. One fashion accessory was able to make its way from the big screen to the streets, and that was the signature Tiffany heart pendant. After the movie was released, the Tiffany heart pendant could be seen on many women. It’s rather interesting to see what an influence movies can have on the general population. While it may not be an important contribution, you can’t deny that chick flicks do have a certain amount of influence on society.

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Who knew? Chick flick sights and sounds

April 16th, 2008 by Meredith | Posted in Posts | 1 Comment »

There are a few titles that, for me personally, come to mind immediately when someone says “chick flick.” Others take a bit more of a reminder– maybe it’s because I didn’t like the movie so much, or because it came out a long time ago. Or it could have featured an actor or an actress who has since “moved on,” to supposedly bigger and better (?) genres.

One of the films that I have recently associated with “chick flick” has been recently featured here on ChixFlix: The Devil Wears Prada. Being a bookworm more than any sort of chick flick aficionado, of course I had read the book before I saw the movie– long before the movie even came out. The movie was very well done though, and I enjoyed it enough to buy the soundtrack only a few days later.

For many movies, they wouldn’t be half as good (or as critically acclaimed) as they are without the soundtrack. So when I went searching for some images to spruce up the existing blog posts, I was astonished to see not just a plethora of soundtracks of chick flicks -even the small “indie” ones that had come out ages ago- but compilations, DVD collections, and more!

Songs have the ability to set the tone and feeling of a scene or even of the whole film, which is why choosing the right song for a particular part of the story or as the overall “theme music” is critical. Many people walk away from a theatre with one or more of the songs playing in their heads -not just because the song may have been playing in the end credits, but also because the music evokes images from the film. If that song is new, that person may hear it again and again on the radio, and again be reminded of scenes from the movie. If they hear that song in a store, they might be tempted to seek out the soundtrack or other related products. Movie theatres are well-aware of this not-so-secret marketing ploy, and make good use of “Movie Tunes,” which play songs from currently-running movies. The artists or bands get publicity, the theatre gets a nice “ambiance” or “atmosphere” and the moviegoers spend more time in the theatre, maybe tapping their feet along to a catchy beat or getting lost in the memory of a really good scene from a movie they just saw.

Plenty of songs get recycled from movie to movie, but depending on the person, one song will always be associated with a particular film. For example, Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” could fit almost any romantic tragedy movie, but ask most people what movie they think of when they hear the song, and they’ll say James Cameron’s 1997 box office record-breaker, “Titanic.”

It’s worth noting that for any songwriter whose specific song was featured in a chick flick to win the coveted Academy Award for Best Original Song, the song had to have been written exclusively for the film, not be made up of resampled or remixed existing music, and not be published prior to the production of the film. This explains why songs like “Unchained Melody” (from Ghost) and “I Will Always Love You” (from The Bodyguard) couldn’t qualify, even though plenty of people will still associate those songs with those particular movies.

Below are some interesting products I found on that are what I’d deem “unexpected chick flick-wares.” Even more surprisingly are the sheer numbers of other items “tagged” as “chick flick” on Amazon, discussed in their forums, and related to actual chick flick movie merchandise, such as DVDs, soundtracks, and posters. Widgets

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An Ideal Image

April 16th, 2008 by Margeaux | Posted in Posts | 2 Comments »

The Devil Wears Prada movie posterWhy is it that the heroine in most “chick flicks” have to undergo some transformation to find definition for themselves? Is it because there is a pervading social construct that, despite their struggle to find an independent self-definition, they still have to abide by?

In The Devil Wears Prada, the female protagonist, Andie (Anne Hathaway), transforms from a girl with no fashion sense to a high fashion woman. Only when she dons her Prada and her Chanel does she become fully confident and accepted by her colleagues. True, she eventually forfeits her membership in the high fashion world, but then again, the fashion-less Andie in the beginning of the movie is never seen again either. The compromise that Andie finds at the end of the movie is to perpetuate an image defined by societal codes. The old Andie was too clueless to belong, the ultra-fashionable Andie is too surreal, and so, only the casually-trendy Andie can truly find a place in society. The portrayal of the different transformations that Andie undergoes illustrates how women are often judged not by ability, but often by the way they look. In this way, social definitions for the image of women encroach upon their self-definitions.

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A Post-feminist construction

April 15th, 2008 by Laurie | Posted in Posts | 1 Comment »

Bridget Jones's Diary movie posterIn the movie Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) is a true example of a post-feminist construction. She is liberated as far is having a career; she has her own apartment, good girlfriends and a really nice guy friend. But, at the end of the day, is she really free from the social stigma of not being married at a certain age? Not having children? Her mission through out the movie is to fit into a particular stereotype that seems to play out in our culture: be married by a particular age, have a great career, be skinny…. At the end of day, our heroine not only gets the “cute” successful guy, but along the way learns to accept herself, just the way she is.

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A “Chick Flick” is. . .

April 15th, 2008 by Margeaux | Posted in Posts | No Comments »

Any movie with a female heroine or heroines, normally within the genre of romantic comedy or drama. .  .at least, according to today’s standards.  Most “chick flicks” portray women who find an understanding of themselves after overcoming obstacles.

This genre of film is a pop culture creation for movies that are deemed to only appeal to women and portray women’s situation.

Happy Birthday!

April 14th, 2008 by Chelsea | Posted in Posts | 1 Comment »

This is just a post to tell our wonderful site coordinator, Meredith, “Happy Birthday!”

Thanks from all of us for setting this up, you did a fantastic job. We hope you have a great day!

More “chick flick” blogs to follow.

Introducing ChixFlix

March 30th, 2008 by Meredith | Posted in Posts | 1 Comment »

Welcome to ChixFlix, the blog by “chicks” for anyone who has heard of “chick flicks,” whether they have an interest in this unique genre of films or not.

To begin with, we hope to answer some basic questions:

What is a “chick flick?”

“The pop culture term ‘chick flick’ simply refers to films that are geared toward the so called typical female consumer. Cinderella-type stories often dominate this movie category, which makes it seem as if movie executives believe that all little girls just want to be rich princesses. This criticism aside, chick flicks have grown since their genesis to encompass several genres such as drama and comedy, making the topic particularly interesting. As women’s role in society has grown, so have the varieties of chick flicks: that is why these movies are so important to western culture.” — Jenn


“The Chick Flick is a post-feminist construction where the heroine is always viewed as liberated and having influence.” — Laurie

Other questions we hope to eventually address:

Despite the feisty independence of leading ladies, do they still reflect a world where they must follow a particular moral code, less they be socially ostracized by their peers?

How do chick flicks influence different fads?

Different chick flicks are aimed at different age segments. What is the difference between the films clearly targeted toward one age group (say, pre-teens) versus a film that is targeted toward another age group (say, women 25 and up)? What is the difference in reactions toward women of different age groups when watching one particular “chick flick?”

The term “chick flick” is pretty new, but the concept’s been around for some time. How has the idea BEHIND a chick flick changed –if at all?

Regardless of your opinion on ‘chick flicks,’ what they are, the sort of actors that star in them, or what purpose (if any) they serve, we hope that you will find this blog enlightening and fun to read.