Gloria Steinem and I Agree, There are Prick Flicks
- Fight Club
- Star Wars
- Saving Private Ryan
These are all examples that I think Ms. Steinem would agree are prick flicks.
In addressing her thoughts to a young man she shared a plane with who didn’t want to watch a chick flick, Ms. Steinem said…
I propose, as the opposite of “chick flick,” films called “prick flicks.” Not only will it serve film critics well, but its variants will add to the literary lexicon.
That makes sense. I didn’t read the rest of her diatribe because I get lost and bored, but believe me there’s more. A lot more.
I think she would say that these are chick flicks:
- Sleepless in Seattle (both of them, except one is about books and one is about being bi-coastal.)
- Forget Paris
- 9 to 5
- English Patient
- help! can’t think of another off hand
I just named the prick flicks that I get to buy and watch over and over.
All the movies that portray violence against women, preferably beautiful, sexy, half-naked women. These feature chainsaws and house parties for teenage guys, serial killers and sadistic rapists for ordinary male adults, plus cleverly plotted humiliations and deaths of powerful women for the well-educated misogynist.
I don’t get to buy those. I can rent them when she’s playing Bunco, but I don’t because of the guilt she has instilled.
Glooooooooria, G, L, O, R, I, A, makes the case that there is chick lit (hate their gum) and prick lit.
Ms. Steinem wants us to enjoy diversity in the movies. Only if my wife insists.
Is Norbit a chick flick?
Add your favorite chick flicks and / or prick flick in the comments, please.
How could you forget the ultimate chick flick, Steel Magnolias? How could you fail to mention a herd of mouthy Southern women discussing life, dealing with death, love and other chick stuff?
My most recently viewed chick flick, The Notebook, deserves a mention, too.
I’m also a frequent viewer of prick flicks because that’s usually the only way I can watch a movie with my husband. (This weekend’s viewing of The Notebook was a rare occurence and one to be cherished, lol) I loved Fight Club, saw Texas Chainsaw Massacre when I was barely a teenager, the Saw triology waned after the first, but I still keep watching them, and I’m a fan of Bond James Bond.
While occasionally I allow the softer side of me to sob uncontrollably at the television screen, more often than not, you’ll find us just watching scantily clad women get shot, blown up, ravaged, kidnapped, etc. Bring on the chainsaws!!!
When I read your post, I updated my post. You obviously have some great chick flicks listed. I have to admit, I didn’t try very hard to remember any. James Bond is too much of a dandy for me. Jason Bourne is who I want to be.
Bond James Bond may be a dandy, but Sean Connery’s accent….mmmmhmmmm…. he is the ONLY Bond in my mind.
One time when Connery was on the Tonight Show, a woman from the audience asked him to say “Take off your panties, lass.” The fuel for a fantasy if there ever was one… 😀
Yeah, I wouldn’t mind being the 50ish Sean Connery.
I saw “Sleepless in Seattle” with a platonic male heterosexual friend. By the end, he was weeping. I was sneering. There are chick flicks, and then there are cynically manipulative chick flicks. “SiS” was the latter.
Other chick flicks: “In Her Shoes” (not as bad as I’d feared), “You’ve Got Mail,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “A Map of the World” (highly recommended). And I’m sure the current release “Evening,” which I haven’t yet seen, qualifies. (Meryl Streep! Meryl Streep’s daughter! Toni Collette! Vanessa Redgrave! Vanessa Redgrave’s daughter!)
Chick Flick Hall of Fame: “Thelma and Louise” and “Fried Green Tomatoes.”
“Prelude to a Kiss” was marketed as a chick flick but in fact is an astonishing observation of identity and spirit, based on the play of the same name by Craig Lucas. Yes, it stars Meg Ryan (usually a big minus in my book), but whaddya know, she’s extraordinary. And Alec Baldwin and the late Sydney Walker are superb.
But really, the heyday of the chick flick was the 1930s and 1940s, when movie studios acknowledged that “women’s themes” were legitimate sources of drama–and of box-office success.
Yeah, You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle part 2, that’s what I couldn’t remember.
I liked Thelma and Louise: shooting and stealing and screwing around with a young cowpoke and blowing up trucks and then driving off a cliff. Was there a story there? Anyhoo, I liked it.
PS: as a wordworker, didn’t you just cringe when AOL came out with “you’ve got mail?”
Prick flicks- xXx, Full Metal Jacket, Hamburger Hill, Fast and the Furious… I’d have to contest fight club though, I loved that film!! There’s plenty in it for the girls, TRUST me! (Brad Pitt naked apart from a rubber glove?)
Mona Lisa Smile was pretty chickie.
Full Metal Jacket A+; Hamburger Hill had some relationship bullshit in it, C-; Fast and Furious A. Fight Club: if you say so (and you did) and Mona Lisa Smile, yup, chickie.
Haha, nice picture. Looks like it might hurt..
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