As a child, I grew up watching some of the most iconic chick flicks in the film industry like Mean Girls, Legally Blonde and She’s The Man which remained my guilty pleasures. They still are. So, it feels incredibly frustrating to me how new chick flicks are ruining the genre for everyone.
10 Things I Hate About New Chick Flicks
1. NO ICONIC CHICKS IN CHICK FLICKS
Most chick flicks produced in the 2020s have no iconic characters. Everybody is just so forgettable and really, they cannot seem to create and write about new characters that are interesting enough to be the new face of “quirky and relatable” 2020s chick flicks.
2. CHICK FLICKS WE’VE SEEN BEFORE
I respect saluting the original tropes of iconic genre enigmas. But, this does not mean that modern-day filmmakers should just copy existing story premises from older chick flicks that made bank at the box office.
3. LITTLE TO NO CHARACTER ARCS
Apologizing and realizing your mistakes do not count as a character arc. Filmmakers nowadays seem to equate growth with apologies. Growth and arcs are a process you build throughout the movie, it’s not one big wrap-up scene.
4. LOVE TEAMS HAVE NO CHEMISTRY
I can’t remember the last chick flick love team that I shipped ever since Viola Hastings and Duke Orsino’s characters in She’s the Man. Ever since this duo, everything else that came after was a bit of a letdown.
5. CRINGE-WORTHY PREMISE
Yes, I am referring to the Kissing Booth. The whole “I can’t date you because you’re my best friend’s brother” is not only illogical, it is also weird. We have to agree that all of the men in Elle’s life were manipulative. Right?
6. FORCED INCLUSIVITY
It is just me or is representation for Asians, non-binaries, and other minorities in the new chick flick seem forced? Even bordering on cheesy. A.K.A the character of Jacob in Love Hard.
7. FORGETTABLE LINES
I cannot remember the last time chick flicks made a line as iconic as, “Get in loser, we’re going shopping” by Regina George in Mean Girls. By the way, is it just me or was everybody else also secretly rooting for Regina?
8. TYPICAL TROPES
The popular kid falls in love with the nerd even if their entire relationship was only supposed to be a bet. Yeah, that seems to be the only plot for most new chick flicks.
9. IT’S A LOVE STORY. BUT, YOU WON’T LOVE THE STORY.
The stories before we just as cheesy, don’t get me wrong. But before, these cheesy stories were executed in the most sincere ways possible. A prime example is Love Actually. Now, it seems that since producers know that we’d watch it anyway, they don’t even make an effort anymore.
10. NO INTERESTING SIDE CHARACTERS
Who else was interested in the side story of Bianca (Kat’s Sister) in 10 Things I Hate About You? Just me? Okay. But, they just don’t make side characters as interesting anymore and it is frustrating because sometimes they are the only ones that make the film a bit bearable.
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