It's been our experience that sometimes the only thing that can make it all better is putting on our satin pajamas, making a milkshake out of the emergency carton of Ben and Jerry's that we have hidden at the back of the freezer, apply a 99-cent avocado and cucumber face mask and marathon watch some girly movies. We're sorry, but that's just the way it is.
Yes, every so often it happens that life gets to be too much. The stresses of work, school, chores, work, school, chores, work, school, chores—ugh! The never-ending vicious cycle of responsibility can smother us sometimes, and in order to cope with it all, we have to press the pause button on life and press the play button on our DVD player and enjoy some good old-fashioned girly movies.
There's no better remedy for anything that ails us—whether it's an actual sickness, or whether we're just sick of *gestures vaguely at everything* all of this—than an impromptu chick flick fest, and we bet most people out there feel the same in that regard. Let's have some fun, shall we? Take a minute to pick or pass on these girly movies, and when that's done, we'll reveal everyone's soulmate's sign!
A girly movie classic if ever we saw one, Mean Girls is about a girl named Cady Heron (played by Lindsey Lohan) who's attending high school for the first time after a lifetime of homeschooling. Naive but eager to fit in, Cady makes friends with two misfits who devise a scheme to infiltrate the clique of popular girls at the school and take them down. Things backfire, but there's a happy ending.
A Cinderella Story
Hillary Duff plays Sam in this classic girly flick, a teenager who works as a janitor and waitress and who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters (it IS called A Cinderella Story, after all). Anyway, after a mix up, Sam starts a pen pal relationship with an anonymous guy, who turns out to be Chad Michael Murray—uh, we mean, Austin Ames, AKA the most adorable boy in school.
In true Disney princess fashion, Giselle (Amy Adams) parades around the forest with all of her woodland buddies and falls in love with a guy who just so happens to be a prince. The prince's mother, however, takes issue with this, and hurtles Giselle to a land where happy endings never happen. Will Giselle make her way back to her true love, or will she be forever banished from her magical animated realm? We're not telling, you'll have to watch Enchanted yourself if you want answers.
Based on Jane Austen's beloved classic novel, Emma, Clueless follows the story of Cher (Alicia Silverstone), a somewhat superficial but well-intentioned girl who has a habit of matchmaking, much to her former stepbrother, Josh's (Paul Rudd) chagrin. After Josh warns Cher not to interfere with the love life of the new girl, Tai (Brittany Murphy), Cher ignores him, but soon grows to regret that decision.
Olive (Emma Stone) decides to jazz things up when recounting her weekend to her bestie, spinning a yarn that she made out with a college guy. Of course, Olive's story is overheard by the school gossip, played by Amanda Bynes, and she spreads the story. But, instead of coming clean or denying the claims, Olive roles with it, in an epic and hilarious way.
Claire Brown (Emma Roberts) and Hailey Rogers (JoJo) are having a slumber party, but they're both bummed because Hailey's mom accepted a new job offer and they'll both be moving away soon. After the girls meet a mermaid named Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) who must prove to her father that true love exists or be forced to marry a guy she doesn't love, they help her out with romance and are granted one wish in return.
Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her teenage daughter Anna (Lindsey Lohan) don't really get along—so, just like most teens and their parents, really. Anyway, neither really *gets* the other, but they get the chance to walk around in each others' shoes after receiving a fortune in a fortune cookie that magically causes them to switch bodies.
The Princess Diaries
Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is just your average girl, but her life is completely turned upside down when she discovers that she's actually a princess. Yes, that's right, Mia is heir to the throne of Genovia, and, sure, it's a made up country, but who cares?! She's a princess, and it's magical! She endures princess lessons taught by her grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews), and must balance her new life with her old one.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
The only downside to compulsive shopping? The mound of debt that accumulates as a result of it. Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) has managed to land a slot in a financial magazine as a an advice columnist, but her secret shopping problem is so massive, it could rip the rug right out from under her, not just in her work, but also in her personal relationships.
Jane Austen obsessed Jane Hayes (Keri Russell) is socially awkward and unlucky in love, so she scrapes up some money for a vacation to Austenland, a regency era-themed resort where she finally gets her chance at a romance the likes of Pride and Prejudice itself. Unfortunately, her lack of sufficient funds proves to be a problem. Sigh. Doesn't it always?
The Devil Wears Prada
Miranda Priestly, portrayed iconically by Meryl Streep, is a notoriously tough boss to work for, but as the editor of Runway magazine, submitting to her beck and call is just par for the course. Andy (Anne Hathaway) is determined to withstand whatever Priestly throws at her and climb her way, tooth and nail, to the top—wherever that is.
Never Been Kissed
A junior copywriter at a newspaper, 25-year-old Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore) is given an assignment: go undercover as a student at her old high school in order to get the scoop on modern teenage life. With the help of her brother, Rob (David Arquette), Josie joins the most popular clique in school, which comes with its own set of troubles, but by far her biggest problem is that she's fallen in love with her english teacher, Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan).
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants follows the various stories of four girls—Bridget (Blake Lively), Lena (Alexis Bledel), Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) and Carmen (America Ferrera)—over one summer, a vacation made special by a pair of pants that somehow manages to fit all of them. It's a miracle! But a bit of weird one. But it works because it's heartwarming.
Julie and Julia
Julie Powell (Amy Adams) decides to challenge herself by making each and every single recipes in Julia Child's (portrayed by Meryl Streep) famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and to write about her experiences with all 524 recipes on her blog. A fun girly movie, but be forewarned, it WILL make you work up an appetite!
Anna Kendrick stars in Pitch Perfect as Beca, a college student who finds herself wedged into a group with a bunch of other college girls, not because they have anything in common, but because they all sing really well together. The girls team up to compete in music competitions. If you enjoy humor and musical numbers in girly movies, check this one out.
According to Greta
Hillary Duff stars as Greta in According to Greta—which, you know, DOES make sense. Greta is a kid with a mutinous spirit, but she feels misunderstood (pfft! What teen doesn't, right?). She's sent to live with her grandparents, where she gets a job at a local seafood restaurant and finds herself falling for the short order cook.
13 Going On 30
Desperate to be a grown up, Jenna gets her wish at her 13th birthday party after being sprinkled by magic glitter dust stuff. She sorta falls asleep, then she wakes up and she's miraculously, through the powers of plot convenience, 30 years old and also Jennifer Garner. As an adult, everything is amazing! At least, it is at first, but Jenna soon realizes nothing is as perfect as she thought it would be.
The Parent Trap
Annie and Hallie (Lindsey Lohan and Lindsey Lohan respectively) meet at a summer camp and soon discover that there's a reason they look just alike—they're identical twins who were separated when their parents divorced. The two agree to switch places and plan to bring their parents together again. Antics and hilarious shenaniganry ensue.
Bring it On
Major problem, you guys. So, like, the girls on the cheerleading team at Rancho Carne high school are feeling pretty confident that they'll win the national championship trophy for the sixth year running, but the only thing is, the former cheer captain is leading another school now, and she totally stole Rancho Carne's routine and, OMG, teenage drama!
For the longest time, we thought Legally Blonde was about Reese Witherspoon trying to get the legal authority to bleach her hair, but that's only half right (AKA not right at all). A classic girly film, Legally Blonde follows Elle Woods, a girl who goes back to college to prove that she's not too blonde to marry Warner Huntington III (Matthew Davis).
In the 1960's, Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) totally nails an audition, and as a result, she lands a spot on a TV program called the Corny Collins Show, where she becomes an instant hit. But, will her newfound fame be enough to unseat her from her throne as dance queen? Only way to find out is to turn on Hairspray!
Ella (played by Anne Hathaway) is visited by her fairy godmother, Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox), who thinks, "Oh, yeah! What little girl doesn't want to be granted the magical power of being forced to obey other people's every command?" so she makes it so Ella has to do whatever she's told in what's gotta be the world's most unfair version of Simon Says. Anyway, Ella goes on a quest to have the spell nixed. Hugh Dancy's there.
Jane (Katherine Heigl) is basically a professional bridesmaid at this point, she's got that whole "always a bridesmaid, never a bride" thing down pat. Anyway, the writers of her life decide it's finally time she get herself a love life of her own, so they throw her a bone. She finds herself in the middle of romance drama after agreeing to be her sister's bridesmaid at her upcoming wedding.
The Fault in Our Stars
Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) finds love in the shape of Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort) after attending a support group for fellow cancer patients. Soon thereafter, Gus gets a trip to Amsterdam where he and Hazel travel to meet Hazel's favorite, but super reclusive, author and demand answers about the ending of a book he wrote. No spoilers, but keep a box of tissues nearby if you chose to watch this one.
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
What teen doesn't love to blow things out of proportion? Lola (Lindsey Lohan) is a major drama queen with dreams of becoming a Broadway actress, but things don't go as planned for her when her family moves from NYC to New Jersey. At her new school, Lola's determined to become the most popular girl, but the girl who currently holds that title naturally takes issue with Lola's ambition.
Marni (Kristen Bell) is less than thrilled to learn that her brother is engaged to be married to her old arch nemesis from high school, a girl named Joanna (Odette Yustman). The two definitely aren't over it and they set about making each other pay. Things escalate when the girls' mothers meet and reveal they were enemies in school, too.
Grace, Emma and Meg (Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy and Leighton Meester respectively) decide to pack it up and fly to Paris, where they take a tour, but it's not so great and they think they're going to leave disappointed. But then, Grace gets mistaken for a socialite named Cordelia. The three friends decide to role with it, and they end up in Monte Carlo.
Liv and Emma (Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway) have been besties since childhood, whiling away the hours by planning their weddings down to a T. A problem arises, however, when both girls—now engaged adults—discover a clerical error at the Plaza Hotel, where their respective weddings are scheduled to take place, which soon jeopardizes their friendship.
The Last Song
Courtesy of Nicholas Sparks, AKA the same guy who blessed us (and we say that only half sarcastically) with The Notebook, The Last Song tells the story of a girl named Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) who reconnects with her estranged father over the summer and falls in love with a guy named Will Blakelee (Liam Hemswroth) in the process.
Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father. At school, she meets a student named Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and pretty much immediately falls in love with him because his piercing eyes make her feel as though he's staring into her very soul! Sigh, how romantic! Anyway, Edward's a vampire, Bella doesn't mind. Pretty sure everybody knows what happens in this movie by now.
Bridget Jones's Diary
Bridget Jones, portrayed by Renee Zellweger, is 32-years-old and she's determined to get her life on track, which is exactly what she plans to do with the help of her diary. She fills each page with her opinions on food, work, life in general and, obviously, romance, because if she didn't dish on her love life, what would even be the point, eh?
Amelie (Audrey Tautou) has constructed a fanciful world that is entirely her own, and it's wonderful and fun, it really is—even if if isn't real life, per se. See, Amelie lives in her mind, and she loves nothing more than constructing alternate realities, giving the people around her their own complex stories. She even finds love in this process...in her own way...
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) is an advice columnist who wants to write a new piece about how to lose a guy in ten days. Her editor's on board with the idea, so Andie sets out to test her little theory. Meanwhile, executive Ben Berry (Matthew McConaughey) is determined to make a woman fall in love with him in ten days and, well, we're sure you can see where this is going.
Sandra Bullock stars as Margaret Tate in this upbeat, super fun romantic comedy. Margaret is a book editor who's run afoul of the law; she's wanted for deportation to her native country, Canada. But, Margaret has no intention of leaving, so she asks/forces her assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to propose to her so she can stay put. Wackiness ensues.
500 Days of Summer
Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) hits rock bottom when his girlfriend, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), puts the kibosh on their relationship. He spends the 90 minutes or so reflecting on their relationship, trying to figure out where things went wrong, but in the process, he reconnects with all of the things that make him him.