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Dick Flicks: Chick Flicks for Men

We are all aware of those gooey romantic movies known as chick flicks. I think it is now time for our culture to realize Hollywood is also making a lot of movies catering to men, and we should call them what they are. Dick Flicks.

Take a look: at the movies made over the last decade. If you see one starring Julia Roberts or Cameron Diaz you’ll probably assume it’s a Chick Flick. And you’d probably be right. Oh, and let’s through Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock in with this crowd.

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So what are the basic components of a Chick Flick? The movie stars a very pretty woman, yet she’s humble and probably a bit clumsy. This starring role is of a woman probably in her twenties or thirties, although the actress playing her is usually in her 40’s. There’s an accidental meeting with a man who will become her love interest. It starts out badly, then humor ensues and the movie is wrapped up with the couple in each other’s arms, happily ever after.

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Ugh. It’s just a 90 minute cliché. But it’s a money maker. As long as the world wants to see them, Hollywood will continue producing chick flicks.

 

But there’s another type of film flooding out of Hollywood. Low-brow comedies catered to men. These are films that include a lot of immature humor (often about bodily functions) and usually cartoonish violence. Wedding Crashers, Dumb and Dumber and Zoolander are pretty good examples.

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The main culprits of Dick Flicks include: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Seth Rogen. It’s not that I’m contending these movies are bad (although I think many are), it’s just a new formula in Hollywood. And it’s bringing us the same actors playing the same roles over and over again (I’m talking to you, Vince Vaughn).

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But my main problem with both Chick Flicks and Dick Flicks is that Hollywood is turning to over-the-hill actors (who are big money makers) to play these roles. If the main character is meant to be flighty or in some way not have his/her life together, than give us a 20-something actor. It’s okay for a young woman like Scarlette Johanson to play the role of a woman who can’t hold a job. But it’s not so cute for 42 year-old Aniston. Yet Jennifer Aniston (and Cameron Diaz and 44 year old Ben Stiller) continues to put out sappy, romantic comedies that would be better left to actors half their age (thanks, Bounty Hunter).

 

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18 Comments
  1. Posted April 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I think it’s good that the film companies want to please all audiences.

  2. Posted April 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Wow, you hit the nail on the head! Don’t forget Jack Black, who I think would probably be downright honored to be told he is a mainstay of “dick flicks”. You wrote a great article here, thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

  3. Posted May 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Knocked up is supposed to be pretty good and apparently appeals to both sexes…

  4. Posted May 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I OPENED this up as u said DICK ?????/!!!!!!!

  5. Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Quite insightful, with a very good commentary!

  6. Posted August 18, 2010 at 10:22 am

    lol you forgot Jennifer Lopez and Anne Hathaway they churn out some terrible Chick flicks.

  7. Posted August 25, 2010 at 2:37 am

    interesting post.thanks for the share.

  8. Posted October 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Well written article. Love that you have coined a phrase. It should catch on. It’s perfect.

  9. Posted October 19, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Well written article. keep it up!

  10. Posted November 4, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I loved the title :D

  11. Posted November 29, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Very perceptive observations!

  12. Posted February 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Good share here! :)

  13. Posted February 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I so agree that JA is getting a bit old to play her usual roles now. I like the jibe at Vince Vaughan hah!

  14. Posted April 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Dick Flicks is a catchy phrase…congrats! :) JA and Adam Sandler were great in JUST GO WITH IT, but then again, they were playing characters in their actual age range.

  15. Posted October 12, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Interesting..

  16. Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:40 am

    interesting post

  17. Posted November 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    What if these movies are more geared towards couples? A movie like wedding crashers starts off very much aimed at men… using weddings to sleep with desperate girls. But the movie shifts when both men find their “real loves”. You get me to laugh at all the stupid poop jokes, you get the girl into the cuteness, you get both of them to sit down and agree on a movie from instant netflix.

  18. Posted January 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

    wedding crashers is an awesome movie in my opinion :D

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