10 chick flicks that won't make you vomit

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Bring It On

Bring It On

Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku star in a frankly dumb cheerleader movie. Fortunately, it's a dumb movie that knows it's a dumb movie, so revels in lashings of irony and sarcasm.

Well worth it for our leads and their outfits but also for the cheerleaders' achingly camp coach and his fabulous spirit fingers!

Thelma And Louise

Thelma and Louise

Ultimate chick flick with a dazzling cast including Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel and of course, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as the downtrodden women who break out of their humdrum lives to take a road trip that swiftly goes horribly wrong.

A classic tale of female friendship and the all-round dizzying crapness of bad, bad MEN.

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

With Rob Reiner at the helm and Chris Guest playing a baddie, you know you're in for a treat. Schmaltzy fairytale premise aside, this is a funny, feisty cult classic. Swordplay, André the giant, an 11-fingered man and a swathe of quality catchphrases, too.

All together now: “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

Amelie

Amelie

Audrey Tautou stars in this serendipitous Parisian dreamworld, set in a candy-shop version of Montmartre. After an isolated childhood, waitress Amélie decides
to spend her life doing good - with whimsical consequences.

Cue match-making for co-workers and love letters from beyond the grave. Sexy, funny and deliciously life-affirming.

Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Guns! Car chases! Clare Danes looking absurdly hot! Shakespeare never seemed so much fun as in this brilliant adap by Strictly Ballroom's Baz Luhrmann, who sticks to the original dialogue but updates its setting to fictional Verona Beach.

An excellent soundtrack and lashings of eye candy for all.

Desperately Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan

Madonna basically plays Madonna in this offbeat '80s comedy. Bored housewife Rosanna Arquette follows the fortunes of lovers Susan and Jim through the personals of a New York tabloid.

Add an improbable sub-plot of stolen earrings and a magic club MC'd by John Turturro and you have an ace mistaken identity romp.

Clueless

Clueless

Reworking of Jane Austen's Emma set in mid-90s Beverly Hills, with a cracking breakout performance from Alicia Silverstone as Cher, an über-airhead who sets out to 'give bacl' to the community by making over unhip new girl, Brittany Murphy.

Worth it for the sassy dialogue and lack of sentimentality. Oh - and a perky teen Silverstone in all her kneesock-sporting glory.

Pretty In Pink

Pretty in Pink

Guilty pleasure brat-pack flick from John Hughes, starring James Spader as head of the rich kids, Andrew McCarthy as the Boy Who Falls For 'The Girl From The
Wrong Side Of The Tracks' and a cute Molly Ringwald as said TGFTWSOTT.

Add a corking soundtrack, a crappy pink frock and a breakout performance from Jon Cryer and, hey - what's not to love?

The Stepford Wives

The Stepford Wives

Not the dingbat remake with La Kidman, but the classic brain-frying sci-fi original. Brilliantly suspenseful '70s paranoia thriller-making blends with radical feminism
to create a truly scary movie.

Starring a foxy Katharine Ross, this will earn blokes a billion 'sensitive to women's issues' points while still allowing them to enjoy an ace sci-fi flick.

Mean Girls

Mean Girls

A cursory glance would suggest Mean Girls is a high-school-drama-by-numbersbutthatwould be very wrong. Written by Saturday Night Live genius Tina Fey, this sharply observed coming of age caper is a reminder that Lindsay Lohan used to be known for more than her yo-yo-ing visits to rehab.

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