How chick flicks are ruining society

How chick flicks are ruining society

How chick-flicks are ruining society.This Valentine’s Day, as you reach for your stash of romantic- omedies, just keep in mind that you are contributing to the destruction of society.

 

As a cinephile, I have always been an anti-chick flick advocate. It’s not because I am cynical about love or have something against Jennifer Aniston (though both of those statements are true). I do it because every time someone watches a chick flick, part of our society disintegrates further into chaos.

 

My argument is twofold. First, the plots of chick flicks are all the same plot. Pick any chick flick and I can tell you how the movie will go: guy meets girl, guy falls for girl, they enjoy their love, something happens that is blown out of proportion and can be solved by communicating but they never do, guy and girl break up, guy or girl (though it’s almost always the guy) comes to his or her senses and makes an epic display of affection/love, the other person forgives them, they live happily ever after.

 

Why is this so harmful to society? It’s the simplicity of the story. These films imply that we as consumers cannot handle complex plots. Therefore, they stick to what we know and (supposedly) love. The more we consume these insultingly simple plots, the more we will be incapable of handling complex plots (why do you think so many people had a problem with “Inception”?) Chick flicks are essentially dumbing us down when it comes to screenplays.

 

The next reason, and the most destructive reason, is the precedent that is set up regarding relationships. People (albeit stupid people) watch chick flicks, watch how they are fuelled by drama, miscommunication and epic displays of affection and they begin to believe this is how relationships are supposed to function. Relationships must have problems that are blown out of proportion. Relationships must have perfect speeches said in the rain. Relationships must have that happy ending.

 

I’ll admit I’m no expert on relationships (the last one I had was over two years ago), but this is not how healthy relationships work. If people believe that chick flicks exhibit what a normal relationship should be, we’re all doomed. Relationships are hard, yes, but if there is communication and trust (two things that are completely absent in most chick flicks), things should be slightly effortless. If you go into a relationship thinking things are going to be like chick flicks, you are in for a world of hurt.

 

So this Valentine’s Day, when you’re snuggled up to your sweetie to watch a movie, do your civic duty and say no to the chick flick. Say no to the continued dumbing of screenplay plots and the ridiculous standard of relationships. Do the right thing and reach for an action movie. Might I suggest “The Godfather”?

 

By Kelly Cannon
Life Editor

4 Responses to "How chick flicks are ruining society"

  1. Sharece   February 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I think that’s giving chick flicks far too much credit. Maybe I’m biased because I indulge in chick flicks a little too frequently by my own standards, but I think that enough people recognize the fallacy that’s represented in these films. I definitely wouldn’t recommend any of my favorites to a cinephile such as yourself, but I don’t beleive there’s too much harm in allowing yourself some mind-numbing entertainment from time to time, as long as you recognize that that’s all it provides. Moderation in all things, after all. 🙂

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  2. Clarabela   February 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    The problem is: We need better chick flicks. Movies like 27 Dress (or anything with Katherine Heighl, for that matter) show women in a bad light. As desperate, love sick people who are willing to do whatever they have to do to get a man.

    I prefer Chick Flicks Penelope, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or the upcoming Hunger Games. These movie feature strong women who want love, but also know how to “handle their business”.

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  3. Jason   February 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Not all “chick flicks” are this bad, but yes, Kelly, you have a valid point and it is a point I’ve been trying to make for years. Thank you!

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  4. John   July 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    A more complex plot wouldn’t necessarily make a “chick flick” any better. I think the issue with them is that the characters aren’t very complex – driven by simple motivations. You can have a film with the plot you mentioned but complex characters go a long way to redeeming the quality of a film.

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