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February 13th, 2014
Today is Galentine’s Day which means you’re probably going to hang out with your best gal pals after work. There are a ton of fun things to do tonight, which we wrote about here, but after you paint the town red, you might want to unwind in front of the t.v.
The power of friendship is evident in a lot of movies new and old, so we have the ultimate list for you tonight.
Kristen Wiig plays the best friend of Maya Rudolph, who’s getting married. Melissa McCarthy plays one of the sex-crazed bridesmaids. The entire cast is truly one of the funniest ensembles in the biz. While the film is quipped with filthy jokes and grossed out gags, it has a few life lessons. 1) life is unfair. 2) chicks before dicks. 3) if you shit in it, you buy it.
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Any oldie but still a goodie. This film features LEGENDS including Sally Field, Dolly Parton and a very, very young Julia Roberts. The themes of sisterhood and redemption have resonated so well with audiences that it was remade into a Lifetime movie in 2012 starring Queen Latifah. Get your Kleenex out because this movie is a real tear-jerker.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
One might think this is an incredibly cheesy film version of Glee, but they’re mistaken. The movie is more than just a bunch of singing bees. It features a diverse female cast including Anna Kendrick, Rebel WIlson, Hana Mae Lee and Anna Kamp. Their characters all come from different walks of life, and at first, they never see eye to eye on anything. Spoiler alert: they all make up and get along in the end! I’m getting teary-eyed just writing about it.
Baby Mama (2008)
Way before Tina Fey and Amy Poehler ever hosted the Golden Globes, they made a quirky movie together in 2008. Baby Mama is about a single and infertile businesswoman (Tina) who hire a dumbfounded young woman (Amy) to be her surrogate. Hilarity ensues. While you laugh the whole way through this movie you learn a little about friendship and forgiveness.
Blue Crush (2002)
Okay, the surfer film does feature a lot of chicks in bikinis but that’s not what’s important here. And you don’t even need to be a surfer to enjoy this movie starring a fresh-faced Kate Bosworth. Blue Crush is all about taking risks in life, knowing your girlfriends will be right behind you cheering you on. If this movie doesn’t motivate you to try something new, I don’t know what will.
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Directed by actor Forest Whitaker, the film centers on four African-American women and their relationships with men and one another. Whitney Houston (RIP) plays a character having an affair with a married man. Angela Bassett plays a woman who gives up her career for her husband, only to have him leave her for another woman. (Side note: one of the greatest scenes of all time is when she lights her cheating husband’s car on fire and walks away in slow-mo.) All four women go through rough relationships but in the end, it’s their bond that gives them strength to start over.
Sex and the City (2008)
The first SATC movie is a more glamorous continuation of the t.v. series. We don’t talk about the second movie because that’s a huge embarrassment to everyone. Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte all have their own partners and careers but the one thing they look forward to the most is catching up over cocktails. Surprisingly so, Samantha delivers the most empowering quote in the film: “I love you, but I love me more”.
Charlie’s Angels (2000)
Much like the t.v. show from the ’70s, Charlie’s Angels is about three beautiful, kick-ass, women fighting crime with a few dance breaks in between. Lucy Lui, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz are women you definitely don’t want to mess with. Destiny’s Child would totally agree, seeing as they mention the three in the song Independent Women.
Much like Steel Magnolia, this movie’s sole purpose is to tear at your heartstrings. It may be hella old but it’s a hella goodie. It stars Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey (ask your mom if you don’t know who they are) as complete opposites but somehow they remain friends for decades, regardless of all the obstacles, like marriage, fame and sickness. Pass me a tissue, please.
Thelma and Louise (1991)
This movie is a classic for a reason. Ask anyone to name the ultimate BFF movie and they’ll say this one. It’s so good, even Michelle Rodriquez and model Cara Delevingne are rumoured to be shooting a remake. The film is a perfect reminder that a good ol’ road trip with your bestie is all you need to feel alive, granted yours ends a lot better than theirs.