What exactly is a "Chick Flick?" What requirements must be met in order for a movie to be able to wave the proud banner of being a chick flick? If these questions have been eating at your brain like a starving boll weevil, rejoice! The Horse has arrived to once and for all end all those nagging questions about perhaps one of the most fascinating and complex movie genres in existence.To demonstrate I will need a volunteer... Ok, you with the big ears and ponytails. You'll do fine. Now, my assistant, Rip Taylor, will demonstrate the effects that the chick flick has on your brain. See him running around tossing confetti and basically acting like a jackass? You think thatís funny? Of course you do. Because your mind has been transformed into a huge lump of sugar, spice and everything nice. You are probably even starting to believe that maybe, just maybe, a guy like the one Tom Hanks plays in "You've Got Mail" is actually out there... Well, your wrong. Now get the fuck off my stage.
Here endeth the lesson...
You've Got Mail is a prime example of what every chick flick aspires to be: Vapid and Predictable. The story involves Miss Perfect (Meg Ryan) and Mr. Wonderful (Tom Hanks) meeting over America Online and finding out that (surprise!) they are absolutely perfect for each other. But wait, it goes much deeper than that. Miss Perfect owns a quaint little bookstore that is being run out of business by a Barnes and Noble-ish bookstore that just opened down the street. Here is the kicker: Mr. Perfect is the guy that is running her out of business! So they are smitten online and in real life they are at each otherís throats. Now isn't that a really original idea?
This is a remake of a movie called "The Shop Around The Corner." The only difference is that they corresponded by letters in the original and not by AOL. The original wasn't really all that good either but it did have Jimmy Stewart and that counts for A LOT.
Now, I could go into all sorts of details about how Tom Hanks really plays a super guy and how Meg Ryan is just so cute (and intelligent too!), but I won't. If you haven't already figured all that out, and how it will end, you are already suffering from Meg Ryan Syndrome (MRS) and should consult with a surgeon immediately to have the huge clump of sugar removed from your brain.Tom Hanks is charming, Meg Ryan is cute. If that is all you are looking for in a movie then have at it.