Life Lessons from Chick Flicks

Life Lessons from Chick Flicks

Lessons from my favorite girly-film heroines.

Chick flick movies are a cure for a lot of things: a bad break-up, a rough week at work, sick days, rainy days, sleepovers. For a long time in my life, chick flicks played the role of the guilty pleasure. I had some imaginary façade to maintain, I couldn’t let people know that I, an intellectual young woman, indulged in empty, fluffy, girly movies, often with romance as a primary plot line! No!

Thankfully, I have outgrown that. And as a now authentic semi-intelligent youngish woman, I openly love chick flicks. I make my boyfriend watch my favorites, my mom and I always love when they show up on cable (much to my dad’s dismay), and I no longer save them for a rainy day. I realize now that many of these movies aren’t so fluffy after all. Here are 5 lessons we can take away from chick flicks.

The Devil Wears Prada

Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) has finally landed a job with her journalism degree: working in a prestigious fashion magazine office as the assistant to the editor-in-chief. This should, by all means, be the ideal job for a freshly graduated college student.

But as Andy struggles tremendously to fit in she discovers her boss, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), is a total monster. Andy does everything to meet even her boss’s most outrageous demands, even at the cost of her love and social life. In order to be enough for Miranda, Andy realizes she has to become as ruthless as her. So she makes the decision to walk away from the job.

Some things to take away from this movie: sometimes crappy people are just crappy, you either become crappy like them or walk away and it’s okay. Same goes for a crappy job. If a job is taking away from other important parts of your life, it probably isn’t the “perfect” job after all. Your job is not your life, and how you are treated at work does not have to define your character.

Mean Girls

Teenage girls can be scary. Lindsey Lohan’s character Cady Heron has to learn this the hard way. Unfortunately, Cady’s analogies of high school as wild as the African Savannah aren’t far from the truth. It’s a girl-eat-girl world in those hallways, and Cady somehow finds herself at the top of the food chain. But she had to hurt a lot of people to get there. You can’t control what others say behind your back, but you can control what you say. This is a lesson Cady eventually learns.

The movie is funny and completely quotable. But one of the most famous quotes is also the most important lesson in the movie. In the words of Tina Fey’s character, Ms. Norbury, “You have all got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.”

We have to learn to help our fellow girls as we face adversity together, we can’t afford to be tearing each other down. Thanks to Mean Girls for dropping that truth bomb and making us laugh on the way.

Miss Congeniality

An article about chick flicks would not be complete without a Sandra Bullock film. This movie shows us that sometimes change is okay and leads to growth. Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is shoved out of her comfort zone when she must go from being a tomboyish FBI agent to a polished pageant contestant for an undercover mission.

On this mission, she also learns that feminine and kick-ass do not have to be mutually exclusive. The only thing more impressive than taking out a bad guy? Taking out a bad guy in stilettos.

Legally Blonde

This movie is by far my favorite on this list. If Miss Congeniality shows us that you can be feminine and tough, Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) teaches us that femininity and intelligence can go hand-in-hand. Elle sets her sights on law school to try and win over her ex-boyfriend, Warner. But she learns that she will never be good enough for him because he will always view her as a cute blonde girl, never as an equal.

Well jokes on him, because Elle overcomes the expectations of a “dumb blonde” placed upon her, and ends up very successful in law school. Total inspiration that you can do anything you set your mind to. Just make sure steer clear of any boys who are “complete boneheads” (And stick with the boys who treat you right).

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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