What 10 Popular Chick Flicks Taught Us About Love

By: Salma Mourad

If you think about it, chick flicks are here for every occasion. Christmas, New Year’s, birthdays, especially valentines. We laugh, cry, sometimes even cringe. They make us swoon over those handsome guys with their charming gestures, and wish to be in these lucky girls’ shoes. Most chick flicks have the same love story. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, blah, blah, blah …but do we really catch the meaning behind the twist every individual movie has? Do we really know what these chick flicks actually have to teach us about love? Here’s a list of chick flicks you probably adore, with the lessons you learned from them about love.

ONE: 10 Things I Hate About You

Admit it, you’ve cried when Kat started listing the 10 reasons she ‘hated’ Patrick for. At the beginning, there was no hope for such a girl having a love story. It was pretty obvious. A close-minded girl who never thought dating would cross her path. Well, in the end, it did. We learned, that love can make its way to our hearts in the most unexpected ways, and that expressing feelings towards loved ones is a must, even if it means reading poetry in front of your class and crying your heart out.

TWO: He’s Just Not That Into You

Guys give mixed signals. They can make you feel like the most important girl ever, while ‘not being interested’. This lesson’s pretty clear: never jump into conclusions. Never assume a guy likes you till they’ve said it, and most importantly, shown it. Never forget the cliché: “Actions speak louder than words”. Although this movie showed us a lot of asshole-figures, it also showed that a guy can simply be “just not that into you” while another one is right there head over heels for you. There’s always good ones, we just need to learn how to see them.

THREE: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Even though Noah Centineo was a cutie, I found this one a bit overrated. Yet it’s one of you guys’ favorites, so I couldn’t just leave it out. There really is no thing such as “out of your league”, the guy you fantasized and wrote letters about, dreaming and never thinking it could turn into reality, could be begging on his knees for you a while later. Love is unpredictable.

FOUR: The Notebook

Don’t deny it. Your eyes were literal waterfalls in this one. A love story like no other. It may seem unrealistic, but some relationships do last forever. You will always find a way to be with the one you love. If it’s meant to be, it’ll be.

FIVE: 50 First Dates  

Every single day. She forgets him EVERY SINGLE day. As time passes, we learn that guys get bored easily, and not to “take it too personally”. This movie shows that some do not. It teaches us this valued lesson: that if someone really loves you they would never “get bored” or give up. So if they truly deserve it, never stop trying.

SIX: The Fault in Our Stars

It goes without saying that there was a love story between a boy & a girl here, but the main aspect in this story is the love we dedicate to our life, not just to people. You start appreciating life when you’re at risk of losing it. A disease, or anything else for that matter, can’t stop you from loving & living life to the fullest. Love life. After all, you only get one.

SEVEN: Mamma Mia

Three men. One woman. One choice. As much as there’s complicated relationship stuff, this movie/musical shows that old love leaves a mark inside you, and more importantly, emphasizes on the love between a mother and her daughter. While this movie discusses young romance, it also points out a bit older one, it shows how strong a mother-daughter relationship should be.

EIGHT: The Kissing Booth

Also one of your favorites, yet not really one of mine. I admit, sometimes it actually was “cute” or whatever you’d like to call it. To be completely honest, it was a bit cheesy, but it personally taught me a weird love-related lesson. As much as you all focused on Noah Flynn’s adorable gestures and their adventures together, the greater story here is one that shows the love and loyalty between best friends. Relationships come and go, but great friends simply stay forever.

NINE: Legally Blonde

A lesson about not underestimating yourself. Some people de-motivate us. Even the ones we thought loved us most. They discourage, underestimate and bring us down. Some of us give up after that, but others stand up. Try proving that we can do better, you shouldn’t give up or feel like less, just for someone who supposedly loved you. Remember that if they did, they would have believed in you. You deserve better. And not to prove it to anyone else, but yourself. Love yourself, this should teach you that you deserve not only better, but the best.

TEN: How To Be Single

Didn’t the title say enough already? How to be single. These days, almost all your friends are in relationships, probably including you. This is not a “strong independent woman” type of nonsense. But really, you don’t need a man to be happy.

I hope this wasn’t just a list of lessons, but also a few movies for you to watch and enjoy.

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