2009: A Good Year For Chick Flicks

Are in you the mood for a good chick flick? Of course you are. Take a look at some great chick from the year 2009. Why 2009? Well truthfully, I wrote this post a long time ago and forgot to publish it. Don’t you love technology?  It was sitting in the drafts folder just waiting for me, reminding me how much I enjoyed these movies.

Besides any year with two Meryl Streep movies is a good year for chick flicks.

Julie & Julia

Julia MeryleNora Ephron directed Julia and Julia, which is based on Julie Powell’s novel Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously and Julia Childs’ My Life in France. Meryl Streep does a wonderful job of portraying the larger than life Julia Child.

I really enjoyed this movie for the way it told the stories of two women who were searching for way to improve themselves and who both found themselves in food. This is my idea of a great Chick Flick, a movie that appeals to women and tells  our stories in an entertaining way.

Amy Adams and Meryl Streep are together again as the title characters in Julie and Julia, they don’t have any scenes together. As a matter of fact, they are separated not only by an ocean, but by more than 30 years. Meryl Streep is nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance, and the movie was also nominated for Best Movie-Comedy or Musical.

500 Days of Summer

500daysofsummerBest known for directing music videos, Marc Webb has made a funny and entertaining movie that doesn’t follow a traditional style of story telling. (500) Days of Summer stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel  (The New Girl)as unlikely lovers in this off beat and refreshing romantic comedy.

The movie tells the story of Tom, a young greeting card artist and wanna-be architect who longs to meet the perfect girl, fall in love and get married.

Zooey Deschanel’s Summer is the “girl next door”. This was one of my favorite movies of the year and I was really disappointed that it wasn’t nominated for Best Picture.

He’s Just Not That into You

hejustnotthatintoyouThe story tells the ugly truth about dating. It  around Gigi, played by Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time).  She goes out with a guy, has a nice time and when he says ‘I’ll call you sometime’. She foolishly believes he will call. In fact, poor Gigi waits by the phone, constantly checks her voice mail and even drops by his favorite bar hoping to “accidentally” run into him. Why am I saying foolish? Like you haven’t done at least one of these things (or worse)?

Another storyline follows Scarlett Johanson as an aspiring singer who becomes involved with a married man, played by Bradley Cooper. Jennifer Aniston, who is in a 7-year relationship with Ben Affleck, a man who doesn’t believe in the institution of marriage.

Drew Barrymore’s character is an advertising sales rep at a magazine geared towards the gay community who is having difficulty with dating in this technology driven world.

Whip It

Drew Barrymore directs her first movie, Whip It.  Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Wiig, Zoe Bell, Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon star in the story of a misfit called  Bliss Cavendar (played by Ellen Page) deals  with the boredom of living in ‘smallville’ by  joining an Austin, Texas  roller derby team.

Bright Star

Director Jane Campion’s  beautiful film about the  secret love affair between 23 year old English poet, John Keats, and the girl next door. Bright Star stars  Ben Whishaw as the acclaimed poet, John Keats and  Abbie Cornish plays his beloved muse, Abbie Cornish.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Saphaire

Nominated for for 6 Academy Awards, Precious is not your typical Chick Flick. It is a brutal look at a teenage girl’s struggle to overcome a lifetime of abuse.  Director Lee Daniels, Gabourey Sidibe,  and  Mo’Nique all received Oscar nominations. Mo’Nique has already won the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Awards for her performance and if there is any justice, she will take home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar as well.

New York, I Love You

There are a million stories in the naked city and New York, I Love You tells just a few of them. New York, I Love You features an all-star cast in  a collection of vignettes or short stories  from some of today’s most imaginative filmmakers. Some are sexy and poignant, while others quirky and  funny. All the  encounters happen in the city that never sleeps.  skyline.

Cloris Leachman and Eli Wallach are an elderly couple going for a walk in the park….Robin Wright Penn and Chris Cooper have a chance encounter on the sidewalk while having a smoke…Orlando Bloom, a procrastinating composer gets help from Christina Ricci. Some of the stories intertwine with others, but each one is a little slice of life.

Amelia

Mira Nair directs Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor in Amelia. The movie looks at the life of aviator Amelia Earhart, who mysterious disappeared in 1937 during her history-making flight around the world. An adventure story featuring a woman. Now that’s what I call a Chick Flick.

The Princess and the Frog

Anika Noni Rose is Tiana Disney’s newest princess in the classic fairy tale,  The Princess and the Frog.   Set in Jazz Age New Orleans, The Princess & The Frog is kind of a fractured fairy tale. But in this tale the princess is not waiting for the prince to come and save her. Tiana has her own dreams and is willing to work hard to achieve them for herself.

Also on the list…

It’s ComplicatedDirected by  Nancy Meyers and starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Lake Bell and John Krasinski,

The Young Victoria: Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent, and Miranda Richardson.

The Blind Side: Sandra Bullock in her Oscar winning role, with Michael Oher, Kathy Bates, and  Lily Collins

Coco Before Chanel: Directed by Anne Fontaine and starring Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain, and Emmanuelle Devos.

Did I miss anything? What were your favorite chick flicks of 2009?

About Clara Mathews

Clarabela (Clara Mathews) is freelance web content copywriter, professional blogger and Hugh Jackman fan. In addition to writing about her love of movies at JustChickFlicks.com, Clarabela is also a regular contributor to DignityZine.  Follow Just Chick Flicks on Facebook.