That is the question that one man asked himself. Recently, I spoke with Nick Walters, a Oklahoma native that is taking on a very unique project. In order to understand his wife and other female family members better, Nick will watch 30 chick flicks in 30 days. The idea is to watch 30-straight days; 30-straight chick flicks. It will begin Friday, January 15, 2010 and end on the day before Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 13, 2010
What is 30 Chick Flicks?
- Nick will watch a different chick flick every night for 30 days
- He will review each film on his blog 30 Chick Flicks on this site the next morning
- The movies I must be first-time views for Nick
- All the movies will date from 2007 to present
- 5 of the films will be chosen by myself, 10 chosen by a pre-selected “panel” of women—my wife, mother-in-law, and mother, and 15 chosen by everyone else.
Just Chick Flicks: Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do for a living?
30chickflicks: I’m from Oklahoma; born, and raised. I do freelance work from home in a small town (Pauls Valley: pop. 6,000-plus) in the field of communications. That includes writing, some photography, and developing content for the Web.
I’m also married. My wife, and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary last month. She’s a school teacher, and coach…We have no pets, no children, and one house plant.
Just Chick Flicks: Tell me about your blog 30 Chick Flicks and why you picked Chick Flicks as your subject?
30chickflicks: The idea behind “30 Chick Flicks in 30 Days” dates back to July 2009. It was my wife’s birthday, and one of the things she wanted to do was watch a chick flick. I don’t recall (neither does she) what we watched that day, but during our watching I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be neat to watch 30 chick flicks in 30 days?‘
She said, ‘Yeah! Let’s start now.’ But I told her I wanted to wait, and put more thought into the possible adventure. Months went by, and the idea lingered. I even discussed the thought with my mother, and one of my male friends.
As to ‘why chick flicks’, I’m trying to answer the question: How far would you go to understand the opposite sex? Chick flicks seemed appropriate given that I want to better understand my wife. Plus, watching movies with others can be fun. So chick flicks it is!
Just Chick Flicks: What do you guy friends think of you watching chick flick? I bet you have taken some teasing about it.
30chickflicks: Actually, very little teasing has taken place. In fact, the two of my guys friends that know the story behind all of this are supportive. In fact, one of them is scheduled to watch a chick flick with me before the Super Bowl, Feb. 7th. He, his wife, me, and my wife, Nicci. The other male friend has shared ideas with me about 30chickflicks.com
Just Chick Flicks: Chick Flicks before the Super Bowl, that is a good one….Before you started 30 Chick Flicks in 30 Days, what was your favorite genre of movie? What is the title of your favorite (non-chick flick) movie?
30chickflicks: Favorite genre, wow! Hmm…Favorite “non-chick flick” movie…I like my share of “action movies”, but I don’t need mindless killing and explosions to be entertained. Depth of character, and an actual plot appeal to me. Comedies are nice; I like to laugh, but not at juvenile humor.
These are some favorite films:
Dances With Wolves
Black Hawk Down
The Cowboys, starring John Wayne
Old Yeller (which is actually a Disney movie)
Just Chick Flicks: That is a great list. Especially Dances with Wolves. I saw that movie so many times, I could almost speak Lakota.
30chickflicks: Haha, that’s great!
Just Chick Flicks: Have you finalized the 30 movies you plan to watch? If so, what are some of the titles?
30chickflicks: Finalized, not yet, but I do know some of the titles. I’m waiting until at least Wednesday, January 13th to finalize the list. That’s an effort to allow everyone the opportunity to suggest their recommended title(s). So far, 48 different, eligible chick flicks have been suggested.
Five films received five recommendations, each: Made of Honor, It’s Complicated, Sex & The City, Mamma Mia!, and (500) Days of Summer. All four of those titles were mentioned by my “panel of pre-selected women” (my wife, mom, and mother-in-law) They–combined–have a total of 10 films to suggest; my wife has dibs at the remaining six yet-to-be-chosen titles
The 30 movies titles will be announced this Friday, January 15th. (Current suggestions )
Just Chick Flicks: Great! I can’t wait to see which movies made the list. Chick Flicks sometimes get a ‘bad rap‘, saying that they are cheesy , overly romantic or unrealistic. It will be interesting to get a man’s perspective on chick flicks. What do you hope to learn about women and chick flicks after the 30 days are over?
30chickflicks: First-and-foremost, I hope to gain a deeper appreciation for; and understanding of my wife. Secondly, I hope to have grown closer to my wife as we will have shared these 30 days and 30 movies together.
Just Chick Flicks: That is really sweet!
30chickflicks: I also hope to have some fun, and learn some things about myself.
Just Chick Flicks: Maybe after your 30 days of chick flicks, your wife will do 30 days of action flicks?
30chickflicks: Haha Haha, we’ll see!
Just Chick Flicks: Well, I can’t wait to see how this turns out. I am glad to have an ally in the chick flick arena. Do you have any other thoughts that you would like to share with the readers of Just Chick Flicks?
30chickflicks: I appreciate the opportunity to have audience with the community that is JustChickFlicks.com. To your readers, I encourage them to explore the answers to the question: ‘How far would you go to understand the opposite sex?’
Just Chick Flicks: I am sure we all need to find the answer to that question. Thanks so much for talking time out of your Sunday afternoon to chat with me. Where can we find you?