A man watching chick flicks? Yes, if that man is Nick Waters. Last month I interview Nick, a guy from a small town in Oklahoma who planned to watch 30 Chick Flicks in 30 Days. Since then, Nick has not only learned something new about relationships, love and women, but he has become famous. In the past 30 days, not only has he watched 30 Chick Flicks, but he has also been interviewed by reporters all over the world.
Nick and his wife Nicci also appeared on the CBS Morning Show. There might even be a book deal in the works. Wow! That is the power of Chick Flicks at work!
I caught up with Nick again recently, after he finished his 30 day Chick Flick challenge.
Just Chick Flicks: Hello, there Mr. Famous Chick Flicks Guy. I saw your appearance on CBS Morning Show. You guys were really good.
30chickflicks: Haha, thank you. It was definitely an experience for both of us! I had been in NYC before, but it was my wife’s first trip.
Just Chick Flicks: I LOVE New York City.
30chickflicks: It is a beautiful city. We enjoyed our time; wish we could have stayed longer, though.
Just Chick Flicks: When we spoke in January you were about to begin your 30 Chick Flicks in 30 Days Challenge. Did you have any idea then, that you would have received not only local and national, but international attention?
30chickflicks: Not to this extent. I knew this idea had potential, but I didn’t know that it would have the reach that it’s had.
Just Chick Flicks: You even have fans as far away as Ireland. Any plans for a trip over there?
30chickflicks: My wife, and I would love to go to Ireland. It would be an honor to visit the people that we’ve connected with there.
Just Chick Flicks: When you started the Chick Flicks in 30 Days Challenge, your intent was to understand your wife better by watching movies about women. What is the most important thing you have learned from the movies you’ve watched?
30chickflicks: Wow, one thing?… The most important, sure.
I would have to say ‘Forgiveness.’
Every relationship at some level must have forgiveness. Whether it’s between a parent, and a child, a woman, and a man in love, or best friends, a lasting relationship contains forgiveness.
Just Chick Flicks: Very true…In which movie(s) did you see the best example of that?
30chickflicks: Honestly, this theme of forgiveness wasn’t something that I expected to see portrayed in so many movies.
Some examples, in the movie The Women, Couples Retreat, Georgia Rule and in Whip It.
I should clarify that forgiveness of self is big, too. One movie where that didn’t take place, and a character suffered was “Atonement“. The little sister never forgave herself, even in adulthood, and it affected how she did (or didn’t live) her life.
Just Chick Flicks: forgiveness. That is an important lesson to learn. So you have watched 30 chick flicks and your man card has not been revoked. Was it worth it?
30chickflicks: Hahaha, man card still in hand…It was worth every hour spent in front of a TV, and computer screen.
This whole experience has been just that: an experience. The things I’ve learned, the memories shared with my wife, the people we’ve met, the places we’ve been; it’s all worth it.
Just Chick Flicks: I bet am sure were…. So, now what is next? Perhaps a 30 Day Action Flicks in 30 Days for your wife Nicci? I believe a book deal might be in the works? What is the proposed topic of the book? Chick Flicks (I hope).
30chickflicks: No “dude flick” challenge; at least none that we know of, or have planned right now.
About the book…I’m in the process of working on a manuscript, and have been since last week. There is no guaranteed publisher as of yet. According to our literary agent, the process to being published begins with me having a portion of the book already written. Time is of the essence, and I’ve been given a six-week deadline to have that portion written and to the agent.
Just Chick Flicks: Who knew all of this would happen to a guy from Oklahoma who watched a few chick flicks? Did you have any plans to write a book before this challenge?
30chickflicks: No. People even asked me when the 30 days was just beginning if I would turn this into a book. I laughed.
Just Chick Flicks: Well, let me be the first to say, that the book will be a hit and turned into a movie (ala Julie & Julia) . If you have room in the movie for Just Chick Flicks Girl, I want to be played by Halle Berry .
30chickflicks: It would fun to honor everyone that suggested a movie that I watched; both in a book, and in a film.
Just Chick Flicks: Congratulations on your success! One last question: Who is your pick for the Best Picture Oscar?
30chickflicks: Hmm, good question…First, let me clarify that I haven’t seen all the nominated films.
Of those that I’ve seen—Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, Inglorious Basterds, and Up—I choose…
Just Chick Flicks: …the envelope please….
30chickflicks: “Avatar” seems like the best answer. Though some might argue it’s a default selection because of its numbers (money), I take into consideration EVERYTHING that went into making the movie. Now, your pick?
Just Chick Flicks: They always pick something I have not seen, so I think it will be Up in the Air…Kathryn Bigelow will get best director, Avatar will get a bunch of technical awards , Sandra Bullock is likely to win for best actress and Mo’Nique is sure to win for Precious. That way everybody gets a little something. How is that for Oscars in a nutshell? haha
30chickflicks: That covers it.
Just Chick Flicks: Thanks so much for taking time to do this interview. I appreciate it. Keep me informed on your continued success, the book and your other endeavors.
30chickflicks: Will do, and thank you for the interview.
Nick’s Favorite Chick Flicks
1. “Bright Star
4. Whip It!