If light-hearted movies that take you back to the nostalgic days of your high school are your thing, then movies like Mean Girls are for you. Click flicks are a genre that has always found a huge fan following among not only women but also among those who enjoy a feel-good film that leaves you with a warm feeling.
Chick Flicks That Are Never Too Old for Watching
Typically high school chick flicks are meant to cater to teenage girls. But if you are looking forward to reminiscing about the gossip and competition that prevailed in high school, it is time to watch Mean Girls or High School Musical.
- The Plot Of The Mean Girls
As the name suggests, this 2004 teen comedy has all the elements of drama that one can witness at a high school. From a gang of mean girls with a gang leader who is referred to as Queen Bee (Regina, played by Rachel Mc Adams) to a gossip tabloid that spreads rumors to tarnish reputations, Mean Girls has it all.
The protagonist of the film is sixteen-year-old Cady, played by Lindsay Lohan. Cady has been homeschooled all her life, and when she joins a public high school, life takes a U-turn. She is introduced to the so-called mean girls of the schools referred to as “The Plastics”.
Once Regina realizes that Cady is a competition, there is no turning back. There are planned wardrobe malfunctions, false rumors, snatching friends, and lots of gossips. However, at the end of the day, there is a gentle message that teaches an important life lesson. Cady learns her lesson that being mean takes one nowhere, and once she realizes her folly, she also appreciates all people around her.
- The High Points Of The Movie
It is easy to argue that movies like Mean Girls take you to a world of fantasy, and no school in real life has secretive gossip tabloids. But the fact is, despite the fantasy-laden journey, you are engrossed in the world that Cady and Regina create on screen. You are either Team Cady or Team Regina, and despite their limitations, you cannot help root for them.
One of the major reasons why people may associate with films like The Mean Girls is because most of them have sworn enemies in school or have committed stupid mistakes. So Mean Girls have a high relatability, making it a favorite chick flick of all time.
- The Reception When Mean Girls Was Released
Mean Girls was quite popular when it was first released. It ranked at the first position in the box office and grossed twenty-four million dollars from three thousand plus screens in the United States.
Most critics loved the screenplay and the ensemble cast, where each character was brought to life by the respective actors. Many critics believed that despite being a comical satire, the school girl’s catfight in high school was highly realistic and as close to real life as it gets.
The High School Musical
- The Plot Of High School Musicals
Just like Mean Girls, the High School Musical has been loved and rewatched a dozen times by people who love high school chick flicks. The lead characters of the movie are Troy Bolton (played by Zac Effron) and Gabriella Montez (played by Venessa Hudgens).
When Troy and Gabriella meet, they discover their true calling and love for music. Troy is a regular in the school basketball team, and his playmates want him to focus on basketball, whereas Gabriella is academically inclined. However, as destiny would have it, Troy and
Gabriella auditioned for the high school musical. But even then, their auditions are not without surprises. They reach the audition venue late and are denied entry into the musical. However, when they sing together, they convince the drama teacher to give them the lead role. Once Troy and Gabriella bag the lead role in the high school musical, their journey and the fate of the basketball team forms the rest of the story.
- What Makes High School Musical An Must Watch Chick Flick
High School Musical has all the elements of a classic chick flick. It has great songs that all the lead characters sing for the auditions. It has a series of comical and, at times, frivolous sabotage missions which people undertake to prevent Troy and Gabriella from singing. There are several bundles that Troy and Gabriella must cross, but at the end of the day, it is a happy ending.
- Box Office Review When The Movie First Released
When the movie first premiered in 2006, it had more than seven million viewers. And when the DVD was released, it created a record of selling more than a million copies within the first six days of its release.
The DVD became the number one DVD in the UK DVD charts, and it was the first full-length feature film available on iTunes.
Critics loved the simple story and the pop tunes of the songs. So much was the popularity of the original movie that High School Musical Two was released the very next year, and the third edition (High School Musical Three) was released in 2008. In fact, a spin-off with a supporting character Sharpey was also released in 2011.
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
- The Plot Of The Film
As the name suggests, the movie is about a self-proclaimed drama queen, fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Steppe, or Lola as she is popularly known. She auditions for the school drama and gets selected for it, which brings her into direct conflict with Eliza, who makes her life miserable.
However, what Lola wants the most is to be a part of a rock band called Sidarthur. However, Lola lies and manipulates everyone that she comes across to satisfy her superiority complex.
Her lies come back to haunt her and no one believes her when she tells the truth that she had actually met Stu (the lead singer at Sidarthur). However, in the end, everything falls into place, and Lola also learns lessons.
- What Works In The Films, Favor
Though many would call the plot frivolous yet it gives the audience what it promises. There is a lot of drama and comedy, and the casting is just perfect. Lindsay Lohan received much praise for her role as Lola, and she got the Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Movie Actress. Despite the negative reviews, the film grossed nearly ten million dollars in its opening weekend in February 2004.
- Box Office Review When The film Released
The Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen is one such movie that did not get a great response when it was first released. Nonetheless, the movie has aged well, and today, it is regarded as a favorite when listing the top teenage chick flicks.
High school chick flicks are meant to cater to a very specific niche of audience: teenage women. Despite the restricted audience, these movies are loved, and they make a nice watch if you are bored on a lazy weekend. So if you are a fan of teenage comedy, the movies mentioned above deserve to be on your list of must-watch films.