chick flick

n.
A movie with themes, characters, or events that appeal more to women than to men.
Example Citation:
With the release of films like The Sweetest Thing and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, there's been a lot of loose talk lately about so-called chick flicks.
So what is a chick flick exactly? A movie where everyone talks a lot, preferably at the hairdresser? A movie that makes women and certain sensitive men cry faster than frying onions?
It's hard to put chick flicks in a single category: how do you square the outlaw vulnerability of Thelma and Louise with the soapy wisdom of the Ya-Ya sisters turned gaga gran'mas?
Is Chocolat a chick flick because Juliette Binoche's character concentrates on empowering her gal pals and values her Nipples of Venus truffles above the restless charms of Johnny Depp's travelling man? And if Chocolat is a chick flick, then where does that leave The Sweetest Thing, a grotesquely unfunny comedy about a jock-like troika of female sex fiends who, if they really were men, would be locked up for gender abuse?
And if The Sweetest Thing is a chick flick — and most reviewers have labelled it one — then why isn't Miss Congeniality, a movie starring Sandra Bullock as a klutzy cop who enters Miss Universe to catch her man (or in this case, woman)? For that matter, I've not heard anyone call Bridget Jones's Diary a chick flick either...
The more I think about it, the more complicated it gets. There are whole web sites devoted to arguments among movie fans and rival lists of top chick flicks.
— Charlotte Bauer, "Chick schtick," Sunday Times, October 20, 2002
Earliest Citation:
In the great spirit of chick flicks, those movies to which women travel in droves armed with only a fresh box of Kleenex and a burning desire to cry their eyes red, this year features "Fried Green Tomatoes." But "Tomatoes" is not at all like '89's silly "Steel Magnolias" or last year's "women: good, men: bad" romp "Thelma & Louise."
— Brian Shipkin, "A tearjerker, but 'Tomatoes' offers food for thought," Chicago Tribune, February 7, 1992
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  • chick flick — noun (derog inf) A film likely to appeal only to women • • • Main Entry: ↑chick * * * chick flick UK US noun [countable] [singular chick flick plural …   Useful english dictionary

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  • chick flick — n. A sentimental motion picture that appeals particularly to women. See {flick}, n., movie. [Colloq.] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chick flick — désigne aux États Unis et les autres pays anglophones un film destiné à un public féminin et jeune. Flick signifie film en anglais familier, et chick, signifiant littéralement poussin / poulette , est souvent employé de manière argotique pour… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • chick flick — chick flicks N COUNT A chick flick is a romantic film that is not very serious and is intended to appeal to women. [INFORMAL] My wife likes chick flicks, I don t. I can t sit through two hours of women s stuff …   English dictionary

  • chick flick — chick ,flick noun count INFORMAL a movie intended especially for women, often about a romantic relationship …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • chick flick — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms chick flick : singular chick flick plural chick flicks informal a film intended especially for women, often about a romantic relationship …   English dictionary

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  • chick flick — Noun. A film (flick), often romantic and with a happy ending, and typically enjoyed by females (chick) …   English slang and colloquialisms

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