This article is updated on September 2016.
Chick flicks are everlasting. A new trend always comes along to replace an established trend. Remember 10 Things I Hate About You or She’s All That? Although today’s chick flick movies are mostly a combination of drama and romance, you can often expect additional elements of adventure, sci-fi, and even a bit of action. With the various options and choices for 2015, these movies are designed to appeal not only to teen viewers, but adults as well. And all of them have their own interesting plots and stories, so read on to find out what each of them has to offer.
The Longest Ride
Release date: April 10, 2015
If you like romance, this is definitely the perfect choice for you. This romance drama is based on a novel made by Nicholas Sparks, so you can expect sweet plots. Some critics say that this flick is rather syrupy – referring to the sweet plot and overwhelming love– but girls love this kind of recipe, so it doesn’t hurt to watch. Luke Collins (played by Scott Eastwood; yes, the son of Clint Eastwood) is a cowboy specializing in bull riding. He meets Sophia (Britt Robertson), a cute sorority (yet smart) girl who is studying art history. Their lives forever change when they meet an older man (Alan Alda). They find out about the old man’s love letter to his wife and witness an undying, passionate love – which is also cute and sweet at the same time. The flick was released April 10th 2015, so it is available on video.
A Girl Like Her
Release date: March 27, 2015
A movie about bullying can be effective in sending out a message, as long as it is made in careful details; a sloppily made movie can ruin the movie and the message. This flick could have been a powerful movie conveying a message about the damaging effect of bullying; too bad the production was not planned carefully or executed skillfully. The movie is about Jessica Burns (Lexi Ainsworth), who is being bullied continuously and mercilessly by Avery Keller, one of the most popular girls in South Brookdale High. Avery was once Jessica’s friend, but once the bullying starts, and of course continues, Jessica decides to take her own life. But the attempt fails and she ends up in a coma in the hospital. No one understands the reason for Jessica attempting suicide, except for Jessica’s best friend, Brian (Jimmy Bennett). Brian tries to collect evidence of Avery’s cruelty through secret camera footage. When the bullying is exposed, Avery’s public image is shattered. She is a very different person than who the world sees; the movie sends the message that you can never know someone – especially those you know only superficially. This flick was released March 27, 2015.
Release date: May the 29,2015
This is a romantic comedy with a surprising twist. It is about Nancy (Lake Bell), a single woman who is tired of endless setups and decides to travel to London. On the way, she meets Jack (Simon Pegg), who has mistaken her for his blind date. Nancy decides to play along, and their meeting leads to an adventurous and unforgettable journey, involving lost hopes, drinking, misplaced divorce papers, and along the way Jack discovers who Nancy truly is. The movie was released May 29, 2015.
Like Sunday, Like Rain
Release date: October 6, 2014
This is basically a sentimental drama where two lives cross paths Eleanor (Leighton Meester) is a New Yorker who breaks up with her boyfriend and finds herself in serious need of a place to live. She ends up being hired as a nanny to a genius music prodigy, Reggie (Julian Shatkin) who was lucky enough to be born in a wealthy family yet has a solitary and very quiet life.
The flick runs a very slow yet interesting course; Frank Whaley (the director) introduces these two characters and shows the process of building a relationship through their interactions. Some people may say that this drama is melancholy and sentimental, but it has bittersweet undertones. You may feel that there is something beautiful about the two characters. Others may feel that it is rather boring, but if you enjoying watching how humans interact with each other, this one is worth the watch.
Release date: February 20, 2015
This flick has ‘teen segment’ written all over it. From the concept, the idea, and the story, it is all teen drama and explores the complicated, teenaged transformation of life. A senior student is determined to change her school and social life after she learns she is the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) of her social group, as compared to her friends, who are more popular and definitely prettier. Well, life has never been easy, and teenagers in their high school years are the most complicated creatures of all.
Release date: March 13, 2015
Who isn’t familiar with Cinderella, one of the most popular fairy tales of all time? Now you get to watch a live-action version instead of the familiar cartoon and be drawn into the twist of stories and plot. With Kenneth Branagh as the director, you can expect theatrical atmosphere with rich color and contrast in the flick. The story remains the same, about a stepdaughter struggling with the hardship of her life, due of her evil stepmother, and who ultimately wins the prince’s heart in the end. Helena Bonham Carter should be enchanting as the fairy godmother while Cate Blanchet should be deliciously evil as the stepmother.
Release date: March 20, 2015
In this continuation of the Divergent series, Insurgent continues to focus on Beatrice Prior and her special divergent nature. Somehow she has to deal with her own inner demons while fighting against the powerful alliance that will not only destroy the world but also seeks to destroy her along the way.
Pitch Perfect 2
Release date: May 15, 2015
If you are into a strong, singing filled flick – like Glee – then Pitch Perfect is your best bet. And if you have watched the previous one, you will definitely want to watch this sequel. With the same cast of Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick, and others, the Barden Bellas, the sassy Cappella group, is now trying to conquer the international competition. The challenge? An American team has never won the competition, so the Barden Bellas need to really work for it.
Release date: February 10, 2015
It pairs up Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal in a romantic, rather comedic situation. The story is about a waitress from a small town that is suffering from a nail being lodged into her head (accidentally, of course) and leads her to another event in Washington. There, she meets this potential young senator – clueless, at the time – but willing to take her cause. Naturally when love is in the air and it is thrown into the interactions of the characters, interesting and confusing things will definitely happen.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Release date: April 17, 2015
It is not actually a movie targeted at the teenaged segment, but considering the comical and comedic character of Paul Blart, even youngsters have the right to have a good laugh. Still played by Kevin James as Paul Blart, this flick is about another adventure of Blart when he attends the Security Guard Expo in as Vegas. Blart may ‘only’ be a mall security guard, but he has a high sense of justice. And when he spots something wrong at the convention – a devious heist plan is afoot – he tries his best to catch the bad guys and stop the crime.
Release date: January 23, 2015
This is a perfect combo of teen interest and adventure, where there are villains and adventurous young lovers. From the title you can expect magical settings with all the magical elements, and you have both in abundance. There is a battle among imps, fairies, elves, and goblins to reclaim a powerful potion. Expect adventurous and exciting situations with Kristin Chenoweth and Evan Rachel Wood as two of the major characters. Some say that this movie is better for kids, but I don’t think so.
The Kitchen Sink
Release date: September 4, 2015
If you are still into the vampire theme, but you are fed with the too soft and cheesy Twilight-kind-of-style, this flick may offer something new. In a town called Dillford, zombies, humans, and vampires are getting along quite well and they actually live in harmony. However, something disturbed the peaceful setting, causing dangerous combats among the three species. Dillford depends greatly on three teenagers to fix things, so everything can go back to the normal, peaceful state. It should be interesting how humans fight against vampires and also zombies at the same time. Where’s the werewolf, you may ask? Well, the movie is crowded enough without the lycans, so the lack of wolves shouldn’t be disappointing. Vanessa Hudgens will be one of the main characters.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Release date: September 18, 2015
This teen-adventurous flick with a bit of action thrown into the mix is quite a show. If you have watched the previous Maze Runner movie, you know that the Gladers are a bunch of boys with erased memories trying to work together to escape the Maze. In this sequel, they are finally able to leave the Maze, but they now face a new challenge where they have to deal with the world slowly destroyed by disease and solar flares. Well, not something you want to find out after you escape a maze, actually, but that’s how things are going.
She’s Funny That Way
Release date: August 14, 2015
If you like comedy, you’ll probably like this one. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, the movie is about different people with different lives that are intertwined between one another. They are the crew and cast from a Broadway production, so they all know each other. The story focuses on Isabella Patterson (Imogen Poots) – usually called Izzy – who is cast as the main actress of Broadway production directed by Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson). The plot is quite complicated and complex. Izzy is cast to play alongside Arnold’s wife, Delta (Kathryn Hahn), but Delta has a conflicted heart when she has to act with her ex, Seth Gilbert (Rhys Ifans). Soon, a complicated love tangle starts to form. Meanwhile, Izzy’s therapist, Jane (played by Jennifer Aniston) has a problem of her own because of her relationship with Joshua Fleet (Will Forte), who is Arnold’s playwright. Joshua starts to develop deeper feelings for Izzy, and things get even more complicated. The movie will be released around August 14, 2015. You should watch it if you want to watch something funny and unusual.
If you want to watch another complicated love triangle, but in a more serious dramatic tone, this is the perfect flick to see. It is about a music student Shahrzad (Francia Raisa), her husband who is a rising star in the stand-up comedy, Sean (Max Amini), and an American gardener, Sebastian (Ryan Guzman). Shahrzad finds out that her arranged marriage with Sean isn’t working well. In the meantime, Sebastian is having an affair with Elana (Daphne Zuniga), Shahrzad’s piano teacher. Sebastian falls in love with Shahrzad, while Shahrzad and Elana form a special bond because they share the same interest in classical music and they both harbor secret tragedies of the past on their own. Not only does Shahrzad manage to attract attention from two women – Parisa (mother-in-law) and Elana, but there are also three men falling in love with her (Sean, Sebastian, and Ray, played by Mischa Crosby, who is her brother-in-law.
It is unclear when the exact date of the release, except that it is to be released in 2015. It is likely delayed because the movie is being translated into a different language and with different subtitles.