Can You Guess the Chick Flick From a Single Sentence Summary?


By: Ashley Linkletter

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Chick flicks are like the comfort food of cinema. They're a warm hug and a soft blanket on a bad day, a pleasingly formulaic combination of humor, romance and (sometimes) tears. The protagonists are likeable, funny and complex; they're someone you'd love to be friends with or maybe they even remind you of yourself. The best part about chick flicks? You can watch them and then rewatch them, always knowing there's a happy ending in store for the heroine of the story. 

The term "chick flick" is slowly evolving into the more empowering "girl-power flick" — a term that not only describes the content of the movies themselves, but also the actual influence women have on box office numbers. Blockbuster comedies such as "Bridesmaids" and "Girls Trip" have demonstrated the clout women have when it comes to the sheer amount of money a relatively low-budget movie can make if it's well-written and speaks to an intelligent audience (who are definitely ready to laugh.) 

As a genre, chick flicks are known for their iconic storylines, whether that's in the form of a comedy, drama or something between the two. Many chick flicks are recognizable by a single quotable line or moment — which is where this quiz comes in. Based on a one-sentence summary, you'll have to guess which chick flick we're referring to: Some are funny, some are tearjerkers and at least a couple of them are about chasing your dreams through the power of dance and '80s aerobic gear. 

Are you ready to get started? You go Glen Coco, you go!

An endearing prostitute and a wealthy lawyer fall in love after spending a week together. What is the name of this chick flick?

It's almost impossible to imagine anyone other than Julia Roberts playing the part of Vivian in "Pretty Woman," but prior to her casting Sandra Bullock, Molly Ringwald and Meg Ryan were all considered for the role. Al Pacino turned down the role of Edward before it was offered to Richard Gere.


Two competitors in the world of book selling find themselves unwittingly falling in love over email despite their real-life rivalry. What is the name of this much-loved chick flick?

A classic Nora Ephron chick flick, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks once again prove they're the perfect rom-com couple. In order to prepare for her role as a small bookstore owner, Ryan worked at a real-life Manhattan bookstore for a week before filming.


Much to her parents' chagrin, a young woman falls in love with the dance instructor at a Catskills resort. Can you guess the name of this chick flick?

Nobody puts Baby in a corner! Also, no one tells Baby to repeat the iconic "Dirty Dancing" lift! Jennifer Grey was reportedly terrified about performing the final dance scene and even avoided practicing the move until it was actually being shot — Grey says it's the only time she ever performed the lift, and that she'll never do it again.


In this chick flick, a recent graduate gets hired by a diva boss at a popular fashion magazine, forcing her to choose between her work life and her personal life. What is the name of this très chic comedy?

Anyone who's ever seen "The Devil Wears Prada" knows it's a must-see film for anyone with even a fleeting interest in fashion. Costume designer Patricia Fields (of "Sex and the City" fame) spent over $1 million on the costumes in addition to all of the loaner pieces she received from various designers.


A bride, with the help of her jaded maid of honor and over-the-top bridesmaids, navigates the sometimes-tricky world of weddings and saying "I do." Do you know what this blockbuster chick flick is called?

While the entire cast of "Bridesmaids" was consistently hilarious throughout the whole film, it was Melissa McCarthy's performance that earned the most acclaim. McCarthy has said the look and general voice of her character was based on notorious celebrity chef Guy Fieri.


A film about a group of friends finding love (and loss) over the span of five major social events. What is the name of this bittersweet chick flick?

Richard Curtis first inspiration for "Four Weddings and a Funeral" came from his realization that he had attended 72 weddings in only a 10-year span. While the film essentially went on to gross $260 million internationally, the budget was so small that extras had to wear their own suits to the wedding scenes.


Can you identify the name of the chick flick about a steel mill worker by day, exotic dancer by night who pursues her dreams of being a ballet dancer?

In 1983 "Flashdance" took the world by storm — who can forget Jennifer Beale's iconic moves to the song "Flashdance ... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara. What you may not realize is that the film is based on the true story of Maureen Marder (who signed away the rights to the story for a mere $2,300.)


The plot of this film follows the path of two platonic friends who worry that their friendship will be compromised if they end up getting romantic. What is the title of this quintessential chick flick?

There's a good reason Rob Reiner's heartfelt and hilarious film "When Harry Met Sally" has stayed a classic in the 30 years since it was released. The natural chemistry between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan was palpable — as were the "how we met" vignettes (which were all based on the stories of real-life couples.)


The chief editor of a publishing company forces her assistant to marry her so that she won't be deported back to Canada. What is the title of this hilarious chick flick?

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds have their real-life friendship to thank for their undeniable chemistry in the "The Proposal"— the two actors were good pals for almost a decade before starring together in this gut-busting chick flick.


A socialite must learn to separate her past from her present after falling in love with her decidedly stable neighbor. You would definitely know the name of this classic chick flick based on a certain black dress, but can you guess its name from the summary?

Audrey Hepburn plays New York-socialite Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" — a film which is loosely based on the Truman Capote story of the same name. Her iconic black dress is actually worn four separate times during the movie but with different accessories each time to change the look of her outfit.


This comedy shows what happens when three moms are pushed beyond their limits and expectations. Can you guess the name of this not-at-all-bad chick flick?

Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who wrote and directed "Bad Moms," got the idea after watching how hard their wives worked at being mothers. In order to prepare for the film, they invited over mothers in their friends' group for dinner to get a better understanding of their experiences.


The plot line of this chick flick goes like this: A tongue-tied English bookseller falls in love with a major American celebrity. Which movie do you think this is?

Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant star in Richard Curtis' "Notting Hill," a film which was actually shot in the real Notting Hill in London, England. Although the production team first considered building an exterior set to prevent crowds of interested bystanders, they eventually chose to film the movie on location.


Lower-class boy meets upper-class girl on a boat, girl poses for a scandalous portrait, boat hits an iceberg and girl loses boy. What is the name of this classic tearjerker of a chick flick?

"Titanic" opened to amazing reviews and a $28 million opening weekend (eventually the film would gross $1.8 billion worldwide.) Interestingly, when "Titanic" won Best Picture at the 1998 Oscars, it was the only film since 1965's "The Sound of Music" to win Best Picture without a Best Screenplay nomination.


A college singing group fight (and sing) to take back their rightful place as a capella champions. What is the title of this uproarious chick flick?

When the various a capella groups of Barden College have their Riff Off, only two categories out of several are chosen (Ladies of the '80s and Songs About Sex.) Other categories included Reggae Time, Puppet Songs, Christian Rock and Hair Bands.


A man reads a romantic story out of a notebook to a woman in a nursing home who turns out to be his wife. What is the name of this chick flick about the power of enduring love?

Both Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling spent time in Charleston, South Carolina to prepare for their roles in the "The Notebook" before filming commenced. McAdams took etiquette classes and used a dialect coach to learn her Southern accent and Gosling rowed the Ashley River and built furniture (such as the kitchen table seen in the movie.)


Two fed-up women on opposite sides of the earth swap homes and romance ensues. Do you know the name of this charming chick flick?

"The Holiday" director Nancy Meyers is known for her gorgeous interior sets — especially kitchens and bathrooms. Amanda's house, as realistic as it appeared in the movie, was built entirely on a sound stage that cost $1 million, even without exterior walls, plumbing, heating or a roof.


A lonely widower's young child calls into a radio talk show in an effort to find a romantic partner for his father. What is this quintessential chick flick called?

Nora Ephron not only directed and wrote "Sleepless in Seattle," she also had a small cameo role! When Meg Ryan's character Annie is up late listening to the radio, the caller "Disappointed in Denver" is voiced by Ephron.


This film takes a close look at the loves, losses and friendships of the women who work at and patronize a Louisiana beauty parlor. Do you know the name of this chick flick?

Any fan of this chick flick knows that tissues are mandatory when watching this poignant, warm-hearted movie. In order to make the scenes in the beauty parlor look authentic, Dolly Parton and Daryl Hannah (who both played hair stylists) took time to observe professionals in order to replicate their techniques for the movie.


A 13-year old girl is granted her wish to be a 30-year old woman and has to learn how to navigate a grownup's world. What is the name of this sleepover favorite?

One of the highlights of "13 Going On 30" is the scene where the cast does a massive synchronized dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Mark Ruffalo was apparently mortified at the thought of performing the dance and it was Jennifer Garner's eager encouragement that got him to get up and boogie!


Worlds collide when a sparkly vampire, a lovelorn girl and a super-buff werewolf encounter romance and thrills against the background of the Pacific Northwest. Do you think you can identify which chick flick this is?

Robert Pattinson had a lot of work to do before taking on the role of Edward in "Twilight." He worked with a dialect coach to perfect an American accent, worked out for five hours every day, learned how to play baseball, took fighting lessons and performed many of his own stunts.


What is the name of the chick flick where an FBI agent gets a makeover and goes undercover at a beauty pageant to stop a terrorist threat?

Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt not only delivered generous servings of comedy in "Miss Congeniality," they also performed all their own fighting stunts! Although stunt doubles are credited, they were hired to make sure the fighting was done in correct form and without injury.


A magazine columnist and an advertising executive learn about winning and losing in love over a period of 10 days. Which chick flick comedy could this be?

When Kate Hudson's character Andie arrives at the guy's night poker game in "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days" she covers Ben, the character played by Matthew McConaughey, with kisses after showing him their new dog — she also throws a veggie and dip platter onto the poker table. It turns out Hudson improvised both of these major scene stealers!


In this chick flick, a lonely subway fare collector is assumed to be the fiancée of a comatose man (before she falls in love with his brother.) What is the name of this film?

The original script for "While You Were Sleeping" was about a lonely man who is mistaken for a comatose woman's fiancé. Producers thought the story was too creepy so they reversed the roles, with Sandra Bullock playing the lonely character instead.


This chick flick fully embraces the power of pink when a sorority girl gets into Harvard Law to win back her boyfriend. Based on the summary, what is the name of this ultra-charming chick flick?

If it wasn't for "Legally Blonde," we'd never know about the "bend and snap" technique for attracting male attention, nor would we have classic lines like "Happy people don't just kill their husbands!" When filming commenced, Reese Witherspoon had just given birth to her first child and had to lose 42 pounds for the role (with the help of a trainer.)


What is the name of the chick flick about a high school student from the wrong side of the tracks who must choose between her quirky friend and her rich boyfriend?

A long-time collaborator with director John Hughes, "Pretty in Pink" star Molly Ringwald was a huge fan of the '80s New Wave band "The Psychedelic Furs" — especially their hit single "Pretty in Pink." She asked Hughes to create a movie based on the song and the rest is cinematic history!


The plot of this chick flick centers around a high school clique called the Plastics and the students who are trying to take them down. What is the title of this very quotable chick flick?

Instantly quotable lines like, "You go Glen Coco, you go!" and "Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white" are what helped turn "Mean Girls" into the high school classic it is today. The movie is based on a non-fiction book parenting book called "Queen Bees and Wannabees" which offers guidance on helping your daughter survive high school.


They fell in love, quickly became high school rivals and then reconciled through the power of song (and tight pants!) Which movie does this sound like?

"Grease" was definitely the word when it hit theatres in 1978 thanks to characters such as Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and Kenickie (among many others.) For the "You're the One That I Want" number the zipper on Olivia Newton-John's pants broke, which meant she had to be sewn into her iconic skin-tight black pants in 106-degree heat!


A teenage rebel falls for and weds a minister's daughter in this tragic high school romance. Which chick flick does this describe?

Starring Mandy Moore and Shane West, "A Walk to Remember" is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. At the time of filming, Moore was still a minor and was only allowed on set for 10 hours a day — despite these limitations, filming was completed in 39 days.


Four girlfriends take a trip to New Orleans for a weekend of bonding and raunchy shenanigans. What is the name of this record-setting chick flick?

"Girls Trip" was the first movie directed, written and produced by black individuals to make over $100 million at the box office. This is incredibly impressive on its own (the second-most impressive thing being the infamous grapefruit scene), but is especially so because the movie's budget was only $19 million to begin with.


In this '80s chick flick, two high school graduates fall in and out of love but get back together with the help of Peter Gabriel and a boombox. What is the name of this film?

Did you know that Ione Skye and John Cusack weren't the first choices for their roles in "Say Anything"? Christian Slater and Robert Downey Jr. were considered for the role of Lloyd Dobler, while Jennifer Connelly and Elizabeth Shue were in the running to play Diane Court.


When a stand-up student becomes the victim of their high school rumor mill, she begins to use it as a means to advance up the social ladder. Can you give us the name of this exemplary chick flick?

There are several references to the John Hughes movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" throughout "Easy A." In one scene, Olive is in the shower singing with a shampoo mohawk and in another she is playing the guitar poorly. When her mother compliments her playing, she responds, "Never had one lesson."


High school in the late '90s meets William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." Dost thou know the name of this bawdy movie?

There are many references to "The Taming of the Shrew" in "10 Things I Hate About You." For example, Bianca and Kat are named after the two female protagonists of the play (Kat is Katherina or Kate in the play) and the school is named Padua High School (which is the name of the city where the play is set.)


Eight couples, one Christmas. What's the name of this super-festive flick?

When "Love Actually" was released in 2003, it quickly became a must-see Christmas movie phenomenon. The footage at the beginning and ending of the movie is authentic: Director Richard Curtis had a camera crew film at Heathrow Airport for an entire week to get footage of people reuniting with loved ones.


The diary of a young British woman who must choose between her arrogant playboy boss or her restrained-yet-dashing Mr. Darcy. Which chick flick does this sound like?

Renée Zellweger went full method for "Bridget Jones's Diary" — she gained 25 pounds for the the role, kept her English accent both on and off of the set until filming was finished and, under an alias, worked undetected at a publishing firm for a month to prepare for her role.


A young man navigates romance and friendships after discovering he has inherited the power to travel through time from his father. Based on the summary, what is the name of this chick flick?

In "About Time" Rachel McAdams plays the lead romantic role opposite Domhnall Gleeson. McAdams was the perfect choice for the part, having played the partner of a time-traveler in "The Time Traveler's Wife," "Doctor Strange" and "Midnight in Paris."


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