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Scolai at the Movies: Chick Flicks that Aren’t

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 In the last installment of this series, I covered my Top 5 Mob movies. That genre is still my favorite, but I’m smart enough to know there are times when Mob movies and seduction scenes just don’t mix. So if your lady puts you on the spot and asks you to pick up a movie on the way home, and it sounds like you have a shot, here are 5 movies that look like Chick Flicks but are actually movies that a guy can watch without raising his estrogen level.

Chasing Amy: Kevin Smith directed this sleeper about a cartoonist and a conflicted lesbian. Excellent dialog drives this dramedy. This movie stars Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams and Jason Lee, with cameos by Jason Mewes and Smith as “Jay and Silent Bob.”  

She’s The One: Ed Burns wrote and directed this film that features great performances from Burns and Mike McGlone as brothers Mickey and Francis Fitzpatrick. Also starring, in early movie appearances are: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, and Maxine Bahns.  

Ladder 49: This is a firefighter’s movie. Station sequences and bar scenes are about as real as you’ll ever see and, against all odds, Travolta turns in a credible performance as a fire officer. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, and Jacinda Barrett. (Okay, this one is really out of place on this list, but trust me it works.) 

Under the Tuscan Sun: Diane Lane in Italy, Diane Lane in anything, Nuff Ced. 

Message in a Bottle: I’m not a Costner fan (can you say “Happy Ending”?), but I am a huge fan of Paul Newman, and Robin Wright Penn. Costner stars in his usual limited range, sensitive role. Newman, once again, plays the crotchety old man to perfection, and Penn plays the mechanic for broken hearts. All performances are familiar, and yet the movie works. 



Written by thescolai

April 25, 2007 at 6:04 am

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  1. The Brother’s McMullen is another good one with Ed Burns.

    The Figurehead

    April 25, 2007 at 12:54 pm

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