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Worst New Trendy Theory That Should No Longer Trendy

By: Bobby Finstock on 07/13/07 @ 5:38 am

Lately I have seen a few writers talk about chick flicks disguised as guy movies, which is the dumbest new alternative theory that really is a main stream theory.

Every so often someone comes up with an original take on something and it is quickly adopted by a ton of people. The thing is everyone thinks it is like a cool new alternative look at something but because so many people adopt it, well it becomes neither cool, new, or alternative.

The “chick flick disguised as a guy movie”, to be referred to the rest of the way as CFDAAGM, refers to the new batch of comedies including the 40 Year Old Virgin, Wedding Crashers, and Knocked Up. The theory is that in reality these are chick flicks because the actions that the male characters takes are not something that “normal” guys would do. For example, in the 40 Year Old Virgin Andy agrees to wait a period of time to have sex with his girlfriend, the theory argues that no guy would do that if he had a girl that was essentially willing to give it up on the first date. (Never mind the logic of a guy that is 40 years old, has never had sex, and collects action figures but lands a hot chick is passable.)

40 Year Old Virgin

They apply this logic to these new movies and extract examples, which I think is the dumbest thing ever. When it comes right down to it you can take any comedy made over the last twenty years, apply this logic and say it is a chick flick. Since this theory has been spread by a lot of sportswriters (like JA Adande and Bill Simmons) the machismo drips from it but it is devoid of logic.

Lets look at three of my favorite movies and apply this theory, when you see it in practice you will understand how dumb it is.

Ghostbusters-
Bill Murray would not have waited around for Sigourney Weaver’s character, he would have zapped her once he found out she was possessed. Why would he need to chase after her, the Ghostbusters were turning into celebrities, he could have slept with numerous other women. Plus being turned on by her by that point of the movie would have been akin to bestiality.

Bachelor Party-
A real man would not have turned down sex with any of the hot hookers or the ultimate hot girl that you have had a crush on forever, it is his bachelor party after all. Plus why would Tom Hanks and the boys go to a male strip club, even to mess with his future wifes\’c2\~ party, that is kind of gay, real mean don’t get near Chippendale’s Dancers.

Thelma and Louise- Uh… nevermind

My point is that 80% of all movies made have some sort of romance intrigue, be it implied or actual. Because they have romance do they automatically fall into the chick flick category? Or because a guy doesn’t fall into the norm in his pursuit of a girl does it makes it a chick flick? Ok, I am off to go watch the Notebook.

How dumb is this chick flick theory or do you agree with it?

About the author

Bobby Finstock

Finstock is founder of Pointlessbanter.net. He is known for his encyclopedia like knowledge on the life and times of Scott Baio. In the future he hopes to write again under his own name in order to impress the ladies and build his celebrity to the levels of other failed internet writers.

27 Responses to “Worst New Trendy Theory That Should No Longer Trendy”

  1. says:

    That’s like calling Bring it On an action movie because it has a confrontation scene. Comedy is comedy. Chick flicks usually aren’t funny.

  2. says:

    Meh. I tend to watch a movie because I have an interest not because of what some dick with a somputer says about it…. therefore….. who cares. \par
    Bah.

  3. says:

    I don’t understand why everybody’s so inclined to always decide if something is girly or manly regardless of what it is? Maybe because I was lucky to be brought up by hippie parents who treated me like a person and not a sex/gender. I’m not saying that there aren’t differences biologically or in what we like but come on!\par
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    I get the reasoning I’m just sick of being “a chich” because I don’t have a dick… ooo what an awesome rhyme!\par
    \par
    5 Kudos dude!

  4. says:

    Why the hate for chcik flicks? I love a good hot lesbian scene with lots of baby oil and toys.\par
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    Oh wait, you meant the teary eyed, mushy stuff didnt you? Applying the current logic as you discribe then “Die Hard” is the ultimate chick flick, he flies to another city, suffers unbearable pain and suffering to win the love of his life back. BLAH!

  5. says:

    In reference to Bachelor Party, in hindsight, why would he want to wait for Tawny Kitaen knowing she is now crazier than a shithouse rat and looks like four miles of bad road?\par
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    Chuck Finley can attest to this one.

  6. says:

    I am so not first… lol

  7. says:

    i have never really thought about it. and who is taking the time to create and expand on this theory? i thought i had too much time on my hands.

  8. says:

    [quote comment="3309"]That’s like calling Bring it On an action movie because it has a confrontation scene. Comedy is comedy. Chick flicks usually aren’t funny.[/quote]\par
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    Well Bring it On is just superior to every film ever.

  9. says:

    [quote comment="3310"]Meh. I tend to watch a movie because I have an interest not because of what some dick with a somputer says about it…. therefore….. who cares.\par
    Bah.[/quote]\par
    \par
    Somputer? I knew you guys had different technology there.

  10. says:

    [quote comment="3311"]I don’t understand why everybody’s so inclined to always decide if something is girly or manly regardless of what it is? Maybe because I was lucky to be brought up by hippie parents who treated me like a person and not a sex/gender. I’m not saying that there aren’t differences biologically or in what we like but come on!\par
    \par
    I get the reasoning I’m just sick of being “a chich” because I don’t have a dick… ooo what an awesome rhyme!\par
    \par
    5 Kudos dude![/quote]\par
    \par
    You and your European Metrosexuality.

  11. says:

    [quote comment="3312"]Why the hate for chcik flicks? I love a good hot lesbian scene with lots of baby oil and toys.\par
    \par
    Oh wait, you meant the teary eyed, mushy stuff didnt you? Applying the current logic as you discribe then “Die Hard” is the ultimate chick flick, he flies to another city, suffers unbearable pain and suffering to win the love of his life back. BLAH![/quote]\par
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    Exactly… basically using their logic every movie has become a chick flick.

  12. says:

    [quote comment="3313"]In reference to Bachelor Party, in hindsight, why would he want to wait for Tawny Kitaen knowing she is now crazier than a shithouse rat and looks like four miles of bad road?\par
    \par
    Chuck Finley can attest to this one.[/quote]\par
    \par
    Yeah how the mighty have fallen

  13. says:

    [quote comment="3315"]i have never really thought about it. and who is taking the time to create and expand on this theory? i thought i had too much time on my hands.[/quote]\par
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    I think they are thinking that they are on the edge… On the edge of what I have no idea.

  14. says:

    The ultimate trap is Brokeback Mountain. A guy could mistake it for a cowboy drama, then at that pivotal moment, a WTF moment reminiscent of the Crying Game. People have gone into therapy for less…

  15. says:

    [quote comment="3323"]The ultimate trap is Brokeback Mountain. A guy could mistake it for a cowboy drama, then at that pivotal moment, a WTF moment reminiscent of the Crying Game. People have gone into therapy for less…[/quote]\par
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    lol… that’s funny. I don’t watch much chick flicks so can’t say much about it. i am more into indie and foreign films.

  16. says:

    [quote comment="3319"]\par
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    You and your European Metrosexuality.[/quote]\par
    \par
    Now now, has nothing to do with that. I seriously dislike metrosexuality, that’s why I had to search an island 15,000km away to find a man. I’d take a sexist pig over a metroman anyday!\par
    \par
    Doink!

  17. says:

    Though I’m in agreement in terms of the general douchiness of the alternative/not-so-alternative theories and their uber trendiness, I think that there’s some merit as it applies to the Apatow flicks, along with Wedding Crashers and The Break Up, basically because all these movies start as fun “guy movies” (swearing! nudity! gratuitous sex! yay!) only to shame and/or humiliate the men featured halfway through for the sake of the relationship. They’re emasculating and just reinforce the base “men are dogs and need to be trained” concept.\par
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    For an example on a character that certainly doesn’t get this treatment, look no further than Ty Webb. \par
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    That said, I still enjoy (almost) all of them.

  18. says:

    Hi kevin

  19. says:

    Ok, so then “Animal House” is a chick flick? Just because there are relationships in a movie doesn’t mean it’s a girly movie.\par
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    I see movies as one of three things: good, bad, or okay. I could care less if it was a comedy, drama, action, or whatever, just as long as it’s good. Lately, I haven’t seen too many of those, except for “Knocked Up”, “Transformers”, and “SiCKO”.

  20. says:

    There’s no way every movie with romance is a chick-flick, that knocks out most of all movies!! I think the ones in which the main focus is the big romance are chick flicks (I.E. A Walk To Remember, The Notebook, etc.) and some of the indie flicks. But almost all the “guy-flicks” have some romance in it as well.\par
    \par
    Star Wars (kind of a guy-flick and a girl-flick in one…)\par
    Con Air (really anything with Nicolas Cage has something lovey-dovey)\par
    etc.

  21. says:

    never heard that theory before, it’s kind of a cracked idea I think

  22. says:

    Who gives a hoot, get over it! Who sits around analyzing movies, simply to say, hey that’s a chick flick. I say if you wanna get laid deal with it, after all some women like a man who’s in touch with there fememememem side and no its not gay!!

  23. says:

    No emotions ever. Come on, be a real man, Kevin. \par
    \par
    I mean, Kev-bot.

  24. says:

    Hey, I wanna know what you would do in all those situations you mentioned. Would you behave as the person in the film, or as expected as a man?? Tell us, tell us….xxx Kaetie

  25. says:

    [quote comment="3359"]Hey, I wanna know what you would do in all those situations you mentioned. Would you behave as the person in the film, or as expected as a man?? Tell us, tell us….xxx Kaetie[/quote]\par
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    40 year old virgin- I am neither 40 nor a virgin\par
    knocked up- I would have read those damn baby books or shoved her down a flight of stairs… either way\par
    wedding crashers- I would have been at the funerals with Will Ferrell

  26. says:

    Now anything can be categorized as a chick-flick. WHATEVER. As a chick, I pretty much only watch horror movies. Guess that makes ‘em chick-flicks.

  27. says:

    I guess this shows how un-trendy I am, but I never heard of this theory before.\par
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    My opinion? If it’s good, I’ll watch it whatever its genre. Although I still haven’t worked up the motivation to watch Brokeback Mountain. That’s one saddle I’ll take my time getting into.

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