Chick Flick

Dirty dancing - the classic chick flick, pic: shesays-hesays.com

A chick flick is a special kind of movie.  The type, I would think, exists all over the globe. the term is very American.

Let’s start with defining the two terms.  A chick, of course, is a young bird, like a chicken or a hen.  it is generally used to refer to domestic fowl.  But that is just the original meaning, chick also means – somewhat derogatorily – young woman, girl.  It is similar to the Spanish Chica and might be derived from it.  A lot of young women have embraced the term, refer to themselves as chicks and find it non-derogatory.

“Sheila is a really cool chick!” therefore is a compliment.

A flick is a movie.

Hence a chic flick is a movie for young women.  Mostly they are romantic and have very unrealistic happy endings.  Guys generally hate them and only watch them to score brownie points with their girl-friends.

Here are some examples of typical chick flicks:

My best friend’s wedding, Mona Lisa Smile, Runaway Bride, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan, Mean girls, A Cinderella Story, Sex and the City, The Princess Diaries, You’ve got mail, etc.
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