The term ‘chick flick’ is hard to define these days. It used to mean the movie was for a female audience and focussed on finding love. To an extent, that is still true. But things have changed. So, does it have to be romantic? Sad? Soppy? It can be. But it can also be funny or scary or gross. Though, as the name suggests, it is usually aimed for women.
Let’s take a look at some great movies you can find on Hulu right now. From a few romantic comedies to something a little darker, these movies are sure to be a hit. Some are definitely made for a fun night with the girls, some feature strong female leads kicking butt, and some are just a blast for everyone.
1. Crazy Stupid Love
Cal Weaver’s picture-perfect life is turned upside down when his wife confesses to cheating with a co-worker and asks for a divorce. While drowning his feelings in a bar, he meets womanizer Jacob Palmer, who takes pity on Cal, offering to help him meet women. Jacobs is smooth and successful, taking home a new woman almost every night. He brings Cal into his world, teaching him how to dress to impress.
In helping Cal, Jacob soon discovers that love can be found in the craziest of places. While he is teaching Cal to be more like him, he is quietly falling for Hannah, going as far as meeting her parents. But things don’t exactly go according to plan. Through all of this, Cal’s son is working through a crush on his babysitter. The only problem is, she has her eyes set on Cal.
Steve Carell leads an all-star cast, including Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, in this sweet and funny rom-com. The story unfolds across the whole Weaver family, giving a funny and easy-going glimpse into the love lives of a suburban family – and their babysitter. If you’re looking for something fun and cute that is not too cheesy, this is a great option. It’s nice to see Gosling relaxed and not taking himself too seriously.
Footloose – IMDb
City boy, Ren McCormack, is in for a shock when he and his family move from Chicago to a sleepy, conservative town in the Midwest. In this ultra-religious town, rock music and dancing have been banned. The town, led in part by Reverend Moore, thinks music and dancing is a sin and will lead their kids astray.
Outraged, Ren rebels, taking his friends out of town to a club and sparks up a romance with the Reverend’s daughter, Ariel – who doesn’t agree with her father’s policies. Though Ren tries to advocate for music and dancing, going as far as attending church and reciting a passage from the bible, the town stands by their ban.
This 1984 classic has not gone out of style. The 2011 remake is worth a watch, but there is something about Kevin Bacon’s iconic dance scene in the barn that keeps people coming back. Footloose gives you teen angst, romance, danger, and a lot of dancing. Perfect for dancing along with the girls with a glass of wine and a onesie.
3. I Feel Pretty
Renee has always suffered from anxiety and self-doubt. She is plagued by low self-esteem, and it holds her back every day. Until one day, she makes a wish to be beautiful. After an accident during a spin class knocks her out, she wakes up believing that she is everything she always wanted to be.
This new found beauty gives Renee all the confidence in the world. She can suddenly talk to men and even applies for a job she previously pushed aside because she didn’t think she was pretty enough. Everything is going great, and through a new romance, she quickly realizes that she isn’t defined by how she looks.
Amy Schumer shines in this funny and charming role in the importance of self-worth. Though we never actually get to see what Renee sees in the mirror, Schumer has insisted that it isn’t just a skinny girl. Rather, the story seeks to shed light on how women see themselves and what they can achieve if they could be kinder to themselves. Ultimately, this is a funny movie with a not-so-subtle ‘girl power!’ undertone.
4. What Men Want
Ali Davis works in a male-dominated world, and though she is good at her job, she keeps getting passed over for under-qualified men. But when she meets a Facebook Psychic on a girl’s night out and drinks some unusual tea, Ali suddenly wakes up with the ability to hear men’s thoughts.
Shocked at first, Ali soon realizes that her newfound power can help her. She uses it to crash a boys’ night, impressing her boss with her poker skills. It also comes in handy with a handsome new flame.
Starring Taraji P. Henson and Tracy Morgan, What Men Want is a fun sequel to the Mel Gibson classic, What Women Want. Henson is funny and strong, perfectly displaying the frustrations of an underappreciated woman stuck on the outside of a boy’s club. With hints of the more serious side of gender inequality, the story refreshingly and hilariously lands the woman on top. It’s a great option for something a little different.
Veronica Sawyer is a member of the ultra-popular clique, The Heathers. She and her friends run the school, humiliating and bullying anyone they don’t like. But Veronica is growing tired of the girls. When she meets troubled new kid, J.D, the pair grow close and hatch a plan to end the Heathers’ rule over Westerburg High School.
Sick of the popular kids and their power over the school, Veronica and J.D set out to get even, murdering their classmates and staging the killings as suicides. But things get out of hand, as Veronica realizes J.D is more disturbed than she thought.
Winona Ryder and Christian Slater star in this black comedy about the original Mean Girls. The 1989 teen comedy has become a cult classic, highlighting and taking aim at stereotypical high school tropes. Heathers is funny, dark, and deeply disturbing, and the perfect movie for a Friday Night in.
Roxy dreams of making it big, getting close to a man who claims he can help. But when she finds out he was lying, she shoots him dead. Roxy soon finds herself locked up with none other than Velma Kelly, famed murdering songstress. The pair are stuck on Murderess’ Row and soon become rivals.
It becomes a fight for the limelight as the pair plead their cases, hoping to win over the public. But they soon learn just how ‘fikkle fame’ can be when their sleazy lawyer turns his back on them in favor of a new killer queen.
If you like to sing along and dance with your girlfriends, then this is the movie for you. With a soundtrack that is fun and memorable, you’ll have a blast with this funny, well done musically. Both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger shine in this 1920’s inspired romp.
Based on real events, the Hustlers follows a group of strippers, led by Ramona, on their mission to get paid. Having been at the bottom for too long – paying out their hard-earned cash for a spot on the pole – they set out to make money from the Wall Street men they see as the reason for their hardships.
The financial crisis has left them with few choices, and they turn to the men they hold responsible. Ramona and her crew drink with and drug their clients, charging their cars with thousands of dollars in the club. These men are reluctant to go to the police, not wanting to highlight their extracurricular activities.
Hailed as JLo’s best performance to date, Hustlers has earned her multiple nominations as the lead in this smart and very real drama. With elements of humor and a focus on women’s empowerment, it’s not hard to see why.
On the surface, you can view Hustlers as a simple heist movie. But when you go deeper, you see a group of strong women, coming together to get what they think they deserve. Whether or not you agree with it, you can’t argue with their success. And they look great while doing it.
8. The Spy Who Dumped Me
Audrey is nursing a broken heart with the help of her best friend and roommate, Morgan. But things take a turn for the unexpected when her ex-boyfriend appears, men with guns in tow. The two women are pulled into an international spy thriller, and it’s now up to them to help save the world.
When her ex, Drew, leaves instructions for Audrey to go to Vienna should something happen to him, she is hesitant. But when Drew is murdered, the girls know they have no choice. In a chase across Europe, Audrey and Morgan meet spies from Russia and the CIA, outwitting them at every turn.
Starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, The Spy Who Dumped Me is a smart and a female-led comedy with plenty of heart and action. It’s nice to see a movie about international spies being told with a female voice, and McKinnon is always going to be a blast to watch. It has some silly elements, but that is part of the fun. There are worse ways to spend your evening than watching Kunis and McKinnon outsmarting super spies.
Instant Family follows Pete and Ellie on their journey to start a family. After some push back from their families, they become more determined than ever to have a child. The first time parents look into adoption, attending an event at a Foster facility. But instead of coming home with one foster child, they come home with three, and it is not love at first sight.
Dealing with a moody teen, a picky eater, and an overly emotional child is a lot for the couple. As expected, they fail many times along their journey, but ultimately bonding with the trio. That is until their drug addict mother is released from jail and wants to see her kids.
Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne lead this unexpected dramedy, following the highs and lows of fostering and adoption. The pair are unprepared for kids, and hilariously strive to be the best parents they can be. Of course, things don’t go quite as planned, giving some heartwarming and hilarious scenes. Ultimately, this is a feel-good movie with a lot of humor and will leave you smiling.
10. Practical Magic
Gillian and Sally Owens grew up as outcasts in a small town in Massachusetts, raised by their Aunts after the death of their parents. Eventually, Gillian goes off on her own to LA, while Sally stays to start a family.
But the Owens women aren’t what they seem. They are witches and have a terrible curse upon them, preventing them from truly falling in love. When Sally’s husband dies in a suspicious accident, Gillian comes home. But her troubles follow in the shape of her ex-boyfriend. A dangerous man who brings more than just violence to the Owens sisters.
The bond between Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman is electric in this romantic comedy with a magical twist. Couple that with the eccentric Aunts, played by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest, and you have a perfect mix of quirk, charm, and tension. The search for love bleeds through the women and into the town, ultimately bringing them all together to help one of their own, in a powerful display of female resilience. From the fun of dancing around a blender making margaritas, to the chill of Goran Visnjic singing Elvis, this movie has it all.
Riley North wakes up from a coma to find her husband and young daughter dead. Killed by a senseless act of violence, they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Devastated, she looks to the courts for justice. Her eye-witness statement should be enough to put the men responsible away. But with the defense lawyer and judge on the cartel’s payroll, the men walk free.
Five years later, Riley returns to Los Angeles, hardened and ready for revenge. She starts with the men who killed her family, leaving their bodies on display at the same carnival she lost her family. Working her way through the corruption, Riley seeks her own justice and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
If you’re looking for something with more grit, look no further. Jennifer Garner really pulls this role off, beginning with a weak, grieving mother, and ending with a tough, cold assassin. You can feel her pain as she watches the men who killed her family walk and really root for her as she blasts her way through powerful, corrupt men.
If you like John Wick, you’ll love Peppermint. Why should the guys have all the fun? It’s refreshing to see such a role go to a woman, and Garner plays it to perfection. From the action scenes to the close-up fighting, she worked hard, and it shows.
Searching follows bereaved father, David Kim, on the search for his missing daughter. Since the death of his wife, the pair have drifted apart. But when Margot doesn’t come home one night, he jumps into action.
Kim desperately goes through his daughter’s contacts, working alongside a police detective, hoping to find any clues to help find his daughter. Instead, he is taken into her isolated world, where she has few friends and is keeping secrets. From stealing money to doing drugs, Kim starts to wonder if he knows his daughter at all.
This one is for the True Crime fans! John Cho leads this unusual thriller, displayed only from Kim’s computer screen. We follow his search through Facetime calls and iMessages, seeing what he sees as he works. It is very well done and incredibly effective, drawing you into the point you forget about the world outside.
- Wikipedia: Chick Flick
- Mashable: Entertainment
- Rotten Tomatoes: Crazy Stupid Love
- Rotten Tomatoes: Practical Magic
- Rotten Tomatoes: Footloose
- Rotten Tomatoes: Hustlers
- Rotten Tomatoes: Searching
- Rotten Tomatoes: Peppermint
- Rotten Tomatoes: I Feel Pretty
- Rotten Tomatoes: What Men Want
- Rotten Tomatoes: Chicago
- Rotten Tomatoes: The Spy Who Dumped Me
- Rotten Tomatoes: Instant Family
- IMDb: Crazy Stupid Love
- IMDb: Practical Magic
- IMDb: Footloose
- IMDb: Hustlers
- IMDb: Searching
- IMDb: Peppermint
- IMDb: I Feel Pretty
- IMDb: What Men Want
- IMDb: Chicago
- IMDb: The Spy Who Dumped Me
- IMDb: Instant Family