So you love Mean Girls, have watched Aisha a billion times and have secretly considered tagging Elle Woods on the “People who inspire me” section on Facebook. But have you watched these films? The movies we are about to suggest absolutely qualify as chick flicks- of a different kind! Watch them to learn a thing or two from these totally Gloss! chicks. You won’t regret it!
Poppy Moore is a spoilt brat from California who gets deported to a boarding school in England called Abbey Mount full of strict rules, mean prefects and obedient girls. Watch as she creates a ruckus, falls in love with the principal’s hot son, learns a big secret and eventually transforms as a person.
Watch it for: The “anti-makeover”, the growing up and dialogues like:
P: “When the head girl has earned my respect, then I’ll shake her hand biatch”
Head Girl (taken aback): “I’m sorry?”
P: “Apology accepted!”
2. Marie Antoinette
Imagine being made the queen consort of a whole country when you’re just fifteen! Marie Antoinette has been plucked out of her sheltered life in Austria and planted in France where she needs to fit into her new family and seduce her young, shy-in-bed husband. And when the economy goes for a toss, it’s her head that is on the line. While the historical accuracy of this film has come under critique, it’s definitely a unique spin on the private life of a teenage royal.
Watch it for: The glamour, the opulence, the scandal and gossip, the shoes to die for, the deelish cupcakes…!
3.The Virgin Suicides
Again a Sofia Coppola film, it details with a dreamy, almost hauntingly ethereal feel, the cloistered lives of 5 Lisbon sisters in a sleepy town in Michigan, America. Told from the point of view of the neighbourhood boys, it chronicles the story from the failed suicide attempt of the youngest, through Lux’s anonymous sexual encounters to the ultimate, inexplicable tragedy.
Watch it for: Experiencing again the inner life of girls, the depth and haunting beauty of the narrative, the amazing soundtrack by French band AIR and striking dialogues like:
Doctor: “What are you doing here, honey? You’re not even old enough to know how bad life gets.”
Cecilia: “Obviously, Doctor, you‘ve never been a 13-year-old girl.”
Persepolis is an animated film based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel. The film begins with Marjane as a spunky child in pre-revolutionary Iran in the 1970s who loves french fries and Bruce Lee and has secret conversations with a Higher Power. Evolving into a rebellious teenager, she is packed off to Vienna before the war, she encounters nuns, bohemians and cheating boyfriends. A few years, some misadventures and a long bout of depression later, she returns to find both she herself and her homeland ravaged by the War and struggles to make peace with the changes.
Watch it for: The story, Marjane’s quirky sense of humour and fierce independence and the fact that teenage angst transcends borders.
“People say I’m an overachiever but I think they’re just jealous!” says Tracy Flick. Tracy is the epitome of raw ambition- a top student on every school committee that she can head, she faces her greatest challenge yet- winning Presidency of the Student Council against popular, good-hearted “dumb jock” Paul Metzler and his rebellious lesbian sister Tammy Metzler. Prof. Jim McAllister is the only one who knows Tracy’s dark side and that she slept with his best friend and her math professor Dave and then let him get fired. Watch as the drama unfolds- as people lie, and cheat and doing anything for the win!
Watch it for: The hilarious dialogues and powerful characters.
6. Factory Girl
A super artsy, biographical film about the rise and fall of Edie Sedjwick- the underground film star and New York socialite who was Andy Warhol’s Muse in the 60s, “Factory Girl” is a heartbreaking and over the top film about people who made their lives a “work of art” in every way.
Watch it for: Sienna Miller’s portrayal of Edie, described thus: “beautiful artist and actress and all around loon…Remembered for setting the world on fire and escaping the clutches of her terrifying family… Made friends with eeeeverybody, and anybody…creating chaos and uproar wherever she went. Divorced as many times as she married, she leaves only good wishes behind.” How can one NOT love this woman?
- WildChild: thecia.com.au
- Marie Antoinette: pavotrose.tumblr.com
- tenderomi.comtenderomi.comThe Virgin Suicides: tenderomi.com
- Persepolis: lexrigby.comlexrigby.comlexrigby.com
- Election: thevoid99.blogspot.com
- Factory Girl: edenlola.blogspot.com
Have you seen any of the above films? Is there any film that should have been on this List? Tell us in the Comments below!