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11 July Chick Flicks – TAMMY, LUCY, VERY GOOD GIRLS and more

chick flick – (n.) A movie that targets a primarily female audience.
(e.g., most rom-coms, rom-drams, rom-droms and the like)
2. A movie centered around a strong female protagonist.
NOTE: Although commonly misconstrued as such, the term is not, in fact, a pejorative or a synonym for
The Notebook.
What’s In A Name?: Re-Defining “CHICK FLICK”

For the last week or so, I’ve been thinking a lot about the term “chick flick”—what it means, why some movies and movie-makers try so hard to disclaim it, and what it could (or, perhaps, should) mean—and decided that it was once again time to clarify why I use the term so liberally and in the title of a monthly post that has included many nontraditional selections.

How to Make a “Successful” Chick Flick

Many romantic comedies, dramas, and dramedies are probably “chick flicks”—but not all chick flicks are rom-coms, rom-drams, or rom-droms. Movies labeled dramedies, action, sci-fi/fantasy, musicals, teen/coming-of-age, YA, and any other genre imaginable can also be “chick flicks.” (To be completely honest, sometimes I include movies that just have a lot of feelings.)
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But the label doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The term “chick flick” is only negative and exclusive because we let it be. So let’s reclaim the term “chick flick.” Let’s make it positive in spirit. Let it merely indicate a movie that’s by women, by-women-for-women, lady-centric, and/or just lady-friendly. Let it not automatically exclude non-lady audiences. (After all, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, and The Departed all rank among my personal favorites, and if each were forced to identify with only one gender, “female” wouldn’t be it.) And, as a category, let it be made up of movies as varied and diverse as we ladies are.

THE GODFATHER and “The Thunderbolt”

The task of altering such an ingrained connotation may seem daunting, but together, ladies (and gents), there’s nothing we can’t accomplish.
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Without further ado, here’s the 411 on 11 chick flicks hitting theaters and VOD/digital rental July 225.
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P.S. Have a great July 4th weekend!
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July 2

Tammy
R....96 min.....Comedy
DIRECTOR: Ben Falcone
WRITERS: Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone
Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass,
Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon
Website....Facebook....#TAMMY....G+....Pinterest....YouTube

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Get Tickets

July 2 (cont’)

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Premature
(LIMITED / VOD)
R....93 min.....Comedy
DIRECTOR: Dan Beers
WRITERS: Dan Beers & Mathew Harawitz
John Karna, Craig Roberts, Katie Findlay,
Alan Tudyk, Adam Riegler,
Carlson Young, Elon Gold
Website....Facebook....#Premature

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RENT
(July 1)
iTunes....Amazon....Google Play
IFC Films On Demand

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School Dance
(LIMITED / VOD)
R....86 min.....Comedy, Drama, Music
DIRECTOR: Nick Cannon
WRITERS: Nick Cannon & Nile Evans
Bobb’e J. Thompson, Luenell, Mike Epps,
George Lopez, Lil Duval, Katt Williams,
Wilmer Valderrama
Facebook....#SchoolDance

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In Theaters

RENT / BUY
iTunes....Amazon....VUDU....YouTube

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July 18

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And So It Goes
PG-13....94 min.....Comedy, Drama, Romance
DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner
WRITER: Mark Andrus
Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton,
Sterling Jerins
Website....Facebook....#AndSoItGoes
Pinterest....YouTube

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Sex Tape
R....Comedy
DIRECTOR: Jake Kasdan
WRITERS: Kate AngeloJason Segel & Nicholas Stoller
Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel,
Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Robe Lowe
Website....Facebook....@SexTapeMovie
G+....Instagram....YouTube

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SEX TAPE Movie Review

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July 18 (cont’)

Wish I Was Here
(LIMITED)
R....120 min.....Comedy, Drama
DIRECTOR: Zach Braff
WRITERS: Adam J. Braff & Zach Braff
Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson,
Joey King, Mandy Patinkin, Pierce Gagnon,
Donald Faison, Ashley Green, Jim Parsons
Website....Facebook....@WIWHFilm
G+....Instagram....Tumblr....YouTube

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Interview with Zach Braff

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July 25

Happy Christmas
(LIMITED / VOD)
R....78 min.....Comedy, Drama
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Joe Swanberg
Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey,
Joe Swanberg, Mark Webber,
Lena Dunham, Jude Swanberg
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Website....Facebook
#HappyChristmas....Pinterest

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Play Dates – Cities & Theaters

RENT
(June 26)
iTunes....Google Play....VUDU
YouTube....Watch On Demand

HAPPY CHRISTMAS Movie Review

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July 25 (cont’)

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Lucy
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R....Action, Sci-Fi
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Luc Besson
Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
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Website....Facebook....@LucyTheMovie
G+....Instagram....YouTube

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LUCY Movie Review

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Magic in the Moonlight
(LIMITED)
PG-13....Comedy, Drama, Romance
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Woody Allen
Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden,
Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney,
Emma Stone, Jacki Weaver
Website....Facebook....#MagicInTheMoonlight

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July 25 (cont’)

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My Man is a Loser
(LIMITED / VOD)
R....Comedy
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Mike Young
Michael Rapaport, Bryan Callen,
John Stamos, Tika Sumpter
Website....@MyManIsALoser
G+....YouTube

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RENT
COMING SOON

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Very Good Girls
(LIMITED / VOD)
R....91 min.....Drama
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Naomi Foner
Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Boyd Holbrook,
Ellen Barkin, Clark Gregg, Peter Sarsgaard,
Richard Dreyfuss, Demi Moore
Website....Facebook....#VeryGoodGirls

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In Theaters

RENT
(June 24)
iTunes....Amazon....VOD
Google Play....VUDU....YouTube

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Chick Flicks of the Month – Archive
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Don’t see your most anticipated July chick flick above?
Tell me about it in the comments below!

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Born-and-bred New Yorker. Lifelong film & TV lover—from chick flicks, rom-coms, rom-droms, rom-drams, and tweentertainment, to Shakespeare, period pieces, James Bond, fairy tales, and mafia movies.