This Page contains a growing list of our favorite PG and PG-13 Chick Flicks!
There’s nothing like watching some well-crafted PG or PG-13 Chick Flicks that evokes a warm laugh or a tender tear. So whether you’re gathering a few of your girlfriends together or trying to soften up that man of yours, these favorite chick flicks will do the trick.
Reviews include: Young Victoria, The Vow, 27 Dresses, Life as we Know it, Sidney White, EverAfter, Kate and Leopold, Raising Helen, The Amazing Adventure (a classic with Cary Grant), Miss Potter and a list of other favorites that we love, but haven’t written reviews of.
Young Victoria is an awesome movie. While it may be classified as a chick flick, it also provides some great insight into the ins and outs of governing a country that some guys might enjoy.
Victoria embarks on her journey as Queen at the age of 18, she wants to lead with grace and insight but needs to work through several very powerful family, political and emotional issues. The story is very compelling for a couple of reasons listed below.
The story of Albert’s love
Her future husband Albert, was sent by his family to create an alliance between Germany and England. As time goes on, Albert sees Victoria’s character and spunk and falls in love with her. He abandons his family’s directives and serves the Queen.
Albert enters their life together willing to work through many difficult family and political expectations and eventually wins her heart. He becomes a trusted and respected member of the royal household.
This is the story of Victoria’s growth as a Queen.
She was crowned as Queen in 1837 and remained the monarch until 1901. Over time, she needed to grow into her role as queen and learn to make decisions that were less about her and more about the stability of the kingdom.
Victoria has been called the queen of the greatest empire the world has ever known. Unlike many other monarchs, she married the man she loved. She was married to Albert from 1840 to 1861 and remained a widow for the next 40 years.
The story is about Victoria’s maturing as a monarch, but the tale of how Albert loves confronts and supports creates a legacy of royal power that reaches multiple countries for generations to come. The royal couple had nine children; four princes and five princesses.
The film was written by Julian Fellowes – the same man who created and produced Downton Abbey. The historical accuracy of the movie is amazing. One of the great chick flicks out there.
The movie stars Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend
Kim & Krickitt Carpenter in The Vow – the movie and the book
The Vow is a love story about commitment and perseverance through incredibly difficult circumstances. It is very loosely based on a true story (see the real story below). In spite of the differences, the movie by itself is a very powerful and inspiring story of unyielding love.
Leo and Paige have been married 4 years. On the way home after an evening out, their car is rear-ended by a huge truck on an icy Chicago street. Paige had taken her seat belt off just before the accident and as a result, is catapulted through the windshield of the car.
They both end up in the hospital, but Paige sustains a traumatic brain injury leaving her with no memory of the last 4 years of her life . . . and her marriage to Leo.
Leo is faced with the prospect of either wooing and winning his wife back or losing her to her estranged family and a former fiancé.
It’s an awesome testament to true, unconditional love, perseverance and determination of a heartbroken husband who sacrifices everything to win back a woman who doesn’t even remember him – truly a chick flick for the ages.
PG-13 for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language.
In spite of this rating, we think the story has great value, it just may not be for young kids to watch with you. This does qualify as one of the terrific chick flicks.
The Real Story of the Vow
Annette has read the book, “The Vow: True Events that Inspired the Movie” and says it is totally different and far more inspiring than the movie. Kim and Krickitt Carpenter lived in New Mexico and were driving to Arizona two months after they were married when the accident occurred.
After the accident, their relationship went through a much more tumultuous time than is portrayed in the movie. Krickitt’s (Paige in the movie) parents were very supportive and encouraged Kim (Leo in the movie) to persist in his pursuit of this wife.
They underwent extensive counseling so that they could stay together. Eventually, because of Kim’s determination and love, they decided to get married again in a full ceremony so that Krickitt could have a real memory of their commitment to each other.
Film critic Roger Ebert gave this movie 2.5 out of 3 stars.http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-vow-2012
27 Dresses is a fun movie about a girl who has been a bridesmaid in 27 wedding but never been a bride. Her younger sister falls in love with her boss and the story gets pretty twisted as the two of them resolve childhood rivalries and a current competition for the man they both love.
This is a PG-13 Chick Flick with a little sass and a lot of attitude. Even though the romance has an amazing twist at the end, this is truly one of the best chick flicks out there.
Starring Katherine Heigl (Actor), James Marsden (Actor), Anne Fletcher (Director) Rated PG-13
Life As We Know It is a touching story about an unmarried couple who really dislike each other who end up being given custody of the child of a dear friend of their’s. Watching two singles be thrown into parenthood without any warning or training creates some hysterical and some touching moments.
As one of the most fabulous chick flicks, you’ll need a few tissues at the end – but you’ll love really love this story. There is some suggestive sexual content, but the story is a good one.
Katherine Heigl (Actor), Josh Duhamel (Actor), Greg Berlanti (Director) Rated: PG-13
Sidney White is a take off on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s about a young girl who’s mother has died. She is raised by her construction manager father and heads off to college.
She wants to pledge to her mother’s sorority, but because she’s not a frilly girl, she simply doesn’t fit in. It’s a story about reaching out to disenfranchised and lonely people.
When Sidney and her friends work together they are able to make a substantial change in the climate of the university they are attending. This PG-13 chick flick has some humor, romance, goofiness (a good sense of right and wrong with payback to the stuck-up, b!*¢hy sorority president) and a good moral message. It is one of the best chick flicks out there.
Amanda Bynes (Actor), Sara Paxton (Actor), Joe Nussbaum (Director)
EverAfter is the “real” Cinderella Story.
This movie stars Drew Barrymore and Angelica Houston. EverAfter is a touching, humorous and sad story about young Danielle who experiences the sudden death of her beloved father. The girl is made a servant to her stepmother and two daughters.
The step-sisters are a mixed bag, one is completely selfish and full of spite for Danielle, while the other is much kinder and wanting to aid the abused girl whenever possible.
Danielle is a tom-boy
She speaks her mind in every situation. She prefers to ride horses and climb trees rather than behave like a lady. One day her path crosses with a young and handsome prince, whom she mistakes for a horse-thief, whom she pelts with green apples to stop him from stealing a horse.
Prince Henry has troubles of his own at home, where his father is pressuring him into an arranged marriage that will benefit the kingdom, but not Henry. Fortunately, Danielle and Henry get to know each other and with the help of Leonardo da Vinci, the story does have a happy and quite expected ending.
This is one of the most heart warming chick flicks, and will tug at your heartstrings, aching for the good-natured Danielle to receive her reward.
Kate and Leopoldis a 2001 creation that received luke warm reviews from critics. But we think it is an awesome movie that provides a model of chivalry for modern men to follow.
Meg Ryan is the lead in this move as Kate McKay. Kate is a modern day New York advertising executive with a drive to succeed. In her world work is pre-eminent and romance is a waste of time.
Stuart, her former boyfriend, discovers a portal in time and he successfully time travels back and forth. Unfortunately, on one of his trips, he is unexpectedly accompanied back to current day New York by the Third Duke of Albany, Leopold (Huge Jackman).
Leopold has to learn to navigate the modern era of telephones, TV and a busy New York that he was unaccustomed to. However, Leopold’s strength is in being a gentleman and graciously protects, woos and wins the heart of strong-willed Kate.
It is a great example to our young men on how to treat a woman with respect, kindness, and patience. This is a great family movie, and one of the most fabulous chick flicks out there.
Raising Helen is a touching chick flick that deals with some pretty heavy issues in a sensitive and comedic way.
In this 2004 flick, Kate Hudson plays Helen Harris, a hard-driving Manhattan modeling agency employee. She’s always working, always scouting and promoting new talent. When she’s not working, she’s partying. Her career and the fast-paced glamour life is her world.
Helen is the youngest of three sisters
Her older sisters are married with children. Sister Jenny (Joan Cusack) is the model suburban wife and homemaker. She runs her home and her children with disciplined perfection even though she’s expecting another child. Helen calls Jenny’s home a Pottery Barn Showroom.
Tragedy strikes when Helen’s fun-loving sister Lindsay (Felicity Huffman) and brother-in-law are tragically killed in a car accident, leaving three children in need of a parent. In her will, Lindsay names single, hard-partying Helen as the guardian for her kids.
It’s a shock to Jenny . . . Helen . . . and the kids.
The movie traces Helen’s growth into the role of mother. She struggles with balancing work and family time, parenting and meeting the kids’ emotional needs. The kids work through the grieving process and changes in their living situation. There are some great, tender moments as Helen starts to learn to parent rather than just be a fun Aunt to the kids.
Info About the Director & Casting
By the way, this movie was directed by Garry Marshall (Director of Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries, Runaway Bride, Overboard, Laverne and Shirley; Writer for Mork & Mindy, The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Dick Van Dyke Show and more). Raising Helen was shot right after Princess Diaries hit the screen, so Garry Marshall called on the talents of Hector Elizondo and Larry Miller.
We also recognized a Spenser Breslin who played Curtis in The Santa Clause 2 and Abigail Breslin (his younger sister) who played in Princess Diaries 2 and 3 and The Ultimate Gift. Another star we recognized was John Corbett who played Ian Miller two years earlier in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
This movie is fun, heartwarming and really a joy to watch. You may need a couple of tissues, but it’s well worth watching as one of the terrific chick flicks out there.
The Amazing Adventureis a wonderfully touching movie. It’s filled with honesty, virtue, and dedication. This black & white film was created in 1936 and unfortunately, the sound quality of the copy is not the best, but the story is so good, it’s worth watching … and watching again and again.
Ernest Bliss (played by Cary Grant) is a very wealthy young man who is bored with life. Living in London, he spends his nights with friends at nightclubs but has nothing much to do during the day.
Thinking he is sick, he consults a doctor to get to the root of his malaise. The physician, Sir James Aldroyd sees many wealthy patients with a similar problem and for once wants to speak his mind to one of them. Ernest is the one who gets the doctor’s honest opinion.
Dr. Aldroyd challenges Ernest to get real a job. To actually work for one year, and live off of what he earns instead of living off of his inherited wealth. The good doctor doesn’t think that Bliss will take his advice, but Ernest, feeling challenged by the doctor bets him 50,000 pounds that he can do it.
The movie traces Ernest’s life
First, as he looks for a job. And then finally landing one as a sales rep with a company that manufactures stoves. He works hard, but success eludes him.
In the midst of his work and discouragement, he meets a beautiful, hardworking girl – Frances Clayton.
Frances is a sweet and kind woman who eventually finds herself in a desperate financial situation. Her sister becomes ill and Frances wants to help her financially. She decides to marry a wealthy businessman whom she doesn’t love – leaving Ernest without a word.
There are several twists and turns but the story has a wonderful ending with Ernest losing the bet, but winning at love.
This is a heartwarming chick flick that you’ll want to watch over and over again.
Miss Potter is a beautiful biography and love story all wound up together. The beloved author of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. Beatrix Potter unfolds the journey of getting published falling in love with her editor, earning enough money to live free of her emotionally difficult family and saving the thousands of acres of scenic countryside from development. What a great movie!
Miss Congeniality is one of our favorite Sandra Bullock movies. It’s a story about a very tough girl who is an FBI agent. She is assigned to uncover illegal activity at a well-known beauty pageant.
She undergoes an amazing physical transformation with the help of a crew of beauty professionals. While she’s in the pageant preparations she becomes friends with several of the other contestants. She also comes to suspect several people who may be a danger to the girls.
There are several twists and turns … and wrong accusations. But she sticks to her hunch and eventually saves the lives of several of the women in the pageant.
The movie is full of humor, suspense and romance … and a few snorts from Bullock.
that we haven’t yet written reviews for yet.
How to lose a Guy in 10 Days
A Cinderella Story– Hillary Duff
For Richer or Poorer – Tim Allen
Overboard – Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Return to Me
Sabrina – Harrison Ford
Sense & Sensibility
Pride & Prejudice – Kiera Knightly
What A Girl Wants
A Walk to Remember
While You Were Sleeping– Sandra Bullock
The Amazing Adventure – Cary Grant
You’ve Got Mail
Forever Young — Mel Gibson. A story of enduring love and faithfulness.
My Man Godfrey — Carole Lombard and William Powell
If you have a favorite Chick Flick that isn’t listed, please mention it in the comment section below and we’ll consider it for this page.