10 Best Chick Flicks 2010

Saturday, February 26 by Joshua Wade

Featuring some of the most prominent actors of the past decade including Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Robert Pattinson, the 10 best chick flicks of 2010 consist of powerful romantic dramas and heartwarming comedies, some of which are already earning Oscar nods and much deserved attention from critics, audiences, and prestigious award panels alike.

  1. "Leap Year" – A sweet romantic comedy filmed on location in Ireland, “Leap Year” stars Amy Adams as a lovesick American who travels to Ireland to propose to her fiancee on Leap Day which, according to Irish tradition, he must accept. The film features heartwarming performances by Amy Adams and Matthew Goode as the gruff Irishman she ultimately falls for, while the Irish countryside lends a truly charming aire to the film.
  2. "Remember Me" – Featuring career-defining performances by Emilie de Ravin and “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson, this film about two tortured college students who find love and comfort in one another while enduring painful losses remains one of the ten best chick flicks of 2010, despite its lukewarm reception by critics and audiences.
  3. "Greenberg" - A complex character study from “The Squid and the Wale” director Noah Baumbach, “Greenberg” centers around Roge Greenberg (endearingly portrayed by comic Ben Stiller) a former musician who suffers a nervous breakdown and is in the midst of putting his life back together when his brother asks him to house-sit. Brilliantly written by Baumbach and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, the film features a noteworthy performance by actress Greta Gerwig, the personal assistant with whom Stiller forms an uneasy relationship.
  4. "Paper Man" – One of the ten best chick flicks of 2010, “Paper Man” chronicles a different sort of relationshipthe warm bond that forms between an isolated struggling writer and a young girl who endeavors to keep him company. With exceptional performances by Jeff Daniels and Emma Stone, the movie features Ryan Reynolds as Daniels’ imaginary childhood friend, a superhero named Captain Excellent.
  5. "Wonderful World" – Screened in 2009, “Wonderful World” was given its official release in 2010 and garnered little attention despite a particularly powerful performance by Matthew Broderick as a children’s musician with a cynical worldview who is warmed by the visiting sister of his ill Senegalese roommate. A charming film about the redemptive power of love, “Wonderful World” is arguably one of the ten best chick flicks of 2010.
  6. "Going the Distance" – A hilarious romantic comedy featuring an amazing cast consisting of Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Ron Livingston, and Christina Applegate, this film follows a young couple as they deal with the complex nature of a long distance relationship. Of note are real-life couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long who shine in this lighthearted romance.
  7. "Love and Other Drugs" – An incredibly moving romantic drama based on a memoir by Jamie Reidy, the film features career-defining performances by actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. The film holds a deserving place among the ten best chick flicks of 2010 and concerns a traveling Prozac salesman who falls for a troubled woman during his rounds.
  8. "The Romantics" – An amazing romantic comedy by Indie filmmaker Galt Niederhoffer, this film is based on her novel of the same name and boasts a talented ensemble cast featuring Anna Paquin, Katie Holmes, Elijah Wood, and Josh Duhamel. Following the tangled romantic lives of seven friends as they reunite for a wedding, this film features an engaging performance by Holmes, who also produced the film.
  9. "Morning Glory" – A delightful romantic comedy about the failing love life of a news producer as she struggles with the fast-paced world of a morning talk show, this film was produced by award winning writer-director J. J. Abrams. Rachel McAdams gives one of the best performances of her career as the film’s protagonist, Becky Fuller, while an ensemble cast featuring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, and Jeff Goldblum highlight this spirited film.
  10. "Country Strong" – Featuring an award-worthy performance by Gwyneth Paltrow as a fallen country singer who attempts to resurrect her career, “Country Strong” details the internal and external struggles faced by musicians and the inspiring power of love. One of the ten best chick flicks of 2010, this film is highlighted by passionate performances from Gwyneth Paltrow and Leighton Meester, who contribute songs to the soundtrack.
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