There is not one girl existing in this world who will say that spending the night with your best pals, rocking your jammies and discussing boys over pizza and hot chocolate is not something they look forward to. Sleepovers are more of a rite of passage of friendships, more than anything else.
They are an altar of bonding, sisterhood and lifelong relationships made over shared secrets and moments of revelation. And what sleepover is complete without watching your favourite films with your favourite gal pals, and experiencing the highs and lows of the Cady Herons and the Carrie Bradshaws of the world! So at Stylewati, we have come up with a list of girly chick flicks that would be perfect for that night-in with all your single ladies!
Mean Girls (2004)
Cady Heron has just relocated from her education in the jungles of Africa to the jungles of a typical American High School in Chicago. And what does she find out? That it is populated by the exact similar animals, with cliques replacing herds and in the form and shape of teenage boys and girls.
She infiltrates the most popular clique in high school and directly goes head-to-head against the living legend reigning queen of the high school jungle – the formidable Regina George. Sounds fun? Because it is. You will not realize where time has gone as you delve deeper and deeper into the web of scheming and lies it takes to win the title of “Homecoming Queen”, which literally means you rule over the entire arena of high school.
This movie is also a testament to how real friendships can make or break your entire experience of high school, and how important it is to know yourself and realize who you are before graduating and being on the cusp of adulthood. All in all, it is a really fun and engaging film about typical high school students and has become a cult classic in popular culture, with its catchphrases like “On Wednesdays, we wear Pink”, or “Your hair looks sexy pushed back”. Ariana Grande also paid her homage to this teenage classic by using Regina’s introduction montage to introduce herself (albeit in a sarcastic way) in her hit music video “Thank u, next”.
Sex and the City 1 & 2 (2008, 2010)
Growing up around the turn of the century meant that any and every female around the world would know who Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbes were. This was allowed to the hit HBO series Sex and the City, which centred on a group of girlfriends in Manhattan, New York City, exploring the idea of love, friendship and sex and growing up in a culture where men dictated the rules of intimacy. This series was given two spin-off movies because the fans wanted to see more of these four women who captured their lives like they were their real friends.
The protagonist Carrie Bradshaw is a proper woman’s woman, eccentrically fashionable, with witty remarks always on her lips and a headstrong writer for Vogue who keeps sharing her internal monologue after every experience with the audience, creating an instant connection. Even if you have not seen the series, the films are completely standalone by themselves, and you will not feel like you need to watch the series to enjoy each character’s journey. The movies pick up the lives of the characters sometime after the series arc has ended, and each of them is settled in their own chosen future – Carrie with Big, discussing their marriage plans; Samantha with Steve in Los Angeles figuring out how monogamy works, Miranda and Steve facing trouble in marital paradise and Charlotte juggling emotions with her home-life and struggles with her pregnancy.
The second movie picks up two years later after the events of the first and focuses on self-realizations and revelations of the characters after the events in an expensive holiday in Abu Dhabi. If you feel like you need background information on all the characters, you can choose to binge-watch the entire series on a sleepover night or a series of sleepover nights with your girlfriends.
Based on the coming-of-age 1815 Jane Austen novel “Emma”, this movie has gained a cult following amongst young girls of all generations following the 90s and follows the lives of three girls in a Beverly Hills high school in search of identity, love and self-acceptance. Rich and preppy high school student Cher try to change her superficial ways and do more good deeds towards the people around her after one of her schemes make two teachers in her high school fall in love and she realizes that she enjoys doing unselfish, nice things for other’s happiness.
She and her best friend Dionne take a “tragically unhip” student Tai under their wing and helps her change her appearance in order to increase her popularity in school as a “good deed”. But this blows up in her face as interests and crushes collide and turn Cher’s life upside down as she also realizes that she has feelings for her ex-stepbrother Josh. Throughout the course of the film, Cher realizes that she cannot control everything or everyone around her, and focuses on just being a good person and a good friend to the ones she cares about.
This film also has been the root of famous catchphrases of the 90s like “as if!”, and it was actually the director Amy Heckerling, who spent considerable time studying the teenagers of Beverly Hills and their “lingo” to understand what was popular at that time amongst that age group. A light, fluffy, funny and engaging flick, Clueless is perfect for a slumber party with your favourite girlfriends as a blast to the past.
Legally Blonde (2001)
Elle Woods is a rich, beautiful and passionate fashion student from Beverly Hills, who has recently been brutally dumped by her preppy traditionally East Coast boyfriend Warner Huntington III for a career in law. Crushed at the heartbreak and pumped to get him back, she travels to the cold, wintry lands of Boston from the sunny beaches of California to prove herself as a formidable law student and an equal of Warner. In the process, she realizes her own self-worth and blazing potential and paves her own way to become a lawyer who everyone begins to respect, instead of making fun of her typical airhead west coast rich heiress ways.
She proves everyone wrong and stays the shining light of positivity that she always carried throughout, and even welcomes and embraces those who wronged her by mistake. She finds the love and happiness that she realized she deserved and stayed true to her friends who stuck by her through her toughest times. Reese Witherspoon’s convincing turn as a witty, blonde firecracker in this film has garnered her millions of fans and a cult following all over the world.
A humorous and feathery light chick-flick with pink and sparkles all over the place, this film emboldens the belief that girly girls can also kick ass, and should not be taken lightly by anyone! An all-time favourite at sleepovers, Legally Blonde is forever feel-good and remembered for the immortal phrase “Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands!”
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Going back to the days when Julia Stiles was in every Romantic comedy ever, 10 things I Hate About You (1999) has been one of her best works in this genre. With the legendary actor Heath Ledger playing the romantic lead opposite her, she made her name prominent as a breakout star in romantic comedies with this high-school adaptation of William Shakespeare’s famous play “The Taming of the Shrew”. The plot focuses on High school teenager Cameron, played by an impishly young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is absolutely smitten by classmate Bianca but cannot approach her because of her father’s strict rules regarding dating.
He thus approaches “bad-boy” Patrick, to approach and woo Bianca’s sister Kat so that their father will allow both the sisters to date, thus clearing Cameron’s path. Kat, however, is averse to dating and is a sensitive soul with a tough exterior. The whole narrative follows how this whole arrangement turns into a comedy of errors where feelings are realized, emotions go high and low, and in the end, love conquers all obstacles and evils.
The most interesting part of this film is the simmering chemistry between Kat and Patrick, and the witty part is how Patrick finally convinces Kat to fall for him. A sweet and uplifting love story, it is exactly what you need on a chill night in with your best gal pals.
The Princess Diaries (2001)
Based on the best-selling series by Meg Cabot, the film adaptation has become one of the highest-grossing tales of coming-of-age and growing up in the popular culture.
Starring Anne Hathaway as a high school geek who suddenly finds out that she’s a princess and Julie Andrews as her long-lost grandmother who’s the queen of a small European country called Genovia, this teen comedy has resonated with teenagers all around the world on issues of true friendships, family values, finding love in the right places, and ideals above everything. It is quite the fantasy of perhaps every young girl that someday she might be found out as a princess of an estate or a country, and this movie actually deals with the real-life consequences of that situation in a warm, light-hearted and funny way.
Heart-melting family reunions and bashing of rude high school snooty girls make it an extra amazing watch with your girlfriends over some Pina colada.
The Notebook (2004)
Adapted from the 1996 bestseller novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook is perhaps the most romantic movie to watch on a sleepover with your girlfriends on a warm summer night. Following the passionate love story of war-veteran Noah and the innocent Allie, this movie is a tear-jerker and a heart-warmer at the same time.
The story of two young lovers torn apart by war and class politics in the 1940s is as tragic and as touching as it can be, and no matter how many times you watch it, it always brings the waterworks without fail. There is perhaps something timeless about a rich city girl falling in love with a poor country boy, and overcoming all obstacles like war, disease, family obligations and the tension of not knowing whether the same passionate love one has for the other is reciprocated in each.
The story is inspired by real-life events, and the characters are actually based on the author Nicholas Sparks’ parents-in-law. So, take out your tissues, open a box of chips, pour yourself some nice wine, and turn on the film which will take you on an emotionally devastating cinematic journey.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Music, dancing and a bunch of badass girls showing the entire world what they are made up of – do it not sound like a perfect ingredient for a movie you and your pals would love to watch over a slumber party in your jammies? Because it is! This multi-star film has already garnered cult-following amongst fans and has made stars like Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Anna Camp household names across the globe.
The plot follows a group of University students called the Barden Bellas, who perform acapella and are trying to maintain their rich legacy by coming back stronger after a mishap gives them a bad rep in the a-ca-community. Get your hot chocolate and turn on your speakers, because chances are that you will not be able to stop singing with these girls once they take the stage.
Go on an emotional journey with the girls as friendships are lost and regained, trust broken and rebuilt and dreams are forgotten and realized in this story of growing up and coming-of-age – and of course, all the best music from all the best times!
So what are you waiting for? Call your girlfriends over and get your pyjama-jams!
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