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Netflix movies for girls' night

Posted: September 7, 2014 11:58 a.m.
Updated: September 7, 2014 11:51 a.m.
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Josh Duhamel and Noah Lomax in Safe Haven (2013)

 

GIRLYVILLE — Nothing completes an evening with your girlfriends like a good old chick flick. With Netflix, it gets even better now that you don’t even have to leave the house. So break out the popcorn, nail polish and PJ’s and pick any of these five feminine movies that are perfect for a girls’ night in.

Safe Haven

All of the Nicholas Sparks stories are filled with cheese and predictability, but “Safe Haven” still delivers an intriguing story of an unexpected romance.

In an attempt to escape from dark secrets, Katie runs off to a small town to start over. Over time Katie learns to trust and love again with the help of a young and attractive widower, but also discovers that she can’t outrun her past.

There is some language and one mild scene of sexuality. The PG-13 rating is probably more due to violence, as a man gets shot, along with instances of domestic violence.

Julianne Hough is surprisingly a better actress than she appeared to be in “Footloose,“ and Josh Duhamel never disappoints. If you are looking for a lighthearted story of love, look no further than “Safe Haven.”

“Safe Haven” is 73 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 14+ on OK.com.

13 Going on 30

No matter what age you are, “13 Going on 30” has something you will love. This girl’s unusual coming of age story is as heart-warming as it is full of silly surprises.

All teenage Jenna wants is to grow up, and when she makes a wish on her 13th birthday, that is exactly what she gets. Next thing she knows, Jenna wakes up as a gorgeous, successful, 30-year-old woman.

“13 Going on 30” is one of Jennifer Garner‘s best movies. There are endless retro references, as well as a pretty impressive rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the dance floor.

“13 Going on 30” is 81 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 13+ on OK.com.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Becoming a parent is different for everyone, and it’s definitely an adventure. This comedy approaches impending parenthood with a lot of humor and a touch of sweetness.

Tackling adoption, infertility, miscarriage, unexpected pregnancy and conceiving easily, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” has relatable characters, even with the exaggerated humor. It also shows a couple of fathers’ perspectives on what it means to be a parent.

There are plenty of laughs to keep you entertained until you reach the touching ending of the movie. Overall, this movie is about how families are made and the joy babies bring into our lives.

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is 60 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 15+ on OK.com.

Steel Magnolias

If you pick “Steel Magnolias” for your next evening of chick flicks, make sure you remember to get the tissues ready, because you’ve never seen a more loyal group of gal pals.

The movie revolves around a beauty parlor owned by Truvy (Dolly Parton), and features an all-star cast of leading ladies. It will have you laughing and crying as these women tackle weddings, hair disasters, broken hearts and funerals.

Through thick and thin, the women in “Steel Magnolias” support each other no matter what life throws their way. Covering a multitude of loves and losses, “Steel Magnolias” celebrates the bond between women everywhere.

“Steel Magnolias” is 100 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 10+ on OK.com.

Riding in Cars with Boys

Most chick flicks have about the same plot. Girl meets boy, then they fall in love and live happily ever after. It’s a tale we watch over and over again. But what happens when things don’t end with happily ever after?

The true story of Beverly Donofrio, “Riding in Cars with Boys” is not your average chick flick. Beverly, played by Drew Barrymore, is a single mother and aspiring writer whose life did not go as planned. In fact, it might have turned out better.

There is a lot of profanity in the movie, and the implied sexuality is handled in a lighter, more humorous way. If you and your girlfriends are looking for a feel-good flick, this is definitely the one.

“Riding in Cars with Boys” is 100 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 14+ on OK.com.

EMAIL: sarah@ok.com

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