Memorable and Great
'Chick Flicks'

Part 7

Memorable and Great "Chick" Flicks
Film Title/Year, Tagline(s) and Memorable Quote(s)

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

"You know, after you leave here I'm gonna have to go on sitting here for the rest of my life, and wonder what happened to me ... if anything happened at all. And I'm gonna have to wonder if you're gonna be sitting in some housewife's kitchen in Romania or somewhere ... and telling her about your world of good friends, and you'll secretly include me in that group....More eggs, or shall we just f--k on the linoleum one last time?...No, you're not gonna be made to feel anything, period ... because you have carved out this little part for yourself in the world, where you get to be a voyeur and a hermit and a lover whenever you feel like it ... and the rest of us are supposed to feel incredibly grateful for this brief moment that you've touched us ... Go to hell! It isn't human not to be lonely, and it isn't human not to be afraid! You're a hypocrite and you're a phony!...Oh! Don't you see? ... I just, oh Robert, don't you see? I just have to know the truth, huh? ... I just have to know the truth, because if I don't, I'll go crazy. So just tell me, either way. Because I can't act like this is enough because it has to be. And I can't pretend not to feel what I feel because it's over tomorrow."

"Robert leaned over as if to get something from the glove box. Eight days ago he'd done that, and his arm had brushed across my leg. A week ago, I'd been in Des Moines buying a new dress...'Oh no.' The words were inside of me, 'I was wrong, Robert. I was wrong to stay, but I can't go. Let me tell you again why I can't go.Tell me again why I should go. I heard his voice coming back to me: 'This kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime.'"

"I realized love won't obey our expectations. Its mystery is pure and absolute. What Robert and I had could not continue if we were together. What Richard and I shared would vanish if we were apart. But how I wanted to share this. How would our lives have changed if I had? Could anyone else have seen the beauty of it?"

"And in that moment, everything I knew to be true about myself up until then was gone. I was acting like another woman, yet I was more myself than ever before."

Clueless (1995)

Sex. Clothes. Popularity. Is there a problem here?

"Sometimes you have to show a little skin. This reminds boys of being naked, and then they think of sex."

"I know what you mean, but at least it's exercise. I feel like such a heifer. I had two bowls of Special K, 3 pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, 5 peanut butter M&M's and like 3 pieces of licorice."

"So, OK, like right now, for example, the Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all 'What about the strain on our resources?' But it's like when I had this garden party for my father's birthday, right? I said R.S.V.P. because it was a sit-down dinner. But people came that, like, did not R.S.V.P. So I was, like, totally buggin'. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier! And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty."

Forget Paris (1995)

A comedy about love... after marriage.

"Marriages don't work when one partner is happy and the other is miserable. They only work when both are miserable."

How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

There's beauty in the patterns of life.

"Sometimes love simply dies."

-- "All right. Let me ask you this. If you were to choose between marrying a lover and marrying a friend, who would you choose?
- "I would marry my soul mate."

"Why can't we love as many people as we want in our life time? Monogamy is really a very unnatural state that's been forced on us for centuries by screwed up religious leaders who are completely out of touch with their own sexuality. You know what I mean?"

-- "I never liked full moons. They give people an excuse to do foolish things."
-- "I'm young. I'm supposed to do foolish things."

"Young lovers seek perfection. Old lovers learn the art of sewing shreds together and of seeing beauty in a multiplicity of patches."

Now and Then (1995)

A summer when four friends made a promise to return anytime they needed each other. Twenty years later, that time has come.
In every woman there is the girl she left behind.

-- "How big are you boobs now?...Then, can we see them?"
-- "No, you can't see them."
-- " I don't have any real ones yet."
-- "Well, you'll get them and you'll hate them."
-- "No, you're lucky, Roberta. Men love them when they're big. Look how big mine are today (She holds out her falsie chest, made of balloons filled with pudding)...They're filled with pudding....Pudding has a heavier, more realistic texture."...
-- "Have you ever been French kissed?"
-- "Are you kidding? I don't want to get pregnant."
-- "You can't get pregnant from kissing."
-- "I know that beetle brain. But, it's common knowledge, if you tongue kiss a boy, he automatically thinks you'll do the deed with him. They can't help it. They're driven. It's the male curse...You know. Planting the seed and watering the flower. Isn't that how it works? The man takes his watering can and sprinkles it on the flower? (laughter)

(During spying on skinny-dipping boys)
-- "Oh, my God...I saw his penis...And the balls..."
-- "Great, now I'm the only one that hasn't seen Scott's thing. It'll be the topic of conversation for the rest of the summer. You're forcing me to look."
-- "Chrissy. Nobody's forcing you to do anything."
-- "Okay, I'll look. But I want to make this perfectly clear. I am looking under protest...(She takes a look) It's not very big. (laughter) What's so funny?"
-- "It's only big when the guy has a hard on..."
-- "And when that happens, they get -- (gesturing two feet) -- this big."
-- "...What's a hard-on?"
-- "Doesn't your mother tell you anything?"
-- "I'm beginning to think she's been misinformed."

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Lose your heart and come to your senses.

-- "I do not attempt to deny that I think very highly of him - that I greatly esteem him... I like him."
-- "Esteem him? Like him? Use those insipid words again and I shall leave the room this instant."

"The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man who I can truly love."

"I've come here with no expectations, only to profess now that I am at liberty to do so that my heart is, and always will be, yours."

Waiting to Exhale (1995)

Friends are the people who let you be yourself... and never let you forget it.

"You know what, the more I think about it, the more I look at you, you look like the scum of the f--king earth."

-- "I'm leaving you for her."
-- "You wait a minute. I give you eleven f--king years of my life and you're telling me you're leaving me for a white woman?"
-- "Would it help if she was black?"
-- "No. It would help if you were black."

"Y'all always complaining about how nobody don't want your ass, don't nobody know how to treat ya! Then you meet a man, a brother, with genuine interest in ya, and you gotta act simple. Then you wonder why we date white women."

"I don't know why I always pick the wrong men to fall in love with. My weakness is pretty boys with big sticks.''

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

A story about love at second sight.

"First, I remember being with my daddy. He would get these far-off looks in his eye and he would say: 'Life doesn't always turn out the way you plan'. I just wish I'd realized at the time he was talking about my life."

"Well, the first time I saw him he didn't exactly give me the world. It was a dollar fifty train token, but I looked forward to it every single day. He started coming to my booth between 8:01 and 8:15 every morning, Monday through Friday. And he was just Prince Charming. Well, we've never actually spoken, but I know someday we will. I know it. I just know it, and I know that someday I will find a way to introduce myself and even that's gonna be perfect, just like my Prince."

"Uhm, what I really came here to tell you was that, uhm, I didn't mean for this to happen. I-I don't know what to do. I mean, if you were awake, I wouldn't be in this mess. Oh God, not that I'm blaming you. I'm sorry. It's just that, you know, when I was a kid, I always imagined what I would be like or where I would be or what I would have when I got older. And you know, it was normal stuff. You know, I'd have a house and a family and things like that. It's not that I'm complaining or anything, 'cause, you know, I have a cat. I have an apartment. Uhm, I have sole possession of a remote control. That's very important. It's just that I've never met anybody that I could laugh with. Do you believe in love at first sight? Ah, I'll bet you don't care about that. You're too sensible for that. Or have you ever like, seen somebody and you knew that if only that person really knew you, they would, well, would, of course, dump the perfect model that they were with and realize that you were the one that they wanted to just grow old with? Have you ever fallen in love with somebody you haven't even talked to? Have you ever been so alone you spend the night confusing a man in a coma?"

Beautiful Girls (1996)

good times never seemed so good

"You wanna know what your problem is? MTV, Playboy, and Madison f--king Avenue. Yes. Let me explain something to you, OK? Girls with big tits have big asses, girls with little tits have little asses. That's the way it goes. God doesn't f--k around, he's a fair guy. He gave the fatties big, beautiful tits and the skinnies little, tiny niddlers. It's not my rule. If you don't like it, call them... Oh, guys, look what we have here. (She picked up and looked at a Penthouse Magazine) Look at this, your favorite. Oh, you like that?...Yeah, that's nice, right? Well, it doesn't exist, OK. Look at the hair. The hair is long, it's flowing, it's like a river. Well, it's a f--kin' weave, OK? And the tits, please! I could hang my overcoat on them. Tits, by design, were invented to be suckled by babies. Yes, they're purely functional. These are silicon city. And look, my favorite, the shaved pubis. Pubic hair being so unruly and all. Very key.

This is a mockery, this is a sham, this is bulls--t. Implants, collagen, plastic, capped teeth, the fat sucked out, the hair extended, the nose fixed, the bush shaved...These are not real women, all right? They're beauty freaks. And they make all us normal women with our wrinkles, our puckered boobs - hi Bob - our cellulite, feel somehow inadequate. Well, I don't buy it, all right? But you f--kin' mooks, you think if there's a chance in hell that you'll end up with one of these women, you don't give us real women anything approaching a commitment. It's pathetic. I don't know what you think you're gonna do. You're gonna end up eighty-years old, drooling in some nursing home, then you're gonna decide, it's time to settle down, get married, have kids? What, are you gonna find a cheerleader?...

Look at Paul. With his models on the wall, his dog named Elle McPherson. He's insane. He's obsessed. You're all obsessed. If you had an ounce of self-esteem, of self-worth, of self-confidence, you would realize that as trite as it may sound, beauty is truly skin-deep. And you know what, if you ever did hook one of those girls, I guarantee you'd be sick of her... No matter how perfect the nipple, how supple the thigh, unless there's some other s--t going on in the relationship besides the physical, it's gonna get old, OK? And you guys, as a gender, have got to get a grip. Otherwise, the future of the human race is in jeopardy."

The English Patient (1996)

In love, there are no boundaries.
In memory, love lives forever.

-- "When were you most happy?"
-- "Now."
-- "When were you least happy?"
-- "Now."
-- "
What do you love?"
-- "What do I love?"
-- "Say everything."
-- "Let's see. Water, with fish in it. Hedgehogs, I love hedgehogs... Marmite...Baths, but not with other people! Islands. Your handwriting. I could go on all day."
-- "Go on all day."
-- "A husband."
-- "What do you hate most?"
-- "A lie. What do you hate most?"
-- "Ownership. Being owned. When you leave, you should forget me."

Katharine Clifton: "Promise me you'll come back for me."
Almásy: "I promise, I'll come back for you. I promise, I'll never leave you."

The First Wives Club (1996)

Don't get mad. Get everything.

-- "All right. We are all bound together now and forever by friendship and love."
-- "And jewelry!"
-- " And we are always, always going to be there for each other...Here we go! And for the rest of our lives."

-- "When women get to be a certain age."
-- "Bye bye love. Hello pop-tarts."
-- "That's right, baby. It's a holocaust."

"Ladies, you have to be strong and independent, and remember...Don't get mad, get everything."

-- "OK, we women of the 90s. What is it that we really, really need?"
-- "You know, Brenda, you are never going to change."
-- "And I hope not. I hope none of us ever change. I hope we always stay the same. Tired and happy."
-- "And maybe a little bit brave."
-- "Brave? You mean 'BRAVE'"
-- "Huh? Like, what do you mean?"
-- (singing) "'You Don't Own Me'"

Memorable and Great "Chick" Flicks (chronological, and illustrated)
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