Why Chick-Flicks are Insidious
There is nothing more insidious than a chick-flick. Many, if not most chick-flicks have the same overriding theme: Boy meets girls. Boy and girl like each other. Boy and girl face challenges, usually causing them turmoil and a break-up. Boy and girl reconcile and live happily ever after.
If you have been down the path of love in your life, you can obviously see the bologna fantasy that Hollywood sells consumers every few weeks at the box office. Love will conquer all! Just fall in love, and the rest of your life will be nothing short of ecstasy, kinda like hearing an orchestra play while you are resting on a soft cloud!
These films create false expectations. If you believe in “happily ever after”, there is a good chance you are on Prozac or need to be. The first time we kiss someone or realize that we are in love is ecstatic! There is nothing like it. But those moments do not last, unbeknownst to Hollywood.
Love is the greatest thing on earth. There is no doubt about that. But love is a long-term commitment to tolerate his penchant to fart in public, her ability to nag you in public, his controlling mother, her protective father, his inability to feel, her inability to listen… et cetera.
There is no such thing as “happily ever after”. Love certainly makes life more rewarding, but it comes with challenges and takes patience. Chick-flicks are not only as delusional as the existence of Freddy Krueger, they are equally as damaging to our collective psyche. And I would contend that the popularity of chick-flicks contributes to our skyrocketing divorce rate when people realize that being in love is not quite the way Hollywood portrays it. For once, I would love to see another 30 minutes tacked on to the end of the movie that fast-forwards 10 years into the lives of our angels who fell in love and lived happily ever after. It wouldn’t sell, but at least it would be honest.