1. The Babysitter’s Club
Is anyone still not clear on why that one chick felt the need to hide her diabetes from her kind-of-inappropriately-old boyfriend? Like, girl, just bring an apple on your hiking date (?) and we’ll be all cool, at least until you try to get into the teen dance club at the ripe age of thirteen. This movie basically defined growing up in the 90s.
Suggested Snack: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches
2. In Her Shoes
Sisterhood is complicated. Especially when your sister looks like Cameron Diaz and has a habit of stealing your office hookup buddy. This movie is often forgotten, but it is a feel-good film that will have you reaching for your phone so you can text your sister (either to remind her about the time she drunkenly stole your boyfriend or to remind her of your pact to be adorable old people together. Either way.)
Suggested Snack: Jerk Chicken
Everyone on the internet has decided this is the Best Movie Ever, and for good reason. The songs. The animation. The cute snowman that just wants to experience summer. The reversal of traditional Disney story lines. Frozen has it all. It also has a fabulous story of love and sisterhood that sneaks in there, too. You’ll have to hit up the movie theater for this one, though, unless you’re not above pirating a children’s movie. No judgment.
Suggested Snack: Snow cones
4. For a Good Time, Call…
I think every girl, at one point or the other, has always wondered if she could hack it as a phone sex operator. No, just me? Okay, then. Anyway, this movie is really funny and might make you reconsider your frenemey in a whole new light. This movie centers on an unlikely friendship that is forged over fake orgasms and an unorthodox business plan and will make you want to pick up a cute hipster boyfriend who’s addicted to phone sex (but in a sweet way.)
Suggested Snack: Brooklyn lager
5. How to Marry a Millionaire
This movie is amazing. Marilyn Monroe is always a good watch (and dayum can that broad pull off glasses in a way you never will be able to), but Lauren Bacall is clearly the best part of this movie. Those Eyes. That Hair. This movie will remind you that if all else fails, you can always rent a luxury apartment in Manhattan and con a wealthy fellow into marriage. Also, the costumes are ridiculously fun to look at.
Suggested Snack: Burgers and fries (and maybe a martini)
6. Passport to Paris
If your bestie doesn’t appreciate a good Olsen Twin movie when she sees one, you need to cut her out of your life ASAP because you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. This movie is pretty stellar, minus all the obnoxious stereotypes of French people that it perpetuates. (My French teacher actually made us turn this off when we played it during French club, she was so insulted.) The point is, though, that the Olsen Twins were a staple of your adolescence, so you owe it to them to appreciate that wacky moped montage at least one more time. Also, any Olsen Twin movie will force you to remember (in sheer horror) which one of the love interests you pined after when you watched it the first time.
Suggested Snack: Escargot, but only if you push it away in xenophobic disgust like the Olsens did in the film
This movie will make you realize how incredibly boring your preteen years were, but in a “Thank God I didn’t huff in my bedroom and give blowjobs in store dressing rooms” kind of way. This movie is a weird trip down memory lane, because you’ll be reminded about the time you watched this movie at 4:00 in the morning on HBO because your mother wouldn’t actually let you see it.
Suggested Snack: Whatever the hell was in that gross dude’s Voodoo juice that the girls drank on the street (nasty)
8. Bend It Like Beckham
If you want your best friendship with a side of kick-ass sports scenes, pop this one in. Jules and Jess form a friendship over the great sport of football (it’s British, people!). Meanwhile, Jess’ family is trying to find a balance between raising their children traditionally while allowing them to take advantage of the opportunities England has to offer. Not only does this movie show a great female friendship, but it also features the always sexy Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, whose beautiful Irish eyes are not to be missed.
Suggested Snack: Beans on toast
9. The Lizzie McGuire Movie/Monte Carlo
I think we can all agree that Monte Carlo was pretty much an exact rip-off of the much better Lizzie McGuire movie (um, hello, Gordo wins every time). So really, the best thing to do this Valentines Day would be to watch both of these movies and then have a debate on what kind of shade Hillary Duff threw at Selena Gomez after the release of Monte Carlo. My inner gossip secretly hopes she sent flowers with a card that read “Monte Carlo was really cute, hun, but I think it might have been better when it was set in Italy. XOXO HIL”
Suggested Snack: Fettuccini Alfredo (I refuse to suggest a snack for the knock-off)
10. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
This movie made me want to buy a hat worthy of the Kentucky Derby, move to the Deep South and dedicate my life to the consumption of alcoholic iced teas. If you’re not willing to make that kind of life change, though, you can just, you know, watch this movie. Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood will make you nostalgic for that foursome of girls you made a vaguely cultish pact with in the middle of the woods during summer vacation. If you don’t want to make a blood pact with your sisters after this movie, you’re a bad feminist, or something.
Suggested Snack: Bloody Marys
11. Now & Then
This movie is everything you wished your summer vacations were, growing up. There’s a murder mystery. An intriguing neighbor boy love story, Brendan Fraiser as a hippie Vietnam vet. Plus, a killer soundtrack. Every girl that watches this movie connects to one of the characters (get at me, Roberta), so it’s basically the original Sex & The City, complete with a voice-over narration but minus the egregiously unrealistic wardrobe.
Suggested Snack: Four black cows. That’s a dollar five, boys.
Also commonly looked over, Waitress is an indie comedy that stars that chick from Felicity. A wife to a pretty terrible dude and a waitress in a pie shop, Jenna’s life changes when she finds out she got pregnant that one time she got drunk and accidentally slept with her husband. Though this story starts off pretty bleak, I promise the ending is worth it. This film is quirky without being annoying and also will get the song “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake stuck in your head for days. Also, old Joe is the most adorable grumpy old man that ever lived.
Suggested Snack: Baby Screaming Its Head Off in the Middle of the Night and Ruining My Life Pie.
13. Legally Blonde
Okay, you’ve probably seen this one about a million times, but you’ll remember why you loved this one so much when you give it a re-watch. Just ignore the obvious holes in the plot and you’ll be fine; I mean, in what world would a first year law student work on a high profile celebrity homicide case?! Legally Blonde is great because it makes you question your pre-teen taste and Reese Witherspoon’s career, but in a fun, light-hearted way.
Suggested Snack: Daiquiris with a side of young Luke Wilson
14. Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants
There’s nothing else to say about this movie, other than “It’s so awful, it’s good.” My all-girls’ school made the entire sophomore class watch this one day in the auditorium and there was so much estrogen in the air, you could choke on it.
Suggested Snack: Baklava and the tears of a completely predictable cancer storyline