Science Fiction encapsulates so many kinds of films. Anything from a speculative future where technology has advanced far beyond its current state (and we’ve created super epic pancake-making robots), to the idea of close encounters of the adorable ET alien kind, to alternative futures where monkeys rule the land instead of humans, to dystopian or post-apocalyptic futures where we’ve destroyed the planet and must find a way to survive using our ingenuity. As a lover of science fiction, it can be hard for me to pitch it to some of my friends. A lot of my girlfriends, who loves romantic films and your typical chick flick, aren’t really fans of science fiction (not that I don’t know a lot of women who DO)… so this is my guide to science fiction for the girly girl who would choose a Nicholas Sparks flick over Star Wars any day.
The Stepford Wives
The Premise: A workaholic television executive (Nicole Kidman) loses her job, and chooses to start a new life with her husband and 2 kids in the quaint town of Stepford Connecticut. It’s more like a creepy Pleasantville though, and for some reason all of the wives look like supermodel 50’s housewives, and are perfectly obedient to their husbands: doing whatever cooking, or cleaning, or sexing they might need. It’s creepy for sure – especially for women.
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: You’ll love Bette Midler’s hilariously bitchy author character, the ridiculously stereotypical behavior of the “perfect woman” aka the Stepford Wives, and the horror of imagining “What if this happened to me!?”
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Premise: Joel and Clementine (Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet) start out in a fresh and exciting relationship, but it eventually gets stale and falls apart after a couple of years. After a bad break up, Clementine goes to the doctor to have her memory erased. I’m sure that’s a technology we could all wish for sometimes. Upset, Joel decided to the same thing, because he can’t deal with the pain of the heartbreak. They end up reconnecting in the future after some strange circumstances.
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: An emotional roller coaster that has such realness to it. The ups and down of the romance will be so familiar to anyone whose ever been in a relationship. The characters are clever and so genuine. Chicks, you’re going to LOVE Clementine. The sequences involving the loss of Joel’s memory are so dream-like and beautiful. And, it’s a tear jerker at the end, for sure. OH, and a great soundtrack.
The Premise: In a world where humans do not physically age beyond 25, but instead have to “buy time” to stay alive beyond 25, time has literally become money. Cup of coffee? 2 minutes. Nice car? 4 months. How long you stay alive kind of depends on how influential/rich you are, leaving the poor people to die much sooner than everyone else. Good ole’ JT comes in to save the day, getting all Robin Hood on this corrupt world. He robs time banks to give time to the poor, falls in love with Amanda Seyfried, and does the whole high speed car chase thing. My hero!
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: 2 words… Justin Timberlake.
The Premise: John Travolta plays your all-American average dude… a car mechanic from a small town. Leaving the bar on his birthday one night, he sees what appears to be a shooting star, which turns into a large flash of light and loud bang, knocking him off his feet. Tada! Superpowers. He’s a super genius with telekinesis – but he’s still a man, capable of love. The debate rages as to whether or not the light was a UFO or aliens, and just how the heck will he win the heart of the women he loves even with his big fat brain. And of course, the truth of it all is revealed at the end. Grab the tissues, guys. Q___Q
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: The build up of the romantic plot is tense, awkward, and ultimately worth it. The superpowers are gifted to such a sweet and nice guy, whom you’ll totally adore. You will probably bawl your eyes out at the end if you’re a human. Chick flick lovers just love a good cry.
The Lake House
The Premise: Kate and Alex (Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves) live in the same house at different times. The house is ridiculously cool, made mostly of glass, and yeah, it’s on a lake – it’s an architect’s dream! Kate and Alex end up sending each other love letters… but, oh, cruel world! – somehow, they are 2 years apart in time. Trippy, but romantic. I just love star-crossed lovers in space and time.
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: As the story unravels, you will be rooting for these lovers to find each other in time. It’s such a crazy puzzle, how the whole thing unravels. Very very interesting, even captivating! Oh yeah, and I cried my freaking eyes out.
The Premise: Basically… two planets orbit extremely close to each other, but have opposite gravity. These planets are not only divided by having opposite gravity, but are also different “class systems” – long story short, one is upper class, and one is lower class. On these two planets live Adam and Eden (Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst) and wouldn’t you know it – they happen to fall in love with each other. Enter the sad plot twist. When one person goes to the other’s planet, the gravity from their home planet still affects them, so they can’t really be together. It’s like Isaac Newton’s Romeo and Juliet. I can’t even imagine how the sex would work.
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: It’s really mind-bending to see how they film this movie, to make it so there’s 2 gravitational pulls, so visually you’ll love it. You’ll love Kirsten Dunst’s reverse gravity martini. I know I want one. You’ll also love the fight for romance against the cruel pull of gravity. OH GRAVITY, you heartless bitch.
Let Me In (Let the Right One In)
The Premise: A boy lives with his mother, and is kind of a lonely little weirdo. He’s bullied at school, doesn’t really have a father figure, or any friends for that matter. A new girl moves into the apartment complex that he lives in, but she’s kind of weird. Surprise! She’s a vampire. He begins to care about her deeply, and wants to keep her happy… by getting her blood. It’s adorable, tragic, and bloody.
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: What won’t people do for love? The sad story of this female vampire, who is ageless, and the tragic love the boy feels for a girl who will outlive him and every other boy ever… and yeah, she also drinks blood. It’s just too cute and too macabre for words.
The 5th Element
The Premise: A sci-fi classic, Korben (Bruce Willis) is a cab driver in an awesome and exciting vision of future NYC. He accidentally comes into contact with a most powerful cosmic weapon, Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) who kind of is the only one who can save the entire universe. He wants to save her from the evil aliens trying to kill her, and of course, they fall in love too. Intergalactic love, and hijinks ensue!
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: Multipass. Leeloo is hilarious when trying to fit in with the regular world! And of course, the relationship/chemistry between her and Korben is fantastic.
The Premise: In Tim’s family, all males can time travel. So of course, Tim, who just turned 21, tries tinkering with his life to make it awesome. It’s sort of like a well-written version of the Butterfly Effect. Tim has a few hilarious mishaps, and a few tear-jerking moments with his family. On a serious note, this movie gave me a new found appreciation for life (deep, right?) and made me want to live each day to the fullest, since we only have so many of those. This movie come HIGHLY recommended. It was worth every moment. So go watch it now. Time’s a-wasting!
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: Tim’s dunderhead efforts in love and life are hilarious, and relatable. The romance will tug at every chick flick lover’s heart strings. The end of the movie, with Tim’s dad, will completely destroy you, in a good way.
I’d love to see your recommendations for sci-fi movies a chick flick lover would love, so leave me a comment, or let me know what you think about my choices!