February 8, 2019

Girl’s Night In – Movie Edition

Sometimes a girl just needs a night in, ammiright?  I love to break out a bottle of rose, invite my besties over and turn on a classic rom com. There are so many great ones to choose from, but these ones hold a special place in my too-small heart.  This list is in no particular order, because it would definitely change depending on my mood.

My Chick Flicks Hit List

Pretty Woman

Glamorizing prostitution may not fly in today’s current social climate, but let’s look past that and just enjoy Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in this modern classic. Does anyone wear a gray suit QUITE as well as Edward Lewis? (A fair argument could be made for Danny Ocean, but that’s an entirely different blog post) And who doesn’t sometimes dream of the perfect boyfriend spending an obscene amount of money on a Rodeo Drive shopping spree? And let’s not forget the amazing date on the private jet with the red dress and the diamond necklace. I’m swooning just thinking about it. But nothing will ever compare to the final scene when you hear the opera music start as Edward turns onto Princess Vivian’s street. Sigh.  It’s the best.

Gal Pal Rating:

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Sleepless in Seattle

To me, this will always be a Christmas movie, which is super weird because the movie’s pivotal scene takes place during Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s because I will forever have the line “And, up next: Jingle Bells…BACKWARDS!” engrained in my brain? However you want to classify it, it’s still an opportunity to fall in love with the chemistry between Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. You spend the entire movie JUST KNOWING they are perfect for each other…if only they would meet. And when they finally do, it’s just MAGIC.

Gal Pal Rating:

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Sixteen Candles

Two Words: Jake Ryan. Has there ever been a more iconic high school dream guy? He has withstood the test of time and the final scene will forever live in infamy as THE BEST scene in an 80’s high school movie. Period. (And this is where all the Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink fans are gonna come @me. Stop. Jake Ryan. Church. Red Porsche. I win. )

Gal Pal Rating:

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Never Been Kissed

I spent about a decade of my life feeling like a Josie Grossie and Drew Barrymore makes me relive every single minute of that most awkward time. But, it somehow feels okay because she gets a crack at a high school do-over and comes to terms with her insecurities. And she ends up with her dream guy. I think it’s what Barrymore does best: relatable and endearing and I am so here for it.

Gal Pal Rating:

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Crazy Rich Asians

This is obviously the newest movie to make the cut, but I think it totally deserves a spot. I read the book years ago, but the movie made me fall deeper in love with the characters than I could have ever thought. I love that Nick’s mother wasn’t a “villain”, but instead just a protective mother (okay, maybe slightly villainous). I love that Rachel drove the narrative of her relationship with Nick and didn’t wait for a guy to make the decision. Yasss for #girlpower. But, not gonna lie, I have seen the movie maybe five or six times and the airplane scene makes me cry.  Every. Single. Time.

Gal Pal Rating:

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Sweet Home Alabama

I have to admit, this one has grown on me over the years. I liked it when I first saw it, but I didn’t LOVE it. I think because this was the first Reese Witherspoon movie I saw after Legally Blonde and Elle Woods was just THAT good. But, in true Melanie Smooter fashion, it has worked its way into my heart and now it’s totally on my favs list. Maybe it’s Jake? Maybe it’s the perfect bird cage veil she wears at her southern wedding? Is it the baby in the bar? Not entirely sure, but I know when I see it playing on a random weekend, I’m there!

Gal Pal Rating:

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Crazy, Stupid Love

The first time I saw this movie, I was in love. I love, love, loved the way each of the individual stories weaved together and painted a bigger picture. I had no idea that this was the genius and hallmark of Dan Fogelman, who would go on to use the same type of storytelling in This Is Us, I just knew that I liked it. I also knew that I liked Ryan Gosling in a suit. But the scene that stole my heart (and everyone else’s) was the Dirty Dancing scene in the rain. Emma Stone had me at “Seriously???? It’s like you’re Photoshopped.” Smart, quirky girls everywhere just realized that they COULD get the hot guy and I was sold.

Gal Pal Rating:

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Okay, did I remind you of a movie that you need to rewatch immediately? Or which of your favorites did I miss? Let me know in the comments below.


Thanks for reading and sharing.

XO, Christi


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  1. Veronica

    February 22nd, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Ame cada pelicula, pero sin lugar a dudas falto, “El diario de Noah”

  2. Olivia

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Love this post! Some of my favorites on here. So perfect for a movie night – girls night or just a solo night with a bottle of wine! I literally want to be your friend.

  3. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    I love friends! Welcome to my girl gang!

  4. Susan

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    How about Richard Gere and Jlo in Shall we Dance? I am a crazy Gere fan, have you seen it? If not please do you won’t regret it. There is another great actress in it, that l won’t name in case you haven’t seen it, it can be a surprise. Let me know.

  5. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    I havent seen it, but will definitely watch! Thanks for the recommendation

  6. Dana

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Love these movies,but I also love Urban Cowboy,Fried Green Tomatoes,and Ghost.

  7. Dana

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:06 am

    I love these but I also love Dirty Dancing,Urban Cowboy and Fried Green Tomatoes.

  8. Dana Lail

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:08 am

    First of all Congrats on the blog,it’s
    amazzzzing!I also like Urban Cowboy,
    Dirty Dancing,and
    Fried Green Tomatoes

  9. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Hi Dana,
    Thank you and I LOVE those movies, too! I remember how scandalous Dirty Dancing was it came out. And I forgot about An Officer and a Gentleman, too!! UGH, great one!

  10. Isabela

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:40 am

    13 going on 30 was always my favorite! Congrats on the blog!!!!

  11. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:45 am

    That’s another great one! Clearly, I’m going to need to do a Part 2!

  12. Gurkirat

    February 23rd, 2019 at 10:24 am

    I’ve been a big fan of you and Chloe since the beginning of dance moms to now. Love you guys!

    A super sweet movie that somehow managed to make someone like me cry (lol) is Love, Simon. It’s a cute comic of age/coming out story filled with love, heartbreak and betrayal!
    Definitely would recommend it!

  13. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Gurkirat, I have been DYING to see Love, Simon and just haven’t had a chance yet. Thank you so much for the recommendation and the kind words! Looking forward to building a gret community here! XO, Christi

  14. Kathryn

    February 23rd, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Christi! You have to add Steal Magnolias! Also, I’m so glad you’re doing this blog! Ive been a fan of yours and Chloe’s for years. Im 31 and getting married this November. Reading your blog is getting advice from the big sister I’ve never had. I love it. How about tips on keeping a fresh marriage?


  15. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Steel Magnolias is EPIC!!!! I just rewatched it a few month ago and I forgot how much I loved it AND as a . mom, I had a new compassion for M’Lynn. Hmmm, let me think of the best advice I have and I will share. In the meanwhile, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Xo, Christi

  16. Maddie

    March 4th, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Crazy, Stupid Love is one of my faves!! And Crazy Rich Asians made me bawl!

  17. clukasiak

    March 4th, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Maddie! You obvious have EXCELLENT taste! Lol. XO, Christi

  18. Emily

    March 6th, 2019 at 1:20 am

    13 going on 30 that movie is soooo good

  19. clukasiak

    March 6th, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Honestly, I am not 100% sure if I have ever seen it! I know, I know! I have homework!!!! XO, Christi

  20. Trudi Broschat

    March 6th, 2019 at 5:36 am

    I love the ones in your blog, plus the extras ones that others have suggested… definitely need a part two! How about The Proposal? I LOVE that movie!!
    Trudi from Colorado

  21. clukasiak

    March 8th, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Yes, that’s a GREAT one! Okay, adding Part Two to my list! Xo, Christi

  22. Georgia

    March 6th, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Have you seen Bad Moms? It’s so funny- I would definitely recommend it.

  23. clukasiak

    March 8th, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I have seen Bad Moms and loved it! Thanks for reminding me about it!! XO, Christi

  24. Sarah

    March 7th, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    One of my absolute favorites is You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan. Years after Sleepless in Seattle their on-screen chemistry still just works effortlessly. I could watch that movie over & over again, it never gets old. I also am still a fan of The Notebook, another one I will never get tired of watching. For a classic rom com I always enjoyed Houseboat with Cary Grant & Sophia Loren- it’s great!

  25. clukasiak

    March 8th, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I love You’ve Got Mail, Sarah! I was hesitant to include two Tom and meg movies on the same list. Funny story: when Clara watched it, she was SO confused about the dial up internet service. Kids these days….Xo, Christi

  26. Cucfan

    March 10th, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Beautiful photo of Maggie. I love that she is included in your blog & all the beautiful photos.

  27. clukasiak

    March 10th, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    thanks and of course! Maggie is an important Lukasiak! XO, Christi

  28. Sophie

    March 14th, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Dirty Dancing (Aside from any Disney/Harry Potter film) is one of my absolute favourites, I’ve loved it since I was really young, can’t go wrong!

    I absolutely loved My Sister’s Keeper (Also the first book I ever cried at) that’s great if you need one that pulls your heartstrings.

    There are so many to choose from! I love reading your blog, it makes me want to get mine going again. And as a fellow cake enthusiast as soon as I saw the name I knew I’d love it! 😊 xx

  29. clukasiak

    March 27th, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Hi Sophie, LOVE LOVE LOVE Dirty Dancing, too! Great one that I forgot. Thanks for the sweet words and you should totally get your blog going again! Please let me know if you do, I would love to check it out. Xo, Christi

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