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Meredith Holt, Published May 20 2012

SheSays reporter shares her favorite ‘chick flicks’

Most of my favorite movies involve car chases, explosions, robots, Spandex and plot twists.

Some, however, fall into the love ’em or hate ’em “chick flicks” category. Here are my favorites:

“Bridesmaids” (2011). Kristen Wiig’s Oscar-nominated take on female friendship and bridal-party duties ushered in a new era of the “chick flick” – the ruder, cruder (more realistic!) chick flick. Bring it on.

“27 Dresses” (2008). Katherine Heigl, the reigning queen of chick flicks (sorry, Sandy), can be either charming or grating. In “27 Dresses,” in which Heigl stars as the perpetual bridesmaid, she’s the former. Plus: James Marsden and “Benny and the Jets.”

“Sex and the City” (2008). The first big-screen adventures of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha has everything: an overdone wedding, a Mr. Big no-show, a girls’ getaway to Mexico. The sequel was awful.

“Beerfest” (2006). (just kidding – but I did think it was kinda funny)

“Mean Girls” (2004). I think we all knew a high school clique like “The Plastics.” The superficial, self-centered, conniving Regina George is every teenage girl’s nightmare (unless you ARE her).

“The Notebook” (2004). Fine, I admit it, I love “The Notebook.” (Who doesn’t?)

“Down With Love” (2003). Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger are perfectly cast as a playboy journalist and a feminist self-help author. Fast-paced banter, witty musical numbers and early 1960s tailoring.

“Legally Blonde” (2001). Within Reese Witherspoon’s super-ditz lies an inspiring go-getter, and I’ve watched her bloom on screen dozens of times. The talented Jennifer Coolidge is hilarious as her love-struck manicurist friend.

“Moulin Rouge” (2001). Baz Luhrmann swept me away with his magical Bohemian tale the first time I saw it in an art-house movie theater in Brunswick, Maine, as a high school senior. The sad poet-courtesan love story still gives me butterflies. Excellent soundtrack.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Meredith Holt at (701) 241-5590