Chick flick bracket offers lots of surprises

Dear readers,

Seriously, we cherish you.


Melinda Mawdsley and Rachel Sauer

It’s time for the contenders to separate themselves from the pretenders. It’s Round 2 time.

However, you, the readers, aren’t ready to definitively proclaim one contender over any other in our Chick Flick March Madness bracket challenge. Rachel and I chalk that up as proof people are attached to their favorite chick flicks. It doesn’t matter what critics, or siblings, say. More on that later.

Just as was the case in Round 1, every single movie from the original 64-team bracket received at least one vote in Round 2.

(For a recap of Round 1, click here.)

Rachel and I continue to be fascinated with the unpredictability of these brackets. For example, just when we think a participant prefers older, classic chick flicks such as 1934’s “It Happened One Night” she — or he, yes, we have received brackets from men — surprised us and picked 1987 comedy “Overboard,” which, although funny and charming, won’t go down as a classic.

At this point, we can’t tell what you think is the best chick flick of all time.

What we can tell you after two weeks of this challenge is: we are thankful for all our submissions and for those who took the time to include notes, sharing your thoughts on this bracket.

For example, Carol, Pam, Penny and Shannon submitted a bracket together, calling themselves the “Chick Flick Divas.” Shannon attached an orange note that read, “My best girlfriends and I had a great time filling this out.”

It could be argued no one had more fun with this bracket than Geri, 78, and her 80-year-old sister, who went to Il Bistro Italiano to “do” lunch and fill this out. It took a while, but they persevered with more coffee and dessert, according to Geri’s note. They did not agree on the winner.

Although the deadline to submit entries for our prize drawing of movie gift cards and a gift basket from Seasons to Follow is Friday, March 22, Rachel and I will continue to count votes and update how you voted. The championship unveiling will be in the April 5 Out & About.

To read how Rachel and I voted in these brackets, as well as our general thoughts about this project, go to our free Breakfast for Dinner blog.

The Sweet Sixteen, or Round 3, is next week, and picking between the remaining movies only gets more difficult.

Round 2 results are based on percentage of votes received by Wednesday, March 20, with a preview of Round 3. These percentages are based on how the winner did versus the other three movies it was up against in the Round of 32. Not every reader filled out an entire bracket.

■ (1)“The Sound of Music” — 74 percent vs. (4) “You’ve Got Mail” — 45 percent.

■ (3) “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” — 61 percent vs. (2) “Pride & Prejudice” — 59 percent

■ (1) “Dirty Dancing” — 71 percent vs. (13) “Overboard” — 43 percent.

■ (3) “A Room with a View” — 40 percent vs. (2) “When Harry Met Sally” — 69 percent.

(Note: “Twilight” had 38 percent in the same group as “A Room with a View.”)

■ (1) “Sleepless in Seattle” — 79 percent vs. (12) “Moonstruck” — 50 percent.

■ (6) “My Fair Lady” — 72 percent vs. (2) “Pretty Woman” — 78 percent.

■ (8) “The Princess Bride” — 42 percent vs. (4) “Hope Floats” — 49 percent.

(Note: “The Princess Bride” beat “An Affair to Remember” by .0052 percentage points. Yeah. It was close.)

■ (3) “The Notebook” — 64 percent vs. (2) “Beauty and the Beast” — 44 percent.


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