It’s Chick Flick March Madness!

Two women watching a movie

Two women watching a sad movie

I can’t remember a time in my life before this story. My husband would probably agree.

Nearly six months ago I tossed out the idea that, in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, I should put together a similar 64-team bracket using chick flicks instead of college basketball teams as a fun way to determine the best chick flick ever.

(Chick flicks is the slang term to describe movies that include girly things such as falling in love, Julie Andrews singing, or Julie Andrews singing about falling in love. They are my favorite movies.)

As is the case with most conversations in the features department, colleague Rachel Sauer and I disagreed on the topic, until, inevitably, she agreed to help with the project.

For the past several months, Rachel and I have spent what feels like every free moment of our waking lives watching chick flicks to compile and seed the most competitive, comprehensive and, perhaps, controversial field of chick flicks.

Knowing the genre is too large to limit to 64, Rachel and I established strict criteria to thin the field: the flick must be about a man and woman falling in love and getting together happily in the end.

In other words, “Romeo and Juliet” is out because, SPOILER, they kill themselves.

We immediately put together a list of 20 movies that were no-brainers. (Chick Flick equivalents to Duke and Kansas.)

From there, Rachel and I compiled a list of movies one of us had seen but the other hadn’t, and a companion list of movies neither of us had seen but wanted to, ensuring the 64 movies we picked were most worthy.

Much like the NCAA brackets this project is modeled after, where teams from schools you’ve never heard of make it, some of our selections may confuse you. Some may anger you. Heck, I hadn’t heard of some of these until this project.

Rest assured, we did our homework, and, hopefully, produced a 64-team field that will make you smile, maybe laugh, and possibly cry. Enjoy this mission to determine the best chick flick ever. It was our labor of love.


To participate, fill out the Chick Flick March Madness bracket on pages 12 and 13 and mail it to The Daily Sentinel c/o Out & About, 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO 81501, or drop it by our offices with a nice “hello” to those at the front desk.

Completed brackets must be received at The Daily Sentinel by March 22. Each bracket will be entered in a drawing and the winner chosen randomly because, unlike the NCAA Tournament, there are no right and wrong answers in chick flicks.

As incentive to fill out a bracket, completed brackets will be entered in a drawing for a prize package (Oooo! There are movie gift cards in this package, among other items). Our Chick Flick March Madness winner will be announced in the April 5 Out & About along with our bracket winner. It’s also the same week the NCAA crowns its 2013 champion.

Only original brackets are eligible for the drawing, but enter as many times as you like. Back issues are for sale for 75 cents at our offices. Make sure to include your contact information with the bracket.

Here’s the point where you go, “Ugh. Why can’t we do it online? It’s 2013.”

To which we say, “Valid point, but it’d be more authentic to the genre to kick it old school and use communication methods from some of our favorite movies: mail and human interaction.”

(There’s no way Cary Grant is sending us a PDF bracket in his pjs. He’s in a suit or tux and delivering it to our doorstep. Probably with flowers.)

We’ll keep a tally of how our picks stack up against yours as we update the bracket weekly until our champion is unveiled.

Enjoy! We look forward to hearing from you!


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