POSTED March 10 2014

Nora Ephron defines the difference between chickfick, dickflick & date flick

images-1“In the way that women forget the pain of childbirth, men forget that they cry in movies.” — Nora Ephron

Sleepless in Seattle is on #TCM @ 8pm tonight. Here Ephron defines the difference between a chick movie, a guy movie and a date movie:

How would you define the difference between a chick flick, dick flick and date flick?


  1. Gary Kramer says:

    I think Hollywood marketers are all too keen to label/target audiences along gender lines. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY was a perfect “date movie” because it played to what men and women both want out of a romcom: To laugh.

    I find chick flicks and bromances to be best when they crossover and please all viewers. I LOVE YOU MAN was terrific, and while I didn’t love BRIDESMAIDS everyone else did. However, the trend these days is to push the envelope and get women to behave crudely (see the upcoming NEIGHBORS). I’m not sure this is progress or gender equality.

    • wggmn3 says:

      I would add to your comment: “what men and women both want out of a romcom: To laugh.” – “to laugh”.. to love & to be loved (which can itself be quite funny).. if one can accomplish both of these they’ve probably got a success.. all in all a most concise & articulate comment.. thanks…

  2. I may sound incurious or insincere in my response, but truthfully this is something I never ever think about. Marketing executives aim at macro and micro targets and I guess they think they achieve results. That being said, you know as well as I do what the won-loss average is at motion picture distributors year after year. I wish the terms “bromance” and “chickflick” were never coined. And with no disrespect intended to the talented Ms. Ephron, I don’t think men forget they cry at movies (if they do). That’s just so glib and, frankly, sexist. (Or as I’m being taught to say, it’s a “microaggrssion.”)

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