10 films for Galentine's Day
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The shops might be filled with red hearts, stuffed toys and declarations of undying love in preparation for the slush-fest tomorrow.
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But we all know the real holiday celebrating the important relationships in your life is today. Galentine's Day originated from a 2010 episode of Parks and Rec, but has become increasingly synonymous with celebrating female friendships in the real world. The idea is that you spend the day with your girl-friends, remembering exactly how incredible they, and you, are.
So with that in mind, we've put together a list of ten films which celebrate friendship in its many forms. Grab your girls, grab the popcorn, and work your way through this list of odes to friendship.
1. Thelma and Louise, 1991
We're going in hard, here, because nothing shows you have your girl's back more than shooting dead her attempted rapist. Whilst we don't advocate murder, even in the heat of the moment, the friendship between Geena Davis and Susan Sarandons' characters in this film sees them through some pretty terrible times. It has been described as a 'neo-feminist road movie', freeing the genre from its traditionally masculine roots. As the film reaches its iconic ending, you'll be pledging undying love for your bestie.
2. John Tucker Must Die, 2006
Another film which celebrates sisters before misters, this is what happens when the player gets played. When Carrie, Heather and Beth find out that the eponymous John has been three-timing them, they team up with new girl Kate to get their revenge. Whilst revenge is a double-edged sword, the film celebrates the girls' friendship over and above any romance, and gives you a few pranks you could use yourself (you know, if that's your thing!).
3. Pitch Perfect, 2012
You might have seen the last instalment in the trilogy recently, but the original is still the best. Women of all shapes, sizes, personalities and oddities are championed here, alongside razor-sharp wit and killer tunes. Sing along with the Bellas on their journey to the National Championships and try not to punch the air in the climactic final scene. And talking of punching the air...
4. Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, 1997
If you're starting to feel a bit nostalgic for high school, Romy and Michele will remind you precisely why you don't stay in touch with more people. Determined to impress their old classmates, they head across country to their ten-year reunion, but petty arguments threaten the foundations of their friendship. I'm not going to spoil the ending, but fear not: it's happy, and reminds you why you chose your oddball friends. With that, and the fact it features an actual Friend in the form of Lisa Kudrow, it's the perfect girls' night film.
5. The Fox and the Hound, 1981
Another cheat here, because not only are Tod and Copper both boys, they're also cartoon canines. That doesn't stop their friendship ripping your heart to shreds and leaving you a soggy mess on the floor. This film shows that you can be best friends forever, even if your lives take you in very different directions, and even if you can never see each other. If Disney ever make a sadder, more adorable film, I'd love/hate to see it.
6. The Breakfast Club, 1985
So the male-to-female ratio is a little imbalanced here, but friendship is still a key part of this cult classic. Accepting everybody has different strengths and weaknesses, realising that the world is against all of us, and working together to stick it to The Man - is there anything more empowering than that? Besides which, the 80s fashion is to die for!
7. Bridesmaids, 2011
Full of reminders of exactly what friendship is about, Bridesmaids captures the somewhat-bizarre experience of being part of a wedding. The bridesmaids come from all sectors of the bride's life, but pull together to not only make the day special but help each other through the general trials and tribulations of life. After all, nothing helps to bond people like food poisoning.
8. Beaches, 1988
The ultimate ode to platonic love, and it stars Bette Midler, which makes it a must-watch. Hillary and C.C. meet as little girls, and their friendship becomes the defining part of their lives, despite betrayals, arguments, marriages and illness. It's one to watch with your very oldest, very best friend, and you'll want to stock up on the tissues beforehand - it's a weepy one!
9. Bend It Like Beckham, 2002
This is all about female-empowerment, regardless of culture. Jess' passion for football is only matched by her friend Jules', and together they work out they can convince Jess' Sikh parents to allow her to play. The two make a winning partnership on the pitch, but life is about more than football. How the two overcome their differences, both cultural and romantic, will remind you how important it is to support each other and help your friends achieve their dreams.
10. Homeward Bound, 1993
Don't let it being about dogs and a cat put you off - the friendship between Shadow, Chance and Sassy is #goals. Instead of fighting like cat and, well, dogs, they band together to find their family and make their way home. With Sassy utilising her hunting skills to feed them and Shadow and Chance using their sensitive noses to lead the way, it's the ultimate example of how everybody's skills are valuable. If these three can make their way across the wilderness of North America relatively unscathed, just think about what you and your friends can achieve together.