For some unknown reason, most girls have some kind of aversion to watching manly movies. Likewise, we manly men are fatally allergic to chick flicks — especially if it involves wedding escapades and teary sex scenes. Forget spending one more night watching Bride Wars or Miss Congeniality 5 and instead try convincing your favorite lady to watch one of your movies for once. Having trouble getting her to hand over the remote? Here are five ways to get her reconsider.
1. If she’s reasonable, there’s always the “I watched 13 going on 30, now you have to watch Rambo with me.” Of course, there’s drawbacks to the reciprocity approach. Even if you kept your criticisms to yourself while watching her movies, she’s likely to point out how “unrealistic” it is that Rambo can “dispose of the entire Vietnamese army from the seat of a helicopter.”
2. There are some girls out there who enjoy action movies — they realize they’ll get some eye candy. Consider 300 — at first this movie seems like something she’d never consider. The first time you watched it (or any other time), you probably didn’t pay too much attention to the fact that Gerard Butler and company were only wearing spandex and a cape. It’s kind of like every actress in a chick flick wearing only a bra and panties throughout the movie…hmmm.
3. If you can think of an action movie that’s so bad, it’s funny, then there’s a good chance she’ll enjoy laughing at it with you. If she likes comedy (most mentally healthy people do), this movie is just that. Try a B-movie you’ve never heard of, or a ripoff of a widely known blockbuster. You’re kind of meeting on middle ground with this one — and this compromise might make a good segway to a good action movie next time.
4. A name is everything. Studies show that girls are 73% more likely to watch one of your movies if it has a notable actor/actress in it. Okay so the data isn’t that concrete, but it’s true. Even if you or I find a unique premise to be worth a watch despite no-name actors, it’ll be hard to convince her that this experiment is worth her time (see #3). Just because Jack Nicholson is in it may not mean the movie is automatically good, but it does give it better chances.
5. Try to pick a movie without too much gore. Gore may add visual interest to a movie for you, but will likely be plain disgusting for her. Although it makes sense for blood to gush when limbs are severed with a samurai sword, it isn’t necessary unless you’re Quentin Tarantino. If you’ve never seen the movie and don’t know what to expect on the gore-o-meter, have a look at the rating. PG-13 and below tend not to have excessive amounts.