Some people would laugh at you if they knew how much you actually enjoyed these movies, but we’re not here to judge. In fact, we’re here to enjoy them along with you. These guilty pleasures are immensely entertaining and we should make no apologies for liking them. So watch them to your heart’s content!
1. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
After re-watching this “re-imagining” of Dirty Dancing on Netflix recently, it holds up as total guilty pleasure material. It stars Romola Garai and Diego Luna in a forbidden love story that includes steamy Latin dancing, pre-Mad Men appearances by John Slattery and January Jones, and a modern soundtrack (even though the movie takes place in the ‘50s). Can’t beat that.
2. 27 Dresses
Remember when Katherine Heigl was still Hollywood’s golden girl? This movie represented her rom-com peak. Even though it left us with many questions (How is a woman as beautiful as Heigl so hopelessly single? How does she afford that humongous NYC apartment on an assistant’s salary?), we can’t help being utterly charmed by it.
3. Definitely, Maybe
We’re definitely, maybe a little ashamed to love this movie so much. But it’s like three romantic comedies in one! Ryan Reynolds tells his young daughter about the three major loves in his life (played by Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz and Isla Fisher), and at the end you find out which one he ends up with. It’s wonderful.
4. Magic Mike
“Pleasure” is the operative word here. What other movie allows you to shamelessly ogle a stripped down Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello all at once? This may be a guilty pleasure, but we’re only a tiny bit guilty about it.
5. 21 Jump Street
Why did we find this movie so funny? The humor should have been beneath us. But we laughed – a lot – at Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as undercover cops pretending to be high schoolers. We clearly weren’t alone, because the movie did get a sequel after all.
If Taken is on, we must watch. It’s required. Sure, it’s a totally ridiculous and over-the-top action flick, but Liam Neeson is somehow believable as a highly trained operative who’ll stop at nothing to rescue his daughter. It’s pretty much a classic at this point.
Christina Aguilera’s first (and probably last) movie. This can be categorized under “so bad it’s good.” You can’t deny Cher’s divalicious presence, or the beyond-catchy soundtrack. Bonus: Kristen Bell as a sassy burlesque mean girl.
8. The Proposal
Romantic comedy plots are always somewhat outlandish, but this one’s a doozy. A demanding boss forces her employee to pretend they’re engaged so she won’t get deported to Canada. (He probably should have reported her to HR.) Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds not only make this watchable, they make it pretty darn enjoyable, too.
9. The Fast and the Furious
Come on, you know you’ve seen at least one of these movies. You probably can’t recall the plot, but you’ve definitely seen one. They’re completely mindless and that’s why they’re fun.
10. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
You can’t deny the entertainment factor of this popcorn action flick. Nor can you deny the chemistry between Brad and Angelina. Pretty obvious they were going to end up together in real life. Bonus appearance by Kerry Washington in her pre-Scandal days.
11. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
As a full-grown adult, it’s perfectly acceptable to say you love Disney/Pixar movies. But sometimes we like other animated movies, and we’re not ashamed to say it. This one has food puns galore and great voice work by Bill Hader.
12. Love Actually
We dare you to convince us that you don’t watch this movie every holiday season. Because we’re pretty sure you do. Except now when you watch it you’re all like, “OMG, it’s Rick from The Walking Dead!”
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