Happy Galentine’s Day! Ideas, quotes, and what to watch with your friends

Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae at The 77th Annual Peabody Awards
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What is Galentine’s Day?

Galentine’s Day is a holiday observed on February 13th––the day before Valentine’s Day.

“Galentine” is defined by Dictionary.com as a holiday intended to “celebrate platonic friendships, especially among women.”

We have a cult-favorite TV show to thank for the holiday’s popularity. Galentine’s Day blew up after Parks and Recreation aired an episode during its second season in 2010. Here’s what Leslie Knope had to say about Galentine’s Day:

“What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrate ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Regardless of your relationship status or gender identity, Galentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate and appreciate your friendships.

Galentine’s Day Ideas: virtual watch parties

This year, it may not be possible to kick it “breakfast style” like Leslie Knope and her lady friends.

That’s why we’re here to bring you Galentine’s Day ideas that can be celebrated with friends near and far: virtual watch parties!

Below are 15 recommendations on what to watch, including some of the best chick flicks (on Netflix and other streaming sites), inspiring friendship movies, binge-worthy shows, and a few sentimental romantic comedy movies worth a rewatch. Each recommendation comes with a matching snack to enjoy virtually or together if they are a part of your bubble!

What To Watch: Now and Then

What To Eat: Your favorite sugary candy, or Twinkies

The 1995 coming-of-age chick flick Now and Then starring Christina Ricci, Rosie O’Donnell, Thora Birch, and Demi Moore is such a sentimental, feel-good movie to watch on Galentine’s Day. Refinery29’s film critic Anne Cohen described the film as an “unsung classic [that] brilliantly understands the dynamics of female friendships.” Pair the film with your favorite sugary candy to pay tribute to “Sugar, Sugar,” the song by the Archies that plays while the girls are painting the garage door, or follow Chrissy’s lead and treat yourself to some cotton candy Twinkies, reportedly returning to stores this month!

What To Watch: Mermaids

What To Eat: Appetizers and finger food

Christina Ricci made her film debut in this 1990 chick flick starring mega pop star Cher and Winona Ryder. Set in a picturesque Massachusetts town in the 1960s, Cher plays the unconventional mother of Ricci and Ryder. This warm and witty film just makes you want to be a part of this little family and survive on a diet of appetizers. Snack on your favorite finger food––think crudité, pinwheels, pigs-in-a-blanket, or even your own take on the interesting marshmallow and candy skewers shown in the last scene before the credits roll––while watching this film, often considered one of the best chick flicks of its time. This classic chick flick is available to rent on select sites, and we think it’s worth a couple of bucks!

What To Watch: Insecure

What To Eat: Hard-shell tacos

Issa Rae writes and stars in this hit HBO series that follows her character Issa Dee’s friendship with Molly Carter, played by Yvonne Orji. With four seasons, you can have an all-day binge or set up a recurring friend date to watch it together. Why hard-shell tacos? Other than the fact that the entire series is set in taco-obsessed Los Angeles, Rae reportedly favors Taco Bell’s hard-shell tacos when it comes to fast food. All seasons are available to watch on HBO Max.

What To Watch: Firefly Lane

What To Eat: Donuts

Firefly Lane is a new Netflix TV series that follows two best friends, Tully Hart (played by Katherine Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (played by Sarah Chalke), from their teens all the way to their forties. Treat yourself to some donuts––preferably Krispy Kreme––which is the only thing Heigl’s character claims to want after midnight in a scene in the first episode (we promise we won’t give any more spoilers). You can watch this chick flick series on Netflix.

What To Watch: Waiting To Exhale

What To Eat: Leftovers

Waiting To Exhale follows four single friends who are all trying to find the right man. The 1995 chick flick stars Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. While this rom-com uses some now-dated tropes, it tells a story that shows how your friends will always be there for you, even when your romantic partner isn’t who you expect. Keep it simple by feasting on leftovers, inspired by a popular scene from Loretta Devine’s character Gloria Matthews highlighted in the film’s trailer. You can buy or rent this chick flick on YouTube.

What To Watch: Broad City

What To Eat: Bagel Bites

This comedy series follows two twenty-something best friends, Abbi (played by Abbi Jacobsen) and Ilana (played by Ilana Glazer) on their adventures through New York City. The show teaches many life lessons, including the importance of friendship. The snack recommendation is a nod to the scene where Abbi’s unofficial roommate Bevers makes her Bagel Bites as an apology for “inappropriately using the common area,” as Bon Appetit politely describes in their food-centric interview with the show’s co-stars and creators. The entire series is available to watch on Hulu. If you only have time for one or two episodes, we recommend Season 2: Episode 3 or Season 4: Episode 1.

What To Watch: Crossroads

What To Eat: Pepsi, berries, and chocolate cake

Britney Spears, Taryn Manning, Zoe Saldana star in this 2002 chick flick that is basically a feature-length Britney Spears video (#FreeBritney). The three childhood best friends drift apart through high school but reconnect on graduation night when they unearth the time capsule they buried as kids. The trio ends up taking a road trip from Georgia to California. Sip on some Pepsi (because Britney Spears will always be the face of Pepsi) and munch on berries and chocolate cake––just like the girls did while bonding over room service in a luxe hotel one night while on the road. This chick flick may be hard to find online, but it’s worth the search for all of the nostalgic feels!

What To Watch: Shrill

What To Eat: Whatever you want

This Hulu TV series follows Annie (played by SNL star Aidy Bryant), “a fat young woman who wants to change her life––but not her body.” We particularly love her friendship with roommate Fran (Lolly Adefope) that feels so relatable. We’re keeping the snack recommendation open to honor Annie’s character growth throughout the first season where she learns to embrace eating whatever she wants, no diet needed.

What To Watch: Pen15

What To Eat: Cheetos

Pen15 is a show that wonderfully captures the awkwardness of being in middle school in the year 2000. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play 13-year-old versions of themselves while surrounded by actual 13-year-olds. As someone who went to middle school in the 2000s, the show hits close to home in the best possible way. Snack on some Cheetos to transport yourself to the pool party scene in the first episode of the second season.

What To Watch: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

What To Eat: Greek food

Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, and Amber Tamblyn star in this 2005 movie based on the book series by Ann Brashares. The film follows four best friends about to spend their first summer apart. They make a pact to share a pair of “magic” pants that fits each one of them perfectly. Pair this friendship movie with some Greek food to transport yourself to Greece, just like Bledel’s character Lena. You can watch this chick flick––plus a bunch more romantic comedy movies like My Big Fat Greek Wedding––on HBO Max.

What To Watch: The Florida Project

What To Eat: Citrus fruits, or your favorite diner food

The Florida Project follows 6-year-old Moonee adventuring around with her two best friends while staying with her mother in an extended-stay motel near Disney World. Throughout the film, the motel’s manager (played by William Dafoe, who received many awards for his performance) tries to protect the kids from the harsh reality of the world. Snack on some tangerines to pay tribute to writer/director Sean Baker’s other critically acclaimed film Tangerine, or treat yourself to some take-out from your favorite diner, just like Moonee does with her mom in one of the scenes. The film is available to watch on Netflix.

What To Watch: Beaches

What To Eat: Cake icing or an assortment of cheeses with bread

This 1989 movie starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey is such a great story about a lifetime friendship. You can watch the entire movie for free on Youtube and the comments section shows just how much people love the story over 30 years later. One commenter said that “Movies like this, they just reach your heart and crush it in the most wonderful way.” We have another Youtube commenter Hollerin’ Anne’s to thank for the snack recommendation, which she includes in her Beaches “watching kit,” along with a box of tissues.

What To Watch: Real Housewives (any season in any city)

What To Eat: Brunch (any dish)

If you could use something mindless, pick any season/city of Bravo’s Real Housewives and indulge in some pure reality TV escapism. Pair your reality binge with a brunch dish of your choice––or pick the brunch dish of your favorite Real Housewives character. Most seasons are available to watch on Hulu or Youtube TV.

What To Watch: Ghost World

What To Eat: Buttery popcorn

Scarlet Johansson and Thora Birch star in this cult-favorite 2001 movie based on a graphic novel (view stills from the movie here). Rebecca (played by Johansson) and Enid (played by Birch) are best friends who consider themselves social outcasts who can’t relate with anyone else their age. Fresh out of high school, their only plan for the future is to get jobs and become roommates. Pair this dark comedy (with some buttery movie theater popcorn to pay homage to Enid’s job at the local movie theater. This dark version of the classic high school chick flick is available to stream online on Pluto TV.

What To Watch: Mean Girls

What To Eat: Anything with butter or carbs

Last but certainly not least, host a virtual watch party of Mean Girls starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Tina Fey and eat anything except those “illegal” Kälteen bars. You can rent this *classic* chick flick on YouTube

8 Galentine’s Day quotes from movies and TV shows 

We’re continuing the celebration with Galentine’s Day quotes from chick flicks, romantic comedy movies, and TV series with female leads.

“Thomas Wolfe once said you can’t go home again. Well, that’s great for old Tom. But he wasn’t a chick who made a pact with her friends when she was twelve to get together whenever any one of them needed each other. So here I am driving back to my childhood home in Indiana, a place I can tell you I never wanted to see again.” – Christina Ricci as Samantha in Now and Then

“Girlfriend, here’s to peace of mind and all the happiness your heart and hand can hold cause Lord knows you deserve it.” – Bernadine (Angela Bassett) to Gloria (Loretta Devine)in Waiting To Exhale

“All we have is now, and right now we have each other.” – Britney Spears as Lucy Wagner in Crossroads

“You’re so wise. And pretty. And wise.”-  Lolly Adefope as Fran, drunkenly speaking to BFF Annie in Season 1: Episode 2 of Shrill

“You are my actual rainbow gel pen in a sea of blue and black writing utensils.” – Anna (Anna Konkle) to BFF Maya (Maya Erskine) in Pen15 

“It would be easy to say that the pants changed everything that summer. But looking back now I feel like our lives changed because they had to, and that the real magic of the pants was in bearing witness to all of this and in somehow holding us together when it felt like nothing would ever be the same again.” – America Ferrera as Carmen in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

“You’re not dead yet: so stop living as if you are!” – Bette Midler as CC Bloom in Beaches

“Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn’t make you any smarter. And ruining Regina George’s life definitely didn’t make me any happier. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you.” – Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron in Mean Girls

Just like Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day to be romantic, Galentine’s Day isn’t the only day to watch chick flicks and celebrate your friendships. 

Use Galentine’s Day as a reminder to honor your friendships all year long––whether you send a monthly calendar invite to virtually watch a rom-com together, plan to Facetime each other while recapping the latest episode of The Bachelor, or hop on the phone for a walk around the neighborhood––what’s matters most is making time for your friendships.

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