Galentine’s Day has arrived, which means it’s time to celebrate friendship with those close to you.
What exactly is Galentine’s Day? It’s “only the best day of the year!” says one iconic sitcom character. Galentine’s Day, which occurs the day before Valentine’s Day and was inspired by an episode of the popular workplace comedy “Parks and Recreation,” embodies the spirit of Valentine’s Day — but instead of lavishing mushiness and affection on your lover, you lavish it on your best gals.
There are many ways to celebrate Galentine’s Day (which you can read about here), but no celebration is complete without watching a TV show or movie about friendship.
Here are some movie suggestions for Galentine’s Day:
- Galentine’s Day episode of ‘Parks and Recreation’ (2010)
Of course, mandatory viewing has to be the source of the pop culture holiday. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) celebrates Valentine’s Day with a group of her girlfriends at a local diner in “Parks and Recreation” Season 2, Episode 16.
Knope lays out the pillars of a proper Galentine’s in the episode:
Keep your boyfriends and husbands at home.
Breakfast style kick it (i.e. grab waffles or pancakes at a local spot)
Ladies should celebrate ladies.
‘Bridesmaids’ 2 (2011)
The 2011 film “Bridesmaids,” perhaps the ultimate comedy about female friendship, will have you and your besties laughing at the antics of an iconic female ensemble that includes Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, and others.
‘Girls Trip’ (2017)
What could be more Galentine’s than a group of female friends going on a crazy adventure? “Girls Trip,” a 2017 film starring Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and others, will inspire you to plan a wild vacay with your besties for next year’s celebration.
‘Mean Girls’ 4 (2004)
Girls can, indeed, be cruel. But, in the end, “Mean Girls,” a 2004 comedy starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert, is about women deciding to lift each other up rather than tear each other down. What could be more Galentine’s Day-y than that?
‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,’ no. 5 (2005)
Friendship bracelets are out. Cryptic pants are in. A pair of jeans that somehow magically fits all of the women in a friend group, despite their different sizes, is what keeps each of the besties connected as they drift down different life paths in the 2005 film “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” starring America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel.
‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’, no. 6 (2023)
In an increasingly polarised society, there is one thing that many women can agree on: shirtless Channing Tatum. “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” which premiered on February 9 and grossed $8.2 million in its first weekend in North American theatres, recasts Tatum as Mike, a retired male stripper who assists a socialite played by Salma Hayek in producing a stage play. (You can read our 12 out of 4 review of the film here.)