Whether it is a romantic comedy, or a Disney princess title, everyone has a film that they consider their guilty pleasure. This list is reserved for the films you would watch when you cancel your Saturday night plans to indulge in some much needed 'me' time; where all you want to do is curl up on the sofa with a glass of something alcoholic and an array of snacks and watch a movie. This list is in line with American Airlines presents Empire Live, running from the 23 rd - 25 th of September, at The O2. The new event comes from the world's biggest movie magazine, where you can cheer the blockbusters, relive the classics and discover cult favourites. The Ultimate Guilty Pleasure films are reserved for the kind of movie that you wouldn't admit to watching to your work colleagues, but still hold a firm place as one of your all-time favourites.
The Notebook is quite possibly the ultimate romantic film of our generation. The film begins with the protagonist, Noah, telling his wife Allie (who suffers from dementia) of the turbulent beginning of a relationship, that is seemingly impossible because of the vast distance between, and differing social class of the couple. It transpires at the end of the film that the couple in question is actually Allie and Noah, and everyday Noah tells Allie the story to try and get her to remember their relationship. The soppy plotline makes the film incredibly cheesy (hence the 'guilty pleasure') but we would wager that there won't be a dry eye in the house by the end. This film is perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon, when you just want to curl up on the sofa and have a good cry, or spend two hours drooling over Ryan Gosling.
This relatively recent Disney film hit cinemas in 2013 and became an overnight sensation. For the months that followed, it became impossible to leave the house without seeing little girls dressed up as the main character Elsa or sporting an Olaf backpack. Although the film's natural target audience leans more towards children under the age of thirteen, it has become a guilty pleasure of all age groups as nostalgic comparisons to Elsa and Anna's princess foremothers of Snow White, Belle and Rapunzel are naturally drawn. This film is perfect for when you've had a hard day at the office, and want to reconnect with your childhood. By the next morning the peppy snowman Olaf will have you smiling and humming ' Let It Go' on your way to work. Who cares that the film was aimed at tiny tots?
When this film first came out in 1975, the world didn't quite know what had hit it. A gigantic shark with a taste for human flesh swimming dangerously close to the beach of the popular holiday hotspot: Amity Island. The graphic scenes of the aquatic monster picking off holiday makers one by one was likely to turn even the hardest of stomachs - no matter what age.
However, skip forward thirty years and watching the film is somewhat of a different experience. With the magic of modern CGI, the spluttering blood and terror inducing shark no longer has quite the same 'fear factor' that they once did. Nevertheless the soundtrack has stood the test of time as the two-note score that announces the sharks impending arrival will continue to haunt your dreams and seaside experiences.
Pretty woman is an all-time classic romantic comedy that has stood the test of time. When city slicker Edward finds himself without a date to an important work social event; he manages to convince a prostitute (Vivian) that he picked up on Hollywood Boulevard to play his upper-class, socialite girlfriend for the weekend. The over the top plotline calls for the film to be taken with a pinch of salt, but who doesn't love a Cinderella story!
Mean Girls follows the transition of Cady, a teenager who grew up in Africa who has to make the adjustment from small town girl to American high school life. For girls, this title is not so much guilty pleasure but an annual 'must see movie' to reminisce and re-watch with the girl friends. However for males it's a different story. Although most would own up to watching the film, what they won't say is that they secretly enjoyed it. With sexy Halloween costumes, short tartan skirts and the ultimate Christmas dance-off of all time it's a boy's secret dream!
For more information about American Airlines Presents Empire Live and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.empirelive.com
American Airlines presents Empire Live will run from September 23rd - 25th 2016,
The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX