Ratings Explained

The following is intended to explain each category in the ratings diagram.


Elements of a movie that guys can relate to or understand. A “guy-friendly” movie will contain themes that most guys have dealt with or experienced, or are interested in. A movie with a high rating in the guy-friendly category will contain minimal singing and/or dancing. There will be very few scenes with people crying, or emotional dialogues. A guy-friendly movie may feature some kind of journey, or adventure. The rating is generated relative to other chick flicks, not all films. Example: A guy-friendly rating of 8 would indicate a movie that is very “guy-friendly” when compared to the average chick flick. The same movie, scored as 8, might not be considered guy friendly when compared to… “The Terminator”, or “Reign of Fire”. For reference, The Terminator = robots traveling in time to assassinate people. Reign of Fire = Guys with beard and muscles fighting dragons.


This rating category is relatively straightforward. A film with a highly emotional theme, or several emotion driven scenes or dramatic interactions may be uncomfortable (or boring) for male viewers. The emotional factor is not necessarily a negative rating. The context of the emotion is not described by this category (rational vs. irrational, shallow vs. profound). An emotional movie may still have a high overall rating, or even a moderately high guy-friendly rating depending on the type of emotion, the situation/context, etc.


The entertaining rating describes simply if the movie is interesting or boring. This may be determined by the theme, the plot, the directing, or the acting of the movie. This rating is intended to reflect how interesting/entertaining the movie will be for the “average” guy, however the category is inherently subjective (i.e. how entertaining “I think” the movie is). This category is intended to help the viewer avoid being stuck in a movie theatre for 2 hours, that will feel like 6 hours. Note: a movie with a low “entertaining” rating may be a good choice in certain situations. For example, a very boring movie can be a great time to catch a nap.


This category is primarily designed to assist in selection of an appropriate/bearable romantic comedy (“rom-com”). A high number of chick flicks that fall in the romantic comedy category are really, really bad. I mean horrible. Even that abbreviation (rom-com) is horrible. The purpose of this category is to help determine if a movie will be bearable, and to highlight the very few that are actually funny. Movies that are not intended to be funny (“non-rom-com”) may have high ratings in other categories.


This category is helpful because there is a large number of chick-flicks that have particularly bad endings. In some cases, the movie will end abruptly with no resolution. In other movies, there is an unrealistic resolution that solves each and every problem miraculously in the last three minutes. In the worst cases, the ending will involve several unbearable minutes of narrated reflection: a girl who has lost her true love to cancer/accident/separation contemplating the lessons she has learned as she sits at a window overlooking a beach. This category may also function as a warning in the case of relatively good movies that have particularly lame, emotional, or unrealistic endings.


The other categories serve to describe the content of each movie that is rated. The overall rating accounts for each of those factors, as well as aspects of the movie that are not accounted for in the various categories. The description of the movie will assist in explanation of the overall rating. An effort is made to be as objective as possible in the scoring of each movie. For clarification of the intended audience, a note may be added in the description: “You will like this if you are a teenager, but not if you are over 30.” or “If you have been through a divorce, it might be funny.”

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