In the view of’s Sam Cleveland, 2009 was “the year the ‘chick flick’ smartened up…rounded female characters showed up in everything from straight-out Oscar bait to rock ’em-sock ’em horror flicks, while some of the best films of the year centered around women and their distinct set of needs and challenges.” The September Issue, 500 Days of Summer, Drag Me to Hell, Whip it, Coco Before Chanel, Julia and Julie, An Education, etc.