The Professional Makeover
Been looking to move up at work, or land a great new job? Perhaps you can take a page from the Tess McGill playbook. When her boss tries to screw her over on a big project, Tess decides to go after the deal, man, and respect she deserves. For more inspiration in this realm, don't forget about Dustin Hoffman's gender-bending switcheroo film Tootsie or Sandra Bullock's tough-girl-with-a-heart comedy Miss Congeniality.
The "Get the Guy" Makeover
If you've got love on your mind, but can't seem to catch that special guy's eye, perhaps it's time for a trip to Paris to spice things up. Bonus points if you come back with a beautiful dress, chic haircut, and a new skill like cooking or photography depending on which version of Sabrina you go with. Speaking of a great makeover story with multiple versions, you can always check out the many tellings of Cinderella, because, really, who wouldn't love to have a lady with a wand show up to help you land a prince? The 2015 live-action version is really beautiful and certainly worth a look if you missed it.
The "Get the Girl" Makeover
Crazy, Stupid, Love
If you need some help with the lady in your life, look no further than Crazy, Stupid, Love. When his wife admits she's having an affair, Steve Carrell is devastated and lost until womanizer Ryan Gosling comes along to give the greatest guy-helping-guy makeover in cinematic history. And even though everyone always remembers Sandy's big reveal at the end of the Grease, it's Danny who spends the most time actually trying to change himself for the girl he loves. While his friends are out doing typical T-Bird things, Danny letters in Track and still manages to win at Thunder Road.
The Streets-to-Society Makeover
My Fair Lady
Just because you come from humble beginnings doesn't mean you can't get on in fancier settings; all you need is the right teacher. While Eliza Doolittle had Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady to teach her how to talk, walk, and dress, Julia Roberts gets some help from Hector Elizondo in Pretty Woman. Both women manage to convince everyone around them that they belong there, proving a little shopping trip on Rodeo Drive can be a powerful thing, indeed.
The Life Lesson Makeover
The Devil Wears Prada
Then there are the makeover movies where the biggest lesson is that the character in question really didn't need a makeover after all. In The Devil Wears Prada, Andy Sachs definitely goes from frumpy to fabulous for her job at Runway, but as she alienates her friends and loved ones, she has to decide if her career is worth it after all. In Mean Girls, what starts as an experiment to see what she can learn about the Plastics turns into Lindsay Lohan becoming one herself. And let's not forget Tai's makeover in Clueless to catch Elton's eye when it's Travis she really liked all along.