Female buddy movies: a mini-marathon!

29 October 2013

So Aldine came up with a great recommendation: that I start a mini-marathon of female buddy movies.

Beyond the classic Thelma and Louise (1991), it might be difficult to think of many of these — after all, we know from the Bechdel Test that the vast majority of films can’t be bothered to have two female characters with names who speak to each other, and who speak to each other about something other than men.

This is why the internet was invented: to offer a Wikipedia page called Female Buddy Pictures. So I’m going in search of some of the titles I’ve found there — including the weirdly intriguing Revenge of the Bridesmaids (2010), which is streaming on Netflix. (I hasten to note that the film description and photos online do not promise great things about this one, but I just like the fact that its two main stars are actually Black and Latina. Is that possible?)

DAVID CLAYTON ROGERS, RAVEN-SYMONE, JOANNA GARCIAAnyway, I might have to revisit the film optimis Thelma and Louise along the way, but in general I’m going to look for the overlooked — and imagine my perfect world, in which I run a movie theater that people actually come to, at which I get to hold my own movie marathons. Please join in!

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6 Responses to “Female buddy movies: a mini-marathon!”

  1. Hattie Says:

    I will watch it!

  2. Hattie Says:

    Hey, I started watching it and thought it was quite bright and witty, so I’m going to save it for viewing this evening with my husband. Both of us love revenge fantasies!

    • Didion Says:

      I’ve been under water with work so haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, but I’m delighted that it’s not awful. Hooray!

  3. Orlando Says:

    What was that really, really silly one that had Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and a token brunette? It wasn’t very good, but no worse than many boy buddy flicks. They were gleeful about getting in some gross-out sequences, and there was no mean girl. Yes, the road trip was in pursuit of a man, but the other woman was actually quite nice, and already having doubts about the guy on her own. Always meant to track down that one with Whoopi Goldberg, Mary Louise Parker and Drew Barrymore, too.

    • Didion Says:

      Oooh! I don’t know either one but I’m going to look them up. I do love a light comedy, and examining these films in marathon form does help me understand the world I live in so much more clearly….


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