7 Female Fronted Comedies

I think it’s one of the most common and seemingly innocuous myths about women; they’re not funny.

Now you can disagree with me on this, but I think that the accusation that women aren’t funny is really just a veiled way of saying women aren’t smart. Comedy – excuse me, most comedy – requires some brains to pull off. Fortunately, the idea that women aren’t funny is just baseless. Here’s just seven reasons why:

Bridesmaids (2011)

Did you know that Bridesmaids has a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Did you know that Bridesmaids is the top-grossing Judd Apatow comedy to date, beating out such films as Anchorman, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Knocked Up, Superbad, Walk Hard, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, and Anchorman 2? Did you know that Melissa McCarthy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Bridesmaids, an awards show that consistently ignores comedies?

If you haven’t seen Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph as best friends in Bridesmaids, you’re missing out.

The Heat (2013)

The Heat isn’t original in premise – it’s pretty straightforwardly a buddy cop comedy. Uptight FBI Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) gets paired with the unpredictable but passionate Boston police officer Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy). They’re complete opposites and can barely get along at first, but eventually become friends as they work to take down a drug ring. AND IT’S HILARIOUS. (The Heat is my personal favorite out of the movies on this list!)

Baby Mama (2008)

In between killin’ it as Weekend Update hosts and killin’ it as Golden Globes hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler starred in Baby Mama. Baby Mama relies on the hilarity that can only ensue from two completely opposite personalities being pushed together; Fey is an orderly business woman looking for a surrogate, and Poehler is the trashy, uneducated answer to her prayers.

Mean Girls (2004)

I will fight anyone who says that Mean Girls is not well on its way to achieving cult status, at least within my generation. If you’re in your teens or twenties, you’ve either seen Mean Girls, or you’re met with scandal when you admit you haven’t. Lindsay Lohan might be off the map now, but Mean Girls was her at the top of her game. The sheer number of classic quotes that this one movie produced is pretty remarkable. You’d be hard pressed to find another movie that’s made such an indelible mark on pop culture.

Legally Blonde (2001)

Legally Blonde is well on its way to becoming a classic movie. Completely held up by Reese Witherspoon as the incomparable Elle Woods, Legally Blonde is really a case of more than meets the eye. It’s easy to dismiss the film as being an inane story about a stupid sorority girl, but you’d be wrong to do so. Legally Blonde is about the underdog, and in this case the underdog just happens to have a tiny dog and rock a lot of pink.

Legally Blonde [Robert  Luketic, 2001]Legally Blonde [Robert  Luketic, 2001]

Easy A (2010)

Paying homage to both The Scarlet Letter and 80s teen comedies, Easy A features Emma Stone in the lead as Olive Penderghast. A high school-set story features Olive as she cultivates a promiscuous reputation (despite not having slept with anybody).

Pitch Perfect (2012)

Starring Anna Kendrick but with an ensemble cast of mostly women, Pitch Perfect is the second highest grossing music comedy film (the first being School of Rock). The movie follows an all-girl a capella group, the Barden Bellas, in their quest to win the national competition. While everyone shines in the film, Rebel Wilson definitely steals the show as Fat Amy.

Honorable mentions:

  • Juno (2007)
  • Miss Congeniality (2000)
  • Clueless (1995)
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