Female driven comedies have been served in limited quantities by the Hollywood studios. There ain’t no doubt on that. Recent big hits like Bridesmaids and The Heat have however brought on a sort of mini-revolution in this category, or so I would like to hope. The year of 2015 has quite a strong line-up of female comedy flicks, an unprecedented thing to see, but is it a one-off thing or is this the beginning of a growing acceptance that female comedians can tickle our funny bones too, we will know only a few years down the line. As for now, do keep an eye out on these upcoming female comedies, a few of which should certainly turn out to be gems in the comedy genre.
Hot Pursuit starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara
Hot Pursuit has just landed at the theatres in North America. The story of a cop (Witherspoon) and a mob’s boss (Vergara) who are on the run from the law has not found many favourable reviews, but comic flicks are not usually to the liking of critics. The movie is directed by a woman too, Anne Fletcher, who has had success in the past with Step Up and The Proposal.
Ride starring Helen Hunt
Ride has been written, directed and stars the ever adorable Helen Hunt. It is the story of a mother who travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer.
Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wiig
The star of Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig, is one of the front-runners contributing to the changing landscape of female comedies. In Welcome to Me, Wiig plays a mental patient who wins a huge lottery and then uses that money to buy her own talk show. The movie is also directed by a woman, Shira Piven.
Pitch Perfect 2 starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson
Pitch Perfect 2 is going to be all about girl power as its predecessor, the sleeper hit of 2012, turned out to be. I love the movie’s tagline – “We’re back, Pitches”. The other big thing about this movie is that it will mark the directorial debut of actress Elizabeth Banks. The movie is set for a release next weekend in North America.
Spy starring Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy has become the poster child of female comedies ever since she shone in Bridesmaids. She re-teams with director Paul Feig (who also directed The Heat) again for this spy comedy film in which she plays a desk-bound CIA analyst who gets a chance to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer. The movie also stars Jude Law, Jason Statham and Rose Byrne. It seems like an assured hit!
The Bronze starring Melissa Rauch and Haley Lu Richardson
The Bronze has been written by Melissa Rauch (who maybe more recognizable as Bernadette from the TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory) along with her husband. The movie is about a foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist (Melissa Rauch) who must fight for her local celebrity status when a new young athlete’s (Haley Lu Richardson) star rises in town.
Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer
Director Judd Apatow knows a thing or two about comedies, but this would be the first time he would shoot one with a female as the protagonist. Trainwreck follows a journalist (Amy Schumer) who doesn’t believe in monogamy until she falls for the subject of her magazine article. The writing credits for the film also go to Amy Schumer.
Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep can pretty much do anything on screen. In Ricki and the Flash we will get to see her as a rock-and-roll artist who decides to return home and make things right with her family. A bit of music, a bit of comedy, and a bit of drama, this movie will have it all.
Grandma starring Lily Tomlin and Julia Garner
The premise of this movie comes across as a drama flick, but it is actually a comedy. It follows a day-long journey of a misanthropic lady (Lily Tomlin) and her young granddaughter (Julia Garner) when the latter ends up at her grandmother’s doorstep. The movie is directed by Paul Weitz who has worked on comedies in the past, like American Pie, About a Boy and Little Fockers.
Sleeping with Other People starring Alison Brie
Sleeping with Other People has been written and directed by Leslye Headland who made her directorial debut in movies in 2012 with Bachelorette. Sleeping with Other People is the story of a womanizer (Jason Sudeikis) and a serial cheater (Alison Brie) who form a platonic relationship which will help them reform.
Sisters starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
One of the leading brand ambassadors for female comedies, Tina Fey and Amy Poelher, will play siblings in the comedy flick Sisters in which they decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. The story has been written by Paula Pell who has been a regular contributor for Saturday Night Live. It is being directed by Jason Moore who was the man behind the first Pitch Perfect.
Hoping for such a strong line-up in the coming years too!