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Hangover Producers to Do Female-Led Comedy: Business Trip


Just like pretty much everyone else in the country, I loved The Hangover. It's a great, funny, raunchy comedy with some talented and hilarious actors. It did, however, recharge my wish for a similarly funny movie that features a group of women instead of men. Today, there's hope for just that: Universal has picked up a comedy titled Business Trip which will follow "a group of women who go on a corporate trip but wind up doing anything but business while on company time." Production company Benderspink (one of the companies behind The Hangover) will also produce, and I love this: the woman who wrote the screenplay conceived the idea with two other women from Benderspink after going on recent business trips.

If you could cast, say, four women to be in this comedy, who would you choose? Some of my favorite comedic ladies these days include Isla Fischer, Tina Fey, Kristen Chenoweth and Mindy Kaling, to name just a few off the top of my head. I don't know if that would be my final answer, but those four would be pretty amusing together.

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moonbebe moonbebe 6 years
Jane Lynch! I'm happy to see that I'm not alone in my wish to see her in something like this. It would be fantastic! I'm of a mind though to have most of the cast be relatively unknown actresses as well... I'm ready to see someone new and not the same people that we keep seeing over and over. I'd definitely go see Business Trip (especially with an awesome line up like this: Lynch, Leslie Mann, Rashida Jones and Parker Posey - as mentioned above!).
equestriennechic equestriennechic 6 years
Oh, Anna Farris would be great too... :)
equestriennechic equestriennechic 6 years
Sounds great! I'd love to see more women leading the comedies instead of being the butt of every joke. Tina Fey and Isla Fischer would be great!
HaterTot HaterTot 6 years
I work in politics @caramel latte. My head is most certainly not in the sand.
HaterTot HaterTot 6 years
People went to see Paul Blart. I didn't, but millions of people did Titanic was a steaming pile of romantic drivel, but it's the highest grossing movie of all time. When a female-led comedy can bring millions of people to the theatre (and we're not talking about romantic comedies here; those are their own genre) then there will be more of them made. Maybe this movie will be a step in the right direction, but I can't even think of four comedic women I would pay to see lead a movie. I'm not surprised that most of you can't be objective on this issue, and that's fine. The only thing that's going to matter are box office receipts.
caramel-latte caramel-latte 6 years
Ah, "legions." All three of us. But if you want to feel like crowds of people are in an uproar over your words, go right ahead. You're so very powerful! This subject is not nearly as "simple" as you like to think it is, but it is much easier to dismiss things with great big broad statements and stick your head in the sand. I get that. We can agree to disagree.
HaterTot HaterTot 6 years
And of course legions of women come leaping out of the woodwork to defend how funny our gender is. Yes, yes, sexism in Hollywood is solely responsible for the fact that you'd be hard pressed to name a female comedian/comedy actor that actually appeals to both genders. Even in ensemble casts, with the notable exception of 30 Rock, the women are very rarely the breakout stars. (Friends is another interesting exception, but I don't think anyone would classify Jennifer Aniston as funny.) But, the proof will be in the pudding. It will be interesting to see if it has any appeal across genders. The bottom line is that the entertainment industry is a business. If women were funny, and people wanted to see them in leading comedic roles and were going to pay to see them and make the studios huge money - they would be there. It's simple economics. When a woman is truly funny (again, let's use Tina Fey here), she gets work, and people turn out to see her work and it's profitable, which is all that matters.
caramel-latte caramel-latte 6 years
So women should just never do comedies? That's nice. If every single comedy had an all-male cast, that wouldn't get boring at all? And an article pointing out sexism isn't "whining" about sexism — you said that "It's easy to come up with a list of 10 really funny male actors/comedians - it's much harder to do with women" and the fact is that there's a long history of sexism within Hollywood. The fact that there are fewer well-known women in comedy has more to do with fewer opportunities than it does with the idea that "women aren't funny." What a sweeping generalization. So actresses should just shut up and, what? Stick to Nicholas Sparks movies? THOSE pieces of crap make me way more "embarrassed for and by my gender." If women are never allowed to branch out and do things other than this we'll be doomed to those stupid movies forever. And what can you possibly find "heinous" about this movie news? There is such a basic plotline so far, there's barely anything to hate. Just the mere fact that it's four women? Wow. Just because the SATC movie sucked (and I think it sucked royally) doesn't mean every single movie with four women in central roles is going to suck.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 6 years
I kinda hope that it isnt the same ol' reliable comedic actresses! I feel like they should pick a couple obscure but great people and throw in some Amy Sedaris or Jane Lynch. I think Hangover worked cause they weren't big stars and they were all multi-dimensional..
HaterTot HaterTot 6 years
@leslie that's not a point, that's a whining screed about sexism. The reasons why women don't develop the ability to be consistently funny aren't relevant to my point. That they don't, and this movie sounds heinous, is. A "comedy" about a group of four women is more likely to have me leaving a theatre embarrassed for and by my gender (see: Sex & the City) than laughing.
Neuroticone Neuroticone 6 years
This could be good with the right actors. Please no Carmen Diaz.. *gag*
kscincotta kscincotta 6 years
This could be good. However, I feel like this is going to end up with Elizabeth Banks in it (and probably Leslie Mann) and I'm just so over them. They have been in so much lately, I want to see new people. I would love to see someone like Sarah Chalke use this to move into movies!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 6 years
Kristen Wiig, absolutely!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 6 years
Point/counterpoint http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/feature/2009/03/02/women_and_humor/index.html
RachLA RachLA 6 years
Hopefully this movie is presented in a way that's funny and flattering to women, rather than boobtastic and geared toward men!
HaterTot HaterTot 6 years
There have been a lot of articles written on the topic of women not being as funny as men. There are a lot of reasons for it. But think about it. It's easy to come up with a list of 10 really funny male actors/comedians - it's much harder to do with women. I think Christopher Hitchens's article in Vanity Fair is one of the more compelling (if purposely controversial and widely disputed - by women, of course) on the issue: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2007/01/hitchens200701
HaterTot HaterTot 6 years
There have been a lot of articles written on the topic of women not being as funny as men. There are a lot of reasons for it. But think about it. It's easy to come up with a list of 10 really funny male actors/comedians - it's much harder to do with women. I think Christopher Hitchens's article in Vanity Fair is one of the more compelling (if purposely controversial and widely disputed - by women, of course) on the issue: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2007/01/hitchens200701
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 6 years
HaterTot- Do I wish there was a female equivalent of Cadyshack? absolutely. But I don't think it's because women aren't as funny as men.
HaterTot HaterTot 6 years
I'm sure I'm going to get eaten alive for this, especially since this is a female-oriented website, but this sounds terrible. Women just aren't as funny as men, and the ones that are the exception rather than the rule. There's a reason why there isn't an entire film genre devoted to R rated women's comedies. (while the male version of that genre is one of the most bankable in Hollywood)
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 6 years
JANE LYNCH. Jane Lynch Jane Lynch Jane LynchOh, and Leslie Mann, Rashida Jones and Parker Posey.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 6 years
JANE LYNCH. Jane Lynch Jane Lynch Jane Lynch Oh, and Leslie Mann, Rashida Jones and Parker Posey.
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