Chick-coms can play with the big boys now that Bridesmaids has been crowned the top R-rated female comedy of all time with a domestic total of $152.9 million at the box office this weekend (surpassing former champ Sex and the City). So now that we've made headway in the raunchy comedy arena, is it time to temper the stereotypical sweet/sexy — and in the case of Bridesmaids, down-and-out — heroine with some mean, badass leading ladies?
The Huffington Post points out that with characters like Jennifer Aniston's seductress in Horrible Bosses and Cameron Diaz's role in Bad Teacher, we're finally seeing some naughty women in comedies relish who they are, in all their b*tchy glory. Cameron's character Elizabeth Halsey doesn't fit into a prepackaged female film role, which is refreshing; she's not going to transform into an angelic role model and/or find love and live happily ever after, she's not a throwaway sideline character meant for comedic one-liners, she's not the sexy love interest for a male protagonist, and she's not the evil villain. Instead, she's a flawed heroine who hates her job and does what she wants despite society telling her otherwise — and isn't that a female character we can relate to?
Are you tired of seeing safe female characters? Is it time to spice things up with some devilishly confident women?