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Where Are All the Female-Led Comedic Movies?

Having recently seen the screenings of Superbad and Hot Rod and having also enjoyed Knocked Up earlier this summer, I have found myself wondering where the comedies written by, directed by or focusing on women have been hiding. Not counting younger fare like the Amanda Bynes-style comedies (the upcoming Sydney White, for example), where are the lady equivalents to Superbad, or even Blades of Glory? I really enjoyed Superbad, actually, but this summer feels like it's pretty heavy on the dude humor.

So I was intrigued to come across a Popwatch post yesterday which referred to an article in Siren Magazine asking these same questions. More specifically, the writer on Siren wonders why there aren't more star vehicle projects for some of the funny women who are out there right now, like Aisha Tyler, Amy Poehler, Wanda Sykes, and Amy Sedaris. I would add to that list some of my favorite funny ladies, like Isla Fisher, Maya Rudolph, Jenna Fischer, Cheryl Hines and even Kristen Bell.

Some of the best female-led comedies in recent years for me have been Waitress and Mean Girls, though for whatever reason neither of these movies has enjoyed the kind of success that movies like Knocked Up have had. The future looks bright, though: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are working on their comedy Baby Mama, and Isla Fisher will star in a Girl Scout-themed flick called The Cookie Queen. And, of course, there's the exciting news about the Shopaholic movie. Maybe this is just Judd Apatow's summer, and we'll get ours next year.

What about you? What funny ladies would you like to see given more meaty screen time?


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leahtron leahtron 9 years
I think it would be cool to see Sarah Silverman in a Superbad/Knocked Up/40-Year-Old Virgin - esque comedy. She can pull off vulgarity and absurdity very well. Amy Poehler and Amy Sedaris are also very funny. I think someone in Hollywood should at least give it a try - it could work, but it could also go terribly wrong.
SoftRockStar SoftRockStar 9 years
I think there aren't a lot of female-helmed comedic movies on par with the Will Farrells and Jude Apatows, because male humor seems based in crudity even when it's funny. It's a double standard, but most people see a woman who makes sex jokes and other "dirty vulgarities" as "unfeminine". Not to mention that Hollywood caters to the male 18-35 demographic.
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
I love that Amy Sedaris gets mentioned. Too bad she'd mostly rather do small parts... I'm excited for Baby Mama!
swwonder swwonder 9 years
Very true, I agree with ForeverDefying that there needs to be more female comedies that aren't 'chick-flicks'. I was actually reading an interview with Isla Fischer recently where she mentioned the same thing. I think she'd be excellent in a main comedic role, she seems naturally funny.
ForeverDefying ForeverDefying 9 years
I would like to see female led comic movies that do not have the light hearted chic flick feel to it. I like the dude humor but I want to see females in the lead could work I guess.
Phil Phil 9 years
I'd really like to see Cate Blanchett starring in a comedic film. In fact, I'd like to see an extension of her segment in Coffee and Cigarettes. She'd play several different characters (as she had so masterfully done in C&C) and would pile on some great dry, awkward humour.
alillee alillee 9 years
SHOPAHOLIC MOVIE??? No way! I'm so excited! I love those books. And I'd say Isla Fisher is my fave funny lady!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
I love Amy Sedaris! Strangers With Candy is one of my favorite movies! I bought the Series from Comedy Central when I found out SWC used to be a show! Her character Jerri Blank is awesome! I will watch anything she is in.
roseannadanna roseannadanna 9 years
Word to that. I would see anything Amy Sedaris every did. Ever. And I love Kristen Wiig from SNL. She was in Knocked Up and had the funniest part in my opinion!! I also love Amy Adams. I'm really excited for that new movie she's in... Enchanted I think. Lots of funny ladies out there.
whynotme2 whynotme2 9 years
Don't write the girls off just yet. Drew Barrymore's "He's Just Not That into You", Eva Mendes' "Bordering on Love", and the Anna Faris' Sorority Movie are all getting really good buzz.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
good question, Buzz! I would like to see a buddy comedy with a few of the comedians you mentioned! I think that'd be funny - haven't seen a good buddy comedy in a while. the picture in the bottom left looks like the person who played martha jones on Doctor Who. Am i totally wrong? i can't remember her name.
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