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Do We Need More B*tchy Ladies on the Big Screen?

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?

EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
Amen, dvdsky81!
amber512 amber512 6 years
I agree with dvdsky81. How is going from being "sweet" to "bitchy" progress???
stephley stephley 6 years
sorry about the double post - I guess one got flagged :oops: dvdsky81 makes great sense.
dvdsky81 dvdsky81 6 years
How can I say this and it makes sense? Women playing roles of BITCHES and especially "sexy" bitches is not equality on the big or small screen! It's perpetuating yet another unreal stereotype of women. Instead of us being percieved as these mousy, pretty, little beings we are on the opposite end-overly sexualized with an attitude. Being portrayed as a total bitch that gets her way IS NOT EMPOWERMENT! Empowerment is being seen as an actual human being and having the ability to fit into society without being labeled as having to be one way or another. So, yeah. Roles like this aren't helping women. They're the same as all the others, just on the opposite end of the spectrum. And oversexualized "bitches" are nothing new.
stephley stephley 6 years
It's not progress for women to have characters that are measured by Hangover 'standards' - women are not just men with boobs. I don't think either character here is 'devilishly confident' - Diaz' character only straightens up so that she can cheat her way to a boob job designed to get her a husband - and there definitely is a happy ending with a prince of sorts. I don't know anyone who thinks of sexual harassers as especially confident people - usually, speculation is that they're compensating for something they lack.
stephley stephley 6 years
I laughed at lot at Bad Teacher, but I don’t see how it portrayed a ‘devilishly confident’ woman – she only straightened up to cheat her way to the money to pay for a boob job to land a husband. She’s no Cinderella, but there certainly was a prince charming at the end. I have no interest in Horrible Bosses but from the previews, I don’t see Aniston as a confident woman in it. When a man is as sexually aggressive as she appears to be, it generally invites harassment charges - I’ve never heard anyone suggest that harassers are simply more confident than the rest of us. More often, it’s suspected they’re overcompensating for something they lack. I don’t think it’s a step up for women to caricature traditionally male characters – we have our own way of being idiots. The fact that Bridesmaids is measured by the Hangover “standard” seems a bad sign for the future.
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 6 years
I loved Cameron Diaz' character in Bad Teacher! She was definitely a caricature of a bitch and super over the top, but that's what made it fun. I liked that the ending wasn't super sappy and she didn't turn into some nice chick, either.
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