When you look at 2017 as being the “year of the woman” in Hollywood and beyond, I’d like to take a step back for a moment and point to a movie that without its existence, I don’t think you see any movies out there like “Bad Moms,” any other bachelorette type film, or basically anything involving Amy Schumer. You also wouldn’t have had the Ghostbusters reboot, not that this would have been a bad thing. The movie I’m referring to is Bridesmaids.
Sure there are plenty of “women” movies out there that preceded it. You’ve got your First Wives Club, Steel Magnolias, Thelma and Louise, Fried Green Tomatoes and I could keep on going. But these are “chick flicks” and don’t always portray the “real” women of today. If I had to select one movie that set women as very much equals to men with regard to raunchiness and doing things that “men normally do” then Bridesmaids is that movie. I think it was explored briefly in Hall Pass but Bridesmaids is the single most important movie responsible for ushering in a new wave of “human behavior” for women films.
Bridesmaids proves that women are just like men. Women have bodily functions like men, get drunk like men, and have thoughts that are probably worse then men. But it’s not about men or women. It’s about “human.” And despite how nasty it is to think of that scene where all the women have the runs in the bridal shop, if it were for Melissa McCarthy screaming and making us all laugh our collective heads off, honestly I don’t think you’d see women portrayed in movies the way they are starting to rightfully be portrayed. It’s not about man or woman, it’s about all of us.