June 20, 2013
Why don’t we have more female buddy flicks? I mean seriously. Five male buddy flicks will have been green-lighted by Judd Apatow before you finish interrupting me with “what about Bridesmaids?!” Guys even get to bandy the term “bromance” now. How is it men usurped the word “romance” in their portmanteau before women, who (duh) have more inclination to homoerotic friendship? Why can’t our movie narratives be about more than dating, marrying, staging a Mediterranean dance-off to determine who fathered your child, or Meryl Streep in an Oscar-nominated transformation? (…or all of the above)
I wish the answer were as simple as the cueing the jingle to “Two and a Half Men” but of course, it was a dude who directed Bridesmaids, and it's women who write and direct most of those movies about dating, marriage and dance-offs.
We’ll see again soon enough, how a true female buddy flick fares in the filmic economy. The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig, is not just a buddy flick but a buddy cop movie! Technically it’s a cop and an FBI agent (classic genre TV conceit: law enforcement working across the aisle together), but they’re shacked up after having never worked with a partner nor ever (and I quote IMdB) “had friends.” Yikes…
In honor of the hotly anticipated chemistry experiment, here are a few other buddy flick sequels to classics we might anticipate.
Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep star in Winter Breakers.
Peach and Sugar are stuck in an assisted living facility in Hoboken, but damned if they aren’t going to Winter in Palm Beach before it’s too late. All they have to do is get to the Marriott Residence Inn run by Daisy’s son-in-law. Along the way they meet Alien, an aging hip hop producer (played by Dustin Hoffman), who takes them on a ride they won’t soon forget. Co-starring Blythe Danner and Debbie Reynolds
The Morning After, starring Cameron Diaz, Olivia Wilde, Jenna Fischer and Kristen Wiig.
Three bachelorettes in Yazoo City Mississippi, for the wedding of their best friend, Karen (Wilde). Jasmine and Michelle (Diaz and Fischer) want to show Karen the time of her life before she goes off to foreverland, so they take her to Biloxi for the weekend in a vintage Jaguar, wearing nothing but ho gear and a stack of hundies. Karen’s moronic sister -in-law-to be (Wiig), however, accidentally roofies all of them, and they wake up 30 hours later surrounded by evidence of Too Much Fun, including unprotected sex with strangers. On top of realizing they have to test for STDs and take Emergency Contraception, Michelle (a dermatologist) realizes they have but four hours to do it all or they might get pregnant and be Fucked Forever. With too little time to make it out and back in to the Deep South, where Plan B isn’t available without prescription, the Wolf Pack must track down Ken Jeong to get them some black market meds.
Thelma & Louise & Madea
Mabel “Madea” Simmons is back, and this time she’s convalescing America’s most beloved lady outlaws: Thelma and Louise. Fifteen years after their failed attempt to escape the law by riding off into the literal sunset, the two find themselves in a minimum security prison, where the cantankerous Madea has a thing or ten to say about the virtues of “sticking by your man.” In their desperate attempts to escape the opinionated matron, slapstick antics ensue. But when their final plot to expose Madea as a conservative middle-aged man dressed as a wizened old woman fails, the two finally realize they must kill themselves, and finish the ending they couldn’t the first time around.