The new Melissa McCarthy-Susan Sarandon comedy Tammy, in theatres July 2, is the latest in a long line of great female buddy films. Here’s five that made me want to call my BFFs:
Pitch Perfect (2012): This likeable movie about an uptight female a cappella group in college that gets a major shake up when a new music mash-up loving student arrives (Anna Kendrick) went on to become the second highest grossing musical comedy film behind School of Rock.
Bridesmaids (2011): McCarthy hit the big time with a best supporting actress nod in this film about best friends (Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph) and the jealousy that ensues when one gets engaged and seemingly moves on. The scene in the plane en route to a Las Vegas where McCarthy comes on to a plane marshal (real-life husband Ben Falcone) is comic gold.
Mean Girls (2004): Kind of the antithesis of a female buddy film and yet ultimately still one given how Lindsay Lohan’s exchange student eventually bonds with fellow outsiders after realizing the girl gang she hooked up with initially, the Plastics led by a truly terrifying Regina George (Rachel McAdams), are so not “fetch.” Tina Fey wrote the adapted screenplay and provides the film’s highly quotable dialogue.
Ghost World (2001): Scarlett Johansson, before she was ScarJo, actually had the smaller role as one of two best friends and social outcasts – the bigger part went to Thora Birch – post high school whose lives diverge after they meet a lonely older guy (Steve Buscemi). The film, based on a comic book and adapted by indie director Terry Zwigoff (Crumb, Bad Santa), got an Oscar nod for best adapted screenplay and now has a cult following.
Thelma and Louise (1991): This six-time Oscar nominated film, directed by Ridley Scott and a best screenplay winner, is the grandmama of all female buddy flicks with Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as two women on the lam from the law in a 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible. Also notable for serving as Brad Pitt’s breakout role.