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The House Bunny (2008)
I maintain that Anna Faris is a hugely underrated comedic actor, and she shines in this story of a playboy bunny who comes to value herself for more than just her looks. Admittedly, the plot seems a little dated in the post #MeToo era, but Faris carries this flick along with her sunny energy and naturally perfect timing. She takes a bunch of college misfits under her wing and they all learn from each other. And we love it when that happens!
Director: Fred Wolf
Cruel Intentions (1999)
Reece Witherspoon and Selma Blair worked together before Legally Blonde in this now iconic teen brat flick, based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a novel from 1782. Seems random, but an adaptation of it appeared in 1988 by Stephen Frears to great success and we know how Hollywood loves a hit! In this late 90s iteration, the overprivileged teens are manipulative junkies with way too much money and time on their hands. It’s a riotous romp that draws you in from the word go.
Director: Roger Kumble
Probably the original female empowered YA film of its kind, Clueless is a more than worthy adversary of Legally Blonde. Cher showed the world how a well-dressed and seemingly dumb blonde could actually be bright and prove everyone wrong. It is crazy now to think we needed to prove it, but hey ho. Also check out my article on 10 movies like Mean Girls where you’ll also find Clueless featured.
Director: Amy Heckerling
Miss Congeniality (2000)
If you want a synopsis then: Gracie Hart, a tomboyish detective, is made to infiltrate the Miss United States beauty pageant as a contestant after her department learns that the event is under threat from an anonymous bomber. If you want a teeny bit more insight, then this is a film about female ambition and being overlooked, and how as a woman we are often undervalued and underestimated. But when we show ‘em, it’s glorious…
Director: Donald Petrie
Coyote Ugly (2000)
The title of this film is a little misleading, as well as problematic… but let just say it is the name of the bar in which an aspiring songwriter in New York ends up working. Also at this bar: an array of gorgeous women, akin to a grown-up girl band. While she forms a female friendship bond with them, she falls in love with a music producer and pursues her passion for music. There is dancing, great hair and a lot of leather, but also, there’s a story about following your dreams.
Director: David McNally
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
I do love a Witherspoon flick and it’s my personal opinion that she’s best when she’s blonde! This movie is one of my guilty pleasures, except I don’t do guilt, so I guess that’s a firm recommendation then! With two very attractive love interests, this tale of an ambitious designer who returns home to face her demons and find her heart, is a winner all round.
Director: Andy Tennant
View from the Top (2003)
Before Paltrow was a vulva candle seller, she was an actress! I know, hard to remember those heady days. Here she plays Donna, a small-town gal whose ambition lands her a job as an air-hostess. Love, back-stabbing and international fights – what more could you ask for? Oh wait, Mark Ruffalo, too? Sign me up.
Director: Bruno Barreto
Life of the Party (2018)
Yet another McCarthy/Falcone team up which results in Uber-lols. My fave girl Melissa plays a lonely housewife who, after her daughter goes to college and her husband runs off with another woman, decides she needs to live a little and joins her daughter in the dorms. Its equal parts funny, sad and heartwarming. All of the things we love in a movie!!
Director: Ben Falcone
I do love a romantic comedy that makes the romance only one part of the narrative and champions ambitious women. I think we’ve got a lot of that here, not forgetting laughter and friendship too!
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