TUESDAY TOP 5: Comedies With Female Leads

This week’s Tuesday Top Five is inspired by this past Friday’s release of the highly anticipated sequel Pitch Perfect 2, as well as Hot Pursuit featuring the hilarious Sofia Vergara/Reese Witherspoon which was released earlier this month. I have always loved these types of comedies because they always connect with my funny bone in a specific and unique way. Therefore, check out the list below to see if your favourites made the list! Pitch Perfect

1) Pitch Perfect (2012) – 7.3/10 IMDb

Pitch Perfect is a musical comedy featuring an all women’s a cappella group that is working to earn the respect of the a cappella community by winning the national championship. College freshman Beca Mitchell, played by the hilarious Anna Kendrick, is a lone wolf type of girl that has been forced to join a club by her father as a trade for letting her leave college after one year to professionally produce music.

Beca reluctantly joins the Barden Bellas, who in years past have been an uptight clique, but have now become an unlikely band of misfits. This film is full of exciting and fun musical numbers as well as hilariously witty one-liners throughout with the best coming from Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson). I highly recommend this film, and I will most likely highly recommend the sequel once I go and see it later this week!

Favourite Quote: Aubrey: “We will practice, and I trust you will add your own cardio.” Beca: “Why cardio?” Fat Amy: “Yeah, no don’t put me down for cardio.”

Easy A Family

2) Easy A (2010) – 7.1/10 IMDb

Easy A is a teen comedy featuring the beautiful Emma Stone as the film’s protagonist Olive Penderghast. Olive lies to her best friend about losing her virginity to a college guy and is accidentally overheard by the school’s strictly religious church group leader Marianne Bryant (Amanda Bynes). The screenplay is inspired by the novel The Scarlet Letter, because once the rumour of Olive’s sex life quickly makes its way through the halls of the school, she is soon labeled as the school tramp.

Soon after the first rumour leaks out, Olive pretends to have sex with her homosexual friend at a party in order to stop others from bullying him. Her reputation takes a dive, so she begins counteracting the harassment from the student body by embracing her new identity. Emma Stone is excellent in the lead role of Olive, and the supporting cast rounds out the film with witty lines and emotional outbursts.

Favourite Quote: Rosemary: “We’re a family of late bloomers – I didn’t until I was 14, and nor did Olive.” Chip: “Why does that matter – I’m adopted.” Dill: “What? OH MY GOD! Who told you? Guys, we were going to do this at the right time!”

Mean Girls

3) Mean Girls (2004) – 7.0/10 IMDb

Mean Girls is the golden female-centred comedy of my generation’s teenage years. The film follows Lindsay Lohan in the role of Cady Heron as she struggles her way through the cliques and unwritten rules of high school after being homeschooled her entire life. Queen Bee and “The Plastics” leader Regina George (Rachel McAdams) takes interest in Cady by inviting her to lunch and then allowing her to join the group. However, after being backstabbed by Regina at Halloween, Cady and her friends Janis and Damian choose to plot and execute their revenge against Regina.

The film’s screenplay was written by Tina Fey which is something that makes the film excellent all on its one. However, Tina also plays a key role in the film as Ms. Norbury who is Cady’s calculus teacher and a voice of reason when she’s in trouble. This role is perfectly balanced by the comedic genius and inappropriateness of Amy Poehler as Regina’s mom.

Favourite Quote: Karen: “If you’re from Africa, why are you white?” Gretchen: “Oh my God, Karen, you can’t just ask people why they’re white!”

(L to R) MELISSA MCCARTHY, ELLIE KEMPER, ROSE BYRNE, WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY, MAYA RUDOLPH and KRISTEN WIIG in

4) Bridesmaids (2011) – 6.8/10 IMDb

Bridesmaids follows Annie Walker, played by SNL star Kristen Wiig, through a series of misfortunes after she is chosen to be her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) Maid of Honour. Annie is matched up against the groom’s boss’s wife Helen (Rose Byrne) as the two consistently fight over their friendship with Lillian throughout the film.

Melissa McCarthy as the groom’s sister Megan is hands down my favourite character of the film as she consistently spits out priceless one-liners. Lastly, a side plot of romance is mixed in as Annie begins the film in a purely sexual relationship with a self-absorbed prick, but she’s then courted by a friendly State Patrol Officer.

Favourite Quote: The entire airplane scene with Kristen Wiig up in First Class is my favourite part of the entire film … see below for my favourite part:

Annie: “This should be open, cause it’s civil rights. This is the nineties.” Flight Attendant: “Right. It’s not. You’re in the wrong decade.” Annie: “You are.” Flight Attendant: “Okay, I am.”

THE OTHER WOMAN

5) The Other Woman (2014) – 6.0/10 IMDb

The Other Woman centres upon the aftermath of the polygamist relationship of Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) once his wife Kate (Leslie Mann) and his newest lover Carly (Cameron Diaz) find out about his extracurricular love life. The two woman are hostile at first, but then their friendship grows as they work towards the same goal of making Mark suffer.

As Kate and Carly as they slowly plot their revenge, they eventually come across Mark’s third lover Amber (Kate Upton). The trio succeed with multiple pranks to sabotage Mark’s ego, but they then decide to create a plan that will hit him where it truly hurts.

Favourite Quote: The Fight Club reference completed the film for me, I was laughing hysterically when I first heard it:

Phil: “With who?” Kate: “Carmela! But her real name is Carly.” Phil: “Is this some Tyler Durden Fight Club thing? Are you Carly?” Kate: “No.” Phil: “Is anyone Carly?”

Honourable Mentions:

The Heat

The Heat (2013) – 6.6/10 IMDb

Legally Blonde (2001) - 6.2/10 IMDb

Legally Blonde (2001) – 6.2/10 IMDb

Miss Congeniality (2000) - 6.1/10 IMDb

Miss Congeniality (2000) – 6.1/10 IMDb

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