The theme for this summer’s Free Flicks series was ‘Funny Girls.’ Our programmers wanted to share the directorial debuts and classic comedy acting of women from Tina Fey to Barbra Streisand (the original Funny Girl).
All summer long, you voted in our Audience Choice poll to determine the Free Flicks finale. And here’s the poll breakdown:
But I’m A Cheerleader, 14%
Private Benjamin, 9%
The winning film is Bridesmaids, the 2011 new-comedy classic written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, starring Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy. Just as Annie (Wiig) is set to be the maid-of-honour for her best friend’s wedding, her life spirals out of control.
Bridesmaids was praised by critics for stellar acting by Wiig and McCarthy (who went on to be nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award) and its unconventional portrayal of female friendships. It was put to the Bechdel Test, an ’80s pop culture in-joke that has become a household phrase . Named after American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the test measures gender bias in fictional literature, film and television, asking if the work in question features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than men. It’s intended to advocate for more depth and range in the pop culture portrayals of women’s stories and concerns. In Sweden, a few cinemas and a cable television channel even use it to help determine ratings!
Bridesmaids passes the test, and it’s the perfect way to cap off a summer of feel-good films that feature female comedic talent, both in front of the camera and behind the lens. Come down to our site on Wednesday, August 27, at sundown for the screening!
Special thanks to our 2014 Free Flicks series presenting sponsor, Redbox.