Vote for your favourite Free Flick and we'll screen it on August 27!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
This year we celebrate movies that showcase the wit and legacy of female comedic talent, from actors, to writers and directors. We want to know which film makes you laugh out loud! Cast your vote for your favourite title from the list below to help determine which film is featured at our final Free Flicks screening.
PLEASE NOTE: Voting ends August 17 and the winning film will be announced at the August 20 screening of Funny Girl. Please check back regularly for updates.
Starring: Goldie Hawn
Private Benjamin is a classic ‘80s comedy starring Goldie Hawn. The “fish out of water” scenario of a downtrodden society girl relegated to the barracks wins over the typical laughs, but Hawn adds her own distinct brand of comedy to heighten the film to another level. Hawn also served as Executive Producer on the film. Her legacy was passed on to her daughter Kate Hudson who also has starred in many successful comedy films. Nancy Meyers co-wrote the screenplay and has since written and directed many other successful and very funny films such as What Women Want, Something’s Got to Give and It’s Complicated. Both women are iconic figures in comedy over many generations.
Directed: Howard Zieff. Rated PG, 109 mins. English.
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph
Bridesmaids is the film that resurrected the debate about women in comedy. Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo co-wrote this hilarious buddy comedy, which stars a serious line-up of female talent including Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, Ellie Kemper and more. Just as Annie (Wiig) is set to be the maid-of-honour for her best friend’s wedding, her life spirals out of control – and she has trouble holding up her end of things. Through a series of hilarious missteps, Annie takes us on a journey of life, love and friendship. Bridesmaids was nominated for two Oscars including Best Original Screenplay, as well as two Golden Globes.
Directed by Paul Fieg. Rated 14A, 125 mins. English.
But I’m A Cheerleader
Starring: Natasha Lyonne
Natasha Lyonne, currently starring in the original Netflix series Orange is the New Black, delivers a memorable performance in the cult hit But I’m a Cheerleader. The film follows a young naïve girl sent to a reform camp when her parents suspect her of being a lesbian. It’s an over the top and absurd satire, featuring performances by RuPaul and more.
Directed by Jamie Babbit. Rated AA, 85 mins.
Starring: Ellen Page
Critics and audiences praised Diablo Cody’s first screenplay, Juno, which stars Ellen Page in her breakout role as a pregnant teen whose witty repartee lightens the rather heavy prospect of pregnancy and adoption. Allison Janney plays a supporting role and, as always, is flawless in her comedic timing. Cody’s Academy Award-winning script is sharp, witty and fun, and spoke to a generation.
Directed by Jason Reitman. Rated 14A, 96 mins.