So, one day my best friend, Loretta and I went on a road trip and had a great time visiting James Stewart’s home town and Lucille Ball’s home town enjoying every moment. So how could we cap this? Oh, I know, we decided to shoot up a tanker trailer to make it blow up, have the police force come after us and, smiling at one another, hold hands while speed driving off a cliff. Don’t all girls do this? I mean don’t we? Oh, and we play that Brenda Lee song, “Is that all There Is.” I’m sorry but that song is one I laugh at every time it I hear it. OK, so this week it’s all about girl trips and I want to go another with my best friend. Let’s see what everyone else will choose so head over to Wandering Through The Shelves to find out. Here are my 3...
1. THE WOMEN-1939
This is one of my favourite films and one of very, very few films where not one man is shown. Men are talked about throughout the film but you don’t see one. Norma Shearer is happily married, so she thinks, and goes shopping and gets her nails done all while hob-knobbing with other women some sweet, others gossipy and others just nasty. The nasty played to the hilt by Joan Crawford. You soon find out Norma’s husband is having an affair with Joan Crawford who wants to move from perfume counter gal to rich bitch. Well, Norma decides to go on a trip to get a divorce only to meet other girls on the train and they all go together to find some fun in this pain. These women work well together with Paulette Goddard and Rosalind Russell almost stealing the show. I love how they show each woman and compare her to an animal...ok not politically correct but I don’t care because I always wanted to be compared to an animal and pray it’s not a warthog.
2. BOYS ON THE SIDE-1995
I saw this in the theatre and was pleasantly surprised at how much deeper it was than just a frolic with dumb ass gals. Whoopi Goldberg plays a woman who just ended a relationship with her girlfriend and her band. She wants to go to California and places an ad to share travel costs. In comes Mary Louise Parker who seems to be this uptight nerdy gal that Whoopi is not keen on. She decides to take her on anyway and off they go on an adventure picking up Drew Barrymore along the way. They all come with baggage that brings tears, laughter, loss and love but created in a non cloying way. It is intelligent and fun to watch.
3. THE OTHER WOMAN-2014
Now this is one funny movie..not a great one or even a really good one but one that you can watch, laugh and forget right after..unless you are my best friend who went through over 2 years of sheer hell divorcing her narcissistic, arrogant jerk of an a-hole, bastard husband. This movie is about a successful woman, Cameron Diaz, who meets and falls in love with a charming(there’s that danger word) man who swoops her off her feet. She finds out that he is married...from his wife who will not leave her alone until Cameron finally relents and they decide to get even. They follow him on a trip to the Bahamas and find out he is with another woman, young and built, whom They quickly let in on the fact that the one is his wife and the other is his unknowing mistress. They soon find out how much the wife has been bamboozled by this schmuck and this is where the fun begins. My friend can so relate because, she was a good wife who signed what he put in front of her after gaslighting her for years that she had no clue about money. He had complete control, was often gone on business trips while she stayed home to care for their 3 kids. It finally came out, from a letter sent to her, that he was having an affair with someone, racked up huge amounts of debt in her name and, yes, he often went to the Bahamas. If you think this is unique, think again, her lawyer knew what kind of person he was before the first 5 minutes were in. Over the decades, he made her feel like she knew nothing and she is highly intelligent. So, for people who can relate, watch this movie and laugh because you are not alone.
What 3 films would you choose?