8 Surprisingly Feminist Films and Their Backstories

8 Surprisingly Feminist Films and Their Backstories ...

In recent years, Hollywood has started working with some diverse people. In return, movie-goers have had the pleasure of experiencing more dynamic representation than they have ever imagined. In return, inclusive and realistic portrayals are at the forefront of New Cinema. Who has yet to paved the way for this filmic revolution?

Often considered sexploitation, exist in male-dominated genres, or present at least one other shallow rom-com, some older films are unquestionably depicting equality and empowerment, but the film''s initial attention is limited to word of mouth. These pioneering flops must get the recognition they deserve.

Jennifer''''s Body (2009)

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Jennifer''s Body was viewed as a sexy thriller with Megan Fox as a sexy thriller with Michael Bay. In his 2007 Transformers remake, much to many audience members'' (and the studio''s) chagrin, Jennifer''s Body has now been hailed as a queer classic.

The heavy bisexual undertones and "Good For Her" message gave young viewers a timely reminder of female empowerment and the prevalence of underage coercion. Unsurprisingly from Juno writer Diablo Cody, the message came with a tongue-in-cheek that she urged the (all-male) advertising agencies to advertise the film via live chats on amateur porn sites. Yikes.

Thirteen (2003)

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Catherine Hardwicke, who plays Nikki Reed in Twilight, brought audiences Thirteen. From the start, the low-budget, R-rated coming-of-age film is loosely based on Reed''s life and was dragged into controversy.

The frank, honest portrayal of peer pressure, experimentation, and mental health issues experienced by young teen girls was instantly classified as a glorification, and vilified by the media. Thankfully, the film starring Evan Rachel Wood has received a cult appreciation. While the early 2000s were rife with 2D females, small filmmakers like Hardwicke were distributing unqualified, vulnerable girls the representation they desperately needed.

Gypsy (1962)

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The "Stage Mom" teaser is nothing new, but the empowering portrayal of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee in the memoir and stage play-turned-movie Gypsy is nothing short of legendary. Gypsy, written by the film''s nameake, is a tale of two complicated women and their friendship, in a era when complex female characters were rarely and far between.

Gypsy might have been a spooky representation of sex work from the male gaze. Fortunately, the filmmakers of the original Tony Award-winning Broadway hit realized the potential (and significance) of investigating Lee''s relationship with her mother, and how much pride and fulfillment her burlesque success was, free of the pressure, judgment, and exploitation she had on her. The 1993 remake with Bette Midler (Queen of the Villainess) as Mama Rose is also fantastic.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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Charlize Theron, an Oscar-winning hit film, captivated audience with her sex charm and has taken great pleasure in concealing this perception throughout her career. In Monster (2003), she first engulfed audiences, but tallied herself as a badass extraordinaire as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Furiosa was a well-known and complex woman capable of achieving success in a male-dominated genre. Even as it was by a capable and unapologetic Fiorisa, the Tina Turner-sized hole left in the film was finally filled, despite having largely outperformed the nameake and prompted many costumes and plays. Also, Theron broke Tom Hardy''s nose during filming. Strong indeed.

Sextette (1978)

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A youthful beauty and star of the screen wrote a play-turned-film to be known as her piece de resistance, and with all of her power and influence she gained through years of box-office gold, her vision is brought to life. We present to you, Mae West, and arguably her greatest work, Sextette.

Sextette, who has fulfilled male fantasies once and for the last year, is West''s middle finger to patriarchy and fantasy fulfillment in one hand (not that we would ever doubt her eternal appeal). On top of that, her Russian delegate ex will only negotiate if he can have one more fling with the star. Handsome men a-plenty prevail. Is there anything more feminist than an eighty-four-year-old woman with a male harem at her feet?

I Am Not an Easy Man (2018)

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Although centered on a male experience, the French film I Am Not an Easy Man was created by Eleonore Pourriat and provides a powerful visual representation of a chauvinist awakening in a matriarchy. His realization of the intrinsic power imbalance women encounter daily is poignant and crucial for anyone who questions the existence of the patriarchy.

The script in French cinema is intuitive, and the performances of Vincent Elbaz and Marie-Sophie Ferdane drive the honest narrative. Billed as a "Romantic Comedy," this film deserved much more merit for its societal chagrin. Based on Pourriat''s short film Oppressed Majority (2010), Netflix contacted the director and principal actor in order to produce the first French film.

Muriel''''s Wedding (1994)

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Toni Colette and Rachel Griffiths'' breakout performances highlight Australia''s flair for quirky, character-driven narratives. A small-town misfit with a complicated home life reconnects with an old school friend and attempts to discover herself in Sydney. The story is bold, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, with one-liners that still pop culture staples thirty years later. Would there be no Kath and Kim if it weren''t for Muriel''s Wedding?

Despite Muriel''s intentions, she is not only a refreshing portrayal of a woman, but a fantastic example of the neurodivergent experience. Women with personality difficulties, mental health difficulties, and even beyond the neurotypical norm are often portrayed as villainous. Despite their intentions, Muriel''s Wedding is a perfect example of a woman, an outsider, and a flawed person who can be loved as she is.

Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

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The Pussycats'' and Josie''s Archie Comics adaptation was painfully ahead of its time. While mass media embraced celebrity culture as a shark-like approach, documented every move of anyone in the public eye, Josie sat back to discovering the dangers of consumer culture and was vilified by the press.

Some are familiar with the notion that the media may not be with their best interests at the core, and Josie has gotten a cult following for its progressive view on consumerism and the sick soundtrack. Unfortunately, it''s too early for actors who had their careers almost blacklisted, to admit that they may make a comeback or quiet retirement; perhaps an MBE for services that were unappreciated.

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