By Fleur Feeney |
Love a rom-com but Valentine’s Day fills you with despair? Or perhaps unbridled rage at the corporate exploitation of love and unrealistic standards for relationships? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. February 14th can have overpriced boxes of chocolate, but February 13th is for your friends, who deserve a virtual date just as much as Jake from Tinder, by the way. As Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope would say, “What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year.”
Keep reading for the Galentine’s Day movie marathon of your dreams. Watch party anyone?
Late Night (2019)
Late Night, written by The Office’s Mindy Kaling, also stars national treasure Dame Emma Thompson. Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, a late night host whose ratings are going down the drain, prompting her to hire charismatic upstart Molly (Kaling), the only woman on the show’s writing staff. This film offers moving performances, lots of laughs and has a whole lot of heart, as well as a critique of the double standards for women working in the entertainment industry. You can’t miss this one.
Working women, friendship, romance, comedy, enemies to friends.
Directed by Olivia Wilde, Booksmart is a hilarious take on female friendship and the coming of age movie. Featuring stellar performances from Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, two honour-roll-student best friends realise they wasted their high school years being sensible, when they could have been having fun, too. They decide to make up for it the night before graduation—hijinks ensue.
Coming of age, high school, female friendship, LGBT+, comedy.
If you haven’t watched Bridesmaids by now, I don’t know what you’re playing at. But if you need convincing: Paul Feig, Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrn, Chris O’Dowd… do I need to go on? Annie’s (Wiig) life is falling apart and her best friend is getting married, with a rag tag group of bridesmaids in tow—whatever could go wrong? This movie is the bitchslap to whoever says “women aren’t funny.”
Female friendship, comedy, wedding.
Spy is a film that I didn’t have much hope for, but boy was I wrong. This action-comedy is laughs from start to end, and Melissa McCarthy (literally) kicks ass as the quiet CIA analyst thrust into the undercover spy game. This film works on every level, and in my mind should also be used as a pseudo-manifesto for the body positivity movement. Also, Jude Law AND Jason Statham? Yes please.
Action comedy, spy, friendship, romance.
Thelma and Louise (1991)
A classic American road trip movie with a twist. Ridley Scott directs Susan Sarandon (Louise) and Geena Davis (Thelma) who play two best friends suddenly fleeing to Mexico when Louise kills the man attempting to rape her friend at a bar. An homage to your “ride or die” best friends, for sure.
Road trip, friendship, action.
Whip It (2009)
Bliss (Elliot Page) is a small town misfit being forced to enter beauty pageants by her mother, when one day she discovers the roller derby team, the Hurl Scouts. When she secretly tries out for the team, she discovers a whole new side of herself, for better and for worse… dun dun duuuun! This is a great take on the coming of age movie, another brilliant performance by Elliot Page and features funny women roller skating to a sweet soundtrack. Check. It. Out.
Sports, drama, comedy, coming of age, friendship, romance.
This list should give you something to get started with, but if not, here are my honourable mentions. Significant for their love of gal pals, girl power, etc, etc, etc:
Legally Blonde, The Devil Wears Prada, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Wine Country, Eat Pray Love, Bride Wars, Mystic Pizza, Girls Trip, Someone Great, Frances Ha and Ladybird.
All films are available to stream online now.