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A Complete List of Major Studio Releases This Summer with Women in the Lead Roles

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 25, 2013 | Comments ()


1. The Heat

(Hat Tip: Jenni Miller)

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  • heatseeker

    Yikes, really?! Shock and disgust.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I was thinking "what about Katniss?" but yeah... that doesn't come out until November. Aren't Summer movies generally notorious for being testosterone driven action flicks? ... oh yeah, and animated stuff for the kids since school is out for the Summer.

  • Guest

    Who the hell walked up in here and downvoted everything?

  • Captain D

    This continues the trend from 2012. Excepting The Hunger Games and the Twilight movie (should that count?) can you name any live action hits that headlined a woman? I blame the studios for trotting out Cameron Diaz and Kathryn Heigl movies and then being surprised when we don't buy tickets.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Now: shall we get a list of the major studio flicks with minorities in the lead? Just as a point of comparison.

  • AudioSuede

    Can I just say that I'm loving the strong feminism I'm seeing in the Pajiba community lately? Other pockets of the internet are so awful that it makes me sick. Uproxx, as great as it is for pop culture news, is totally guilty of this; their comment threads are atrociously sexist. If the words "Lena Dunham" appears in an article there, get ready for a shitstorm of dicks.

    I am a man, but the way I see it, if I should be lucky enough to have a daughter, I want the world to be better and more equal for her than it was for my mother's generation. And seeing pockets like Pajiba where people agree with that sentiment warms me up inside.

  • Viking

    Aww shit. Here I was thinking I simply hadn't heard of them and Pajiba was going to hook me up with a nice list.

  • St

    Yeah. I suspected that when I will open title then there will be one movie :)

    I guess we can add City of Bones too. It looks like ensemble but in the books whole story is told from the point or view of Lily Collins character. So she is Lead there.

  • Andrew J

    Kick ass 2, Elysium p?

  • ZizoAH

    Doesn't Aubrey Plaza's "The To-Do List" count as a major studio release?

  • lowercase_see

    2. Wendy Davis in the Texas Senate.

  • e jerry powell

    I think she's done now, though. DOUCHEHURST Dewhurst called a third strike. The Democrats' appeal, though, probably ran the clock out, as the special session officially ended about 12 minutes ago.

  • lowercase_see

    In case the average Republican is curious, what just happened in Texas is what voter fraud actually looks like.

  • e jerry powell

    I'm fairly certain that Governor Goodhair would have called another special session rather than having to wait another two years to raise abortion restrictions again.

    REVISED: Perry DID call a second special session to start on July 1, because the vote passing the bill did not go through in time, as there was significant disruption from protestors in the senate gallery once the filibuster was broken.

  • ferryman

    After drinking from my glass half full I realized that at least there were TWO women starring in it! Is that something? Anything? Hello...is this thing on?

  • Alarmjaguar

    Yep, knew the punchline, but it is pretty abominable! I'm going to see The Heat just for to support the idea that, you know, women can be major movie stars, too.

  • Matt S

    It's all about the big Summer Blockbusters.. Marvel is dominating this season as well.

  • annie

    That was still more than I expected.

  • toblerone

    You stoled my comment.

    "1 more than I thought there would be..."

  • sean

    What about Girl Most Likely,The To Do List, Blue Jasmine ,The Spectacular Now, We're the Millers and Random? All summer movies with female leads. You could also argue Kick-Ass 2.
    Summer is the time for big, dumb action movies. And teenage boys at the theater. That is what makes the movie studios money in the summer. There isn't really room for much else. It is what it is.

  • stella

    I dont know man, Im a girl and I go to movies every weekend. I know plenty of teen girls who go all the time too...

  • Tinkerville

    "It is what it is" is one of those phrases that makes me mad as hell. It is what it is because the studios won't take risks on female audiences despite the fact that they're, I don't know, a little over half the population? It's unacceptable, outdated, and needs to change.

  • sean

    It is not my choice. Talk to the heads of Viacom,Sony,and TimewarnerturnerCNN. They made their choices decades ago. They don't seem to be willing to change. They have taken risks. Sometimes it worked. All those dumb ass romantic comedies made over the last 20 years. Sometimes it didn't. What you are really complaining about is the fact that smarter, better movies aren't being made and promoted. That ship has sailed. Studios are not going to spend enormous amounts of money on things that don't have a good chance of success. And they will make the same shit over and over. Smaller, smarter movies don't make them money for the most part. Compare the amount of people that saw Before Midnight to the Fast and Furious. Which do you think a studio head is going to bet on? Spend $5 million and make $6 million or spend $160 million and make $700 million? Their share holders demand it. I actually would prefer smaller better movies than yet another Superman. But I, and just about everyone here, are the minority. We lost.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I don't even understand where the larger vs. smaller issue came into play when discussing movies with male vs. female leads. People are annoyed because the big movies don't have female leads - not because we want smaller, smarter movies. We're challenging the assumption that big has to equal male-oriented blockbuster, and it's certainly not a gimme that "smaller & smarter" = female-oriented.

  • Nat Kittyface

    "Summer is the time for big, dumb action movies. And teenage boys at the theater."

    It is, of course, a well-documented fact that teenage girls don't go to the movies. EVER. So this makes perfect sense, demographically speaking. Obviously. Only teenage boys spend money on movie tickets in the summer. Ever. There is DEFINITELY, definitely not any kind of female audience out there. Nope.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    This could explain why I don't go to the movies more often.

  • e jerry powell

    Not a bit reprehensible.
    It's so defensible.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne


    They both reached for the gun? What goes on in your head? Not that I'm mad, because that song is on the rotating playlist in my head. (along with the soundtracks to You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Wicked and Fiddler on the Roof).

    Get out of my head.

  • e jerry powell


    The inside of my head is the inside of Don't Tell Mama all day, every day.

    Except when it's the inside of Joe's Pub.


  • Maguita NYC

    This f-cking tacky downvoting binge better be caused by Disqus suffering from Tourette's.

  • Zen

    Someone's on a rampage.

  • foolsage

    I blame the spambots. They seem angry this week.

  • emmalita

    Also, they're plagiarizing.

  • John W


  • LexieW

    Aaaand that's why the BF and I will see it in the theater the weekend it opens. For support, damnit!

  • Xvi

    Two women walk into a bar, and talk about the Bechdel test.

  • foolsage

    * rim shot *

  • [A]


    Unsurprising.. but still wow.

  • googergieger

    I don't want to come off as a sexist or anything, but boy, do I sure love penis.

    That's going to be my slogan for when I run for president.

  • e jerry powell


  • ellcoolj

    I heard they are making a movie based on today's comment thread from today's Rock Instagram post. Leading ladies line up to sit on the Rock's face.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Is it just me or have we not seen you around in a while?

  • ellcoolj

    Schools out so I have more time to waste... I mean more quality Internet time, to spend on Pajiba

  • lonolove

    This was an interesting article/blog about this troubling trend: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monke...

    HA! Beat you to it, Dustin! I've been enraged about this for DAYS!

  • dagnabbit

    Guess you haven't figured out yet that Pajiba cops all of their articles this way. #cantunseeit

  • lonolove

    Honestly, I have been trying to remember whether or not I was linked to that NPR article by them in the first place...

  • What about Mortal Instruments: City of Bones?

  • Michelle

    I don't know, would that count? It feels more like an ensemble cast, or at the very least equal billing between whomever plays Clary and Jace.

  • Yeah, not really sure. Don't know much about it. Trailers definitely give it more of an ensemble touch. Plus, it'll probably be shitty anyway.

  • Michelle

    Oh, it will absolutely be shitty. :) I read the first book and haaaaaated it, so when I saw the preview for this one, I was dumbfounded.

  • lele

    I actually thought the books were good (I've read them all), but I never thought they'd actually be able to make a movie out of them. Weird plots that occur in the first book...

    *SORT OF SPOILER WARNING... or whatever, no one probably cares, but I'll mention it anyway just in case someone does*

    ...are not resolved till the 3rd book.


  • NoPantsMcLane

    This better be good then.

  • Becks

    I don't even think it looks great but Melissa McCarthy is so funny that I'd planned to see it anyway. Actually it is kind of funny when MM says "Oh, I didn't realize you wear a tuxedo to bed. Why don't you go grab your top hat?"

    I guess I'll be seeing this in the theatre, reservations be damned!

  • Viking

    You know, even if it isn't as funny as Bridesmaids, which few comedies are anyway, I think it is worth going to 'vote' to support her career and encourage Hollywood to keep hiring McCarthy and keep producing movies with women as leads.

  • celery

    Oh god, that's grim. I was expecting at least a couple.

  • celery

    side note: thanks, Dustin, for caring enough to point this out.

  • Mantha

    Really? That is ridiculous. Go Sookie, I guess...

  • Maguita NYC

    Seriously??? That's all? This sucks.

    Hope The Heat at least delivers and makes box office gold.

  • Yeah, I wouldn't hold my breath for that. The trailer looked kind of terrible.

  • I went to a preview screening last night solely to exploit the air conditioning, and was blown away by how much I liked it. The trailer does not do it justice! Laughed harder than I have at any other movie this year.

  • Maguita NYC

    Are you saying that you've actually seen the movie and loved it?!

  • Yes! I had gotten a couple screening passes a while ago and decided against it because the trailers looked stupid. But I figured, I love Paul Feig, I love Melissa McCarthy, I love free movies and air conditioning, so why not? I went and saw it last night and I loved it! Really funny, even touching towards the end. Leaned on the 'retahded' Boston stereotype a little more than I'd like, but that was my only big problem with it.

  • Maguita NYC

    Thanks, now I'm really excited to go see it.

  • emmalita

    The naive part of me lives in hope that it will be better than it looks. The part of me that lives in the real world is planning to take a flask along.

  • e jerry powell
  • emmalita

    *jaw drops* I must have that!

  • e jerry powell

    But I think it only works well with a red wine unless you don't mind really cold boobs.

  • emmalita

    I just spent a week and a half in Texas, and now I'm in Southern Louisiana for a few days. Cold boobs sounds like the best thing ever.

  • e jerry powell

    A whole box of Franzia it is, then!

  • Tinkerville

    Well... shit.

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