Pitch Perfect 2, as I hope I already convinced you, is not a good movie. It is, however, (and time for major gender-based stereotypical generalizations here!) perfect fodder for those nights when you and all your fellow woman-folk want to sneak some individual wine boxes into a theater and watch something fun and fluffy, that also happens to be made by and starring women. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with groups of women wanting to gather and be girly— we just shouldn’t have to settle for crap content in doing so. Ideally, we would live in a world where our pickings for those criteria weren’t quite so slim, but this is where we are. Still, it’s important to remember that we DO have options. They may not be as plentiful as we’d like (and not all meet ALL those specifications above), but they are streaming, right now, on Netflix. So bust out the box wine and have a night in with some kickass women.
I assume that by this point you’ve either seen The Babadook, or you’re immune to our badgering, so I’ll leave that one off of this particular list. Instead if you’re looking for a little comedy in your horror, try Housebound. Centered around a young woman sentenced to house arrest in her childhood home after the worst ATM robbery attempt imaginable, it may remind you of a New Zealand-set, female-centric Attack the Block. It’s equal parts angry, unsettled ghosts and strained mother-daughter relationships. It perfectly balances the scary and the hilarious (scarlarious!), in a way that will upset all your senses.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
As excited as I’ve been for this movie for a ridiculously long time, I haven’t actually watched it yet because love means never being able to watch movies on a convenient schedule. (I should write greeting cards, no?) But Rebecca describes it as “an Iranian vampire western with an ’80s-inspired soundtrack that’s shot in sumptuous black and white and absolutely oozes cool,” and also implies that if you don’t watch it, you’re “stuck in an alternate hell dimension of your own making.” Do with that what you will.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Good ladies’ night viewing material has certain preferred requirements: Funny women alternating between being hapless and schooling fools, overcoming odds, preferably with the occasional musical number thrown in. Skip Pitch Perfect 2 and binge some Kimmy Schmidt.
For a more realistic, yet still totally entertaining view of female friendship, go with Life Partners.
Grace & Frankie
I’ve only seen the first episode of the new Netflix show, but it looks to play on broad stereotypes to rival those of Pitch Perfect 2 (she’s uptight! she’s a free spirit! Hilarious!), with some questionable homophobia, but with at least an aura of the necessary self-awareness lacking from PP2.
Garfunkel and Oates
Personally, I prefer Garfunkel & Oates’ songs to their sketches, but if you’re looking to binge on funny women singing about butts and stuff, this is your better bet.
In a World
Oh, you’re looking for a movie about a woman who has total mastery over her voice, who also struggles to succeed in life and love? THIS IS THE MOVIE YOU WANT TO BE WATCHING.
Vivian Kane is fully ready to enter this broad new world with you.