Amanda Pendolino
June 12, 2013

This Summer’s 7 Best Movies For Women

It’s summer — time for giant superhero comic book movies and silly comedies all about dudes! They don’t get me excited, either. With The Internship, Man of Steel, Grown Ups 2, White House Down, World War Z and The Wolverine coming out this year, it feels like studios have completely forgotten about both female viewers and female protagonists.

“The most important thing in the job that we do here is to make movies about women where they are characters that have consequences in the story,” Sony studio chief Amy Pascal said last month. ” They can be villains, they can be protagonists, I don’t care but their movements, their actions what they do in the plot has to actually matter.”

Her words are encouraging — but with Sony releasing This is The End, After Earth and White House Down this summer, is anything really changing?

It’s not that women can’t enjoy films about men (I’m quite looking forward to This is the End) — but could we have a bit more balance? We are half of humanity, after all.

Luckily, there are some great movies for women headed your way — if you know where to look. Usually, the answer is “in the world of independent film.” (The Heat is an exciting exception.) Put these movies on your must-watch list:

Frances Ha

You’re in luck — this delightful black and white comedy is already out in theaters! Greta Gerwig stars as Frances, a 27-year-old dancer who can’t accept that her roommate/soul mate is growing up and moving out to live with her boyfriend. Greta co-wrote the script with director Noah Baumbach.

The Heat

Why do male cops get to have all the fun? That’s what Parks & Rec writer Katie Dippold was thinking when she penned The Heat, which hits theaters June 28. It’s directed by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy — you can’ t go wrong!

Girl Most Likely

Two words: Kristen Wiig. Your favorite bridesmaid is back on July 19 in Girl Most Likely, a quirky comedy about a New York playwright who fakes a suicide attempt in order to win back her ex-boyfriend — only to be placed in the care of her crazy mother (Annette Bening). Twist: Super hot Lee (Darren Criss) is staying at their house!

The To Do List

Who’s on your list? That’s right — it’s not what, but who for Aubrey Plaza, who stars as a teen looking to get more sexual experience before going to college. Oh, and did I mention it takes place in 1993? Andy Samberg, Rachel Bilson, Scott Porter, Donald Glover, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat and Christopher Mintz-Plasse all co-star in this raunchy R-rated romp, which opens July 26.

Much Ado About Nothing

Get thee to the multiplex! This Shakespeare adaptation from Joss Whedon is already out in the theaters. If you love Bard classics, you’re sure to enjoy this black and white version of Much Ado, which is set in sort-of modern-day LA but features the play’s original Elizabethan dialogue. Alexis Denisof is the hilarious Benedick, Amy Acker is the charming Beatrice and Nathan Fillion is a bumbling cop in sunglasses. Need I say more?

The Spectacular Now

Photo credit: A24

Photo credit: A24

Audiences at Sundance raved about The Spectacular Now, a coming-of-age romantic comedy starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. Based on the novel by Tim Tharp, this film was written by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter of 500 Days of Summer and directed by James Ponsoldt (Smashed) — so I know it’s going to be amazing! Check it out August 2.

Kick-Ass 2

Chloe Moretz! Hit Girl is back in this crazy, badass sequel, which opens August 16. She teams up with Kick Ass (Aaron Taylor Johnson) and Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey) to fight Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

Which summer movie are you most excited about?