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Will female comedies eclipse Bro-medies?
The female comedy era, which kicked off with “Bridesmaids” on the big screen and Amy-Tina sector on the small enters its maturity in 2015. On the film docket: a sequel to “Pitch Perfect,” another Melissa McCarthy/Paul Feig collaboration, an Amy-Tina reunion, and Judd Apatow’s first female-led feature. On the small screen, “Girls” returns for another hot-button season, while comics like Amy Schumer and the “Broad City” duo steal the thunder that once belonged to Louis CK and others.
Likely Outcome: As more and more women manage to break through the system and find success at the box office, the possibilities for female-driven projects will continue to grow. However, as long as Hollywood continues to spit out new Kevin Hart and Kevin James films 20 at a time - to name just a couple examples - women’s films will continue to be a niche, if a growing one. When a female movie as bad as “Hangover 2” can spawn a second sequel, we’ll know women have found their place at the table.
- Richard Rushfield