10 Films That Define #FriendshipGoals
Written & Compiled By Maddy Crehan
Yay only three more weeks of August! The time for frolicking in the sun is almost upon us, but in the meantime here’s a list of our favourite films about female friendships to keep you warm and fuzzy in the last cold weeks of winter!
Thelma & Louise
Though this film is often seen as a corny comedy about two happy-go-lucky gals, it was actually revolutionary, being one of the first films to accurately portray female friendship while starring two women who were considerably older than the ‘Hollywood ideal’. This film is all about women’s liberation, independence and bad-assery – what more could you want?
Legally Blonde is a surprisingly feminist film by both challenging the stereotype of the ‘blonde bimbo’ and proving that women are much more than their looks. If you look beyond the pink fluffy-ness, it also focuses on female friendship through the multiple women Elle (the main character) bonds with throughout the film. It is the perfect example of empowered women empowering other women. Not to mention some brilliant one-liners.
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
This classic tale of once-were high school outcasts returning for their 10 year reunion celebrates the depth of long-term female friendship. As silly as this film is it is ridiculously enjoyable to watch. And if synchronized dance moves isn’t the sign of true friendship, I don’t know what is.
This may seem like you average story of a mixed-matched group forced to be friends, but Bridesmaids is a refreshingly honest depiction of female interaction and connection. Though their is a romance element, the real relationship focus is on the two best friends of the film who overcome inevitable obstacles with humour and (of course) a singalong dance number.
Clueless is the ultimate 90’s chick flick. The protagonist, Cher, represents something seemingly unheard of before this film – the pretty, popular girl who is also kind, helpful and a damn good friend. While knocking down this stereotype that is so often portrayed in TV and film, she also confirms the widely-debated belief that feminists can also be ‘girly-girls’ – who would have thought??
Not only does The Sapphires have some great musical numbers and even better lead female characters – it’s all based on a true story. The film follows the tale of an Australian Indigenous girl-group who performed for troops in Vietnam in the 60’s. Tackling ideas of racial discrimination, female empowerment and family and friendship, this film really has it all.
This 2013 black and white film follows the life of Frances – a 20-something year old feeling lost and aimless in New York. The central theme of the film is the importance of friendship, and the idea that it can provide a deeper and more profound connection than any romantic relationship. The characters are both beautifully original and eerily familiar due to their genuineness. Frances Ha is the perfect depiction of the ups and downs of female friendship.
Bend It Like Beckham
Bend It Like Beckham explores a range of subjects including women in sport, cultural differences and, you guessed it, female friendship. The bond between Jess and Jules is central to Jess’s sense of identity and belonging, exemplifying that sometimes friends can bring out the best versions of ourselves.
This is about as corny as chick flicks get – and I mean that in the best possible way. Three girls in search of their dreams in the big city set out on a road-trip across the desert *cue Shania Twain singalong*. Crossroads is Brit in her element, performing many musical numbers, including her all-time famous track I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet A Woman. So. Many. Feels.
Parks and Recreation
Okay I know this is a TV show not a film, but Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins are the ultimate friendship goals. I could write an essay about why this is the case, but I’ll just let these GIFs do the talking. Enjoy.
Maddy regularly writes for Rosie, and is passionate about music, history, art and gender equality.
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