Every once in a while, a Very Serious Man at a Very Serious Magazine wrings his hands and poses the question, “Are women funny?” To that man we say, “Who asked you?” Here are five female-driven comedies that will definitely bring the LOLs.
1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (out now on Netflix!)
Spearheaded by Tina Fey and the team behind 30 Rock, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt mines the “fish out of water” concept with a doomsday twist. The Office’s Ellie Kemper stars as a naïve former cult member who escapes to closet living in New York City. (New York being New York, she literally works as a nanny and lives in a closet.) The first season jumped from NBC to Netflix before airing, and a full second season is already on order. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt debuts on Netflix today. Commence the binge watch!
2. Trainwreck (July 17)
2015 is shaping up to be Amy Schumer’s year, with the release of this buzzy Judd Apatow flick and her upcoming stint as MTV Movie Awards host on April 12. Usually Apatow’s films focus on overgrown man-boys who are cajoled into adulthood, but Trainwreck looks to be flipping the concept, with Schumer as a hard-living singleton who meets a genuine nice guy (played by the brilliant Bill Hader) and reconsiders her wild ways.
3. Aloha (May 29)
Cameron Crowe movies are like a blind date: you don’t know if Jerry Maguire or Elizabethtown will show up. Here’s what his upcoming film Aloha has going for it: Rachel McAdams. She alone would get us to the theatre, but it gets even better: the film also features Emma Stone, a freak of nature who has mastered drama and comedy. We can’t help but have high hopes.
4. Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15)
The Barden Bellas are taking their harmonies international in the follow-up to sleeper hit Pitch Perfect, and it’s a female affair behind the camera as well, with a script by Kay Cannon Elizabeth Banks directing. The little a cappella movie that could packs in even more nodes, more mash-ups, more awesome Anna Kendrick and more scene-stealing Rebel Wilson, plus new additions Hailee Steinfeld and Katy Segal.
5. Ghostbusters (2016)
The Ghostbusters reboot has been a Twitter wet dream for years, but it looks like its finally taking shape (with Bill Murray’s blessing, no less). Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are reteaming with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, along with SNL’s Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. We’ll try to keep our expectations in check for what promises to be the greatest comedy of all time.