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Rated XX: A Brief History of Female Comedies

Hey ladies! We look back at the rise of women-on-top comedies from the Marilyn Monroe age to the ‘Bridesmaids’ era

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Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino star in 'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion'


If you watch the various trailers for Melissa McCarthy‘s upcoming movie Tammy, you can see the actress trying to jump over a fast-food restaurant counter (and fail), ogle male strippers with her co-star Susan Sarandon and do a manic jig on the dance floor. The talented comedienne might have been able to do those same things in, say, a bromance comedy or a romcom, but here, she’s front and center — the star of the movie, as opposed to someone who comes in for comic relief then goes back to the sidelines.  

Tammy is just the latest in a long line of movies that put funny women up front — call them “female comedies,” the sort of laughfests that let the ladies do the comic heavy lifting. In honor of McCarthy making the cover of Rolling Stone, we look back a brief history of the female comedy via 10 movies that helped define the genre and, more often than not, pushed it in to exciting new directions. 

In This Article: Melissa McCarthy


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