While this world of weirdness continues LGSC will continue to deliver quality content to keep your entertained.
But of course we can be entertained while unleashing our awesomeness, so every week we will be sharing tips from some of our favourite girl gangs from across the world. They will share what is keeping them amused and entertained, what they are reading, watching, and listening to.
Last week we had the "Ladies Lit Squad" with their essential reading list and this week we have taken matters into our own hands and are sharing with you our favourite movies that inspire girl power, pride and stacks of fun.
If the final scene with Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn dressed in sassy white outfits singing and dancing to Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” isn’t the ultimate scene of female friendships and the power we have as a group then I don’t know what else to say.
This movie is funny, charming and utterly empowering. Before the SATC days, this was the ultimate girl gang and I’m sure we all see a little bit of ourselves in each of the heroines.
There aren’t many sports movies featuring female teams but this classic Penny Marshall movie about the very first female professional baseball league certainly hits it out the park. With Geena Davis leading the team and the ever charming Tom Hanks discovering the power of feminism, this wartime gem inspires a fight against the patriarchy while showing the vulnerability and femininity in each of the characters.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, this recent take on Wonder Woman stars real life Wonder Woman Gal Gadot as the DC Comics superhero. With smart quips on the power of women and the ability to survive without men this movie is full of hidden one liners and scenes of incredible female strength. The movie also smashed box office records by scoring $100 million on the opening weekend, a first for a female produced film. Even more badass is that Gal Gadot was 5 months pregnant while shooting most of this movie. And she STILL looks THAT GOOD!
A Wonder Woman we can all adore.
This movie got a bit of stick for the skimpy outfits the female protagonist wears but with everything she achieves it is really evidence women can wear and be what the heck they want to be and achieve amazing things. This true-life story about a truly amazing single mother with no legal qualifications who took on a huge company to save the lives of local people makes us feel all warm and fuzzy while digging out our push up bras and wearing them with pride.
With many Disney movies depicting a female character needing to be saved, the story of Mulan is totally the opposite. The female is the one who does the saving and inspires the men around her to achieve more and be braver. Mulan acknowledges she isn’t as strong as the men but uses her cleverness and ability to persevere and achieve the same tasks as the men, often with greater success. She uses her new skills and smarts to outwit the opposing male army advancing with little more than brute force. A lesson to be learned for us to all use in our non Hun fighting lives.
A woman who holed up on a Greek island with her daughter has inspired many of us to run away to Greece, escape life and spend our days basking in the sun and dancing with sexy tanned me. Or is that just me? With mother Donna heading a hilarious trio of friends, and the smart strength of young Sophie, this movie is about women being sassy, and owning their sexuality. Packed with incredible female actresses, this is less a story about how a woman doesn’t know which of three men could be the father of her child and more a story of how love and passion prevails.
Smart, sexy, arty and dripping in chocolaty sepia tones this adaptation from a novel by Joanne Harris is perfect cosy afternoon viewing. Vianne is unapologetically sexy and troubled while doing her best to raise her fiery daughter Anouk. They arrive in a quaint French village at the start of Lent and use chocolate, kindness, and strength of spirit to awaken the souls of the inhabitants. With Johnny Depp arriving as a sexy ‘river rat’ and Judi Dench scolding anyone who dares challenge her, this movie is one to watch when you need to reawaken your own spirit and embrace classic sexuality.
You can’t help but love this trilogy of hilarity with the Barden Bells navigating life and finding themselves through friendship and acceptance while challenging pre conceived expectations. These movies are a laugh a minute and every woman is represented in their own unique way. Lighthearted fun, but I’m not ashamed to admit I cried at the end of the final movie, strong female friendships move me!
I can tell you from experience this is not one to watch when you’re hungover, it is feisty, brutal, and some of the sound effects are so bone chillingly realistic that you’re not sure if you are watching a snuff movie. As a classic revenge story, the lead ‘the Bride’ seeks retribution for having her wedding day turned into a mass murder and the resulting loss of her unborn child. She hunts each member of the squad responsible and uses her skills to kill and maim anyone who crosses her path.
We’re not encouraging this level of revenge but we’ve all thought about getting a ‘bit stabby’ with someone who has wronged us.
Technically not a movie in the classic sense but this is called Homecoming: The Movie so I’m totally allowing it for this list. Released as a Netflix special, this movie detailing the production that went into Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance. Featuring classic Beyoncé tracks, appearances from her sister Solange and from her fellow Destiny’s Child members. With dance moves that make you sweat just from watching them and the knowledge that she achieved this performance not long after giving birth to twins makes you even more in awe of the strength of the female body.
Anything by Beyoncé is absolutely up there for female empowerment and I defy anyone who can sit through this without getting all fired up.
Let us know if you agree, if we've missed any out, and which one you are streaming tonight! Now if you'll excuse us, we're off to watch these movies back to back and unleash all our inner badass, independent, strong woman vibes.
Compiled and written by Natalie @ Team LGSC
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