Life sucks, then you die. But before the inevitable end of our crazy-slash-mundane lives, finding the Romy to your Michele makes it easier to get by. While Thelma and Louise are immortalized as straight-up badass feminists, and Enid and Rebecca are still every outcast’s #goals, some stories tell of a coming of age in more drastic, sometimes stranger ways. And for the last week of women’s month, we’ve made a list of eight films to keep the flame of empowerment through friendship alive.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (1985)
In lieu of Cyndi Lauper’s hit, girls (and best friends, specifically) just wanna have fun. A bushy-browed Sarah Jessica Parker plays Janey, who meets Lynne Stone, played by Helen Hunt, who has frankly never looked cooler. Despite their difference in upbringings, Lynne helps Janey break out of her shell to try out for their favorite dance show.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Q: How often do best friends talk about murdering people? A: On a daily basis. Before picking up Tolkien’s books and making all the LOTR fans’ dreams come true, Peter Jackson adapted the notorious Parker-Hulme case with then-kiddies Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet, playing two teenagers with an obsessive friendship, which leads to the murder of the former’s mother.
The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)
To any legitimate ’90s kid, Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club has to be part of your vocabulary, but the movie is an icon in itself. While all the members show a lot of love for each other, it’s Kristy and Mary Anne that go through next level sh*t for a couple of 12-year old babysitters.
Mystic Pizza (1988)
A coming-of-age tale about two sisters and their friend who work at the best fictionalized pizza place in Connecticut-set films, Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor, and the young Julia Roberts play three girls falling in love and finding out what they want in life (marriage, a degree in astronomy, or being a waitress at Mystic Pizza forever–tough pick).
The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)
Wiping out awards at Cannes, César Awards, and Lumières Awards, we see the story of two working class women in the small town of Lille who find a home in each other despite their harsh life and different lifestyles, Isa being a carefree driver and Marie a tense and angry introvert. This film also preaches a thing or two about listening to your best friend.
Kamikaze Girls (2004)
Cliques come and go, but real MVPs are forever. When introverted Lolita teenager Momoko meets all-girl biker gang member Ichiko, opposites strangely attract. And you know it’ll work out when cutesy Momoko comes to Ichiko’s aid when her girl gang is planning to beat her up because of the weird pair.
For A Good Time, Call (2012)
Although the idea of childhood best friends is often romanticized, with good reason, sometimes the unlikely friendships during adulthood are the plot-twist keepers, especially when they bond over a phone sex operation called 1-900-mmmhmmm.
Life Partners (2014)
Full of “too real” situations, like talking on the phone with your best friend while in the bathroom and literally being the only ones who think you’re funny, Leighton Meester’s lesbian, carefree Sasha and Gillian Jacobs’ uptight Paige come together with the perfect chemistry to show how BFF-ships shift through the test of time.
Original post can be found in Status Magazine.