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Ladies of Summer Movies

By Liz Davies

For years, men have owned the title of action star. From superheroes to comic book characters, it seems that guys have owned the title of badass lifesaver while ladies are pushed to the role of damsel in distress or sexy siren. For every Wonder Woman, there are 100 Supermen waiting to push her out of the Invisible Jet and claim their seat on the driver’s side. This summer, however, it seems that filmmakers are trying harder than ever to create powerful women to keep up with the gents.  Is it equal? No, and it probably never will be, but we’re making a start. So here are some women in roles that I’m excited to see in movies this summer:

Kunis, Wahlberg and Ted (voiced by Seth McFarlane)

Mila Kunis in Ted

From That 70’s Show to Friends With Benefits, Mila Kunis has proven that she’s just as funny as any man in a movie. I just saw Ted, and even though I was a little disappointed that Kunis played the role of nagging girlfriend, she definitely managed to get a few laughs from the audience. She even redeems herself at the end of the movie. This movie should not be missed; it was hilarious and Kunis proved again that she can keep up with even the funniest talking teddy bears.


Pixar movies are almost guaranteed to be a critical and box office smash, which is why I was so excited that they decided to create a movie about a strong female character. Sure, they had Cowgirl Jessie in Toy Story, and a smattering (awesome word that I wish I could use in every sentence) of other female characters over the years, this is the first movie to star a female character on her own. I haven’t seen this movie yet, but the trailer leads me to believe that the main character, Merida, is a tough chick that takes no guff from anyone. Much like Pocahontas and Mulan, Merida is sure to inspire legions of young girls to be totally awesome instead of allowing themselves to be dressed by birds and chipmunks.

She can and will cut you

Selma Hayak in Savages

She looks like such a BAMF with those heavy bangs, I can’t wait to see how much ass she kicks. Blake Lively is also in this film, but doesn’t look like the best role model for us impressionableyoung ladies. According to the trailers and commercials, Hayak’s character runs an entire drug ring and totes pwns it (my soul died a little as I typed that). Anyone who can make Benicio Del Toro shake in his boots deserves some special recognition.

Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron in Promethius

I can’t see this in theaters because I have a tendency to scream like someone is murdering me anytime something unexpected happens, so I don’t think the other moviegoers would appreciate me ruining their movie experience. But I can’t wait to see this movie and see if Rapace and Theron can live up to the incredibly high standards that Sigourney Weaver set up in the Alien films. The combination of these two ladies promises to deliver a one-two punch in an already intense movie.

Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises

A highly anticipated Catwoman

This is a movie and role that I’ve been excited to see since it was announced. Anne Hathaway takes on the part of Catwoman in this highly anticipated summer flick. The character has been done time and time again, but Christopher Nolan is sure to put a dark, multidimensional, and potentially award-winning twist on the character. We’ve seen how great Hathaway is as an actress, and how dedicated she is to her movie roles, so I can’t wait to see what she does for an already stellar movie franchise. She’s definitely going to be kicking ass right alongside the boys in this one.

Emma Stone in The Amazing Spider-Man

Yes, the “Tobey McGuire” Spiderman movies had Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane to balance out some of the testosterone, but I’m way more excited to see Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. I haven’t done a ton of research into her character or the movie because I like to have some element of surprise when I head into a theater, but it seems like Stacy is more than another damsel in this movie. She’s smart, sassy, and, most importantly, Emma Stone. I think Emma Stone has always been able to hold her own against a group of guys (Superbad, Crazy Stupid Love) so there’s no doubt that she’ll stand out in this movie as well. She might even draw a larger audience to see this movie. A great casting choice for what’s sure to be a box office smash.

About Liz Davies

Who's that gurrrrrrlllllll? Who's that gurrrrrrlllllll? It's Liz.

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