Cyndi Lauper taught us that girls just want to have fun, and while girls obviously want a lot more than that, what’s also problematic is the particular types of fun girls (and women) have historically been expected to have. Namely, the kind of fun where they’re seen as sex objects for men or the kind of fun where they’re mild-mannered and “lady-like.” Pop culture has frequently reflected those stereotypes for decades.
But in the past few years, moviemakers have started catching on that real-life women are three-dimensional humans who want to let loose, have sex, get drunk, and laugh about bodily functions just as much as their male counterparts. And — surprise, surprise — people want to go to the movies and see those fully-formed women in all their hilarious, relatable glory.
Raunchy comedy Blockers — which is about a group of teenage girls who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night, so their parents scheme to stop them — hits theaters this weekend, joining the growing collection of movies driven by funny, uncensored women.
If you’re in the mood for more like Blockers (honestly, we always are), here are 13 comedies that will have you snorting with totally un-“lady-like” laughter:
This 2011 classic is perfect for any fan of Blockers. It proved that a women-led, R-rated comedy could kill it at the box office (the movie grossed more than $288 M worldwide). It’s pretty much the gold standard. The story follows Annie (Kristin Wiig), a single former bakery owner who’s going through a rough patch, as she struggles to support her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), who’s planning her wedding.
The movie earned two Oscar nominations (Best Original Screenplay for Wiig and her cowriter Annie Mumolo, and Best Supporting Actress for scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy), and is rightfully beloved both because it is laugh-out-loud funny and emotionally honest about female friendship. Just try to watch the airplane scene without cracking up. We dare you.
Girls Trip made history in 2017 as the first movie written, directed, produced by all African-American talent, and starring an all African-American cast, to hit $100M at the box office. And it’s no wonder it did so well. This tale of four college friends (Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, and Jada Pinkett-Smith) getting together to have some fun at New Orleans’ Essence Fest is spit-out-your-soda hilarious.
Amy Schumer’s dedicated a big chunk of her career to skewering gender norms, and her first feature-length effort to channel those comedic issues to the big screen does not disappoint. Schumer flips the “man-child” love story on its head playing Amy, a men’s magazine writer who’s never been a fan of monogamy, who falls for a sports doctor (Bill Hader).
In the spirit of Bridesmaids and other girl-powered responses to movies like The Hangover, this star-studded flick (Scarlett Johansson! Zoë Kravitz! Illana Glazer! Kate McKinnon with an Australian accent!) goes from bachelorette party antics to trying to cover up the death of a stripper action-adventure.
5Fun Mom Dinner
We’re all pretty much over the old trope that moms are universally frustrated, sad, frumpy, and sexless, and this comedy is one of a few that came onto the scene to paint a different picture by way of a booze-fueled night out.
Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Mila Kunis play a trio of moms fighting back against the perfect parent pressure from the PTA. (This one also got a sequel, Bad Moms Christmas, if you’re really feeling it.)
Who ya gonna call? This movie. Despite a bunch of dudes who felt the female-powered reboot was an insult to the 1984 original about a squad of specialists protecting New York City from unruly ghosts, this reimagined story starring Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones busted any doubts when it hit theaters.
8Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
The first Neighbors was praised for making wife Rose Byrne a scheming equal to her husband, Seth Rogen. The second one takes that “girls can make mischief, too” theme to another level. Also, Zac Efron returns, and we’re all about it.
Amy Schumer + Goldie Hawn + mother-daughter caper story = a recipe for tropical hilarity.
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Okay, so this one is a little older than the others (it came out in 1984) and it’s not nearly as raunchy. But if you’re looking for an empowering and hilarious story about women busting out of their assumed roles and fighting back against the literal man, this is a must-watch. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda were partners in crime long before their Grace and Frankie days: Here, they play secretaries who, along with Dolly Parton, try to get even with their huge jerk of a boss (Dabney Coleman).
Bonus: Parton’s theme song is AH-mazing.
This bachelorette-party-gone-bad story, which premiered at Sundance in 2012, is a bit darker than the others — expect drugs, mental health issues, and meanness. Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher play the personally struggling ladies putting on an impromptu bachelorette party for an old friend who was bullied in high school, and Rebel Wilson plays the bride.
While neither Miss Congeniality nor this movie has us convinced that Sandra Bullock could ever actually be awkward, it’s fun to watch her and Melissa McCarthy team up for a buddy-cop story.
The dream team of comedy — Amy Poehler and her real life bestie Tina Fey — should be reason enough to watch this movie about two adult sisters who decide to throw one last rager before their parents sell their childhood home.
And let’s not forget…there’s always the option to watch Blockers again and again (and again). Happy viewing!