Top 10 Secretly Feminist Films

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7. BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999)

Loser puppeteer Craig (John Cusack, sans eighties boombox) tries to cheat on his wife Lotte (a dowdified Cameron Diaz) with Maxine Lund (Catherine Keener), but Maxine gives him the Heisman. Then Lotte ends up falling in love with Maxine — and Maxine falls in love back, but only when Lotte is inside John Malkovich’s body. (You know, just your typical chick flick plot.) All the men are trying to cheat on something — their spouse, death, whatever. But the two women — spoiler alert! — decide to leave all those cheatin’ male hearts behind and start over together. The ultimate feminist fuck-you twist? Maxine got knocked up by Malkovich while he was possessed by Lotte, so the two ladies kinda made a baby together too.

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Author: Em & Lo

femmeNo filmmaker in their right mind would advertise the fact that their film has feminist ambitions -- we're pretty sure that's box office suicide (sad, but true). Despite that, some films have pretty obvious feminist heroes -- think Thelma and Louise, G.I. Jane., Jodie Foster's character in THE ACCUSED, and Erin Brockovich. And then there are the stealth feminist films -- movies that advance the feminist cause without anyone driving off a cliff or shaving their head or or fighting against rape or giving an Oscar-winning, stick-it-to-the-man performance. These movies take feminism for granted and act like it's no big deal -- in fact, they're so stealth that sometimes maybe even the filmmakers and stars didn't know what was going on. Here are ten of our favorites (we didn't include BRIDESMAIDS, by the way; while we loved the movie, producer Judd Apatow insisting on a big group diarrhea scene automatically disqualified it).


Tune into PUSH GIRLS Mondays at 10P, the all new series of women challenging the norm.10. UP IN THE AIR (2009)9. CATWOMAN (2004)8. BILLY ELLIOT (2000)7. BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999)6. THE PIANO (1993)5. LEGALLY BLONDE (2001)
4. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1992)3. SECRETARY2. BULL DURHAM (1988)1. HEATHERS (1988)