If you’re like me, this election has put you in a gloomy mood for the past week, and you are looking for literally ANYTHING to get your mind off of it. Since in real life, our girl Hillary lost to the dumb man, here are some movies with a change of pace. Watch some women kick some butt against guys in these fun flicks and forget about the impending doom of the world for a few hours!
1. She’s the Man (2006)
When the girls soccer team at Viola’s school gets cut, she switches school, and goes undercover as her brother so she can play with the boys. Not only does she prove that girls got game, but that gender lines are useless and divisive!
2. Election (1999)
While the title might seem a little triggering right now, give it a shot. You will want to see Reese Witherspoon fight it out for the class presidency, even against all odds.
3. Pitch Perfect (2012)
You might be aca-over this franchise, because let’s face it: the second one was awful. But this first one is worth a revisit, because it’s fun, sharp, and nothing screams therapy like a good musical showdown.
4. John Tucker Must Die (2006)
Watching high school girls seek revenge on stupid boys who deserve it is the kind of content we all need and deserve right now. This pinnacle 2000’s teen comedy is sure to put a smile on your face, and make you believe in the sheer power of unified and fighting women.
5. Kill Bill I & II (2003 & 2004)
This image and the title itself should show what a kick-ass leading lady The Bride is (other than the fact that her name is the bride like eh we can do better). Not to mention it’s directed by Tarantino, so tons of fight sequences are to come in this duo of films.
6. Legally Blonde (2001)
Reese Witherspoon movie number two! Watch Elle Woods bend and snap her way to the top and show all the naysayers who’s boss. Watching her transform from fashionista to lawyer will make you think that achieving anything is truly possible.
7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Star Wars ladies as a whole are a force to be reckon with, (See what I did there? A force? Get it?) but Rey is the first to take center stage. Not only does she fly the Millennium Falcon like it ain’t no thang, but she shuts the angsty Kylo Ren DOWN at his own game. She’s pretty BB-GR8.
8. Miss Congeniality (2000)
She’s beauty, she’s grace, she’ll restore your faith in the United States. Not only do we see women learn how to look out for each other, we see women get proven right even when their male counterparts deny them, and are secretly working against them! Go ladies go!
9. Pride and Prejudice, though specifically Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (1995/2005 & 2016)
We all know Elizabeth Bennet has a strict no-nonsense policy and won’t put up with patriarchal garbage, so the book adaptations from 1995 and 2005 are always a great watch. But what Jane Austen probably never intended was for her story to translate so flawlessly into a zombie apocalypse tale. Watching zombie-fighter Lizzie slay, and I mean literally slay, the men in her way is nothing shy of empowering, and adds some extra “umph” to the classic.
10. Zootopia (2016)
A lot of these movies have come out within the last year, so I guess despite 2016 totally sucking it did churn out some cool fictional ladies?? But let Judy Hopps teach you a think or two about determination and putting up the big fight, even if scary intimidating forces are trying to shut you down.