We've harped on the lack of female leads in Hollywood movies (here, here, here, here and here, for starters) and in Sunday's New York Times, Manohla Dargis also mourns the dearth of chicks in flicks. (Not to be confused with chick flicks!) The summer movie season is upon us and the blockbuster films will be almost totally male-dominated: between the comedies and action tentpoles like Batman, Iron Man, The Hulk, Indiana Jones and Hellboy, we'll be seeing stars like Will Smith, Brendan Fraser, Nicolas Cage, Mark Wahlberg and Vin Diesel, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Jack Black and Seth Rogen. Women headlining movies this summer? Emma Roberts (Wild Child), Abigail Breslin (Kit Kitteredge), Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!) and the ladies of the sure-to-be-critically-acclaimed Sex And The City.
Sure, there's also an Angelina Jolie assassin film (Wanted) and Cameron Diaz stars with Ashton Kutcher in What Happens in Vegas, (which, as Dargis writes, is "a role that shrieks Brittany Murphy five years ago." But seriously. Where are the big-budget, quality films with women in them? Writes Ms. Dargis:
In 2008, when a white woman and a black man are running for president and attracting unprecedented numbers of voters partly because they are giving a face to the wildly under-represented, you might think that Hollywood would get a clue.Is There a Real Woman in This Multiplex?