This whole thing started with a mission: support female led films on opening weekend whenever possible.* If you want to read more about why, you can read that post here.
It’s a good thing that May is beautiful outside and the perfect time to get out and have a picnic, because this year it’s sure not a time to go to the movies. There are a few bright spots, namely Jodie Foster’s new movie, which is bound to be a dramatic thriller.
Mothers and Daughters (Written by Paige Cameron and Starring Susan Sarandon and Chrstina Ricci)
Mothers and Daughters features interwoven stories about what it means to be a mom, which are tied together via single gal Rigby Gray, a rock photographer who’s riding a career high when an unlikely and unexpected pregnancy forces her to turn her lens inward. As Rigby slowly comes to terms with what it might mean to change her life forever, she discovers with fresh eyes her own relationship with her estranged mother.
Memoria (Directed by Nina Ljeti)
A California teen (Sam Dillon) copes with his dysfunctional family, slacker friends and a girl who doesn’t know that he exists.
Money Monster (Directed by Jodie Foster)
After losing money on a stock tip, a disgruntled investor holds a Wall Street guru and a producer hostage on live television.
Love and Friendship (Starring Kate Beckinsale)
In the 18th century, the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan uses devious tactics to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy.
Maggie’s Plan (Written and directed by Rebecca Miller)
Maggie’s plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant Georgette.
One additional note before we go: we are not able to tell you if these movies are objectively good or feminist friendly, as we have not seen all of them. The point of this list is to give you a place to start. The truth is that we don’t have a lot to choose from, but part of the battle is giving you the information. Information is power. However, shared knowledge is also key. So if you see one of these films or have seen an early screening, please let us know if you recommend it or not in the comments.