While thought to be a new genre, female buddy comedies have actually been around for a long time. To compete with popular male buddy comedies like “The Hangover,” many female buddy comedies now have raunchy undertones. Female buddy comedies have always been successful, because the actress was someone the audience could relate to. The one thing that my favorite chick flicks have in common, is that they all star Drew Barrymore.
The characters of Drew are often based on overcoming challenges, while the friends in her life seek to assist or destruct her life. Drew’s down-to-earth nature shines through the characters in each movie, and by the end, she rarely loses a true friend. Here are 3 of my favorite Drew Barrymore female buddy comedies.
The Wedding Singer
Not only is this movie my favorite Drew Barrymore movie, it is also my favorite movie period. When most people think of The Wedding Singer, they remember the heart-melting performance of Adam Sandler. Equally as tender, and far more dainty, Drew plays the part of Julia Sullivan, a cocktail waitress who is confused by love. It is the classic princess story of a woman who must choose between the rich, handsome womanizer, or Robbie, the adorable, funny man played by Sandler. Julia must choose between what she thinks is right, and what she knows is right in her heart. Enter Holly Sullivan, played by Christine Taylor. Holly is Julia’s sister, and seemingly only friend who assists her in overcoming a roller-coaster of emotions as she prepares to marry the wrong man. Julia starts to discover her feelings for Robbie, and just like many female friends, Holly develops a sudden interest for Robbie, too.
Riding in Cars With Boys
After a night of partying with gal pal Fay (Brittany Murphy), aspiring writer Beverly (Drew Barrymore) finds herself pregnant from a one-night stand with Ray (Steve Zahn). Soon after finding out she was pregnant, Fay announced a surprise of her own. She, too, was going to have a baby. The story take us through the two friends pregnancies as they realize the opportunities they have given up. While everyone else is planning for prom and college, Beverly is faced with a heroin-addicted husband. The two friends decide to set out for California. Beverly experiences a fit of jealousy when her friend Fay gives birth to a baby girl. The story flashes through time as Beverly and Fay experience many bumps along the way. Beverly gives birth to a baby boy named Jason. The story evolves around the choices two young mothers make, and how they impact the lives around them. While the movie is not the traditional example of a funny buddy comedy, it offers numerous opportunities for real-life humor.
Perhaps the most fun of all the female buddy comedy movies of Drew Barrymore is the remake of Charlie’s Angels. Drew plays the part of Dylan, a rebel chick with a past, who works for a mysterious boss. With her friends, Natalie and Alex (Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu), Dylan and her friends battle bad guys using highly choreographed martial arts with a whole lot of sex appeal. Drew is captivating as always, and the girls work hard to fight the bad guys. All along, they look great, too.
After watching these three female buddy comedy movies of Drew Barrymore, what woman would not want to have a friend like Drew on her side?