Happy International Women’s Day!
There’s no better way to end your day than by sitting in front of the TV with a movie on stand-by. Why not kill two birds with one stone here and celebrate International Women’s Day with some of the 90s greatest, most empowering, feel-good classics!
A League of Their Own (1992)
Inspired by the true story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, A League of Their Own is full of charm and sentiment. With the story comes a lot of heart as the women must adjust and embrace their newfound roles in an otherwise unfamiliar world. Though it maintains a light tone, there are several moments that signify the devastation of the war. It’s a heartbreaking reminder which ultimately grounds the film. A League of Their Own is sure to get the tears flowing but in the wise words of Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks): “There’s no crying in baseball!”
Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
Toni Collette stars as Muriel, an unemployed, ABBA-obsessed, social outcast, who embarks on a journey to find love. While it may be disguised as a comedy, Muriel’s Wedding digs deep into the core of self-acceptance, grief, and relationships. The dynamic between Collette and Rachel Griffiths is heartwarmingly genuine as they tackle the ups and downs of friendship and finding their place in the world. This quotable Australian dramedy will always hold a special place in our hearts.
The First Wives Club (1996)
If there ever were a definitive feel-good movie, it’d be The First Wives Club. Scorned by their husbands, three college best friends (Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton) set out to exact revenge with hilarious results. This is an absolute must-watch that establishes empowerment and reclaims individuality. All three leads share undeniable chemistry as they band together in achieving their goal. There isn’t a single moment where you aren’t rooting for them. Plus, that final scene? Chef’s kiss.
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Goldie Hawn’s second entry of the day pits her against the great Meryl Streep as they battle it out for eternal youth and Bruce Willis’ affection. Death Becomes Her has become quite the cult hit since its release – and rightly so. It’s campy, outrageous, dark, and takes a satirical shot at the synthetic Hollywood dream. Ironically, the special effects have aged particularly well; Streep and Hawn steal the show during a comically brutal tussle, taking literal stabs at destroying the other’s body.
Bad Girls (1994)
Female-orientated Westerns are a rarity. At the time of Wyatt Earp and Tombstone, Bad Girls climbs aboard and shakes up the narrative. It’s a pleasant change and despite its negative reception back in 1994, the film has proven to be well ahead of its time. Challenging themes of identity, misogyny and delving into heavier elements like sexual assault, Bad Girls stands tall amidst its better known, male-led counterparts. There’s something extremely validating and satisfying about watching the four powerhouse leads (Madeleine Stowe, Drew Barrymore, Andie MacDowell and Mary Stuart Masterson) repel against the conformities of the western-era.