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52 Films By Women: July

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It’s all got a bit bridal this month. I swear, me soon being bridesmaid for my sister had nothing to do with it…

Well, almost nothing.

Here are your (shockingly few) films for July that were either written or directed (or both) by a woman.

FIRST-TIMERS

The Big Sick (Cinema), co-written by Emily V. Gordon

Starring Kumail Nanjiani and based on the true story of his meeting with now wife Emily (who co-wrote the screenplay), this is a story so bizarre that you wouldn’t quite believe it if it weren’t based on reality. It’s lovely, it’s funny, it’s pretty sad and honest and it looks at the challenges that come with dating someone from an entirely different culture. You can read Hillary’s review here.

See also: Fools Rush In, written by Katherine Reback, is a marvellously sweet and funny tale about a man who marries a Hispanic woman and then tells her he doesn’t actually live in Las Vegas where they met. It’s got plenty of drama and culture clashes but overall it’s just hilarious. Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek star.

REWATCHES

Bridesmaids (DVD), written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo

A woman’s world is busy falling apart when she’s told that her best friend just got engaged. Barely functioning herself, she tries to be a great bridesmaid to her friend – but things don’t go quite to plan. It’s hilarious, crass, shocking and brilliant. But it’s also a really touching story about hitting rock bottom and dragging your arse back up again.

Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy star.

See also: Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer, is fun and silly and surprisingly sweet.

What films written or directed by women have you been watching this month? Join the discussion and tweet me at @filmvsbook.

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