But, now that I am pushing a film for a female audience, I am being slapped in the face by the exact issues that others have experienced and lamented: There really is a stigma out there about making and marketing films for women. I'm here to say: This has to change!
Thank God we have bloggers like Melissa Silverstein who has brought a great deal of attention to the women and film plight at her Women and Hollywood blog.
After the performance of He's Just Not That Into You this weekend (it received higher than expected results at $27.5 million), I am even further convinced that there is a conspiracy to not make or market films for women as there is obviously a hungry audience for these kind of films.
Honestly, I am tiring of the denigrated status of every female-centric film being tossed in the category of "chick flick" or as my bro-in-law would say, PCM or Poopy Chick Movie. I love PCMs. The Notebook had me crying for two days straight. There's something really cathartic about crying over a really romantic, emotionally draining piece of cinema. I'd rather cry at a movie than at my own sucky life challenges.
My bro-in-law and others like him just don't want to admit that PCMs are important to the emotional development of society. Without them, we'd all be stunted.
Just because I like PCMs doesn't mean I can't get stoked by someone's head being blown off. I love big, shoot-em up films. My fav has always been Terminator. I am super excited that another Terminator is being made. But I am equally excited for the next Joe Wright film (director of Pride and Prejudice and Atonement).
Girls know how to have it all in their movie-going experience. Give us laughter, tears, and joy in the PCMs then mix it up with a Bourne Identity and Pulp Fiction. Girls are just too cool!