In honor of this new joint venture with Jess, I thought I'd name off my favorite female partnerships. Once I started digging, I realized that it was a lot more difficult than I anticipated when I started laying down some rules.
First, I didn't want anyone to be related, so though there are plenty of admirable mother/daughter or sister combos, I was looking for ladies who were just friends/frenemies (though one choice does bend this rule). They also had to share equal screen time or be of equal importance in the story. Lots of leading ladies have the quintessential wacky BFF, but they tend to only pop up for a scene or two to say something funny or profound and they're off again. Most importantly, men could not be a big (romantic) factor in the relationship. These three rules narrowed the field considerably.
Honorable Mention: Kim and Zoe, Grindhouse
I'm still riding high after rewatching the double feature a few days ago. Technically Zoe and Kim belong to a quartet of friends who all work in the film industry. However, these two stuntwomen clearly have a closer bond that Rosario Dawson's Abernathy can't touch. Their few conversations away from the rest of the group make up some of the best dialogue in Tarantino's "Death Proof" segment, which pales in comparison to seeing them in action in (and on) the Dodge Challenger.
5. Ray and Lila, Frozen River
So maybe "dynamic" isn't the best description for Ray and Lila, who start off very much disliking one another. But I was very impressed with the eventual respect that blossoms out of their bleak working relationship. Neither would ever admit that they like the other one, but they obviously need each other for their smuggling work. Plus it's one of Jess' favorites.
4. Sadie and Rose...and Sadie and Rose, Big Business
This one kind of bends the rules, since both sets of Sadies and Roses are raised as fraternal twin sisters, but were really switched at birth. No matter. With its over the top wackiness, I love this 80's comedy, though probably more for nostalgia at this point, as I watched it a lot as a kid. Midler and Tomlin are hystical as they both play the small town hicks and the big city business women constantly at odds with each and their true nature.
3. Roxie and Velma, Chicago
A lot of people like to hate on Chicago. I am not one of those people. I still love this musical about the ultimate frenemies who got famous by killing their men and teaming up for a duet. I think it was the first musical I ever watched that didn't end with a cheesy love story. Quite the opposite in fact.
2. Idgie and Ruth, Fried Green Tomatoes
I had a hard time picking only one coupling from this movie, but as much as I love Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy as Evelyn and Ninnny, respectively, I couldn't turn my back on the beautiful bond between Idgie and Ruth trying to survive a man's world in the 1920s rural South. And if you've never had a fried green tomato, you're missing out.
1. Thelma and Louise, Thelma & Louise
Oh, please like it could be any other pairing. Louise and Thelma (poor Louise never gets named first) may not be the first couple of ladies who refused to be mistreated by men anymore, but two decades later, there is no doubt they remain the most iconic.
Sound off: What gal pals did I leave out?