Now, the New York Times has put out an article about Hollywood's Shortage of Female Power. I click on the link, expecting something similar to what I typed above, but that's not what I got. Perhaps it is best summed up with this: "While Hollywood has not stopped making films appealing to women and girls, as evidenced by recent and coming releases like Music and Lyrics, Nancy Drew and The Nanny Diaries, women here worry that the future will not be so bright." While I don't think I could knock the ever-tough Drew, since I grew up reading about her, that has to be one of the most reductive thoughts that I've read in a while. By now I'd think that women have come far enough to be more than a demographic itching for light romance and childcare. Yes, "female power" is lessening behind the scenes as a number of top, female studio heads like Gail Berman have left their positions. However, that's not synonymous with "female" floofyness.
But that's all that the Times discussion is based on. Another quote has producer Lindsay Doran saying: "You don't see companies saying, 'More than half of this population is women, we should design a slate to come up with movies like The Break-Up and The Devil Wears Prada.'" Maybe that's because women are more than flipping crazy ex-girlfriends or girls starving their already-thin frame to fit into the latest fashions? Could it be, perchance, that women want films that give them more credit? Give us balance, people!