Why ‘Spy’ shows how women’s roles in film are changing

SPY - 2015 FILM STILL - Pictured: Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) and Nancy B. Artingstall (Miranda Hart) marvel at the wonders of a CIA lab - Photo Credit: Larry Horricks © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

Paul Feig’s latest foray into female-centric comedy, Spy, is a comedy masterpiece full of feisty female characters. If you want to see gender roles turned on their heads look no further, for once the women take the lead and the men are pretty much just there to look good. Melissa McCarthy smashes stereotypes playing a feisty, sassy, sexy and intelligent female spy who outshines her male contemporaries by a mile, and when she finally gets the chance to date the guy she’s been lusting over, she turns him down in favour of having a girly night; you go girl!


Feig shot to fame after Bridesmaids; a laugh out loud girl power comedy starring the hilarious Kristen Wiig. Taking a refreshing new angle he chose a diverse cast of funny women of all ages, shapes and sizes, finally acknowledging that fabulous, funny women exist in many forms and film doesn’t have to be all about Hollywood-standard slim and beautiful belles (although they are just as fabulous too). Thanks to Feig we can finally see women being goofy and funny and taking big lead roles, which is a refreshing change in Hollywood.

spy_throwSpy is proof that Feig is definitely the man for the job. His ability to pull together a fantastic, laugh out loud cast is second to none and he really has an eye for comedy. He even brought in British funny-woman Miranda Hart for his latest film and her and Melissa McCarthy have a wonderful comedic rapport. It’s great to see talented, funny women being given the roles and attention they deserve and Feig’s filmmaking ability provides the perfect platform to propel some of Hollywood’s finest females onto the big screen.

Ghostbusters 2015
Ghostbusters 2016

For the average woman that doesn’t fit into society’s narrow ideal it is so refreshing and uplifting to see such a diverse cast of women, all of whom get the chance to show off their skills and abilities as actresses and funny-women. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are among these talented ladies determined to smash representation stereotypes and as a result we’re beginning to get loads and loads of talented women coming forward, now unafraid to be their wonderful, goofy selves. We have Amy Schumer, Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham among many other women who have come forward to show that women can be talented, goofy and funny and more importantly that beauty is more than just one narrow ideology. Finally there are role models out there for women of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, ages and ethnicities, there are women we can relate to and aspire to be like and finally Hollywood is beginning to open its mind and diversify its representation of women. No longer are we being made to feel like we’re not worthy if we’re not slim and beautiful.

1282651269379008404Paul Feig is making great films with talented women and writing brilliant leading female roles. Bridesmaids and Spy are both laugh out loud films full of hilarious women and hopefully next year’s Ghostbusters will be another success.

6 thoughts on “Why ‘Spy’ shows how women’s roles in film are changing

  1. Great post. It’s so refreshing to see real women in real roles and the future looks even better. Melissa McCarthy is a powerfully good actor and I think some more serious roles should come her way soon.

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    1. I think the movie would have never been made if the gender roles were reversed it would be seen as sexist.
      One foot forward to steps back


    2. What do you mean by “real” ? I see here only the artificial attempt to give a male’s roles to women to fulfill the feminists agenda. It is stupid and nobody will watch these films.

      Especially young men and boys will never watch films with female’s heroes …


      1. I mean, I for one don’t give a crap if young men and boys will watch this, as a woman who’s passionate about film it’s refreshing to see films like this being made. Just because men and boys won’t watch doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be produced.


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