In the words of absolutely anyone stuck in a rut, going through the motions, or chasing big dreams: the struggle is real. Every hero and heroine has to go through it, but only genuine treasures (and scriptwriters) see the void of good movies that don’t need the constant love interest at their beck and call, and what’s more, female protagonists of the same description. So to all the ladies in movies who would rather go through the struggle on their own, put your hands up.
When the venture for fame gets tangled in affairs and murder, we’re pretty sure girls like Roxie and Velma would say they had it coming. Although they resort to the nastiest of ways to break out, both out of jail and as stars), they don’t need a man–rather, they need anyone to use.
Eat Pray Love (2010)
What has become a frequent mantra to everyone who travels started out as a book. Director Ryan Murphy brought it to life and further stapled the story into our minds with Julia Roberts as Elizabeth, who leaves her exhausting and lonely post-divorce life in a search for self discovery. And although she does indeed find love at the end, the roads she crossed, food she ate, and prayers she said, were for no one else but herself.
And While We Were Here (2012)
After her feature directorial debut Life Happens, Kat Coiro jumped back in with her Tribeca Film Festival gem teaming up again with Kate Bosworth’s Jane in the island of Ischia in Naples, Italy. Traveling with her distant, workaholic husband, Jane is often left wandering the streets of the city alone when she meets 19-year old Caleb (our August 2015 cover boy) and starts an affair with him. After nights spent with Caleb and days spent fighting with her husband, Jane chooses to leave the island, alone.
Frances Ha (2012)
You don’t need a man to be happy as much as you don’t need color to make a good film. Lamenting the hardship of every artist, Frances runs around making ends meet, all in the process of searching for a way to keep dancing. Trust Greta Gerwig turn this role into a laughable, hopeful tale of the real struggle.
Earning herself a Golden Globe for the role, Jennifer Lawrence took up the challenge of playing Joy Mangano, a self-made millionaire, and her story. Stuck in a life of a single mother of two and a daily routine worthy of a Kramer vs. Kramer, Joy strikes gold with her own invention after a mopping incident resulting to a cut on her hand, and creates her own million-dollar story as she navigates the f*cked up world of business and what she has to do to make it.–JANROE THE BOAT