Ask AfterEllen.com (Jan. 6, 2009)

 
 

Q: What movies can we look forward to in 2009?

Mel, Vancouver B.C., Canada

A: Movies with actual lesbian/bi characters appear to be few
and far between this year, at least theatrically. In fact, theatrical releases
don’t appear to offer much by way of great roles for women this year — for a change.

Much of the 2009 theatrical release schedule is dominated by high-concept male-lead
pictures which relegate women to small supporting roles, like Defiance,
Taken, The
Pink Panther 2
, and The
International
; or movies about guys acting juvenile or trying to get
laid, like Paul
Blart: Mall Cop
, Fanboys,
Youth in Revolt,
and Fired
Up
.

The few big-budget films coming up with strong female leads are stereotypical movies
about women, like Bride Wars,
Confessions
of a Shopaholic
, and He’s
Just Not That Into You
. The latter is based on the self-help book of
the same name and has a great ensemble cast which includes Scarlett
Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore
, and
Ginnifer Goodwin — but I’m not sure whether that’s encouraging,
or depressing.

Goodwin, Aniston, and Connelly in He’s Just Not That Into You

There are a few films being theatrically
released in the first quarter of the year that look intriguing.

Not Easily
Broken
(Jan. 9) stars Taraji P. Henson and Morris
Chestnut
as a married couple whose relationships is tested after a
car accident (Maeve Quinlan also stars). Great cast, interesting plot.

Push (Feb. 6) is
a sci-fi thriller about a group of young American ex-pats with telekinetic and
clairvoyant abilities, with a cast that includes Camilla Bell
and Dakota Fanning. Yes, it sounds like a Heroes rip-off, but the trailer looks promising, and it’s interesting to see Fanning in a more grown-up role:

 

Then there’s the much-blogged-about B-movie spoof Bitch Slap (Feb. 15), which looks
funny and actually has some lesbian content.

If you’re into horror movies (which admittedly, I’m not), you might want to
check out The
Unborn
(Jan. 9), which stars Odette Yustman (Cloverfield),
Megan Good (D.E.B.S.), and Carla Gugino
(Sin City); and The
Uninvited
(Jan. 30), which stars Elizabeth Banks (W.,
Definitely, Maybe) and Emily Browning (Lemony
Snicket
).

Finally, graphic novel fans are anxiously awaiting the cinematic adaptation
of Watchmen (tentatively
scheduled for March 6, although there’s an ongoing legal battle between studios
that may delay its release), about a vigilante investigation into the murder
of an ex-superhero. Unfortunately, only one of the superheroes is a woman —
played by Malin Akerman (27 Dresses) — but she
can cause a lot of trouble all on her own!

Malin Akerman in Watchmen

There are also the formulaic romantic comedies New
in Town
and All
About Steve
(March 6), starring Renee Zellwegger
and Sandra Bullock, respectively, which look
amusing but predictable.

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