The AfterEllen.com Huddle: Remaking RomComs

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Everyone loves a good romantic comedy (sometimes, even the bad ones). But what we rarely get enough of is truly good lesbian-themed romcoms. There are exceptions, of course (see: Imagine Me and You, But I’m a Cheerleader and the newly released Portrait of a Serial Monogamist), but as cinephiles, we deserve more. 

In that spirit, this week’s huddle is dedicated to the romcom that we want to see go gay. Writers, what romantic comedy would you love to see remade to be about two women?

Lucy Hallowell: Easy. Notting Hill. Superstar actress meets nerdy, bespectacled bookshop owner love and hijinks ensue. Honestly, I would change very little from the original except to make the main characters two women. Same hilarious dinner party with bookshop owner’s friends (two of whom are now married because obviously that’s how lesbians roll), awkward “I’m from Horse and Hound” interview, hilarious attempts to break into a private garden, and dramatic final scene. Really, you could do it shot-for-shot with British women in the lead roles, and I would give you my money right now. 

Miranda Meyer: Love Actually. SO MANY LESBIANS! ALL OF LONDON IS JUST FULL OF LESBIANS!!

More seriously, High Fidelity. I don’t think you’d have to change a damn thing except switch out John Cusack. But definitely, the record store employees should be lesbians too. I am just really loving the idea of Bruce Springsteen Visits Lesbian Record Store Owner, Sends Her on Vision Quest Through Address Book. 

Anna Pulley: Fried Green Tomatoes.

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Dana Piccoli: The Proposal. I cannot resist that romcom. I don’t think I’d really change much because it’s the PERFECT ROMCOM. I’d even keep Sandra Bullock in there. Maybe switch out Ryan Reynolds for Gina Rodriguez, Rashida Jones or Emma Stone. Sorry Ryan, you are still my favorite straight dude actor.

Valerie Anne: Legally Blonde but everyone’s a woman. Even the chihuahua. (Carrie-Anne Moss already perfected skeezy lawyer, so she can be Professor Callahan.)

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Elaine Atwell: Practical Magic is begging for a lesbian remake. “Oh no, our family is cursed, and we can’t fall in love with men!” “LOL, I can think of a way around that.” And please keep Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest as the aunts.

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Kimberly Hoffman: Reality Bites. After lunch with Janeane Garofalo, Winona Ryder is like, “You know what? I do wish I were a lesbian.” She meets a woman (insert ‘90s actress of choice), Ethan Hawke wanders aimlessly with his coffee and instead of singing the Violent Femmes to Winona, she gets serenaded by her new lady to “Stay” by Lisa Loeb, Ben Stiller literally never gets his chance with Winona, at all, because she’s a lesbian now, OK? Yes, there’s a big breakup scene between Winona and her girl, but then Janeane proposes a road trip—Thelma & Louise style, they get into loads of trouble, and they ride off into the sunset doing their best “My Sharona.” The end.

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