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Women Aren't Funny (2014)

| August 2014 (USA)
Comedian Bonnie McFarlane dons her investigative journalist's hat to find out once and for all if women are funny and report her unbiased findings in what some are calling the most important documentary of our generation.

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Comedian Bonnie McFarlane dons her investigative journalist's hat to find out once and for all if women are funny and report her unbiased findings in what some are calling the most important documentary of our generation.

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I'll Tell You What Isn't Funny: Some of These Reviews
8 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you are reading these reviews, I'd advise skipping some of the hate-filled one- and two-star reviews on this page. These "critics" seem more interested in venting their feelings of rage toward women in general, and MacFarlane in particular, than in any type of fair evaluation of the film. I watched the movie last night. My thoughts:

1. I liked it. Bonnie and Rich are an engaging couple in a rather unique relationship, and it was interesting to follow their behind-the-scenes lifestyle.

2. Some of the haters on this page complain that the movie failed to reach its "potential," that it could have examined the history of women in comedy, perhaps from vaudeville to the present. This is an absurd criticism. The movie never claimed to be an educational, exhaustive study of American humor. Instead, it's an amusing peek behind the scenes of a typical comic's life which manages, along the way, to raise some provocative questions about women in comedy and society's reaction to them.

3. I do not know Bonnie or Rich, and I was not paid to write this review.

4. I'm not hailing this documentary as great cinema. But it is an amusing way to spend an hour and a half.

5. There are quite a few funny interviews/cameos from the country's top comics. Kathy Griffin is missing? The horror! The horror!

6. It's hard to diss a movie that (at seven minutes and 20 seconds) gives us a great, if brief, shot of Bonnie's bare butt. I am thinking of posting a screen capture of said butt on my site, grouchyeditor.com.

7. Finally, are women funny? Some are, some aren't. Society encourages men to be funny, so more of them are, and discourages women who are funny, so less of them are.


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