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Women Aren't Funny (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary , Comedy | 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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Bonnie McFarlane
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Credited cast:
Maria Bamford ... Herself
Adam Carolla ... Himself
Anthony Cumia Anthony Cumia
Susie Essman ... Herself
Marina Franklin ... Herself
Todd Glass ... Himself
Judy Gold ... Herself
Gregg Hughes Gregg Hughes
Adrienne Iapalucci Adrienne Iapalucci ... Herself
Lisa Lampanelli ... Herself
Artie Lange ... Himself
Bonnie McFarlane ... Herself
Jim Norton
Chelsea Peretti ... Herself
Joan Rivers ... Herself
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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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Tig Notaro's last name is misspelled as "Nataro" in the credits. See more »

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The answer is obvious, but not from this documentary
10 October 2015 | by johnmichael-2See all my reviews

"Are women funny?" Bonnie McFarland asks

The answer is simple: YES. Of course.

Wanda Sykes, Lisa Lampanelli, Whitney Cummings, Natasha Leggiero, Amy Schumer, Marina Franklin, Rachel Feinstein, Nikki Glaser, Sarah Silverman... and that's just standup. Then there's Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Jane Lynch, Ellen Degeneres, Mindy Kaling, and a bunch of others that will come to me when I'm not actually writing this off the top of my head. That's not to even mention the greats like Joan Rivers, Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, all the Golden Girls (Bea Arthur, Betty White, Estelle Getty, and Rue McClanahan), and others I'm too young to remember.

I wish this documentary had been about showing us funny women, instead of 80 minutes of existential crises. Even better would have been if this documentary had exposed me to some female comedians who I hadn't known before. Awkwardly enough, a lot of the women I mentioned above actually showed up for one- or two-minute cameos, but not nearly long enough to showcase their incredible talent.

The hardest thing is that, in the end, this expose-of-sorts didn't even bolster its own cause. It was unfocused, unfunny, and her husband Rich Vos was awkwardly omnipresent. There's already too many men in this documentary as it is.


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