The Ladies of A Few Best Men
When I saw Olivia Newton-John, Laura Brent and Rebel Wilson as Barbara, Mia and Daphne, I did make a snap judgement. The moment they came on screen, I thought to myself, well, here we go. Vapid mother gives pretty daughter special treatment, other daughter gets snappy one liners, but no character, and there’ll be a lot of passive aggressive bickering between the sisters. This is generally the way a ‘female family’ is portrayed.
I was delighted when this was not the case. It’s obvious Barbara loves her daughters without favour (I adored how she took a moment to congratulate Daphne for her violin solo - during Mia’s wedding!) and when Mia describes Daphne as her ‘bestest mate’, she’s not lying. These two share secrets and laughter, and it’s obvious they’d do anything for each other.
Even though these ladies had a tiny amount of screen time together (a lot more of this film is focused on the lads and their misadventures) what I did see left me warm and fuzzy, and actually hoping for more films were women are shown as loving and supporting of their own gender, and not just manipulative monsters in constant, petty competition.