If you're like me you love seeing women whoop ass onscreen (and off). Girl gang movies usually are filled with the full spectrum of emotions and action---love, betrayal, vigilante/ self-defense action, occasional song and dance, and, of course, sisterhood are common themes, and 10/10 times the fashion is on point. Here are some of my current faves to revisit. There are so many deep cuts, but these are the basics. It goes without saying that I suggest smoking before watching any/all of them. Get put on muthasucka! ~Kenya Kush~
This is one of my faves of all time. It's a Tarantino flick, so it has all the gore and violence you'd expect. The story follows two groups of girlfriends on adventures in the south while being targeted by a crazy white dude that stalks and brutally murders women with his car. This film has great music and opens with a scene of Sydney Portier as Jungle Julia taking a huge bong rip in her undies. Marijuana makes a few critical cameos as does early 2000s fashion and an epic chase scene. Starring Rosario Dawson and Rose McGowan, I'm just saying, fucking awesome.
2. Gulaab Gang
This Bollywood production is visually stunning. It is based on the real life Gulabi Gang, which is a women's gang in India that wears uniform pink saris and whoops ass on abusive husbands/ in-laws with bamboo sticks and otherwise seeks to defend women through settling land disputes, providing school fees and other resources to increase socio-economic movement. The film captures the endless, flowing pink silk magnificently and captures the lead character's piercing eyes. There are a few musical numbers, a few of which are kinda cheesy, but also have some boss lyrics (translated).
3. Switchblade Sisters
There's no girl gangs like those from the 70s. In the spirit of action movies of the time period, this movie shows a group of young women, as the female counterpart to the male gang the Daggers. Eventually, the girls form their own gang, the Jezebels, and internal power struggles ensue, sabatoges are staged, and blood is spilled. Complete with fake 70s blood and fight scenes, this movie has many lessons on what can happen when you let jealousy, petty power, and not minding your business get in the way.
4. The Cheetah Girls
Ok, ok. Cheetah girls, cheetah sistaaaaas. When this movie came out, I was dumbstruck and forever marked. I always identified with Galleria (Raven), mainly because she had the pink cheetah spots and those were my favorite, and from that moment on I started wearing leopard almost every day---a trend which has not stopped yet. This rated G feature is for everyone, but I'd suggest being real high before taking that trip down memory lane. Featuring the best damn songs and fashion seen on TV during that time period. Lessons on fame, passion, and friendship are pretty real. Also check out the second and third movies shot in Barcelona and India respectively. The later two don't include Raven, but after she proved to be real suspect with her comments about Africa and black people, it might be for the better anyway.
5. Girlhood (Bande de Filles)
Ughhhhh, this movie is sooooo gooood. It's a French film about a young girl trying to fit in at home and at school and not getting what she wants/needs with either so she bounces from both and joins a gang of tough bitches and parties and chills with them, and runs into the joys and trials of trying to grow up young and fast. If you didn't like Rihanna's "Diamonds" before watching this (I wasn't thrilled) you just might afterwards.
6. Mi Vida Loca
I was just gonna make the list a tidy top five, but it felt wrong not to include this gem. This 90s classic centers on young women trying to live and thrive in Echo Park, LA while living the mi vida loca gang life and dealing with betrayals and loss; love and heartbreak; motherhood, poverty and more all with perfect 90s editing.
Enjoy! ~ K.Ku$h ~