White Chicks meet She’s the Man. These two classic comedies bring out the best and worst in both genders while also bringing out the chemistry between the main characters.
These two films are my guilty pleasures because they are the kind of films that have the entertainment and humor that will cheer you up when you need it the most.
In White Chicks, two-disgraced African American FBI sibling agents, Kevin and Marcus Copeland, are assigned the duty of protecting cruise line heiresses Brittany and Tiffany Wilson from a kidnapping plot. Their supervisor, Elliott Gordon, has given them this duty as a last resort to being fired from the agency given their recent reputation. When the Wilson sisters get a facial scar in a car accident, they refuse to leave the hotel due to their appearance. But in order to save their job, the Copeland brothers will have to do the unthinkable: disguise themselves as white women in the form of Wilson sister look-alikes.
What these guys don’t know is that while stepping into the girls’ shoes, they learn more about girls and their point of view of men. It is outrageously funny from start to finish.
In She’s the Man, Viola Hastings, a girl whose passion is soccer, finds out that the girl’s soccer program gets canceled at her school. She then tries out for the guy’s team, but they tell her that girls aren’t good enough. So, when Viola finds out that her fraternal twin brother, Sebastian, is sneaking off to London for a music tour, instead of going to Illyria School, Viola decides that she can take his place and pretend to be him, to be able to try out for their soccer program.
After a makeover and help from her friends, she gets to Illyria, but then discovers that she likes her roommate, Duke. Things get messy when a girl who Duke likes falls for Sebastian, who is Viola in disguise. Everything falls apart when Sebastian goes home from London early.
What’s great about this movie is how it’s time for the girl to step into the guy’s shoes and learn more about boys and their point of view of women. It is ridiculously funny from beginning to end.
Both of these films do a great job identifying the stereotypes as to what gender sees in each other. They identify the vulnerability and insecurity that both genders separate themselves from opposite genders.
We each have our own castle and only open up to those that we are more comfortable with and can communicate with. We have walls to protect us from the things that we don’t want to get hurt from. There are always two sides to a story and it’s really engaging to see the main characters in both films to identify and understand the opposite gender and what their views are in certain topics and subjects.
I hope we can have more movies like this along the way. Both films capture the essence of equality and unity from both sides of each film.