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Women Aren't Funny

Women Aren't Funny (2014)

August. 29,2014
| Comedy Documentary

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 love Vos and Bonnie. I know that is weird cuz I've never met them. But their podcast is hilarious, their comedy is great, and this movie is very well done for a first movie.My favorite part is seeing Bonnie's butt in the weeds. It was amazing. Didn't JO to it but plan to.The only thing I didn't like is how Bonnie doubts her skills, or the podcast, or her humor in general. I understand she's a chick and gets emotional bit Jesus it gets old. Vos is close minded, for sure ("No I'm not!") but that's prob why I liked this movie so much. Cuz you get to see the madness behind the scenes.If you like Vos and Bonnie, definitely give this a shot. You'll probably love it, and it'll prob put you in a good mood.Mark


I liked it. I think that it address the topic well, I applaud it for focusing on a topic that not many people pay attention to. I wish more people would be less biased against women, and I wish people would stop saying "I think women ARE funny ... but none of these women are funny." I saw it on Netflix, and I had to watch it because the topic is important. I think documenting this issue through Bonnie's lens is good for it, because she is a female comic (and I think she's funny) and we get a taste of what these female comics think when they hear "women just aren't funny," but they have to be calm and nice to this jerk because otherwise they'd be accused of being all "period-y."My one critique is that I felt like while the emotional bits were very good, they felt a bit scripted (maybe they weren't at all and I'm being crazy, but that was my impression.) However, I really loved the tie up with the show at the end, I thought all the jokes they showed were hilarious, and I loved the Dane Cook bit.Screw the haters. Women are very funny. And this documentary is funny.


"Are women funny?" Bonnie McFarland asksThe 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.


This "cocumentary" is funny same as Bonny being funny. This whole movie is about her and not much about female comedians nor the subject of women not being funny...if anything this documentary just proves the point they are trying to dispute. She even goes to the point when she says she did not do any research for this subjectTrying to prove women are funny by not being funny. The moment when she asks people "Do you know me?" is just sad...why does it matter? Maybe you are a shitty comedian and thats why nobody knows you? Oh yeah...and she asks Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Peretti about not being funny? What do they know? They never were funny from startWomen can be funny, they are just not in this documentary.