'Gone Girl's Amy Dunne & 7 of the Most Memorable "Cool Girls" Of Film & Television

By Kaitlin Reilly
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Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl was recently adapted to the big screen, and brought the resurgence of a discussion of the "cool girl" trope. What is the "cool girl? According to Flynn's character Amy, a "cool girl" is the girl who loves (or, at least, claims to love) all of the things that the man in her life does — say, hotdogs, threesomes, and Sunday football — while still maintaining her "most important" feminine quality of extraordinary hotness. The "cool girl" never begs to change the channel to Say Yes to the Dress or gets pissed off when her boyfriend is an hour late to dinner. The "cool girl" is entirely, well, cool.

She's also a myth. As Flynn writes in Gone Girl, the trope was (in part) created by the "socially awkward" male screenwriters who'd "like to believe that this kind of woman exists and might kiss them." Now, I have no idea how socially awkward these screenwriters are (I imagine, as with most writers, there's a certain level of awkwardness... and of course, I'm speaking as writer) but the fact remains that there are a ton of "cool girls" in movies written by dudes. Check out the seven "cool girls" that hit the screen.

Image: 20th Century Fox

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