While there are many differences between 2015's female road comedy Hot Pursuit and any given male buddy comedy, one shining example is what topics the film addresses. Everything from being a female cop in a male-dominated field to using a discussion of menstrual cycles to gross out a couple of dumb dude cops is included. So when I sat down with director Anne Fletcher to talk about the film, I had to ask: Is Hot Pursuit feminist?
The film, starring Oscar-nominated Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Emmy-nominated Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), surrounds Cooper (Witherspoon), a not-so-able cop who is tasked with keeping the widow of a drug boss safe before she testifies in court. As expected, nothing goes quite as planned, and the audience is in for a wild and oh-so bumpy ride with these two colorful protagonists.
While Fletcher didn't necessarily give me a straight "yes" or "no" on the feminist question, she did talk about the evolution of the female buddy comedy and the significance of both of these female characters living in a man's world.
For further insight, watch the interview below, and catch Hot Pursuit in theaters May 8.
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