I don’t know what took me so long to hear about Drunk Feminist Films in Toronto! They are a group of gals with a YouTube channel where they make a drinking game to a movie, watch the movie, get drunk and talk about the feminist aspect (or lack thereof) of said movie. They talk about representation, gender, race, sexuality and bad outfits.
Once in a while the gals of Drunk Feminist Films also host a live version of their show at the Revue Cinema, so I took my good pal Frankie to the next available one: Bridesmaids (2011)! You know, the new classic (can I claim that?) with lots of lovely feminist undertones and full of themes to talk about in this context–a.k.a. a great choice.
When we arrived, I understood why they tell you to buy tickets in advance–there’s such a line! We were given the drinking game rules ahead of time. The rules are definitely well thought-out (who knew there were so many undertones to this movie?). The hand-out also gave a great little explanation of some terms they might throw around during the screening just to make sure everyone was included. They also had a photo booth with props, a merch table for DFF and themed drinks (champagne with strawberries!).
The gals got on stage and introduced themselves, the film and their special guest Sophia Banks, a photographer who spoke about the super fun times doing wedding photography and her current photo projects. The movie started and it was immediately clear that this was gonna be a really interactive screening. The crowd seemed to be full of regulars who know what’s up. We were encouraged to yell out the drinking rules, but in between people were loving the running commentary. At the halfway mark, there was a break and wedding cake!
By the end of the movie, everyone was pretty hammed and tired. It was good fun, but the thing I appreciated most about the whole concept and night is the effort to make feminism more accessible. Feminism, as a concept and a theory, can be really neglecting, serious and downright boring to some people. What I appreciated was the attempt to make feminism fun by using pop culture and booze to let your feminist frustrations out.