Clueless’s Alicia Silverstone thinks you should head to Harbourfront every Wednesday.
The summer season brings scores of outdoor screenings, but only one of them is hosted by yours truly. That would be the Free Flicks program at Harbourfront Centre, screening Wednesdays in July and August down at the WestJet stage.
This year, returning programmer Jennifer McLeod has designed a series she calls Funny Girls, a fine list of female-driven features including Bend It Like Beckham (July 9), Clueless (July 16), Kissing Jessica Stein (August 6) and Lake Bell's terrific directorial debut, In A World... (August 13).
It's not all sprightly diversions, mind you. Nadine Labaki's Caramel (July 23), the Tracy-Hepburn comedy Desk Set (July 30) and Barbra Streisand's Fanny Brice biopic Funny Girl (August 20) speak to a wider range of stories, and to the evolution of the "woman's picture" over the decades.
It all kicks off Wednesday (July 2) with a 10th-anniversary screening of Tina Fey-scripted high-school comedy Mean Girls. It will be my pleasure to co-host the evening with a special guest: pop-culture columnist and generally brilliant Twitter humorist Anne T. Donahue, who loves the movie an awful lot.
As is traditional, the last night of the series (August 27) is the audience's choice; you can go to Harbourfront's website right now and vote for Bridesmaids, But I'm A Cheerleader, Juno or Private Benjamin to be screened as our final feature.
I'm thinking Bridesmaids is the film that would play best with a loud, appreciative crowd, but I guess people might want to see whether Private Benjamin holds up as well as they remember.