Summer 2018’s movie’s are as varied as the alphabet — Rom-coms! Action flicks! Feel-good sleeper hits! — but one thing that they have in common is a plethora of female friendships to envy. Ahead, the best girl gangs from the season’s cinematic fare.
Rosie, Tanya, and Donna
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again was both a prequel and a sequel, which was…a choice. But it delivered the bubbliest, breeziest, and funniest group of friends in the younger versions of Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, and Julie Walters. If you need us, we’ll just be over here telling dirty jokes and convincing our friends to form a Greek dance troupe.
Diane, Sharon, Vivian, and Carol
When people ask us what we want to grow up to be, we’re just going to start showing them this photo. Last year when the first behind-the-scenes shot surfaced (you know the one, with the #eclipse glasses) the internet exploded with enthusiasm and anticipation for a movie that would deliver four of the most legendary actresses of our time on-screen together. The final product was exactly what we were hoping for: White wine! Cheese plates! Fashion montages! Dirty jokes! More wine! We’ll never look at a glass of Chardonnay the same way again.
The heist-masters of Ocean's 8
George Clooney and Matt Damon: Meet your match. The third act of Ocean’s 8 may not have come to play but the starring actresses certainly did. Every single one brought it and their on-screen chemistry was a delight to witness, whether it was Awkwafina’s joke-cracking, Sarah Paulson’s slow unraveling, Cate Blanchett’s leather pants, or Anne Hathaway’s singlehanded mission to win back the hearts and minds of Americans (bye, haters).
Vivian, Jane, and Renee
Yes, calling this a summer movie is a stretch and yes, there were some problematic moments in the script. But those facts do nothing to take away from the fact that Amy, Busy, and Aidy are just plain fun. We’d gladly spend 90 minutes watching them riff about online dating while drinking cheap beers at their local watering hole — no absurd plot devices or location changes necessary.
Sam, Julie, and Kayla
Gen X-ers, gather ’round to witness the what can happen when youths band together for good. Chemistry is hard enough for seasoned vets, but these three women (two of whom were acting in their first major role) nailed it from day one. They were sweet, they were biting, they made us really really want to go back to a high-school party, butt-chugging and all.
Morgan and Audrey
Can two people be a gang? Absolutely — especially if one of the members is Kate McKinnon, who has enough personality for a half dozen. This is an action flick about a woman who’s just been (duh) dumped and finds out that her ex was a (duh) spy, setting off a buddy-comedy of errors through a European crime ring. But really, it’s a movie about the friendship of these two women. Their quips and jabs save an otherwise lackluster spy plot (we’re still not entirely sure what the mystery even was) and the way they managed to drive on Uber on top of a recently-murdered driver who was high on meth is just plain inspirational.
Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Black Widow, Shuri, and Okoye
It’s a long time coming, but women are finally coming to the forefront in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, between Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man and the Wasp, the upcoming Captain Marvel, and the seriously strong superheroines assembled in Avengers: Infinity War. It took only three words, but we’re hoping that the film’s “she’s not alone” line is hinting at a MCU girl-gang-only ensemble in the future.