The Ugly Truth (2009)
The Comedy: A highly strung, organisational nazi morning TV show producer (Katherine Heigl) meets a chauvinist bloke and ends up falling for his rugged charms.
Why So Sexist? Women are all ridiculously neurotic, and order their lives with military precision. Also, they really love sexist guys, but pretend to be outraged by it as part of a ‘quirky’ plot device.
If The Roles Were Reversed: A man-hating woman meets an uptight, neurotic bloke. Tells him to get a life.
The Hottie & The Nottie (2008)
The Comedy: Oh, the woes of being a man. When some guy called Nate tries to track down his childhood sweetheart (Paris Hilton), he finds that she has a really annoying ugly friend who won’t leave her side. Hilton won the Golden Raspberry for her efforts.
Why So Sexist? Women are, like, total airheads! They spend the whole time talking in whiny high-pitched voices, getting their nails done, hair highlighted, and dreaming of boys. Any woman who doesn’t fit this stereotype is indistinguishable from the neighbour’s dog.
If The Roles Were Reversed: A hot chick really wants to hook up with a hot bloke, but his neanderthal friend is forever by his side. But the hot chick is a clever young thing, and hooks the neanderthal up with her cousin. Problem. Solved.
Working Girl (1988)
The Comedy: Plucky go-getter Tess (Melanie Griffith) is attempting to climb the stock broker ranks, but is finding it difficult thanks to her lacklustre education (really the hair is to blame). Then she’s assigned as secretary to Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), the world’s worst boss…
Why So Sexist? If a woman is as successful as her male peers, clearly there’s something wrong with her. In the case of Weaver, she’s a massive, soul-crushing bitch who’ll take down anybody in her path. Also, she’s a ho. See also The Devil Wears Prada .
If The Roles Were Reversed: See Wall Street .
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
The Comedy: Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) is a gold-digging opportunist engaged to a man who will do and buy anything for her.
Why So Sexist? It’s always a little hard to tell with Marilyn (is she dumb? Or just clever at playing dumb?) Either way, she’s a woman marrying for money rather than love – not exactly the fairest representation of the fairer sex. Also, if you’re a pretty blonde, you’re obviously a seductress.
If The Roles Were Reversed: A poor waiter lives off a rich older woman, who buys him gifts in return for his, er, company. Wait a minute, isn’t that the plot of Priceless ?
Shes All That (1999)
The Comedy: A frumpy nerd gets turned into a princess with a little help from her friends – and Freddie Prinze Jnr.
Why So Sexist? Girls who wear glasses and overalls are not sexy in the slightest. However, if you remove the specs and put her in a dress, she’s immediately the hottest things you’ve ever seen. Evil, evil Hollywood. See also Miss Congenialit y and Maid In Manhattan.
If The Roles Were Reversed: A geeky computer nerd goes on Extreme Makeover and becomes a hunk thanks to a $500 haircut, pec implants, sunbed time and a suit. He still has no confidence, though. Money can't buy everything.
Failure To Launch (2006)
The Comedy: Tripp is 35-years-old and still living at home with his despairing parents. In desperation, they hire an expert (SJP) to lure him away from the nest and begin life as a man.
Why So Sexist? Men would stay at home forever if they could, according to this no-brainer - and it takes a real woman to get him to grow up and become a real man. Ick, hello hack Peter Pan psychology. Goodbye common sense.
If The Roles Were Reversed: Marjorie is 35-years-old and still living at home with her jubilant parents, who are glad to have a pair of helping hands around the house without having to fork out the cash. But secretly Marjorie is drip-feeding the ‘rents poison in the morning coffee, hoping to inherit their fortune.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Comedy: Classic comedy starring Katharine Hepburn as flighty socialite Tracy, who’s about to get married for the second time to boring George (John Howard). But first husband Dexter (Cary Grant) is having none of it.
Why So Sexist? Women (especially rich ones) are completely ruled by emotion and whim. When hubbie number one didn’t set her alight, Tracy dumped him for another man, while yet a third catches her eye just to confuse things further. Time to up the dosage, p’raps?
If The Roles Were Reversed: A wealthy heir can’t make up his mind about who he wants to marry. So he decides to become Jack Nicholson and lives happily ever after.
Bride Wars (2009)
The Comedy: ‘Comedy’ is a word that really shouldn’t be used in relation to this tosh, but hey ho… Best friends Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Liv (Kate Hudson) butt heads when their wedding dates clash.
Why So Sexist? It’s the ‘bridezilla’ stereotype taken to a hyperbolic extreme. Times two! Sure this may have looked funny on paper, but taking a one dimensional idea and stripping it further still of any substance just adds insult to the injury.
If The Roles Were Reversed: Groom Wars! Two friends discover they both want the same venue for their bachelor party, but only one can have it. So commences Operation Sink Plug, in which the two parties go to war... with hilarious results!