There was a scene in 2018 that quietly settled in between the throngs of movie-goers in Los Angeles’ double-parked hizzons. Kate Hudson and Nicola Peltz shocked the industry when they took over Screen Gems’ female-themed movie Blockers, cast opposite John Cena and Wendi McLendon-Covey. While the film didn’t get the traction of the R-rated road comedies of the past, the film’s director Ken Marino and screenwriter Erin Cardillo actually wrote the film based on something a real fan of the film genre had told them on Instagram. Stressed that there was no proper “single ladies”-themed movie to get ladies on the move and out of the house, Cardillo and Marino turned the story about middle-aged college friends discovering their lives are empty-nest parents into a horror film with simple and darkly comedic elements.
You probably know their “Thanksgiving” standup routine from their successful Netflix series Matewan, so this is a perfect way to spark your own career. In a recent interview with Film Twitter, Cardillo explained that the desire to make sure that all women in the audience had a representation on screen and in cinemas grows stronger with each scene she’s in.
“For me, it’s not about anything specific. This is a goal for any woman’s story because I have this [first] thought in my head while I’m doing my jokes,” she said. “I think for us women, we hear so many things about what we’re supposed to be, and I don’t know if I am one, but I hear so many things about how we should act, but how little we actually are able to express, or what we’re supposed to be doing. And so I definitely hear that throughout my standup, whether it’s this ‘single women making their own lives work’ story or being a certain type of woman or whatever. And I just never heard it from me before.”