No matter how you feel about Valentine’s Day, there’s one thing that we can all agree on: Galentine’s Day is the best day of the year.
“February 13th, Galentine’s Day, is about celebrating lady friends,” Leslie once said. “It’s wonderful and it should be a national holiday.”
We agree, Leslie! With that in mind, here are five movies you can watch while toasting Ms. Knope and celebrating with all your fabulous female friends.
This movie made me cry with laughter and cry with emotion, all while celebrating the importance of female friendships, so it’s basically perfect for Galentine’s Day. It’s a hilarious comedy with about a dozen different unforgettable moments that also manages to be an emotional, evocative and realistic portrayal of long-term friendship. This is the new gold standard in female-fronted comedies and is sure to be a perennial favorite for when you want to sit around with your ladies and celebrate ladies.
Galentine’s day is all about ladies celebrating ladies, and what better ladies to celebrate than these awesome NASA mathematicians? Hidden Figures is a movie that inspires, shows what supportive female friendships look like, and makes you appreciate how cool mathematics can be. It also serves as a reminder of how many fabulous women — especially women of color — we don’t hear about, and how necessary and amazing their stories are.
Yes, this movie starts off by being about a boy, but it ends up being about the strength that you had within you all along and the strong female friends who supported and lifted you up along the way. Galentine’s Day is all about uteruses before duderuses, ovaries before brovaries — and there’s no better way to celebrate that than with a movie in which the two fighting female leads end up best friends and the man whom they were initially fighting over ends up alone and jobless. Truly an iconic ending (and film)!
‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’
The story of four girls who find a pair of pants that seemingly flatters their different body types and decide to pass them around during their summer apart from each. Yes, it’s silly — but, somehow, it works. We travel with the pants as they move from Lena in Greece, to Tibby back home, to Carmen in South Carolina and Bridget in Mexico. Along the way, we learn two things: life really, really sucks sometimes but the awesome lady friends you have around you can always get you through it. Also, it warms my heart to no end that these four actresses are still friends to this day, so you can celebrate their on and off-screen friendship!
Admittedly, this indie French film ends in a less uplifting way than the rest of these movies and is decidedly grimmer in storyline than the rest of them, too. However, it’s also a movie about ladies supporting ladies, about how strong and courageous girls are and how little we often give them credit for being so. The film focuses on Marieme, an African-French teenager from a poor Parisian suburb, and the girl gang she first becomes part of and then turns away from. It’s a story of friendship and support, one that highlights the transformative power of both friendship and independence.