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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Kay Cannon
Call it The "Bridesmaids" Effect: Ever since the R-rated 2011 comedy became a runaway hit, a rash of female-written comedies are enticing viewers with provocative new characters who are more like women we know.
Cheeky and snarky but with an infectious energy, "Pitch Perfect," a comedy set in the cutthroat world of competing college a cappella groups, makes us fall in love with the very thing it's making fun of. It's ridiculous and predictable but also just a ton of fun, so you may as well give up and give in to your inner musical theater geek.
It was kind of like an arrival moment," Ms. Cannon said. "Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, they made it cool to be funny and to be embarrassed and to look a thousand different ways and show a bunch of different areas of their lives."
"There's still only maybe three female writers or two female writers to 10 guys in any kind of writer's room," Miss Cannon said.