Thanks so much for taking the time to enjoy the latest gender-switching trailer!
I know there was a huge wait time between the The Women of Wall Street and this, and I thank you for being patient. After the controversy the other trailer caused, I debated long and hard about what my follow-up would be. Should I do the same thing and switch women in for male roles? Or should I move away from genders and stir up something else? After weeks of thinking, I decided to make another trailer, but put a spin on it -- settling on the film, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
It's a movie that focuses on friendships, emotions, and relationships -- three things that people generally associate with a so-called "chick flick".
The reason I made The Women of Wall Street was to break these ideas and stereotypes. I wanted to flip these traditional thoughts and do something different. Just as there are stereotypes for women, there are equally as many male ones. Why isn't it acceptable for a man to cry, or for him to confess to his best friend that he loves him as a friend? These ideas, thoughts and actions aren't seen as manly, but why? Who made these rules, and why do we continue to follow them?
I did it again shot for shot, and I want to see what people think of this new kind of reversal.
- Nicole Donadio
Monday, September 22, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
It has been a long time since our last post, so I just wanted to give you all a quick update. We are underway with pre-production on our new gender bender trailer! It's going to have a bit of a twist and be a little different from what we did last time. Keep your eyes posted for more updates in the upcoming weeks!
Monday, March 24, 2014
Great news, we are past 330,000 views and still climbing. Thanks for checking it out and for spreading the word. It still surprises me how much this trailer has fired up so many emotions, but I can't complain. I've truly enjoyed reading all of your comments, both positive and negative.
Besides the Internet articles, we also were lucky enough to be featured on ABC7- NYC "#theTREND". Check us out at the 1:38 mark.
Monday, March 3, 2014
My name is Brian and I had a small role in this little trailer. As I write this, the Oscars have ended and The Women of Wall Street is surpassing 275,000 views. Wow! I could not have imagined that such a fun and simple concept could have ignited the passion and fury in the comments section. I asked Nicole if I could write a little something for her blog because I too feel passionately about something.
There seems to be a sentiment that this project was a purely female endeavor and could only come from the minds of angry women. In fact, this idea was born from a casual conversation about how different it would be to see women on quaaludes, throwing money into the air, and hanging each other over balconies. From that, we brainstormed other movies with this same changeup including Shawshank Redemption, The Searchers, and Back to the Future. Just imagine George McFly putting the moves on his daughter in a parked car. Does that change the way you feel about that scene? Funnier? Creepier? More ridiculous? That is why this video was made. The Wolf of Wall Street is the perfect movie to get this treatment due to its over-the-top subject matter. We didn’t know what people would think. Would they think it was funny, unrealistic, offensive, or would there be no difference with men or women? Clearly, it was not the latter. Sure, we could have used cats instead of women because everyone loves cats, but I have heard they are difficult to direct and I personally suffer from acute allergies.
If you have scrolled below the video and seen ten people in a row say, “Get back in the kitchen,” you may wonder, “Why haven’t they shut the comments down?” Well, it merely proves why this video was a good idea.
I'm not surprised by the irrational comments, but I am surprised by the overuse of the F-word. Feminist. Judging by the nature of the comments, this is something terrible, so I reviewed it in the dictionary. A feminist is someone who shares the belief that men and women should have equal rights. I guess that makes me one of these hated feminists. So gentlemen, if you love your mother, sister, or your girlfriend, that probably makes you a feminist. And that’s a good thing.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
We’ve exceeded 45,000 views!
Thanks to everyone for checking out the trailer, and for spreading the word.
It is crazy how much feedback this video has received both positive and negative.
I was admittedly very surprised this fun parody trailer would be causing such controversy. It has been eye-opening to see all the anonymous opinions … especially directed toward women. All I did was swap male roles for female without any other explanation. I am allowing people to think whatever they want – and this they have done.
We have been receiving great feedback from numerous blogs and news sources across the web. Below are just a few of the links. Feel free to check them out!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
We have reached over 2,000 views in less than 48 hours!
Maybe you came to this site because you are curious. Why do this movie? What am I hoping to achieve?
When The Wolf of Wall Street came out in theaters, it was blasted by critics, many of them female, for its excessive partying, constant nudity, and lack of substance in female roles. However, with talent such as Scorsese, DiCaprio, and McConaughey, I couldn’t pass it up for long. When I finally did see it, I admit I enjoyed it. Yes, it was certainly gratuitous, but given the subject matter, the actions of the characters were likely a reality then (and continue to be now).
But why can men behave like this? “Boys will be boys.” It’s a simple phrase that makes inexcusable actions excusable – a phrase that refuses to retire even with age. Whether a 9-year-old boy toilet papers a house or a 29-year-old man snorts cocaine off a woman’s chest, “boys will be boys.” But why can’t a girl or woman step outside of what is acceptable without facing scrutiny or be accused of being “unladylike.”
Hollywood has always been a boy’s club. The vast majority of producers, directors, and writers are men. With few exceptions, Hollywood movies are made by men for men. The Wolf of Wall Street is the ultimate example of celebrating male debauchery – eliciting cheers from the audience when the Jordan Belfort character crawls on the floor in a drug-induced stupor, crashes his Lamborghini, or finds his hidden stash of cocaine after hitting his wife.
What if this male debauchery was reversed and portrayed by females? I did not want to be heavy-handed and say, “This is what I want you to think.” I wanted to have fun, and explore what people thought of this reversal. Would they find it funny, disturbing, or unbelievable? That is why I chose to make this trailer – shot for shot, word for word, ridiculous expression for ridiculous expression. Would people watch this movie? Would anyone ever make this movie? Probably not. Most of society feels women aren’t supposed to act this way, but in my world for a brief 2 and ½ minutes, they can.