Anyone who saw Gone Girl knows that the character Amy Dunne is a little extreme, to say the least. During the course of the film, in which she meticulously fakes her death and pins the murder on her lying, cheating husband, she delivers a much talked about monologue about being a “cool girl.” Though the book version and the film version are slightly different, they both serve up the same version of a “cool girl.” This excerpt from the film’s monologue sums up the cool girl:
“Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, sh*t on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.”
While Amy Dunne said some pretty crazy sh*t during the course of the film, this description of the cool girl doesn’t actually seem that off base, especially in the characters we see women play on the big scene. It seems like some actresses (Mila Kunis, Cameron Diaz) are simply born to play the role of the cool girl, and are often getting typecast as this specific character. Their fun personalities translate into the pizza-eating, size-2 cool girl character. In film, we are presented with these cool girls so beyond the reach of accessibility, because, you know, eating pizza actually makes it a bit difficult to maintain a desirable body. Could anyone be as cool, as smart, as funny, as laid back as these female characters? Here are 10 characters who possess the “cool girl” persona:
10. Molly McCleish in She’s Out Of My League (2010)
From the title alone, you know that Molly McCleish, played by Alice Eve, is pretty much perfect. She was a lawyer who now works as a successful event planner and owns a sick apartment. She is supermodel-level attractive and dates guys who are Air Force pilots. This makes her perfect, but what makes her cool is the fact that she actually likes Kirk (played by Jay Baruchel), an average looking guy who works as a TSA agent. She is entirely unstuck up and accepting. On top of that, after being enticed to come into the pool with her underwear on by a group of guys, she tells them that she would… if she had underwear on. Her ability to make sexual comments that simultaneously shuts down and turns on douchebags makes her a cool girl.
9. Elaine Robinson in The Graduate (1967)
Elaine, played by Katherine Ross, brings certain cool girl qualities to the table, but lacks others. For example, she felt uncomfortable going to a strip club during a first date, which is understandable, but it is also something that cool girls would be totally down with. After she leaves the strip club in tears (so uncool girl), Ben follows her out and they finish the date by having fast food burgers in a car. This is where her cool girl factor rises. Any girl that’s down with a drive-thru burger-eating date is pretty cool. After finding out that Ben slept with her mother Mrs. Robinson, Elaine isn’t too cool with it, until she finally is. Any girl who can forgive a guy sleeping with her mother is a cool girl.
8. Lori Collins in Ted (2012)
So, the premise of Ted is that John Bennett, played by Mark Wahlberg, is best friends with his teddy bear, Ted, who can actually speak. John is dating Lori Collins, played by Kunis, who is a cool girl of sorts. She is dating a guy who is best friends with his teddy bear. That should be enough cool girl material to qualify her. On top of that, John is a stoner man-child and Lori is totally cool with that, too. She does hit her breaking point with both John and Ted but again, she was totally cool with dating a guy for four years who was best friends with a talking teddy bear so that’s pretty cool.
7. Anna Scott in Notting Hill (1999)
Remember that sweet romantic comedy in which Julia Roberts played Anna Scott, a world famous actress? Yeah, well, Anna Scott is a total cool girl. She may not eat burgers or watch football games in every scene, but a cool girl she is. Considering the fact that Anna Scott is the biggest actress in the world in this film, it’s pretty cool that she doesn’t have an assistant or bodyguard with her, like, ever. She’s too low-key for all of that. Also, the fact that she ends up with a guy who owns a travel book store, even though she could have, you know, any guy in the world, is pretty cool.
6. Kate in Drinking Buddies (2013)
Kate, played by Olivia Wilde, doesn’t believe in eating green foods and works at a brewery. She seems to be drinking beer all the time. Despite her poor diet and excessive beer-drinking (two tell-tale signs of a cool girl), Kate’s body look amazing in the tank tops she is often wearing, which give off a sexy but low maintenance vibe; the allure of the cool girl. The cool girl must be hot, but do nothing to maintain it. To top it off, Kate is an aloof and a go-with-the-flow type. She even goes skinny-dipping in the course of the film.
5. Mary Jensen in There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Mary Jenson, who was played by the aforementioned Diaz, pretty much means she’s going to be a cool girl. Diaz is often playing one version of another of the cool girl, from being totally down with the girl who tried to ruin her wedding in My Best Friend’s Wedding to her dorky cool girl character in Charlie’s Angels. Her portrayal of Mary Jenson is perhaps the most fitting of the cool girl title. This is a character proclaims that she just wants a guy to take her to a baseball, where they can eat sausages and drink beer. She goes one step further and clarifies that they won’t drink light beer, but real beer. So, she likes sports, eating and drinking but has the body of a Victoria’s Secret Angel? That’s a cool girl.
4. Penny Lane in Almost Famous (2000)
Penny Lane, played by Kate Hudson, actually isn’t a cool girl, but is rather playing a cool girl very well throughout most of the film. She drinks and parties with a band, rides on the tour bus, and still maintains her thin figure and glowing skin. She seems to be the life of the party, the girl to whom everyone gravitates. She has cool sayings and insists that she’s not a groupie but rather a “band-aid.” When it is revealed that her lover traded her to another band for $50 and a case of beer, she not dramatic and simply asks, “What kind of beer?” Then again, dramatic she is because she tries to kill herself, shattering her persona of the carefree cool girl. The whole time she was just pretending.
3. Danielle in The Girl Next Door (2004)
Who’s cooler cool girl than a former porn star? Answer: nobody. Danielle, played by Elisha Cuthbert, moves in next door to Matthew, played by Emile Hirsch. Matthew is a senior in high school, where he is the valedictorian. He is also a virgin and Danielle, despite her past as an adult star, is totally cool with that. She’s also cool after she catches him being a peeping tom as she gets undressed. As revenge, she takes him for a ride then forces him to strip and walk home.
2. Summer in 500 Days of Summer (2009)
Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel, is the ultimate hipster cool girl. She’s the love interest of hopeless romantic Tom, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She doesn’t return his romantic feelings but is completely down to have sex and engage in relationship-like tasks without the commitment. Seriously, only couples run through Ikea together. As far as a date goes, she likes shopping for records or seeing revival showings of The Graduate. Also, she knows a lot of stuff and has quirky preferences, like Ringo being her favorite Beatle. She ends up breaking Tom’s heart because he’s in love with her, but who wouldn’t be? She’s such a cool girl.
1. Andy Anderson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Andy, another role played by Hudson, embodies almost every aspect of the cool girl recipe. She is whip-smart with a Masters from Columbia. While she is a successful writer at a popular women’s magazine, she isn’t into the girly stuff that she writes about, and aspires to write heavier articles about topics that impact the world. Don’t worry, she’s not a stick in the mud. The girl can get down with playing a card game of Bullsh*t. Oh, and she’s also a huge Knicks fan. In her spare time, she eats burgers by the mouthful, resulting in her boss asking her to take smaller bites. Thankfully, she maintains a figure that looks like she only eats organic fruits and vegetables. To top it off, she is so cool that she is actually writing an article all about the annoying things that women do to drive men away, basically mocking women out there who like house plants and Alanis Morissette.