A Lesson on Women…in “The Female Brain”

Such a mystique to understand the inner goings on of the female brain and neurology, and Whitney Cummings tackles it hands on in her new film, “The Female Brain,” premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2017. In a q&a following film, she talks about the female’s thoughts and feelings, living alongside other human beings in complex relationships. Her film, based on the non fiction book of the same name, features various subplots in this funny, wildly inventive novel docu-drama. Starring Whitney Cummings herself, as the lead role, a budding neurologist in the throes of a clinical psychiatry study, she unexpectedly falls for her male subject (Toby Kebbell); alongside co stars Beanie Feldstein; Sofia Vergara; and Cecile Strong. This film focuses on an elaborate pseudo-scientific research project to differentiate how males and females look at and react to the world, and to experience the film without even reading the book as preparation, is quite an amazing, humbling journey. Cummings states, “people read non fiction and are hungry to learn…the takeaway from this movie is an illumination to learn new things to promote healthy relationships.” Various aspects of the female brain are illustrated in humorous scenes and vignettes, exploring the ‘fight or flight,’ instinct, nagging tendencies, insecurity; and emotional manipulation. The many stages of a relationship are explored… from initial dating and honeymoon phase… to slow disinterest of a marriage, potentially leading to divorce or running its course. Cummings’ voice and message is both intimate and general, sure to resonate with women no matter where they are in life’s precarious journey and where they will eventually end up. When asked if the film, (filled with hilarious, unpredictable moments of dialogue), was scripted or improv, she states, “for the most part, we stuck to the script.. I hired the best people and let them do what they do! Create a safe space and let them play!” With stories and scenarios as real as possible, funny and genuine results evolved naturally. “These actors came in and added some improv and their personal touch.”


About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at www.examiner.com and www.tolucantimes.com my email is bonniedeb13@hotmail.com
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