Moving Pictures
Sep 04, 2008, 11:16AM

Another Milestone For Women

Deb Hagan broke new ground for women in film by directing the universally panned rip-off comedy College, proving that women can break even the most superficially meaningless glass ceilings. Here she speaks about the challenges of directing gross-out comedies as a woman.

Hagan, who joked about having a 14-year-old boy’s sense of humor, wasn’t the most likely candidate to direct “College”—the new comedy starring three “Superbad”-look-alikes trying to survive a college visit and featuring a cast that includes womanizing frat boys, an “Assless Chaps Guy” and anonymous “Penthouse Pets.” Still, Hagan defied the odds and by her final interview with the film’s writer, Adam Ellison, Hagan had just one more gender barrier to leap. That conversation, Hagan recalled, went like this:

Producer: “You have to make sure you don’t short me on boobs.”

Deb: “Adam, you can have all the tits you want.”

A few hours later, the deal was done and a pioneer was born.

Okay, so she’s not exactly Betty Friedan, but Hagan doesn’t seem to care whether her fellow females shower her with praise or make her their pariah. Taking a cue from the feminists themselves, she’s doing what makes her happy, to hell with gender stereotypes.


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