Star Wars, 1977
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Star Wars, 1977
Ghostbusters, 1984
Space Jam, 1996
The Matrix, 1999
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, 1999
Ocean's Eleven, 2001
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, 2007
Star Trek, 2009
Inception, 2010
Captain America: The First Avenger/, 2011
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, 2011
The Avengers, 2012
Out of the Furnace, 2013
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 2013
Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014
The Expendables 3, 2014
Fantastic Four, 2015,
Now You See Me 2, 2016
Warcraft, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 2016
Kong: Skull Island, 2017
Justice League, 2017
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Once You Notice the 'Smurfette Principle' on Movie Posters, You Can’t Un-See It

Dec 23, 2016

Ever noticed that most blockbuster movies with an ensemble cast have exactly one woman in the main crew? She's usually clad in leather, can drink her weight, kicks bad guys with abandon and has a bit of sexual tension with the leading man. There are exceptions like the Fast and Furious series and, lately at least, The Avengers. But most of the time, discounting damsels in distress or villains, there's just the one lady. It's called the Smurfette principle — because there was only one female Smurf among all the Smurfs. This pattern is particularly obvious looking at the posters for some of the biggest action movies of the era. Here are just a few:

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