We can do it, ladies! The Kristen Wiig/Maya Rudolph comedy “Bridesmaids” blew the roof off all expectations, raking in $24.4 million at the box office on opening weekend — the most important barometer in all of Hollywood. While “Thor” came in #1 at the box office this weekend, “Bridesmaids” followed at #2. People who care about lady-issues, such as why only a handful of women are prominent in comedy and why movies with all-female casts are often denigrated as “chick flicks,” were waiting with bated breath to see if “Bridesmaids” succeeded. The fact that it did — and that everyone agrees it’s smart and uproariously funny — sends a signal to studios to invest in more female-led comedies. According to TheWrap.com, Universal Studios predicted “Bridesmaids” would only rake in dough in the low teens. Wrong! Maybe we could stop wondering if women are funny now? [The Wrap] Keep reading »
Finally, an outrageous gross-out comedy starring women! Hollywood isn’t exactly known for producing flicks that maximize funny females. Even Bette Midler has lamented the lack of funny women gracing the big screen lately.
That could explain why so many women are eagerly anticipating this week’s release of “Bridesmaids,” which has been described as “The Hangover” starring women. SNL’s Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph lead the cast, with Rose Byrne (“Get Him to the Greek”), Ellie Kemper (“The Office”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Reno 911″) and Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) rounding out the rest of the bridesmaids.
As they gear up for their friend’s wedding, these bridesmaids don’t just primp, preen, gossip and tut-tut about what their men might be up to at the bachelor party. Instead, they embark on their own crazy adventures, including excessive drinking, cursing, farting, burping and ogling hot men. Read more… Keep reading »
Women across the country will be flocking to “Bridesmaids” this weekend, which is good news for everyone: Jessica has confirmed that the movie is laugh-out-loud funny and high ticket sales during opening weekend will show Hollywood studios that women want to see intelligent movies about funny women and that there is a demand for more movies like this.
One problem: on the “Bridesmaids” movie poster, why is the chubby bridesmaid, played by Melissa McCarthy (of “Mike and Molly”) wearing a much more modest version of the matching bridesmaid dresses? Four of the five bridesmaids wear sleeveless hot pink taffeta mini-dresses that are tight and hit well above their knees. However, Melissa McCarthy is wearing a slightly different dress: her skirt is looser and covers her knees, she’s wearing elbow-length sleeves, and she doesn’t have as much as a hint of cleavage. If the dress wasn’t hot pink and had less ruched taffeta detailing, she could probably wear the dress to a job interview. Keep reading »
Last week, Jessica and I were lucky enough to attend a screening of the movie “Bridesmaids,”
which hits theaters this Friday. You can check out Jessica’s review of the film here
, but allow me to add my own two cents and that is that, holy crap, was it hilarious. I’m already laying the groundwork for ducking out of the plans I made Friday night — cough, cough
— so that I can go see “Bridesmaids” again. The movie made me feel really glad that I don’t have any friends (who aren’t already married) that would want me to be a bridesmaid in their wedding. Being not-too
-good-a-friend to everyone has never been so awesome. I kid. Sort of. Anyway, here’s some exclusive footage from the “Bridesmaids” premiere. Woot woot! Keep reading »
Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd, Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kempner
When Jon Hamm shirtless is not the best part of the movie, you know it’s a good one.
That’s my summary of “Bridesmaids” in one sentence.
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You do have May 13 marked down in your calendar as the day when “Bridesmaids” hits theaters, don’t you? I saw the movie last night at a screening — one of the perks of my job, gotta say — and while I can’t give too much away (look for our review on Monday!), I will say you will CRACK THE HELL UP. Anyway, I think everyone can agree seeing a movie about bridesmaids is infinitely better than actually being one, but if you’re stuck with the latter, we’ve got the giveaway for you! One lucky reader will score a “Bridesmaids Survival Kit” — stocked with lip balm, mints, comb/mirror, nail files and a shot glass engagement ring — and a $100 Visa cash card, and no, don’t worry, you don’t actually have to be a bridesmaid in an upcoming wedding to be eligible.
WIN THIS! Tell us in the comments what your ideal Ladies’ Night Out entails—the most creative and thought-provoking answers will walk away with the “Bridesmaids Survival Kit” and $100 Visa Cash Card. Enter by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2011. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner Friday, May 13. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules here.) Good luck!
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I can’t wait — like, cannot wait — for “Bridesmaids” to come out. Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm (!!!), and food poisoning jokes? Yes, please. Also, three golden retriever puppies appeal to my inner nine-year-old girl. This “dirty version” of the “Bridesmaids” trailer — NSFW on account of salty language and Jon Hamm getting some reverse cowgirl action — has me feeling excited in my panties, for real. [IndieWire] Keep reading »
A while back, I remember asking myself, “Could Judd Apatow curate a group of women the same way he works magic with his usual guys? Or is his humor purely dude-like?” Well, it appears that he is now taking a stab at a female-focused movie, “Bridesmaids.” At first, I was a bit appalled that the female Apatow movie would, of course, be about a woman going crazy over her wedding. But now that I’m reading more about it, I’m thinking it will be much, much, much better than a “Bride Wars” redux. The movie is written by Kristen Wiig, which already makes it that much cooler. And it stars Kristen alongside Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Rose Byrne—all ladies I love.
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Megin and I first met as mid-level slaves to the fashion industry eight years ago. I recognized a kindred spirit the minute I caught her screaming harsh obscenities at her computer. We’ve been through boyfriend breakups, apartment break-ins, and career changes. So when she asked me to be a bridesmaid, I jumped at the chance to stand by her side and watch her start a new life with the man she loved. Of course I wanted to support her in any way possible on her big day; I just didn’t realize how much it would cost me! Keep reading »
If you’re in a friend’s wedding, be prepared to spend big bucks, because you’ll have to buy everything from a plane ticket to your bridesmaid dress. And if the bride wants all her ladies in waiting to wear matching shoes, that’s another hundred bucks out the window. Hopefully you can convince her to go with a less expensive footwear option, like this ridiculously good-looking pair from Payless. That’s right, Payless. Lela Rose hand-picked 15 dyeable styles (and 64 custom colors) for the retailer’s Unforgettable Moments collection, and they all cost under $50, including the dye job and shipping. The Nathalie (pictured) is so cute we’d buy them even if we didn’t have to. [$44.99, Unforgettable Moments]
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