Sunday, May 15, 2011

Did People Just Realize Women Were funny?

In case you hadn't heard a film called Bridesmaids was released this weekend. It was produced by Judd Apatow and stars Kristin Wigg (who also co-wrote it) and Maya Rudolph. Wigg plays Annie, the best friend of Lillian (Rudolph) who thought her boyfriend was about to dump her but actually he proposed. Annie is, of course, chosen to be her maid of honor and accepts happily not realizing the complicated mindfield that is being a bridesmaid. Of course, Rudolph puts together the most insane group of women for her wedding party including The Office's Ellie Kemper (Princeton grad by the way), Meghan McCarthy as a hilarious butch straight-women (such a departure from her role as Sooki on Gilmore Girls), the hilarious Wendi McLendon-Covey from Reno 911! and Rose Byrne as the snobby wife of Lillians' fiancee's business partner. Anyway hilarity ensues during the bachelorette party and wedding and Jon Hamm makes it in there so it pretty much looks like an amazing film. And I couldn't help but notice that the attention for this film has been very interesting. 

Basically it is being called hilarious because it is really showing that women aren't all delicate flowers. Some of them, mostly the awesome ones, talk about gross things like bodily functions and sex in the same way that men do except we wear hot pink when we do it and that is the definition of feminism. Just kidding. However someone did note this is one of the first few times six women have been on a billboard for a movie together (I think they did that for The Women remake but that film was such an absolute disaster that it really shouldn't count). But basically critics are saying this is a breakthrough for women in comedy and lines that have never been uttered by women on film are said in this film. 

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