Posted on Friday, December 17th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
A test screening for the new Judd Apatow-produced Paul Feig-directed comedy Bridesmaids took place tonight in southern California. The film is written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and tells the story of two feuding bridesmaids played by Rose Byrne and Kristen Wiig. Also starring Maya Rudolph as the bride, and a supporting cast that consists of Jon Hamm, Matt Lucas, Ellie Kemper, Dianne Wiest and others.
And despite the Bridewars sounding logline, the reunion of Apatow and Feig (who worked together on the now cult classic television series Freaks and Geeks) and the hilarious female cast, has many excited. So what is the early word? Find out now after the jump!
It should be noted that filmmakers use the test screening process to find out what is working and what isn’t. Apatow especially is known to do dozens of test screenings of his movies. The movie isn’t set to hit theaters until May 13th 2011, so it’s still a long ways off. They did a test screening of the film in New Jersey on November 11th and it was 2 hours and 22 minutes in length, but they are now down to 1 Hour and 55 minutes. So it looks like they are still trying to find the length.
@AriumJL: “I was a bit nervous because you can see little quirks from several of her snl characters, but Kristen completely caries this film. Kills it.” … “The theme of the movie, while a tad “on-the-nose” when said aloud, is great. Shares a little emotional kinship with Freaks and Geeks.” … “There are two sequences that I’m sure the trailers will use and abuse, but that won’t change the fact that they are fucking hilarious.” … “Obviously the film is a little long in it’s current form. The plot will not throw you any surprises, but then again good comedies rarely do.” … “And besides (admittedly fun) garbage like THE SWEETEST THING, this might be the first genuine “female” comedy. Congrats to women everywhere!”
@zoeythegreat: “The movie was super funny!” … “Oh, and don’t let the name ‘Bridesmaids’ fool you — Kristen Wiig was at her best and it wasn’t sappy or too girly.”
Nate Glass: “Bridesmaids = Kristin Wiig awesomeness. Highly recommend.” … “you’d definitely love it…Kristin Wiig is great and it’s really funny. gotta wait until May tho!”
CrowbarMark from a November 11th New Jersey Test Screening: “Great film. Really funny. Thought it was going to lean more towards the chick flick genre but it definitely appeals to males as well. Everyone’s really funny especially Melissa McCarthy. I heard people saying that Apatow was there but I did not see him. Not surprising as most of the filmmakers have been showing up at the Paramus screenings lately.” … “I didn’t mind the length of the film. Every scene had something hilarious or engaging about it. Knocked Up was 131 minutes or so wasn’t it? Melissa McCarthy was awesome but Kristen Wiig is so appropriate as the lead. So many funny women in this. However, I didn’t care much for the *beep* scene. It seemed a little too easy.”
ropobop-895-387064: “VERY funny. The casting was crazy good.”
acrandy2002 from a November 11th New Jersey Test Screening: “The movie was hilarious….they didn’t cut anything in the version we saw because its the first cut…so it was unbelievably long (2 hours and 22 minutes)…when the finished products comes out, they’re going to probably cut 25 minutes off of it to bring it down to 1 hour 55 minutes….that will make all the difference in the world…but in many ways this film is destined to become an Apatow classic…. In a way, this is kind of like the female “HANGOVER”…one of the girls is getting married (Rudolph), and the bridesmaids are trying to give her an exciting bridal shower and an exciting wedding…and Melissa McCarthy is like the Zach Galifinakis of the film…she’s the wacky one… The version we saw was incredibly long because they left absolutely everything in there (142 minutes), but when they cut it down to 115 minutes, this movie will be perfect…but it was funny as Hell”