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This isn’t so much a review as it is a disclaimer. Bridesmaids, which opens Friday May 13, isn’t what you think it is. I know the ads and trailers make it out to seem like a bit of a chick flick. Something that’s strictly for a group of girlfriends to go see akin to Sex and the City 2. Well, as Peter’s review said so well, Bridesmaids transcends the chick flick. More than that, it’s not just “the female Hangover” either. Bridesmaids is better than that. And funnier. And grosser. And the kind of comedy that both guys, and girls, will love equally. In fact, the guys might like it more.

I’ll attempt to explain that opinion without spoilers after the jump but, if this is as far as you get, let’s just be straight. Guys, it’s not only safe to see Bridesmaids this weekend, you totally should. Read More »

Though Judd Apatow has only directed three feature films (with a fourth on the way), he’s produced enough hits that his name has become synonymous with a specific type of comedy. If something is hard R-rated, kind of gross but has a heart of gold, it’ll more than likely draw comparisons to Apatow’s work. The latest film to use this formula is one that Apatow actually did produce, the May 13 release Bridesmaids. Directed by Paul Feig, the film stars Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) as a jealous Maid Of Honor and though Peter gave it a glowing review, I think his review underplays just how hilarious Bridesmaids is. It’s fantastic. Possibly the funniest film Apatow has produced yet.

Comedy doesn’t just magically appear in the theater that funny though. It’s a painstaking, horribly unfunny process involving timing, editing, repetition and – in Apatow’s case – a lot of test screening. In an excellent, in-depth interview Feig did with The AV Club to promote Bridesmaids, he revealed some interesting details about Apatow’s test screening process. Not only does Apatow record audience laughter for later playback, he’ll sometimes recruit two audiences to simultaneously watch slightly different versions of the same movie in adjacent theaters. Read Feig’s description after the jump. Read More »

That’s right. There are now enough trailers for Bridesmaids that some of you may have lost count. Paul Feig‘s film, written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, is a great comedy with more personality and character than you could hope for, and a lot of soul, to boot. But there are as many trailers now as there are main characters. (And this new one isn’t even the best of them.)

But what the hell: if you’ve missed all the other trailers for the film so far, and want to see a little more of Jon Hamm‘s less than gentlemanly behavior, check it out after the break along with a special character poster for each of the main characters. Read More »

The best comedy of the year hasn’t even been released yet, but I think that when Bridesmaids hits on May 13 it will quickly be hailed as both a very funny movie and a film with more depth than we’ve come to expect from the raunchy R-rated comedy.

To whet your appetite a bit further, here’s a new international trailer to complement the two domestic trailers. It kicks off with one of the most awkward scenes in the film — minor spoiler alert! — in which Jon Hamm, having spent the night with Kristen Wiig, tries to get out of acting like a boyfriend. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Universal Pictures have sent over a new movie poster for Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, which you may have already seen in theaters. The one-sheet quotes three reviews from the 2011 SXSW Film Festival early screening of the film — including a sentence from my glowing review of the film. I know a movie like this is a hard sell to men, but you’ve gotta trust me — this is a comedy that will have everyone laughing. Hit the jump to see the full poster.

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‘Bridesmaids’ Trailer #2

Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig is finally making his first big film. Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig as a woman whose best friend recruits her to be the maid of honor in her wedding. The film has already had one great trailer, and played to excellent reception a couple days ago at SXSW. Now there is a second trailer, and it is just as good as the first. Read More »

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Last night I saw a work-in-progress screening of the Judd Apatow-produced Paul Feig-directed comedy Bridesmaids.

While he is beloved by television fanatical/Film readers, Feig is probably the last remaining member of the Apatow clan to not have a break-out film career. Feig is probably best known for creating the short-lived HBC television series Freaks and Geeks, which has gone on to become a cult classic (including a spot in Time Magazines’ greatest shows of all time and the 13th best show in the past 25 years according to Entertainment Weekly). Paul has since directed 13 episodes of the US version of The Office, 8 episodes of Arrested Development, and a couple episodes of Weeds, Bored to Death, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men. His 2006 family film Unaccompanied Minors was critically destroyed and failed to attract excitement at the box office.

While this screening was marketed as a work-in-progress (something we don’t usually review), Feig revealed on stage pre-screening that the cut we saw was “the final cut” of the movie, only lacking a sound effect or two and a couple minor color timing tweaks. So what did I think? Read my thoughts after the jump!

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Yesterday, the poster for Bridesmaids hit the web and today we’ve got a full trailer. Both are awesome. The comedy, directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, stars Kristen Wiig as a single woman struggling with the fact that her best friend, played by Maya Rudolph, asks her to be her Maid of Honor. Rounding out the bridal party are Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper.

It’s been a while  – if ever – that we’ve seen a broad comedy with a full female cast so I have a feeling that Bridesmaids is going to be a hit. The trailer certainly seems like that’s the case. Check out, along with some new images, below. Bridesmaids opens May 13. Read More »

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