'Bridesmaids': An Apatow Movie for Women

Expectations are high for Kristin Wiig's movie

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Judd Apatow and Paul Feig have teamed up for the first time since their collaboration on the beloved, short-lived television show Freaks and Geeks. But the latest improv-fueled comedy from the man who brought you The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad, and other raunchy bromances that have apparently come to define a generation of young men will be different for one key reason: it was written by, and focuses specifically on, women.  

Female writing duo Annie Mumolo and SNL's Kristin Wiig crafted the script for Bridesmaids based on their own terrible experiences catering to friends in several weddings. With script oversight from producer Apatow and the direction of Feig, Bridesmaids is already expected to be a hit, a potential game-changer for female comedy. Jen Yamato, at Moviefone's Cinematical blog declares that, based on Wiig's and Mumolo's authentic script, an abundance of raunch and ridiculousness from the cast of funny girls who have already proven their comedic chops elsewhere, free-flowing improvisation, and the Apatow touch, Bridesmaids is sure to be "the female Hangover." "Bridesmaids ain't your average rom-com / chick flick," she writes, after a visit to the set. "It's a comedy about awkwardness, insecurity and friendship that talks the way real women talk and aims to skewer the catty, bizarre dynamics native to the pre-wedding rituals of women."

The A.V. Club's Shawn O'Neal  has high expectations for the movie, even though its trailer, featuring "the cheapest, loudest gags, and painting everything in the broadest of strokes to get your attention," might suggest Bridesmaids is just a typical Apatow flick with women in the roles men usually play. He believes the preview might not do the film justice, "given that it’s the first collaboration between director Paul Feig and Apatow since the days of Freaks And Geeks and Undeclared, and the best parts of those shows were the sort of smaller, subtler moments that don’t exactly translate to trailers."

At least one blogger, Indie Wire's Melissa Silverstein, is crossing her fingers for Bridesmaids' success, for the sake of the future of female comedies. "Women are desperate to have their funny and real lives reflected onscreen like the dudes do.  Here’s to praying that this film doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator that so many of the boy comedies do," she writes, explaining that, "I’m not just looking for the women’s version of The Hangover.  It’s not like you can just change the gender of the guys and make it work for women.  It would be horrible.  Hopefully Kristin Wiig...doesn’t pander for the sake of pandering."

Have a look at the trailer below.

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