The movie is being called "The Hangover for women." Does the comparison hold up?
"Here's the truth: There *is* an actual difference between male and female comedy writers, and I'm going to reveal it now. The men urinate in cups. And sometimes jars."
It's after midnight, and a crowd of over 1,000 people have just finished watching the premiere of Paul, the new E.T.-meets-buddy comedy from the British comedy bromance of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Some in the audience, like myself, have been watching (or waiting in lines for) films since nine in the morning. Add on to that the loss of an hour to daylight savings, and some of us were starting to feel like extras in Shaun of the Dead.
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It's not an ideal time to watch what some were anticipating as "The Hangover for Women," to witness a watershed moment in the evolution of "chick-flick comedy." But Bridesmaids was, despite our collective exhaustion, rewardingly funny.
Kristen Wiig stars in the film, and also co-wrote it with Annie Mumolo, a comedienne, TV actress, and fellow member of The Groundlings comedy troupe. The director, Paul Feig, has also mostly worked in television, directing episodes of The Office, Nurse Jackie, and Arrested Development. TV comedy actors, writers, and directors don't always have an easy transition from television into comedy features (i.e. numerous SNL skit movies, The Cable Guy), but these three make it work.