Kristen Wiig first caught my attention on “Saturday Night Live” when I saw her perform in a skit where she played Megan Mullally, and it freaked me out. The impression is so spot on of Mullally’s signature character of Karen Walker that it kind of scared me. Needless to say, I was hooked on Wiig from that point forward (I even enjoyed her role in “Whip It”).
Fast forward to the present, and I find out Wiig has written, and will be starring in, a film called “Bridesmaids” and my comedy cup overflows.
“Bridemaids” is centered around two women who are planning the wedding party of their friend, and by planning, I mean struggling to plan. Once the trailer hit the Internet, many called “Bridesmaids” a rip-off of “The Hangover.” It very well might be, but I say give it a chance — at least wait until it comes out to bash it. I personally think it’s going to be a funny movie. Not only is Kristen Wiig starring in it, but Maya Rudolph as well, whom I just adore. Sprinkle in some Rose Byrne (“Get Him To The Greek” and “Adam”) and some Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” “30 Rock”) and I’m sold. I think it looks funny, maybe not in a Tina Fey sort of way, but more of a Will Ferrell-type way.
It’s pretty hard to compete with SNL alum Tina Fey’s track record, “Mean Girls” was insanely smart and “30 Rock” is also quite intelligent. And we have all seen SNL alum flops as well. That’s the thing with being a veteran of “Saturday Night Live,” you are either going to nail a spin-off career, or you’re going to embarrass yourself (not mentioning names). I will say, however, to each his/her own because “Spring Breakdown,” which starred Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Seth Meyers didn’t have a very positive reception, even though I happened to have found it hilarious. The same goes for “Idiocracy,” which starred Maya Rudolph.
“Bridesmaids” is one I will definitely see. There are some great one liners in the trailer, and I am a fan of pretty much the entire cast. But if it turns out that I am mistaken, and this movie is not so good, well … then I say to you, what did you expect from a raunchy comedy rip-off of “The Hangover”starring SNL cast members? Keep your comedies in perspective folks, lower the bar a tad and have some fun!
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