Who's In It: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris O'Dowd, Jill Clayburgh, Jon Hamm, Matt Lucas
The Basics: Weddings, put simply, can really suck. Sure, it's theoretically a symbol of everlasting love and dedication, but in reality it often turns into a logistical and emotional nightmare for everyone planning it. Annie (Wiig) finds this out when her "Best Friend to End all Best Friends" Lillian (Rudolph) announces her engagement. She makes Annie her Maid of Honor, which she immediately begins to screw up in a huge, friendship-ending way. With her professional and personal life in ruins, Annie is forced to either pull it together or remain a shambles.
What's The Deal: There is a lot of pressure on this movie to be the film that jump-starts more female-driven comedies in Hollywood. The ad campaign, therefore, is somewhat misleading. They are making it seem like a female Hangover, and it most definitely is not. Having said that, it is still a sometimes-raunchy, touching, hysterical piece of filmmaking with a wedding in it. They hit it out of the park with a solid script, incredible performances, and what seems to be an unshakable faith in just how funny this movie turned out. It's a confident picture that lets the story unfold slowly, like a There Will Be Blood of lady comedies.
Is It A Date Movie?: There is something for everyone in this film. The women are beautiful, there's some toilet and sex humor, they talk about their feelings, and there's a love interest (note: Chris O'Dowd rules the school as the most charming, crush-inducing object of affection since Michael Shoeffling in Sixteen Candles, or Jim Sturgess in Across the Universe). Everyone walks out of this movie feeling like the movie was made for them, which is a rarity in our world of demographics and test screenings. Also, there are no menstruation jokes in the film. Everyone is safe there.
So Are Women Funny Or Not? If you regularly read Vanity Fair (or catch it online, now), you know that this is a hot topic. The likes of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, every woman in this film, and the rest of the Haha Hoo-Hah Brigade will argue that yes, there are plenty of funny women working in entertainment right now. Of course, there are fewer of them out there than men. Ultimately whether women are as funny as men is an unanswerable question, but this movie helps shed some light on the riddle. The film, written by Groundlings Wiig and Annie Mumolo, came from the hands of skilled performers whose comedic sensibility is about more than just being female. They speak a laugh-inducing language that knows no gender and is relatable for everyone. When you have that in a film, plus believable dialogue about being a woman and relating to women, you've got a success on your hands. If you're looking for an entertaining night at the movies, this one's for you. And for everyone else making movies about groups of people who are often regarded as "the other," take copious notes.