Over the weekend, the new dramedy Friends with Kids opened up in theaters nationwide. The film focuses on three couples– two married and one in a platonic relationship– who have children. One of the married couples in the film is played by Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig, who along with Chris O’ Dowd and Maya Rudolph, are reuniting from the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids.
But in this new film, Wiig plays a different type of role than the one she played in “Bridesmaids.” Although she has a few funny lines, Friends gives the Saturday Night Live performer an opportunity to show off her dramatic skills, with a character who is struggling with an unhappy marriage. Wiig pulls off this role nicely and proves how versatile she can be.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of “5 Reasons We Love Kristen Wiig.” Some of these reasons may not surprise you, but each shows that Wiig is more of a star than people often give her credit for.
Although most people see Wiig as an actress, she’s also very talented behind the scenes. In fact, earlier this year, she became the latest SNL star to earn an Oscar nomination. Alongside Annie Mumolo, she was nominated as a writer for Bridesmaids for Best Original Screenplay. Although they lost to Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Bridesmaids was a huge success last year, critically and commercially.
The film also provided a forum for a group of strong female actresses to prove how funny women can be in a crude outlandish comedy. And Wiig clearly established herself as a strong writer with a movie that some critics thought was one of the best of the year.
Admittedly, Wiig has chosen some terrible films to perform in. For instance, I hated MacGruber— which Screen Rant’s Kofi Outlaw enjoyed— but despite my problems with it, I thought that Wiig was terrific.
Even in this undeserving comedy, Wiig earned a few laughs and smiles. Throughout the proceedings, Wiig kept her dignity intact– which is more than can be said about Ryan Phillippe– and showed how great she can be even when the material doesn’t merit it. That’s definitely saying something.
Wiig may be well-known as a comedic actress, but she has done some dramatic work as well. She co-starred in All Good Things, the 2010 drama about the disappearance of a young married woman in the early 1980s. But it’s in Friends With Kids that she really shows off her dramatic prowess.
In Kids, her marriage to Jon Hamm is suffering and Wiig– through her facial expressions and her dialogue – shows what the character is feeling. Wiig earns a few laughs, but it is in her scenes of heartbreak and pain where she really soars in this movie.
One of the great things about Wiig is her persistence in earning a laugh. In a movie like Bridesmaids, she often had to act like an idiot to earn a belly laugh. But whether she’s trying to one-up another bridesmaid in giving a memorable toast, or when she’s trying to get a police officer’s attention, Wiig is willing to make a fool of herself to get the audience to chuckle.
It’s hard not to be endeared by Wiig’s enthusiastic personality, but her lack of inhibitions is one of the best things about this comedian. She wants to make you laugh even if she’s acting silly doing it. That’s a trait that too few comedians have these days.
Wiig’s persistence in getting laughs would mean nothing if at the end of the day, she wasn’t funny. But thankfully, she is. On SNL, she has played a variety of memorable characters including “Target Lady” and Suze Orman. In each of these skits, Wiig seems to effortlessly earn her laughs with her facial expressions and her hilarious impressions. In fact, watching her perform is one of the few reasons to watch SNL on a regular basis. She is often the highlight of the show.
But Wiig has also been funny on the big screen. Her performance in Bridesmaids may have drawn more attention to her but she has been stealing scenes for years. In 2009, she stole scenes in the Ricky Gervais comedy Ghost Town and before she did the same in 2009’s Adventureland. Wiig has proven herself as a comedic talent and one of the funniest actresses out there.
Kristen Wiig is still a young performer with a long career in front of her, but she has already proven herself through television shows and on the big screen. She’s one of the best members of the SNL cast and has stolen scenes in a variety of comedic films. But in the past year alone, she became a household name with her leading performance in Bridesmaids and earned herself an Oscar nomination.
Here, again are five reasons to love Kristen Wiig:
- She’s a good writer
- She makes terrible movies more tolerable
- She’s a good dramatic actress
- She’s willing to do anything for a laugh
- She’s one of the funniest comedians onscreen today
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