Top-notch female-oriented comedies are few and far in between – not because there aren’t incredibly hilarious ladies with the will and talent to make them, but because studios have mostly relegated those with the X chromosome to shoddy rom-coms and Jane Austen adaptations.
Thankfully, things are starting to look up for women in comedy. Tina Fey, for example, is easily as famous and successful as any male comedic actor, and one of the more highly-anticipated comedy films of the year is Bridesmaids, a female satire of the popular wedding-related comedies of late (See: The Hangover Part II). Below, we have six new character posters and a brand-new red band trailer for Bridesmaids.
Check out the red band trailer below, courtesy of Cinema Blend:
As far as red band trailers go, this one’s pretty tame. There’s some semi-sexual (but mostly ridiculous) content involving Mad Men star Jon Hamm and not much else. The most interesting thing about the trailer, though, which heavily features the most terrible song ever, "Raise Your Glass" by Pink, is that it’s very clearly making fun of those aforementioned shoddy rom-coms (in addition to movies like The Hangover and The Wedding Crashers). If there's one negative take-away from the trailer, it's that I'm pretty sure I know the entire plot now. Yeah, it's one of those.
Finally, check out the characters posters below, showcasing stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Elie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey as the titular bridesmaids (click to enlarge):
Bridesmaids, which premiered at SXSW in February, received extremely positive reactions from just about everyone who saw it. While the trailers have showcased the raunchy, more comedic elements of the film, there’s apparently a very emotional arc as well, at least for Kristen Wiig's steadily unravelling character. And though the film was produced and directed by a bunch of men-folk – Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, respectively – it was actually written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo. Hopefully, if Bridesmaids is as successful as many post-SXSW reviews predicted, we'll see more films in the same vein.
Bridesmaids hits theaters May 13th, 2011.
Video source: Cinema Blend