After receiving an abundance of glowing reviews and faring better at the box office than analysts had initially predicted, Bridesmaids is well on its way to becoming one of this summer's sleeper hits. Boasting producer Judd Apatow's signature blend of gross-out humor and genuine heart, the film seems to have successfully traversed the "chick flick" stigma by catching on with both women and men.
The bottom line is that film is extremely funny - and it wouldn't work nearly as well as it does without the talented ensemble Apatow and director Paul Feig assembled. It would have been easy to resort to caricatures when dealing with the title roles - and even though Bridesmaids clearly defines each woman's place in the group almost immediately, they all manage to emerge as fully formed individuals.
Unlike many other comedy franchises that become dependent on a particular setting, premise, or plot point - these characters could easily slip into a brand new story. So for anyone who's interested in witnessing the further adventures of Annie (Kristen Wiig), Lillian (Maya Rudolph), Helen (Rose Byrne), Becca (Ellie Kemper), Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), and Megan (Melissa McCarthy) - it sounds like might get your wish.
Feig and McCarthy recently spoke with Vulture about the film's success and the topic of a follow-up was broached. According to Feig, conversations about a sequel have already taken place, but at this point it's dependent on whether or not Bridesmaids continues to perform well:
"I mean, it depends how we do in the next couple weeks, but I know there's definitely ... it's already been brought up. So, um, you know, when you get a group that's this deep and this good, it's a crime to not use them again. You just want to make sure that you do it as well as you did the first one and try to make it better, even. So, we're up for the challenge."
"I will show up wherever these guys tell me to go. If it's a play in their backyard, I will gladly do it. I'll do kids' parties for them, I'll do bar mitzvahs; I'm in."
Considering the positive word of mouth that Bridesmaids has received so far, it isn't difficult to imagine the film pulling in enough money to warrant interest in a sequel. Like The Hangover in 2009, this is a comedy that could potentially continue to thrive as the summer rolls on.
Like I mentioned earlier, there's an infinite number of situations they could drop these characters into and, creatively speaking, that's a very promising notion. Feig's determination to top the first film is admirable and playing with the audience's expectations could be a fun way to try and accomplish that.
It would definitely be preferable to see the Bridesmaids gang move away from wedding-themed shenanigans, but either way - it's a pretty safe bet that we haven't seen the last of them.
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