female version of The Hangover

While Bridesmaids is clearly an ensemble comedy with a lot of great performances, I came out of it thinking that it had one clear star making turn. If you want to believe the oft-repeated marketing hype that Bridesmaids is a female version of The Hangover, then the clear Zach Galifianakis of the group was Melissa McCarthy. Everyone in the film gets at least a couple strong zingers to throw at the audience, but it’s McCarthy who provides most of the big, gut punching belly laughs by fearlessly laying bare all of the character’s foibles for everyone to see. I’ve never seen Mike and Molly, so I don’t know what she’s like on that show, and I can barely recognize her as the same actress who played the bubbly and annoying Sookie on Gilmore Girls; so her performance hit me as a real revelation. When I walked out of Bridesmaids, the strongest reaction I had to it was a feeling that we’d be seeing a lot of Melissa McCarthy in the days to come. Well, it looks like that future is already coming to pass. In an interview with Inside Movies McCarthy spills the beans on not only a new project that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is developing for her, but also on a project that she is writing for herself. On working with Paul again, McCarthy said, “It’s really overwhelming. If Paul asked me to come over and vacuum his house, I would be like ‘Ab-so-lute-ly! Do you need your […]

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