Finally, an outrageous gross-out comedy starring women! Hollywood isn't exactly known for producing flicks that maximize funny females. Even Bette Midler has lamented the lack of funny women gracing the big screen lately.
That could explain why so many women are eagerly anticipating this week's release of 'Bridesmaids,' which has been described as 'The Hangover' starring women. SNL's Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph lead the cast, with Rose Byrne ('Get Him to the Greek'), Ellie Kemper ('The Office'), Wendi McLendon-Covey ('Reno 911') and Melissa McCarthy ('Mike & Molly') rounding out the rest of the bridesmaids.
As they gear up for their friend's wedding, these bridesmaids don't just primp, preen, gossip and tut-tut about what their men might be up to at the bachelor party. Instead, they embark on their own crazy adventures, including excessive drinking, cursing, farting, burping and ogling hot men.
It's telling that this Judd Apatow–produced flick is generating so much buzz based purely on the fact that it features funny women being funny. Why is this so rare? How did this happen? We're used to seeing funny women supporting funny men on the big screen. Or playing the funny-yet-toned-down-to-appeal-to-the-mainstream friend in rom-coms (like Wanda Sykes in 'Monster in Law' or Mindy Kaling in 'No Strings Attached').
TV shows, meanwhile, are brimming with funny ladies in funny roles. Just look at Jane Krakowski as the shallow diva Jenna on '30 Rock,' Kaitlin Olson as the impossibly self-absorbed Sweet Dee on 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' or Amy Poehler as the goofily earnest Leslie Knope on 'Parks & Recreation.' And, yes, Tina Fey kills it each week as Liz Lemon on '30 Rock.'
If 'Bridesmaids' is a box office hit, maybe it will pave the way for studios to green-light more movies that maximize the abundance of funny female talent out there today. While we're on the subject of funny women in film, here are my own picks for the top five funniest scene-stealing actresses working today. Humor is highly subjective, so everyone's list is probably going to be different –- share yours in the comments section!
1. Anna Faris As Samantha in 'Just Friends'
Faris completely stole this movie. Without her, it would have been a total rom-com snoozefest. Her outrageous portrayal of a spoiled, bratty, horny pop star was hugely entertaining and, quite frankly, I'm surprised it didn't inspire a Samantha James spin-off flick, a la the Aldous Snow / Russell Brand vehicle 'Get Him to the Greek.'
2. Jane Lynch As Paula in 'The 40 Year Old Virgin'
Jane Lynch is amazing in whatever she's in, but her role as Steve Carell's raunchy, sex-crazed boss is one of her most memorable. She'll haunt your dreams!
3. Amy Poehler As Angie in 'Baby Mama'
Remember when she peed in the sink? Of course you do! Poehler delivered plenty of memorable moments in this flick, co-starring fellow funny lady Tina Fey, but the sink scene definitely takes the cake.
4. Isla Fisher As Gloria in 'The Wedding Crashers'
Stage five clinger alert! Fisher's breakthrough performance even outshone her established funny-man co-stars, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. It's time for her to start taking on some more laugh-out-loud roles like this one, and less middle-of-the-road rom-coms like 'Definitely Maybe' and 'Confessions of a Shopaholic.'
5. Kristen Schaal As Stewardess Stacey in 'The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard'
This flick started out strong and then fizzled out fast. Maybe they should have given Schaal a bigger role, because her precious minutes were some of the movie's funniest. No wonder they put most of her scene in the trailer! Her funniest role to date is undoubtedly as the loveable stalker Mel on 'Flight of the Conchords.' Here's hoping we get to see a lot more of her on the big screen (in roles that maximize her zany comedic talent).
Honorable Mentions: Betty White for being totally awesome in 'The Proposal,' and Lucy Punch as Darla in 'Dinner for Schmucks.' Punch is pitch-perfect as Paul Rudd's completely unhinged stalker.