Back in 2011 Bridesmaids was seen as the female version of The Hangover: a movie that wasn’t afraid to be gross alongside being funny and incisive. Since then the movie has deservedly grown in stature, thanks in part to not following the movie it was most compared to down the path of diminishing returns through needless and repetitive sequels. It launched the careers of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and proved that the brilliant Rose Byrne was even better a comedy than her dramatic work. Here are 10 more movies like Bridesmaids to laugh yourself silly to.
Bridesmaids breakout star Melissa McCarthy reunites with that movie’s director Paul Feig for this uproarious women-centric buddy-cop comedy. It shows how in-demand both McCarthy and Feig were at the time as they broke through to mainstream audiences with the help of Academy award winning superstar Sandra Bullock. Bullock plays the straight role as the by the book FBI investigator Sarah Ashburn. In order to capture a drug lord, Ashburn must team up with hot-headed Boston detective Shannon Mullins, played by McCarthy. Sparks fly in every direction as both Bullock and McCarthy sink their teeth into their polar opposite characters to create a chaotic and hilarious partnership that is much more dangerous than any criminal you happen to put in front of them. The Heat is a brilliant riff on buddy cop movies as its leads easily stand alongside the giants of the genre, and that includes Riggs and Murtaugh.
The American Pie movies devolved into straight to DVD shadows of themselves so quickly between the release of the third and fourth movie starring the original characters. The first American Pie movie is a teen gross-out classic, though its college-based sequel failed to recapture that magic, and everyone was prepared for American Wedding to be even worse. Except the movie avoided the dreaded third movie curse by upping the genuine affection the characters had for each other, even Stifler. American Wedding proves, even if only slightly, that the main movies of the American Pie franchise deserve to be seen by people outside those that found the movies as frustrated teenagers of the early noughties, as examples of the very worst things that can happen to you through puberty to sexually repressed adulthood. Even Freddie Got Fingered was popular amongst may classmates in high school, so you can’t account for taste.
Wedding Crashers is the kind of comedy you just don’t see much of anymore. Part of this is because stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan don’t draw in audiences like they used to, maybe because Vaughan has recently transformed himself into a mainstay in brutal indie thrillers, and Wilson does couch advertisements. What makes Wedding Crashers such an entertaining watch, is that neither Wilson or Vaughan is saddled with the straight man role. As the titular wedding crashers both are hilariously immoral people that prowl for easy pick-ups at stranger’s weddings. That is until they plan to crash Rachael McAdams wedding to a Bradley Cooper (in one of his many villainous comedy roles before The Hangover put him on the A list). Wilson falls immediately in love with McAdams (as we all would), but the real treat is the breakout performance of Isla Fisher as McAdam’s disturbed sister who has her eye on Vaughan.
The Five-Year Engagement
Many movies like Bridesmaids have are set before, during, and after weddings, but The Five-Year Engagement lives completely in the time before. The movie stars the wonderful Emily Blunt and How I Met Your Mother’s Jason Segel, with a breakout supporting turn from Chris Pratt. Segel plays sous-chef Tim Solomon who plans to surprise his girlfriend Violet, played by Blunt, by asking him to marry her which doesn’t exactly go to plan. Though the couple do end up engaged, every time they try to plan anything to do with their wedding, something gets in the way. As more and more time passes, both Tom and Violet begin to wonder if the universe is trying to tell them that they might not be destined to be together. The Five-Year Engagement is perfect platform for its stars comedic talents, especially Blunt’s, as it takes a funny and mature look at what committing to each other for life really means.
Bridesmaids director Paul Feig reunites with Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy for the remake of Ghostbusters, or as it is also known as “the movie that ruined my childhood because its existence completely destroys every copy of the original classic”. That nonsense argument aside, Ghostbusters sagged under both the silly controversy and the fact that it also wasn’t the greatest movie of all time. Away from 2016 though and the movie is well worth a watch. It’s not as good as the original, but it’s a little better than Ghostbusters 2, and its cast, which includes Saturday Night Live duo Kate McKinnon ND Leslie Jones, alongside a scene-stealing Chris Hemsworth, has great chemistry that papers over many of the movie’s cracks. The only thing that should have been left out is those cringe-worthy cameos from the original cast. We can add that alongside Garfield on Bill Murray’s list of regrets.
I Give it a Year
As a frequent collaborator with Sacha Baron Cohen, Dan Mazer made his career writing with Cohen on Ali G Indahouse, Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and Bruno. This meant that there was lots of hype around his directorial debut, the romantic comedy I Give It a Year. While it was met with polarizing reviews on release, he movie has gained in reputation four years on. Bridesmaids secret weapon Rose Byrne stars alongside Rafe Spall as a couple that decide, in a move that is the exact opposite of The Five-Year Engagement, to tie the knot after a quick courtship. As the first year of their marriage unfolds, the couple must come to terms with their incompatibility as temptations pop up in different forms. I Give it a Year is a solid debut effort that is elevated by its leading duo.
Now to the movies like Bridesmaids that are a little higher concept. Date Night is the first movie to boast comedic giants Steve Carrell and Tina Fey as leads, at the time when they were leading the Office and 30 Rock respectively. Carrell and Fey star as a married couple who have lost their romantic spark. In an attempt to reinvigorate their marriage, the couple go on a date to a fancy New York bistro where a case of mistaken identity throws them into a deadly adventure featuring corrupt cops, cray cab drivers, and Ray Liotta’s mob boss. In true comic fashion this violent adventure reawakens the couple’s attraction to each other, and Carrell and Fey make a dynamic team as their date night gets more and more out of hand.
When deciding on a list of movies like Bridesmaids the criteria includes movies with characters who have to face the reality of getting older by coming to terms with the fact that their friends and loved ones are moving on with their lives. The Change-Up fits this criteria in a suitably insane Freaky Friday body-swap way. Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds play brothers with very different lives that swap bodies. Bateman is the older brother with the wife, kids and stressful job, and Reynolds is the young ladies man with complete social freedom. Chaos ensues as the brothers get a taste of the lives they’re missing. While The Change-Up doesn’t have the charm of Bridesmaids, or Freaky Friday for that matter, it uses its premise to good effect and is boosted by Bateman and Reynolds’ playing against type. It’s also, weirdly, most famous for CGI boobs, so that’s…something.
Made of Honor
Wedding ceremonies have come a long way from the stuffy parties they used to be and having your maid of honor be a guy is really not that weird if he is your best friend. It’s your wedding after all. It all falls apart when that friend is secretly in love with you which is the case in the wedding comedy Made of Honor. Greys Anatomy heartthrob Patrick Dempsey stars as Tom, a serial dater that is afraid of commitment. When his best friend Hannah, played by Michelle Monaghan, announces that she is getting married to Colin, played by anther Greys heartthrob Kevin McKidd, Tom realizes he is in love with her. Apart from Tom’s timing absolutely sucking, Hannah also asks him to be her maid of honor, which he uses as a chance to derail the wedding and get Hannah to fall in love with him.
I Love You Man
I Love You Man stars Paul Rudd as Peter Klaven: a successful real-estate salesman who has a great live and a beautiful girlfriend who has agreed to marry him. The downside of all of this is that Peter is a relationship guy, and his devotion to his fiancée, Zooey, and his job has left him without any male friends. The consequence of this is that Peter has no best man for the wedding, so he must go on a journey to finally find a man to be his best friend. At an open house Pete is holding for Lou Ferrigno, he meets Sydney, played by Jason Segel, who is mainly there to pick up divorced women. The two quickly form a friendship based on their shared love of prog rock band Rush. I Love You Man is a sweet movie that uses the chemistry of Rudd and Segel, in their third collaboration after Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, to hilarious effect.