'Bridesmaids' trailer: Director Paul Feig talks making an R-rated comedy about, and for, women -- EXCLUSIVE
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If the trailer for the new Judd Apatow-produced film Bridesmaids (embedded below) seems a fair shade bluer than your average female-centric comedy, well, that’s by design. “The whole goal of making this movie was to make a very funny, very honest movie about women in a way that they’re not normally made,” director Paul Feig (who created the beloved Freaks and Geeks) tells EW exclusively. “Both Judd and I feel women are very much underserved by modern comedy, because it’s all so guy-centric.” Saturday Night Live‘s Kristen Wiig — who also co-wrote the script — stars as the somewhat hapless maid of honor scrambling to help celebrate the wedding of her best friend (Maya Rudolph) while dealing with her four wildly disparate bridesmaids, played by Rose Byrne (Damages), Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911!), and Ellie Kemper (The Office). Check out the trailer for the film — out May 13 — here:
As you can see, their banter can and does get rather ribald. “If you’ve ever overheard a group of women together, it’s not a tea party most of the time,” said Feig. “It was important for us to do that so when women come to see the movie, they would go, like, ‘Oh god, that’s just like my friends – maybe a funnier version of my friends.’” But Feig also cautions that the film isn’t a wall-to-wall raunch-fest. “It’s a hard movie to sum up in a trailer because it’s also very emotionally honest,” he says. “There’s tons of comedy but there’s also very relatable honest moments that are real and not always reaching for a laugh.” So what are we to make of the final, shameless shot of Jon Hamm (as Wiig’s quasi-boyfriend) shirtless in bed? Feig laughs. “I think we all want to see that!”
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