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Title: Bridesmaids

Production Company: Apatow Productions  
Production Text:
In assoc with Dentsu, Inc.
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures (A division of NBC Universal)
  Relativity Media  

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal City Studios Productions LLLP 12 May 2011 PA1739486

Release Date: 2011
Premiere Information: South by Southwest Film Festival screening: week of 15 Mar 2011; Los Angeles and New York openings: 13 May 2011
Duration (in mins): 125
PCA NO: 46648
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Physical Properties: Sd: Datasat Digital Sound; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound®; Dolby® Digital in selected theatres
  col:
  Lenses/Prints: Filmed with Panavision® cameras & lenses

Producer: Judd Apatow (Prod)
  Barry Mendel (Prod)
  Clayton Townsend (Prod)
  Paul Feig (Exec prod)
  Lisa Yadavaia (Assoc prod)
  Kristen Wiig (Co-prod)
  Annie Mumolo (Co-prod)
Director: Paul Feig (Dir)
  Clayton Townsend (Prod mgr)
  Matt Rebenkoff (1st asst dir)
  Paul B. Schneider (2d asst dir)
  Valerie C. Johnson (2d 2d asst dir)
Writer: Annie Mumolo (Wrt)
  Kristen Wiig (Wrt)
Photography: Robert Yeoman (Dir of photog)
  Steve Koster (Aerial DP)
  Casey Hotchkiss (A cam op)
  Harry Zimmerman (1st asst A cam)
  Thomas D. Lairson, Jr. (2d asst A cam)
  Chris Haarhoff (B cam op/Steadicam)
  Suzanne Trucks (1st asst B cam)
  Larissa Supplitt (2d asst B cam)
  Aaron Schuh (Cam loader)
  John Vecchio (Chief lighting tech)
  Craig Molsberry (Asst chief lighting tech)
  Jeffrey A. Cook (Dimmerboard op/Lighting tech)
  Scott Baker (Lighting tech)
  Phil Hardt (Lighting tech)
  Greg Jensen (Lighting tech)
  Michael A. Kennedy (Lighting tech)
  Sam Wayman (Lighting tech)
  Marc Marino (Rigging chief lighting tech)
  David Thielhart (Asst rigging chief lighting tech)
  Jason Brunelle (Rigging lighting tech)
  Steve Hastings (Rigging lighting tech)
  William Strett (Rigging lighting tech)
  Kurt Grossi (Key grip)
  Quinn Grove (Best boy grip)
  Dwight Lavers (A dolly grip)
  Ralphie Del Castillo (B dolly grip)
  Jose F. Barrios (Grip)
  Brian T. Branton (Grip)
  Peter Clemence (Grip)
  Jason Gary (Grip)
  Thomas D. Watson (Grip)
  Chris Olsen (Grip)
  Kevin Erb (Key rigging grip)
  Gary Louzon (Best boy rigging grip)
  Robert Anderson (Best boy rigging grip)
  James Butler (Rigging grip)
  Carlos De Palma (Rigging grip)
  Jeff Hale (Rigging grip)
  Vincent Hale (Rigging grip)
  George Kallimanis (Rigging grip)
  Anthony T. Mazzucchi (Rigging grip)
  Philip Powell (Rigging grip)
  Gustavo Robles (Rigging grip)
  Don Telles (Rigging grip)
  Suzanne Hanover (Stills photog)
  Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc. (Cam dollies by)
  Bebee (Night lights by)
Art Direction: Jefferson Sage (Prod des)
  Keith P. Cunningham (Art dir)
  Ari Jacobs Libarkin (Art dept coord)
  Zachary Fannin (Graphic des)
  Jen Stirling (Art dept asst)
  Darrin Denlinger (Storyboard artist)
Film Editor: William Kerr (Ed)
  Mike Sale (Ed)
  David Moritz (Addl ed)
  Peck Prior (Addl ed)
  Craig Herring (Addl ed)
  Brian Scott Olds (1st asst ed)
  Meagan Costello (Asst ed)
  Mitch Rosin (Asst ed)
  Emily Streetz (Asst ed)
  Benin Mtume (Ed prod asst)
  Matthew Johnson (On line ed)
Set Decoration: Douglas Mowat (Set dec)
  Kimberly Merlin (Asst set dec)
  C. Scott Baker (Set des)
  Steve Arnold (Set des)
  Nikki Rudloff (Set dec liaison)
  Sean Mannion (Prop master)
  Michael Glynn (Asst prop master)
  Sarah Snyder (Prop asst)
  Jeffry C. Voorhees (Prop asst)
  Jason Bedig (Leadman)
  Claudia Bonfe (Buyer)
  Dale E. Anderson (Gang boss)
  Larry Haney (Set dresser)
  Ronald Sica (Set dresser)
  Brooke Sartorius (Set dresser)
  John H. Maxwell (On set dresser)
  Dave Degaetano (Const coord)
  Javier Carrillo (Gen foreman)
  Craig T. Shordon (Dec gang boss)
  Scott P. Shordon (Dec gang boss)
  Alex Carrillo (Propmaker gang boss)
  Victor Espinoza (Propmaker gang boss)
  Scot Leczel (Propmaker gang boss)
  Seth Rigamat (Propmaker gang boss)
  Darryl Robertshaw (Propmaker gang boss)
  Bedii A. Tatar (Propmaker gang boss)
  Bryan Turk (Propmaker gang boss)
  Nicholas Butcher (Propmaker)
  Scott Field (Propmaker)
  Kevin J. Hill (Propmaker)
  James Meyer (Propmaker)
  Cesar Orozco (Propmaker)
  Brad Curry (Drapery foreman)
  Steven W. Rigamat (Loc foreman)
  Javier Carrillo, Jr. (Labor foreman)
  John K. Hill (Loc labor foreman)
  Jonathan Badillo (Laborer gang boss)
  Kirk Hill (Laborer gang boss)
  John W. Snow (Head paint foreman)
  Meg Snow (Paint foreman)
  Bill Kauhane Hoyt (Standby painter)
  David L. Falconer (Plaster foreman)
  Richard Holling (Plasterer gang boss)
  Roger Prater (Key greensman)
  Jaime O. Castellanos (On set greensman foreman)
  Marc Figueroa (Greens foreman)
Costumes: Leesa Evans (Cost des)
  Christine Wada (Cost des)
  Nancy Capper (Cost supv)
  Ariel Gold (Key cost)
  Esther Lee (Key cost)
  Jennifer Wolf (Set cost)
  Carrie Hollinger (Set cost)
Music: Michael Andrews (Mus)
  Jonathan Karp (Mus supv/Mus ed)
  Mike Andrews (Orch)
  Stephen Kaye (Scoring eng/Mixer)
  Gina Zimmitti (Mus contractor)
  Robert Walter (Keyboards)
Sound: Kenneth McLaughlin (Sd mixer)
  Scott Jacobs (Boom op)
  Christopher Diamond (Utility sd)
  George Anderson (Supv sd ed)
  Marc Fishman (Re-rec mixer)
  Adam Jenkins (Re-rec mixer)
  Tammy Fearing (ADR supv)
  Cindy Marty (Sd eff ed)
  James Matheny (Dial ed)
  Larry Kemp (Dial ed)
  Joe Schiff (ADR ed)
  Cherie Tamai (1st asst sd ed)
  Bill Burns (ADR asst ed)
  Greg Steele (ADR mixer)
  Greg Zimmerman (ADR rec)
  Andy Malcolm (Foley artist)
  Goro Koyama (Foley artist)
  Don White (Foley rec mixer)
  Jack Heeren (Foley rec mixer)
  Jenna Dalla Riva (Foley rec)
  Stephen Muir (Foley rec)
  Robert Althoff (Dubbing rec)
  Thom Ehle (Dolby sd consultant)
Special Effects: Donald Frazee (Spec eff coord)
  Nau/Level 256 (Main titles des by)
  Scarlet Letters (End titles by)
  Nu-Salt Laser Lights Show Int'l. (Laser eff by)
  Level 256 (Visual eff by)
  Scott M. Davids (Visual eff supv, Level 256)
  Seth Kleinberg (Visual eff prod, Level 256)
  Chris Chappell (Lead compositor, Level 256)
  Adam Lima (Compositor, Level 256)
  Anthony Mabin (Compositor, Level 256)
  Joshua Bolin (Compositor, Level 256)
  Mark Larranaga (Compositor, Level 256)
  David Wilson (Rotoscope artist, Level 256)
  Anthony Hays (VFX coord, Level 256)
Make Up: Heba Thorisdottir (Head makeup)
  Kate Shorter (Key makeup)
  Melanie Tooker (Makeup artist)
  Janine Rath-Thompson (Head hair stylist)
  David Danon (Key hair stylist)
  Jose L. Zamora (Hair stylist)
Production Misc: Allison Jones (Casting)
  Benjamin Harris (Casting assoc)
  Peter John Kousakis (Casting asst)
  Rich King (Extras casting)
  Wendy Hoffmann (ADR voice casting)
  Ranjani Brow (ADR voice casting)
  Barrett J. Klausman (Prod supv)
  Sheila G. Waldron (Scr supv)
  Lisa Rodgers (Post prod supv)
  Cheryl A. Tkach (Post prod coord)
  Boyd Wilson (Loc mgr)
  Larry Ring (Key asst loc mgr)
  Jun C. Lin (Key asst loc mgr)
  Naomi Motohashi Staley (Asst loc mgr)
  Bradford F. Bell (Asst loc mgr)
  Jim Small (Asst loc mgr)
  J. Elizabeth Ingram (Prod coord)
  Matthew Hadfield (Asst prod coord)
  Tara Guckeen (Prod secy)
  Lisa Monahan (Scr coord)
  Willow Jenkins (Video assist)
  Jared A. Rosen (Video playback supv)
  Monte D. Swann (Video playback supv)
  Michael Franck (Helicopter pilot)
  Lori Scowley (Prod accountant)
  Timber Kislan (1st asst accountant)
  Brett Eidelman (2d asst accountant)
  Caroline Miller (2d asst accountant)
  KB Pugliese (2d asst accountant)
  Katy Tatian-Genovese (Payroll accountant)
  James O. Maull (Post prod accountant)
  Jonathan Siebel (Accounting clerk)
  Sarah Bastian (Asst to Mr. Feig)
  Alyson Buoncristiani (Asst to Mr. Apatow)
  Stacy Dollar (Asst to Mr. Apatow)
  Chelsea Peters (Asst to Mr. Apatow)
  Michael Lund (Asst to Mr. Apatow)
  Nate Sherman (Asst to Mr. Mendel)
  Jessica Derhammer (Asst to Mr. Townsend)
  Taryn Benesta (Asst to Ms. Wiig)
  Jason Melius (DGA trainee)
  Mark Avery (Prod asst)
  Philip Banks (Prod asst)
  Isaac Kellman Carlen (Prod asst)
  Joann Connolly (Prod asst)
  Mirren Gordon-Crozier (Prod asst)
  Mike King (Prod asst)
  Yarden Levo (Prod asst)
  Travis Miller (Prod asst)
  Brigid O'Connell (Prod asst)
  Kaushik Sampath (Prod asst)
  K.C. Schrimpl (Prod asst)
  Zachary Smith (Prod asst)
  Franny Stafford (Prod asst)
  Rob Turbovsky (Apatow intern)
  Tobin H. Grigsby, Jr. (Asset coord)
  Wallace G. Frick (Transportation capt)
  Denny Caira (Transportation coord)
  Karen K. Chang (Dispatcher)
  David Atkinson (D.O.T. admin)
  Tammy Sandler (Unit pub)
  Amy Schwartz (Tennis consultant)
  Greg Cohen (DVD prod)
  Brandon Carroll (DVD/EPK videographer)
  Ericka Bryce Poniewaz (Medic)
  Vicki Marsik (Medic)
  Birds and Animals Unlimited (Animals provided by)
  Chance Tassone (Craft service)
  Joseph Milito (Craft service)
  Corey Miner (Craft service asst)
  Fadi Sabella (Craft service asst)
  For Stars Catering (Caterer)
  Jesse J. Adams (Researcher)
  Thinkstock (Stock photog supplied by)
  Thought Equity (Stock footage courtesy of)
Stand In: Malosi Leonard (Stunt coord)
  Wade Eastwood (Stunt coord)
  John Stoneham, Jr. (Stunt coord)
  Jennifer Adams (Stunts)
  Olivia Summers (Stunts)
  Jessica Harbeck (Stunts)
  Boni Yanagisawa (Stunts)
  K.T. Wiegman (Stunts)
  Heather Martin (Stunts)
  Casey Adams (Stunts)
  Jessie Graff (Stunts)
  Kristen Hance (Stunts)
  Eddie Braun (Stunts)
  Janene Carleton (Stunts)
  Jack Carpenter (Stunts)
  Jeff Galpin (Stunts)
  Sean Graham (Stunts)
  Darren Prescott (Stunts)
  Mark Scizak (Stunts)
Color Personnel: Company 3 (Digital intermediate)
  Stefan Sonnenfeld (Digital film colorist)
  Nick Monton (Digital intermediate prod)

Music Text: "Born to Bossa," courtesy of APM Music; "Two Spanish Hearts A," courtesy of APM Music; "Andalusian Dream A," courtesy of APM Music; "Morning Dance," written by Jay Beckenstein, performed by Spyro Gyra, courtesy of Amherst Records, Inc.; "Playground of the Stars," courtesy of APM Music.; "Wilson... I'm Sorry" from Cast Away , written and performed by Alan Silvestri, courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
Song Text: "Rip Her to Shreds," written Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, performed by Blondie, courtesy of Capitol Records, under license from EMI Film & Television Music; "Specks Blues," written by Lonnie Williams, performed by Specs Williams, courtesy of Celery Music and Time Records; "Blister in the Sun," written by Gordon Gano, performed by Nouvelle Vague, courtesy of Peacefrog Ltd.; "That's What Friends Are For," written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager; "Paper Bag," written by Fiona Apple Maggart, performed by Fiona Apple, courtesy of Epic Records; "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," written by Bon Scott, Angus Young and Malcolm Young, performed by AC/DC, courtesy of Columbia Records; "Do Wah Doo," written by Kate Nash, performed by Kate Nash, courtesy of Polydor Ltd. (UK), under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "Manha De Carnaval," written by Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Maria, performed by Joao Donato, courtesy of RCA Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "My Love Is Your Love (Forever)," written by Stevie Wonder and Ivy Jo Hunter, performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, courtesy of Motown Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)," written by Bloodshy, Henrik Jonback, Britney Spears, Avant and Michelle Lynn Bell, performed by Britney Spears, courtesy of Jive Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "It's Raining," written by Allen Toussaint, performed by Inara George, courtesy of Elgin Park Recordings; "Violet," written by Courtney Love and Eric Erlandson, performed by Hole, courtesy of Geffen Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "Answering Bell," written by Ryan Adams, performed by Ryan Adams, courtesy of Lost Highway Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "Natural Born Killaz," written by Andre Young and Ice Cube, performed by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, courtesy of WIDEawake-Death Row Entertainment LLC, under license from EverGreen Copyrights, Inc., a BMG Company; "Hold On," written by Chynna Phillips, Carnie Wilson and Glen Ballard, performed by Wilson Phillips, courtesy of Capitol Records, under license from EMI Film & Television Music; "Shakin' All Over," written by Johnny Kidd, performed by Wanda Jackson, courtesy of Third Man Records/Nonesuch Records, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing; "Rip Her to Shreds," written by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, performed by Blondie, courtesy of Eagle Records, a subsidiary of Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd.
Source Text:
Music Composer: Ryan Adams
  Avant
  Burt Bacharach
  Glen Ballard
  Jay Beckenstein
  Michelle Lynn Bell
  Bloodshy
  Luiz Bonfa
  Eric Erlandson
  Gordon Gano
  Deborah Harry
  Ivy Jo Hunter
  Ice Cube
  Henrik Jonback
  Johnny Kidd
  Courtney Love
  Fiona Apple Maggart
  Antonio Maria
  Kate Nash
  Chynna Phillips
  Carole Bayer Sager
  Bon Scott
  Alan Silvestri
  Britney Spears
  Chris Stein
  Allen Toussaint
  Lonnie Williams
  Carnie Wilson
  Stevie Wonder
  Andre Young
  Angus Young
  Malcolm Young

Cast:   Kristen Wiig (Annie)  
    Maya Rudolph (Lillian )  
    Rose Byrne (Helen)  
    Chris O'Dowd (Rhodes)  
    Melissa McCarthy (Megan)  
    Wendi McLendon-Covey (Rita)  
    Ellie Kemper (Becca)  
    Jill Clayburgh (Annie's mom)  
    Matt Lucas (Gil)  
    Rebel Wilson (Brynn)  
    Michael Hitchcock (Don Cholodecki)  
    Jon Hamm (Ted)  
    Terry Crews (Boot camp instructor)  
  Jewelry store couple Tom Yi    
  [and] Elaine Kao    
    Kali Hawk (Kahlua)  
    Joseph A. Nunez (Oscar the security guard)  
    Greg Tuculescu (Kevin)  
    Steve Bannos (Annie's mistaken husband)  
    Hugh Dane (Annie's mistaken fella)  
    Franklyn Ajaye (Lillian's dad)  
    Tim Heidecker (Dougie)  
    Lynne Marie Stewart (Lillian's mom)  
    Andy Buckley (Helen's husband)  
    Molly Buffington (Helen's stepdaughter)  
    Matt Bennett (Helen's stepson)  
    Nancy Carell (Helen's tennis partner)  
    Melanie Hutsell (Annie's tennis partner)  
    Eloy Casados (Churra Chi waiter)  
    Jessica St. Clair (Whitney)  
    Dana Powell (Flight attendant Claire)  
    Mitch Silpa (Flight attendant Steve)  
    Annie Mumolo (Nervous woman on plane)  
    Ben Falcone (Air Marshall Jon)  
    Angelica Acedo (Flight attendant in coach)  
    Mia Rose Frampton (13 year old girl in jewelry store)  
    Joel Madison (13 year old girl's father)  
    R.F. Daley (Butler)  
    Jordan Black (Horseman)  
    David Hoffman (Doorman at shower)  
    Jillian Bell (Girl at shower)  
    Ariane Price (Girl at shower)  
    Frederik Hamel (Shower waiter)  
    Richard Riehle (Bill Cozbi)  
    Jimmy Brogan (Minister)  
    Carnie Wilson (Herself)  
    Chynna Phillips (Herself)  
    Wendy Wilson (Herself)  

Summary: In Milwaukee, after a night of athletic sex with her friend, Ted, Annie wakes up and applies makeup before returning to bed. Ted wakes up and asks her to leave, uninterested in any form of commitment. That morning, Annie exercises with her best friend, Lillian. At breakfast, Annie admits that she slept with Ted the night before and Lillian expresses disapproval of the relationship. Leaving breakfast, Annie and Lillian walk past Annie's failed bakery, which is now closed. Annie later works at her job as a jewelry store salesperson, and discourages an engaged couple from getting married. At her apartment, Annie's roommate, Gil, asks for rent. Annie cannot pay him but promises to get the money. Annie later goes to Lillian's apartment for drinks, and Lillian breaks the news that her boyfriend Doug, who lives in Chicago, proposed marriage. Annie reacts nervously to Lillian's engagement news, but accepts Lillian's request for Annie to be her maid of honor. On her way to Lillian's engagement party, Annie arrives to pick up her mother at home, but her mother regrets that she won't be able to attend the party due to a speaking engagement at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Arriving at a country club in Chicago, Annie finds Lillian at the party. Lillian introduces Annie to her cousin Rita, another member of the bridal party. Next, Annie meets a bridesmaid named Becca, a coworker of Lillian's and also newly married. Annie then meets Doug's sister Megan, an oddball who discusses a spiritual interaction she had with a dolphin. Megan, like Becca, mistakes a strange man for Annie's date, and Annie must repeat that she is there alone. Lastly, Annie meets Helen, the hostess of the party. Lillian and Helen explain how they met through Doug and Helen's husband, Perry. Later, Lillian's father calls Annie onto a stage to give a speech. Annie takes the microphone and congratulates her friend. Helen follows Annie with a heartfelt speech about how close she's become to Lillian and declares that Lillian is her best friend. Annie and Helen proceed to fight over the microphone, attempting to best each other with sentimental speeches. Before Annie leaves, Lillian asks her to hang out with Helen alone, as a favor to Lillian. Driving home, Annie mocks Helen, driving recklessly while doing so. When a policeman pulls her over, Annie passes a sobriety test but gets a ticket for a broken brake light. The policeman, Officer Rhodes, notices her address, and they talk about the neighborhood. Annie tells Rhodes that she used to have a bakery, and he recognizes the name as he used to be a customer. Warming to her, Rhodes rips up the ticket but makes Annie promise to fix the brake light. Soon after, Annie meets Helen at a tennis club where they play each other in doubles tennis. Helen and Annie compete fiercely in the game, aiming balls at each other's bodies. Later, at her apartment, Annie confronts Gil about his sister, Brynn, who has been living with them rent-free. Brynn defends herself, insisting that she cannot work because she traveled to America on a tourist visa. Before a dress fitting for Lillian's wedding, Annie takes the bridal party to a cheap Brazilian restaurant. Helen passes on the meat so she doesn't bloat, but everyone else eats it. When Lillian goes to the bathroom, Annie suggests that they plan a French-themed bridal shower. Helen argues that the theme might be overtired. Afterwards, Helen arranges a last-minute reservation at a chic boutique for the dress fitting. When the ladies enter the boutique, Megan burps loudly. After the bridesmaids have all tried dresses on, Lillian appears in a wedding dress. Sweating now, Megan rushes to the bathroom to vomit, followed by Becca and Rita. Helen suggests to Annie that the restaurant gave the women food poisoning. Annie refutes the possibility, insisting that she does not feel sick despite the fact that she is now dripping with sweat. Lillian, also sick, rushes into the street in the wedding dress to find another bathroom, but does not make it across before she must have a bowel movement. Later, Annie invites Ted to be her date to Lillian's wedding. Ted declines because it would be awkward for Annie to explain their relationship. Late that night, Annie runs into Officer Rhodes at a convenience store and they spend time together in the parking lot. Rhodes suggests that instead of stressing about Lillian's wedding, Annie should be setting up a new bakery, but Annie rejects the idea. Later, Annie sends an email to the bridal party suggesting Lillian's family's lakehouse as a location for the bachelorette party. The bridesmaids quickly overrule her, agreeing that the party should take place in Las Vegas. Despite financial setbacks, Annie joins Lillian and the other bridesmaids on a flight to Las Vegas. Afraid of flying, Annie takes pills from Helen to sleep. In first class, where everyone but Annie is sitting, the other bridesmaids bond. Helen visits Annie in coach, offering her a scotch so the pills will have a stronger affect. Later, Annie joins the others in first class, heavily intoxicated. Annie mocks Helen openly, and provokes a flight attendant to send her back to coach. Annie later returns, wearing sunglasses as a disguise, and the flight attendant kicks her out again. After hallucinating something outside the plane, Annie commandeers the flight attendants' phone to make an announcement, and the plane is grounded in Wyoming. Kicked off of the flight, the ladies take a bus back to Chicago. Annie begs Lillian's forgiveness, promising to make it up to her with the bridal shower, but Lillian wants Helen to organize the shower. Driving back to Milwaukee, Annie sees Rhodes. They go to a bar and have a drink. Rhodes encourages Annie to bake, but Annie tells him she's done with that. He confesses that he's been thinking about her. They go back to Rhodes's house and sleep together. The next morning, Annie wakes up and finds that Rhodes has bought her supplies to bake. Upset by his prodding, she tells him she doesn't need him to fix her and leaves. The next morning, Annie receives an elaborate invitation to Lillian's bridal shower, hosted by Helen. The theme is Parisian, as Annie had originally suggested. At work, Annie tries to talk a teenaged girl out of buying a "best friends forever" necklace, then fights with her and gets fired. Gil and Brynn kick Annie out of their apartment, and Annie moves in with her mother. Later, Annie goes to Helen's home, a massive mansion, for the bridal shower. There, Lillian apologizes to Annie for ignoring her calls. After Lillian opens Annie's gift, filled with things from Milwaukee and memorabilia from their childhood, Helen gives Lillian a card with her gift, a trip to Paris for the two of them. Frustrated, Annie confronts Helen about the gift, and the fact that Annie gave her the idea of Paris in the first place. Annie runs to the backyard and destroys the decorations. Lillian follows her outside and they fight. Lillian tells Annie that if she's going to act like this then to not bother coming to the wedding. On the way home, Annie's car is struck by a hit and run driver. Officer Rhodes arrives on the scene and reprimands Annie for never getting her brake lights fixed. He then confronts her about how she treated him. Ted shows up to give Annie a ride and Rhodes leaves in a huff. At her mom's house, Annie sulks. Megan arrives with nine puppies she took from the shower. Megan gives Annie a pep talk, roughhousing her to prove that life is difficult but only Annie can solve her own problems. Taking Megan's advice, Annie bakes and shows affection to her mother. Finally visiting a mechanic, Annie attempts to pay him to fix her brake lights, but he refuses the money as he owes Rhodes a favor. Annie makes a cake and leaves it at Officer Rhodes' house. She watches from the street as he opens it, then ignores it. Annie drives past a few more times and sees raccoons eating the cake. The day of Lillian's wedding, Annie's mom encourages her daughter to accompany her to the wedding. Annie refuses. Helen shows up and asks for Annie's help in finding Lillian, who has disappeared. Annie drives Helen to find Lillian. Helen apologizes to Annie in the car, admitting that she doesn't have any female friends. Annie happens upon Rhodes and asks for his help, but he ignores her. Annie proceeds to drive past him doing various illegal things to get his attention, finally running into the back of his car. Rhodes agrees to help, tracing Lillian's cell phone to her apartment. When they arrive at Lillian's apartment, Helen agrees to stay in the car. Annie finds Lillian hiding in her bed. Lillian apologizes for kicking Annie out of her wedding. Lillian confesses that she left the rehearsal dinner the night before and came home to her apartment when she was only supposed to run an errand. Lillian worries about the upcoming changes in her life and moving further away from Annie. Annie reassures her, and promises to help Lillian fix the lavish but overdesigned wedding dress that Helen helped Lillian get from a Parisian designer. The wedding takes place, and Lillian's favorite childhood band, Wilson Phillips, performs live, courtesy of Helen. Lillian heads off for her honeymoon and waves goodbye to Annie before leaving. Helen finds Annie after the wedding and tells Annie that it was nice meeting her. Annie suggests that maybe sometime they go to dinner. Officer Rhodes shows up, tipped off by Helen. He and Annie kiss. On duty, Rhodes invites Annie to come with him but forces her to ride in the back.
 

 
Genre: Comedy
 
Subject Major: Friendship
  Rivalry
  Weddings
 
Subject Minor: Airplanes
  Bakers and bakeries
  Brides
  Chicago (IL)
  Country clubs
  Dogs
  Drunkenness
  Fashion
  Fear of flying
  Flight attendants
  Food poisoning
  Jewelry stores
  Las Vegas (NV)
  Mechanics
  Milwaukee (WI)
  Newlyweds
  Police
  Roommates
  Showers (Parties)
  Speeches
  Tennis and tennis players
  Unrequited love

Note: Jon Hamm appears in the film uncredited as Annie's casual sex partner, "Ted." Additional scenes from Wilson Phillips' performance at Lillian's wedding, and sex tape footage involving the character "Megan," play over credits at the end of the film. Film, television and video game clips used in the film are credited as follows: " Cast Away courtesy of 20th Century Fox, all rights reserved; Cast Away licensed through Paramount Pictures; The Maury Show courtesy of NBCUniversal Television Distribution; Bulletstorm video game courtesy of People Can Fly." End credits also contain "Special Thanks" to the following organizations: The State of California, California Film Commission, and Epic Games.
       According to production notes, Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, who wrote and performed together with a comedy troupe called The Groundlings, started work on the screenplay in 2006. In a 9 Dec 2011 DV article, producer Judd Apatow explained that after Wiig played a small role in his 2007 film, Knocked Up (see entry), he approached her to work on a movie in which Wiig would have a starring role. Wiig then asked Mumolo to pitch their screenplay to Apatow. Apatow, Mumolo and Wiig sold the film to Universal as a pitch, according to DV , and spent the next several years collaborating on the script. Mumolo's experiences as a bridesmaid in various weddings served as a foundation for the story. The writing process also involved filmed improvisation sessions between Wiig and Mumolo, which they later studied and mined for material. Apatow pushed the writers to work on the material into actual production, and, according to a 1 Dec 2011 LAT article, the food poisoning scene and the flight to Vegas arose from Apatow's suggestions.
       According to a 29 Jan 2010 Var news item, James Bobin turned down an offer to direct Bridesmaids , instead signing on to direct The Muppets (2011, see entry). Director Paul Feig, who formerly collaborated with Judd Apatow on the television series Freaks and Geeks , was later hired.
       The film's budget was $32.5 million, according to a 13 May 2011 LAT article. Production notes found in the AMPAS library files stated that southern California locations were used in place of Milwaukee and Chicago. In search of architecture to fit the "Midwestern worlds" of Bridesmaids , production designer Jefferson Sage commented, "Chicago is a beautiful, distinctive city architecturally, and restricted views of downtown L.A. feel like Chicago." In addition to Los Angeles, locations in Oxnard, CA, were used for the highway scenes in which the character "Annie" traveled between Milwaukee and Chicago. Also according to production notes, Sherwood Country Club in Westlake, CA, served as the location for the engagement party, the tennis match, and some of the wedding scenes. Cholodecki's, the jewelry shop where Annie works, was built on a stage.
       Production notes stated that costume designer Leesa Evans worked closely with Sage to coordinate color palettes and determine "which dress work[ed] with which set." A 15 May 2011 LAT article stated that there were two distinct sets of bridal party dresses, one for the film and one for the poster. Evans explained in the article that the wedding dress and bridesmaids' dresses used in the film were inspired by the character "Helen," who organized the wedding and would have chosen "couture runway fashion that seems unbelievable, unwearable, hilarious yet still incredibly beautiful." In contrast, the dresses used in the poster reflected "a more stereotype wedding" so that the actresses' "edgy" demeanors stood in contast to what they were wearing.
       During production, according to a 1 Dec 2011 LAT article, "improvisation began in rehearsal and never stopped." Mumolo stayed on the set throughout production to provide "pages of jokes." Additional writers helped out on set, according to Feig, who stated that "we had a team of great writers behind us helping out. They transcribed and handed me jokes they thought of at the moment, then I'd feed ideas in." Regarding the cast, producer Barry Mendel commented, "These are the strongest improvisational actors I've ever seen."
       According to a 2 Dec 2011 HR interview with Paul Feig, the movie trailer for Bridesmaids was widely criticized. Feig commented that the trailer was difficult to create given the film's tone, "both outrageous but also very emotionally real," and that Universal focused on the "outrageous" with the first trailer. Ultimately, according to a 13 May 2011 LAT article, "the studio used multiple trailers for the film, including a red-band [Restricted] trailer, to garner favor with a broad range of demos."
       The same LAT article reported that Bridesmaids was expected to realize between $15 and $17 million box-office dollars in the first weekend of its release. Surprisingly, it took in $24.4 million, according to a 16 May 2011 DV article, when it opened on 2,918 screens. Universal expected the film to gain a bigger audience in the weeks following, "based on positive word-of-mouth and a B+ CinemaScore rating." Bridesmaids went on to best Sex and the City (2008, see entry), becoming "the top R-rated female comedy of all time domestically" and "Universal's top R-rated comedy of all time," replacing Apatow's Knocked Up (2007, see entry). Seven months after its U.S. release, the film had grossed close to $170 million, according to a 15 Dec 2011 LAT article. A 1 Dec 2011 LAT article stated that the film had a worldwide gross of more than $280 million.
       Despite its eventual box office success, Bridesmaids opened to mixed reviews. Very positive reviews from LAT and NYT cited the refreshing take on female relationships, "liberating humor," and Wiig's performance as some of the film's strong points. In a mixed review from HR , Todd McCarthy described Bridesmaids as "uneven, overly long, emotionally involving and discreetly ambitious." Var panned the film, reviewing it after a screening at the South by Southwest Film Festival where an almost-finished cut was shown which, according to Feig, was final except for "soundtrack tweaking." Var 's reviewer Joe Leydon called the film "a sluggish, charmless misfire."
       Jill Clayburgh appeared as Annie's mother, "Judy," in her final screen performance before her 5 Nov 2010 death.
       Universal was discussing a sequel to Bridesmaids , according to a 6 Jan 2012 National Post article, but Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo had not agreed to be involved. The article postulated that bonuses of $100,000 paid to the principal cast members were perhaps too low given the film's financial success, and might have been the cause of Wiig and Mumolo's refusal to participate in a sequel; however, Universal was willing "to move ahead...without the original stars."
       AFI named Bridesmaids one of the top ten Movies of the Year. The Screen Actors Guild nominated the film for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture," and Melissa McCarthy for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role." The film was also nominated for Golden Globes for "Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical" and "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical" for Kristen Wiig, and Academy Awards for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" for Melissa McCarthy and "Best Writing - Original Screenplay." 

Note Credits: General (mod): James Bobin
  Personal note credit: Jon Hamm
  Geographic location: Los Angeles California United States
  Geographic location: Oxnard California United States
  Geographic location: Westlake California United States

Source   Date   Page
Daily Variety   15 Mar 2011.   
Daily Variety   16 May 2011   p. 1, 53.
Daily Variety   9 Dec 2011.   
Hollywood Reporter   13 May 2011   pp. 86-87.
Hollywood Reporter   30 Jun 2011.   
Hollywood Reporter   2 Dec 2011.   
Los Angeles Times   13 May 2011   Sec B, p. 3.
Los Angeles Times   13 May 2011   Sec. D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times   15 May 2011   p. 4.
Los Angeles Times   1 Dec 2011   Sec S, p. 50.
National Post   6 Jan 2012   p. 4.
New York Times   13 May 2011   Sec. C, p. 1.
Variety   29 Jan 2010.   

 
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