Hit: 'Bridesmaids'

Moviegoers were treated to a new type of comedy this summer -- the raunchy chick flick. King of the R-rated romp, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB005346" title="Judd Apatow" href="/topic/entertainment/judd-apatow-PECLB005346.topic">Judd Apatow</a>, married crass humor and heart once again with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011335" title="Bridesmaids (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/bridesmaids-%28movie%29-ENMV0011335.topic">"Bridesmaids."</a> The film, directed by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0000007750" title="Paul Feig" href="/topic/entertainment/paul-feig-PECLB0000007750.topic">Paul Feig</a> (and produced by Apatow), follows "Saturday Night Live's" <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0017764478" title="Kristen Wiig" href="/topic/entertainment/television/kristen-wiig-PECLB0017764478.topic">Kristen Wiig</a> as the well-intentioned but unbalanced maid of honor Annie as she struggles to help her friend Lillian (<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0000008054" title="Maya Rudolph" href="/topic/entertainment/maya-rudolph-PECLB0000008054.topic">Maya Rudolph</a>) plan her wedding. Critics applauded the "'Hangover' for women," including The Times' <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-bridesmaids-20110513,0,419743.story" target="blank">Betsy Sharkey, who wrote</a>, "For the Mars crowd, that means real people in real relationships, real raunchy, real funny. Thank you, Kristen Wiig for every single one of those old-school Rs." And fans flocked to the theater, boosting <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-raunchy-women-20110731,0,7621832.story" target="blank"> box-office earnings</a> and sending the film past the $200-million mark worldwide.
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Moviegoers were treated to a new type of comedy this summer -- the raunchy chick flick. King of the R-rated romp, Judd Apatow, married crass humor and heart once again with "Bridesmaids." The film, directed by Paul Feig (and produced by Apatow), follows "Saturday Night Live's" Kristen Wiig as the well-intentioned but unbalanced maid of honor Annie as she struggles to help her friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) plan her wedding. Critics applauded the "'Hangover' for women," including The Times' Betsy Sharkey, who wrote, "For the Mars crowd, that means real people in real relationships, real raunchy, real funny. Thank you, Kristen Wiig for every single one of those old-school Rs." And fans flocked to the theater, boosting box-office earnings and sending the film past the $200-million mark worldwide.

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