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C'MON HOLLYWOOD: Don't make a Bridesmaids sequel!

May. 26, 2011by:

This week, as BRIDESMAIDS continues to perform well above expectations at the box-office, THE HANGOVER, PART II hits theaters. Like BRIDESMAIDS, THE HANGOVER was a surprise, R-rated summer comedy. And sadly, like THE HANGOVER, a sequel to BRIDESMAIDS could be on the way.

You should know that I love BRIDESMAIDS. I liked THE HANGOVER too but BRIDESMAIDS is definitely a better movie (THE HANGOVER is a great comedy but it lacks the dramatic punch of BRIDESMAIDS). As THE HANGOVER, PART II gets ready to hits theaters, early buzz indicates that the film isn't necessarily terrible just terribly unnecessary. In its review, Variety mentions that both HANGOVER films "could be projected side-by-side in perfect synchronicity, with the only changes to many scenes being the location, the wardrobe and the addition of the word "again" to the dialogue."

So how and why did a HANGOVER sequel get made? Well, for starters, Warner Bros. was sniffing around early tracking on the original and knew they had a hit on their hands so they wisely secured the film's three stars for a sequel before the film was even released. And once the film became the top-grossing R-rated comedy of all-time, a sequel was a no-brainer.

But just because it's a no-brainer from a financial point-of-view, it's almost completely contradictory in the creative sense. Comedy sequels are almost always a let-down. Unless you count TOY STORY 2, I'm not sure I can think of a comedy sequel that can even hold its own against the original.

Convention wisdom has it that a BRIDESMAIDS sequel would involve some kind of baby shower scenario (which seems to work in the real world universe where Maya Rudolph seems perpetually pregnant). But BRIDESMAIDS isn't a great movie because it's a female version of THE HANGOVER - it works because it's the classic spiraling-out-of-control movie with Kristen Wiig masterfully playing the woman who's on the verge of a nervous breakdown because her life is unraveling around her. At the end of BRIDESMAIDS we're led to believe that she's got her shit together (to some degree) and how or why are we following a well-adjusted Annie through another film? She was our heroine because she's flawed, frantic and out-of-sorts - character traits we can all appreciate. But if they revert Annie to her old ways in a sequel it invalidates the first film. "Yes, she got her shit together but it's completely unraveling all over again!" Can Rose Byrne still be a bitch? Are we still shocked by Melissa McCarthy's character? Can Ellie Kemper still be that naive?

I get that sequels are important to the financial health of Hollywood. The vast majority of films hitting theaters this summer are sequels (even an alarming number of fourth films) and they'll make a lot of people, a lot of money. It's somewhat of a no-brainer for action, superhero and horror films that are successful. But comedy is one genre that the sequel has yet to conquer.

As Zach Galifianakis has talked about while out promoting THE HANGOVER, PART II, the element of surprise is crucial to comedy. "It's not good for comedy to be like, Thanks for liking me," Galifianakis told Time Magazine. "Being popular is poison." That's Galifianakis' particularly dark outlook on but he's right: comedy is infinitely more difficult when the audience comes with both expectations and a knowledge and prejudice of the actor and the character.

The cast of BRIDESMAIDS is so good they deserve the same success that Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and Jonah Hill found after THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN and KNOCKED UP became huge hits. What they don't deserve is a slapdash sequel, trotting out the familiar characters because BRIDESMAIDS made a big corporation a lot of money.

McCarthy signed a production deal to develop two new movies and Kristen Wiig will surely have her pick of projects. And as much as I love the film, I look forward to any of those potential projects (and follow-up films from director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow) than I ever word to a BRIDESMAIDS sequel.

Source: JoBlo.com

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11:10AM on 05/26/2011

Don't Agree At All!

Well I for one wouldn't mind a sequel to Bridesmaids because unlike The Hangover sequel it has more options on what to do with its sequel as The Hangover Part 2 was very limited of being fresh and better than the original because it was pretty much a one trick pony and a highly overrated one at that. Bridesmaids is comedy at its best and a brilliant breakthrough role for Kristen Wiig so it deserves a sequel unlike The Hangover.
Well I for one wouldn't mind a sequel to Bridesmaids because unlike The Hangover sequel it has more options on what to do with its sequel as The Hangover Part 2 was very limited of being fresh and better than the original because it was pretty much a one trick pony and a highly overrated one at that. Bridesmaids is comedy at its best and a brilliant breakthrough role for Kristen Wiig so it deserves a sequel unlike The Hangover.
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11:51AM on 05/26/2011

couldnt agree with you more however...

universal has been on a hot streak of shit lately so I can see why they would do it and it would happen.
universal has been on a hot streak of shit lately so I can see why they would do it and it would happen.
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12:05PM on 05/26/2011
While I mostly agree with you, there are a couple of great comedy sequels that come to mind in terms of comparison to the original :

- Hot Shots! Part Deux
- Naked Gun 2 1/2 : The smell of fear
- Christmas Vacation
- Austin Powers : The Spy who Shagged Me
- Shrek 2
- Clerks 2
- Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

But I agree they're all debatable... In my opinion, the only one in the list that made sense to make storywise was Clerks 2 since it followed the boys from Clerks
While I mostly agree with you, there are a couple of great comedy sequels that come to mind in terms of comparison to the original :

- Hot Shots! Part Deux
- Naked Gun 2 1/2 : The smell of fear
- Christmas Vacation
- Austin Powers : The Spy who Shagged Me
- Shrek 2
- Clerks 2
- Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

But I agree they're all debatable... In my opinion, the only one in the list that made sense to make storywise was Clerks 2 since it followed the boys from Clerks into full-fledged adulthood.
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12:08PM on 05/26/2011

Like it or not...

It will happen!
It will happen!
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1:48PM on 05/26/2011
Make a sequel. Make it about 45 minutes less.
Make a sequel. Make it about 45 minutes less.
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4:05PM on 05/26/2011
For all the people bashing The Hangover, Bridesmaids would never have been greenlit if The Hangover hadn't made the shit-ton of money it did. Sad, but true. With that said, I can see a lot more options for an original Bridesmaids sequel than I could for The Hangover.
For all the people bashing The Hangover, Bridesmaids would never have been greenlit if The Hangover hadn't made the shit-ton of money it did. Sad, but true. With that said, I can see a lot more options for an original Bridesmaids sequel than I could for The Hangover.
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5:31PM on 05/26/2011

WOuldn't be that bad. Jeez.

If they do it right. bridesmaid was some funny shit. Just as long as Wigg comes back no wigg no good movie. She made that movie. Her and the fat chick
If they do it right. bridesmaid was some funny shit. Just as long as Wigg comes back no wigg no good movie. She made that movie. Her and the fat chick
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5:43PM on 05/26/2011
As long as it's more Wiig, I'm down. That woman can do no wrong.
As long as it's more Wiig, I'm down. That woman can do no wrong.
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6:33PM on 05/26/2011
I thought Rush Hour 2 was a pretty good comedy sequel. The third was pretty bad, though. Haven't seen Bridesmaids yet, so I can't comment on how appropriate (or unnecessary) a sequel would be.
I thought Rush Hour 2 was a pretty good comedy sequel. The third was pretty bad, though. Haven't seen Bridesmaids yet, so I can't comment on how appropriate (or unnecessary) a sequel would be.
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8:44PM on 05/26/2011
As many issues as I have with "Bridesmaids", and they are numerous, I am for a sequel. Now that the introductions are over and the god-awfulness of most of the characters is established, we can now turn them into decent human beings.
As many issues as I have with "Bridesmaids", and they are numerous, I am for a sequel. Now that the introductions are over and the god-awfulness of most of the characters is established, we can now turn them into decent human beings.
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7:26AM on 05/27/2011

Am I the only one who didn't like this movie?

I found this to movie to be very unfunny, and certainly not the gem that others seem to think it is. I laughed TWICE during the whole film, and my wife agreed that it was nowhere near as funny as The Hangover. I laughed much more at Wiig in Walk Hard and Paul than I did in this.
I found this to movie to be very unfunny, and certainly not the gem that others seem to think it is. I laughed TWICE during the whole film, and my wife agreed that it was nowhere near as funny as The Hangover. I laughed much more at Wiig in Walk Hard and Paul than I did in this.
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10:04AM on 05/27/2011

No Sequel needed!

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10:04AM on 05/27/2011

No Sequel needed!

Money talks. I understand Hollywood need to make sequels to cash in on the sucess of a hit movie, but as we know that doesnt always work.
Bridesmaids cant work well as a sequel, because of the character evolution that occurs in the movie. Plus adding new characters wouldnt give life to it either.
Hollywood needs to let certain movies, stand alone as hits without granting them sequels or remakes...or pre-sequels for that matter.

The only way sequels have more sucess and make sense to
Money talks. I understand Hollywood need to make sequels to cash in on the sucess of a hit movie, but as we know that doesnt always work.
Bridesmaids cant work well as a sequel, because of the character evolution that occurs in the movie. Plus adding new characters wouldnt give life to it either.
Hollywood needs to let certain movies, stand alone as hits without granting them sequels or remakes...or pre-sequels for that matter.

The only way sequels have more sucess and make sense to have, is when the movie ends on a cliff hanger or is part of book series.(though there are exceptions to this idea).
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