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I’m a big fan of Kristen a Wiig here, I’m not going to lie I have all her movies on DVD. I may seem biased...yes. Sometimes. BUT these are some GOOD movies that I’m glad to have witnessed in my lifetime and I think they're worth a watch!
Bridesmaids is about a woman whose best friend is getting married, while her life seems to well...plummet.
If you haven’t seen Bridesmaids...I mean what are you doing? It’s a fairly popular movie! Understandable if you’re a male or not into comedy, it is more directed towards women. But if you’ve ever been in a wedding or gotten married you can agree it can get pretty wild with those bridesmaids...
Kristen Wiig herself and her BFF Annie Mumolo (Who makes an appearance in the film as “Annie Walkers” airplane buddy) wrote this very movie! It was directed by the amazing Paul Feig: For those of you who don’t know him by name, he’s directed a majority of Melissa McCarthys films as well as Freaks and Geeks! And his newest film A Simple Favor is in theaters now! Speaking of Melissa McCarthy, who IS in Bridesmaids, is joined alongside with so many funny ladies: Maya Rudolph THE Bride (Saturday Night Live), Wendi Mclendon Covey (Beverly Goldberg, The Goldbergs), Ellie Kemper (Kimmy Schmidt, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Rose Byrne (Neighbors, Insidious), Chris O’Dowd (Roy Trenneman, The IT Crowd). You of course can’t can’t forget the other few star appearances by Rebel Wilson, Matt Lucas, Terry Crews, and Ben Falcone!
Ghostbusters is about four kickass women taking down ghosts while trying to prove they’re legit in their line of work!
I know, I know! “How Dare I” put the female Ghostbusters on a list of movies you SHOULD watch right? WRONG. I think, and not only because of the amazing cast...that this is a good movie! I’ve always been a big fan of Ghostbusters, I love all those boys with my whole heart and nothing can beat classics but the female Ghostbusters was fairly well written, it was very funny, and still just as badass as the originals. They did make a few jabs or jokes about how much hate they were getting for the reboot being ALL WOMEN in the film, a little way to say “We do what we want” to the haters out there. One of the biggest complaints made by those grown men still living in basements at their parents house was “If you’re going to make a reboot, use the original cast!!” which brings me to my point. The cast.
Obviously Kristen Wiig (Erin Gilbert), Melissa McCarthy (Abby Yates), Kate McKinnon (Jillian Holtzman), Leslie Jones (Patty Tolan), Chris Hemsworth (Kevin), and Neil Casey (Rowan North). All wonderfully talented people, and the original Ghostbusters cast? They were in it too. Oh yes, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts. ALL in the original Ghostbusters. Harold Ramis sadly passed away in 2014, but his son made a hidden cameo (If you’ve seen the movie, he’s the one who high fives “Rowan” outside the theater). Also directed by Paul Feig, who did in fact give the people what they want...a reboot with the original cast.
Paul is about...I mean, do you ever just imagine befriending an Alien who has the voice of Seth Rogen?
Oh Paul. Paul is a good one. If you’re a big fan of Aliens and UFOs like I am, as well as a good laugh. This is a MUST SEE. Some may consider it “Geeky” but come on, a good movie is a good movie. I don’t make this stuff up! Anyways, Clive Gollings and Graeme Willy (Nick Frost and Simon Pegg) are checking out all the alien sights in America right, and then they meet none other than an alien! Paul! Who turns out is on the run from the FBI trying to return to his ship.
Classic alien move.
Now this movie, is not only filled to the brim with stars but as I’ve already mentioned has an alien voiced by Seth Rogen. What more could you want?? Other than Seth, this movie also features KRISTEN WIIG...duh, Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Sigourney Weaver (Do I really need to explain who Sigourney is? You're killin me), Jane Lynch, Jeffrey Tambor, David Koechner, Joe Lo Truglio, and Blythe Danner.
4. 'Whip It'—2009
Whip It is about a teenage girl who discovers the world of Roller Derby and trades her pageant heels for some blades.
A CLASSIC. If you haven’t seen it, you’ve at least probably heard of it. Though Wiig's role isn't as big as most of her's on this list, it is the role that made me fall in love with her. Of course you can't forget Ellen Page as the lead role! This movie is about a girl trying to get away from the image and person her mother is trying to create her to be, she discovers a world of roller derby and finds a passion of her own. Definitely an eye opening and bad ass experience for "Bliss Cavendar," showing that girls can be tough and follow their own paths.
Alongside Ellen Page and Kristen Wiig are some faces you might recognize such as Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Juliette Lewis, and Alia Shawkat.
5. 'The Skeleton Twins'—2014
The Skeleton Twins is about siblings who both try to cheat death on the same day, ultimately bringing them closer.
Personally, my absolute favorite. I mean I do have a tattoo from this movie! I think that it leans more towards a drama than a comedy, I'm a sucker for a good drama. Maggie and Milo Dean (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader) are reunited after 10 years after Milo attempts suicide, Maggie who also had a handful of pills debating the same choice at the time she received a phone call that her brother was okay. Milo returns to his hometown to stay with his sister, which of course ensues a lot of drama and brings up past events.
The best parts of the movie is when they're getting along, Wiig and Hader have a chemistry that comes alive on screen. They are close off screen from their days at Saturday Night Live and really show a closeness that only siblings would have. Some people you may recognize in this film are Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Luke Wilson, and Joanna Gleason!
Masterminds is about a gang tricking a man to perform a heist then double crossing him.
Don't get me started on how many comedic stars are in this film, our main man David Ghantt played by Zach Galifianakis alongside Owen Wilson, Kate McKinnon, Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Jones, and Ken Marino! Of course an all star cast always helps to make a movie great. This movie shows people tired of living on the "wrong side of the tracks" they figure out a way to trick David into performing a heist, they take all the money and send him off out of state so he wouldn't get caught. Eventually everything falls apart and David returns, ensuing funny chaos as David gets back at them while trying to win the heart of Wiigs character, Kelly Campbell.
MacGruber is about a man taking down his ex-best friend, now nemesis.
If you're a big Saturday Night Live fan you may have seen Will Fortes MacGruber skits, a parody of the adventure series MacGyver. Later revealed that MacGyver is MacGruber's father, Making his name "MacGruber MacGyver." If you're not into that kind of comedy this movie probably won't peak your interest, It's a Saturday Night Live movie and if you're amused by their usual confusing and silly antics I consider it one of the best. One of Will Fortes best characters, if you've seen Fortes work then you know he's a pretty goofy guy right at home as a character like MacGruber.
Betrayed by his college best friend over a feud for the woman he loves, MacGruber went into hiding but comes out to finish the job and avenge his lost love. Partnering up with a lieutenant and Vicki St. Elmo (Wiig) they take him down, while in the process MacGruber and Vicki fall in love. A few stars accompanying Will Forte include fellow SNL alumni Maya Rudolph, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer, and Powers Boothe.
8. 'Anchorman 2'—2013
Anchorman 2 is the sequel of the legendary news team, who are given a chance of a lifetime to report the news again.
Obviously the second movie of Anchorman, if you've seen the original Anchorman then you know a little bit about the team. Played by Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner. Who at one time were the leading star news casting team, in the beginning of this film the team is separated and off living their own lives. Brought back together to do what they do best, Brick Tamland (Carell) obviously their wild card is met with a female counterpart who is in many ways similar to him. That female counterpart is none other than Kristen Wiig, a great team in their awkward and odd character traits.
Just like in the first film there is a on going competition between news teams, ultimately leading up to an epic battle scene between all the stations! All led by celebrity cameos. But ultimately end with what matters most to our leading man, Ron Burgundy (Ferrell). His family.
9. 'Welcome to Me'—2014
Welcome to Me is about a women with a Borderline Personality disorder who wins the lottery and buys a talk show.
An interesting take on someone with a borderline personality disorder, though not completely accurate on the disorder the story is quite interesting. Alice Klieg (Wiig) wins the lottery, decides to live in a casino hotel, stops taking her meds, and buys a talk show called "Welcome to Me" where she expresses her odd opinions and many other segments—including cooking, her daily life, and even castrating dogs. Eventually running out of money she returns back to her life before winning the lottery as if nothing happened, though having learned she needs to be a better friend.
Joining Wiig on this wacky journey and helping her create this show that did in fact gain popularity was James Marsden, Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks), Wes Bentley, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
10. 'The Diary Of A Teenage Girl'—2015
The Diary of a Teenage Girl is about a girl who seduces and sleeps with her mom's boyfriend.
This movie leans more towards being an indie film, a more artsy form and take on the mindset of a young girl trying to act more adult and explore sexually as well as trying to figure out who she is. Wiig's character plays the mother of Minnie Goetz (Bel Powley) her role is less frequent than her on screen daughter and boyfriend Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard) portraying a more party and care free lifestyle. Minnie pursues a secret relationship with Monroe purely consisting of sex, throughout the movie you hear all of Minnies thoughts and desires. A movie I would recommend to those who like films about family drama and enjoy a character with a naive nature.