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1. 'Bridesmaids' (2011)
Bridesmaids was Melissa's breakout role, after this movie she started to gain more popularity. Makes sense if you've seen her character as the brides soon to be sister in law. Director Paul Feig also directs the majority of Melissa's films, Paul enjoys working with funny women!
Bridesmaids was written by none other than the main character herself, Kristen Wiig and her BFF Annie Mumolo (who makes an appearance as her flight buddy). This movie is about Annie Walker, who's best friend Lillian played by Maya Rudolph is getting married! This of course is where all the bridesmaids come together! Duh! Annie spends a lot of time competing with Lillians new friend Helen played by Rose Byrne who seems better in every way, causing a lot of bridesmaids drama. (Sounds pretty real, right?) Alongside Melissa, Kristen, Maya, and Rose in this film is Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Rebel Wilson, Matt Lucas, Chris O'Dowd, Jon Hamm, and special appearances by Terry Crews and Melissa's husband Ben Falcone!
2. 'The Heat' (2013)
Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock doing a movie together—what a FANTASTIC comedy duo. Who definitely did NOT disappoint, also with director Paul Feig! So you should KNOW it's going to be good, and it is!
Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is an FBI agent who seems to have a very difficult time working with others, she is quite the arrogant character. But is moved down to Boston to work on a drug case, there she is forced to work with the very very angry Detective Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) who gets the job done, but in a very demanding and bossy demeanor. Two characters like these of course would obviously butt heads and create many hilarious events. But as any buddy film, they grow to become friends and respect each other, ultimately being the key to win the case!
Personally one of my favorite's of both McCarthy and Bullock, I hope for more movies with this duo in the future!
3. 'Identity Thief' (2013)
Identity Thief! Another great casting choice and great comedic duo: Melissa McCarthy and my man Jason Bateman. This was the year Melissa really started getting out there and gaining more popularity everyday!
Jason Bateman, or "Sandy Patterson," plays a husband and father of two who's identity is stolen by you guessed it Melissa, or "Diana," or... also "Sandy Patterson." Taking advantage of a more girly name, yikes. Melissa's character does this regularly, stealing people's identities and then using their money to spoil herself. Jason gets the crazy idea to track her down and take her in himself and get his life back on track. Now, we already know "Diana" is a pretty sketchy person, into some questionable things. Why not have two people trying to kill her at the same time that Sandy is trying to bring her in right?
This movie is a very funny approach on something that happens more than it should. The two of them get to know each other on this journey and create an unlikely friendship. Melissa's character shows a very real side to someone who lives like this, making you love her and become sympathetic towards her situation. They wouldn't want you to see her as the bad guy, right?? Of course not.
4. 'Tammy' (2014)
Tammy is about a character who can't seem to catch a break, but also handles most situations immaturely. After losing her job, and then her husband she decides to leave town for a bit. Bringing her grandma played by Susan Sarandon with her, we learn grandma is also pretty wild. Tammy is now partially babysitting grandma who likes to party, of course her fun antics cause her to get arrested. Tammy then thinks of the only thing she can do to get bail money, rob a food chain restaurant. Obviously the same chain restaurant she recently got fired from, of course. Revenge at it's finest.
After that they have to go on the run because well, Tammy just robbed a restaurant at "gunpoint." While recreating a bond the two once had, Tammy also meets a new love interest. This story shows someone who isn't winning at life, feeling pretty bad about themselves, but yet comes out in the end with a new point of view, a stronger relationship with her grandma, and a new boyfriend. (That's always a plus, right?) This movie is FILLED with stars such as Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Sandra Oh, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, and appearances from Dan Aykroyd and again Ben Falcone!
5. 'Spy' (2015)
Susan Cooper gave up her career in teaching to work for the FBI. Thinking she could be a big time agent, she was put in the basement and in agent Bradley Fine's (Jude Law) ear instead. When their top agents lives are threatened they send in Susan undercover because nobody knows her. Susan is supposed to be only keeping tabs and finding out information and not getting involved or tracking down suspects, but does so anyways! Proving that she is more than just a helpful agent on the computer but an amazing agent in the field.
This movie also directed by Paul Feig and filled with many recognizable faces. Alongside Melissa is Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, and special appearances by 50 Cent and once again hubby Ben Falcone.
6. 'Ghostbusters' (2016)
Ugh, the BEST! Ghostbusters: Not only am I a fan of the originals, but I am a fan of this one! This movie was also directed by Paul Feig (I told you he likes funny women!) and he couldn't have picked a better cast than these four ladies right here.
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon are some of the funniest gals out there. I mean almost all SNL alumni are. I wouldn't expect anything less! This movie is about, well, ghost busting! The concept of ghosts is being laughed at by most of the world, and these girls are out trying to prove ghosts do exist. Even after they've caught a ghost, they're still not being taken seriously—that is until the entire city of New York is being overrun by ghosts and who steps up and saved everybody? Yeah. Them. YOU'RE WELCOME, NEW YORK!
Despite all the hate this movie got for the all-female cast, I think it is a fantastic movie. It also shows that not just men can hunt ghosts, women can too. Duh, men and women can do anything they put their minds to.
A big complaint while this movie was being made was that they should use the original cast, but... the original cast WAS in it! Appearances by Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts were made. Sadly, Harold Ramis passed away in 2014, but his son made a small appearance in his honor. Don't forget about Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casy, and appearances by Cecily Strong, Andy Garcia, Zach Woods, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Higgins, and Matt Walsh. (Sadly, no Ben Falcone in this one.)
7. 'The Boss' (2016)
The Boss is a story about a women who went from having nothing, to being a successful money maker. Which ended because she was involved in some illegal business and had to spend some time locked up. After getting out, she goes to her ex-assistant Claire, played by Kristen Bell, asking for help and a place to stay, back to where she began: With nothing.
Michelle Darnell doesn't like to give up and is given the idea to market girl scout cookies after attending a few meetings with Claire's daughter. They even had their own recipe! Michelle creates an army of young girls to sell these cookies and go up against their competition. Of course she succeeded and was building this company up from the ground, but Renault her nemesis and ex-lover played by Peter Dinklage wants to take her down. Revenge for using him in the past, not only is she trying to get this cookie business going but now has to battle with him. A few co-stars alongside these few include Kathy Bates, Cecily Strong, Tyler Labine, Dax Shepard, Kristen Schaal, Annie Mumolo, and duh, Ben Falcone.
8. 'Life of the Party' (2018)
Life of the Party is about a Mom who's daughter has gone off to college, and her husband lets her know... right after they drop her off I might add, that he wants a divorce. Deanna (McCarthy) is shocked, but then decides she should go back to college and finish the degree she started a long time ago.
Going to college with your daughter sounds like a great idea, right? Yeah, totally. Deanna learns how to be young again as well as show some insightful and warming mothering to her daughters friends. Deanna also learns about having a fun fling with a younger boy and living the carefree college life. A lot of familiar faces in this movie, too: Luke Benward, Gillian Jacobs, Debby Ryan, Heidi Gardner, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh, and a special appearance by Christina Aguilera. Don't forget about Ben Falcone, too.
9. 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' (2018)—My Personal Favorite
Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based off of the true story of Lee Israel, a writer, and her friend Jack, played by Richard E. Grant, who begin plagiarizing letters from famous authors. They show the struggle that Lee Israel was going through leading up to getting the idea to begin this illegal journey. They also show her struggles with her dating life and drinking habits.
Melissa is known for her comedy roles, but she has one other film that is not comedic, St. Vincent (2014) that she did with Bill Murray, and I am a sucker for dramas. An even bigger sucker for dramas based on true stories, seeing Melissa in such a serious role really shows her talents in both genres. I think she did absolutely fantastic in Can You Ever Forgive Me? This is a movie I recommend and by far my favorite of her work so far.
Ben Falcone, of course, made an appearance in this as well. A bigger role than he usually has in her movies, he was blackmailing her at one point. Ouch, blackmailed by your own husband.
10. 'The Happytime Murders' (2018)
The Happytime Murders is wildly inappropriate, but hilarious nonetheless. I love it! It's a nice blend of The Muppets and adult comedy.
I'm a fan of both.
A puppet cast of a popular 90s children's TV show The Happytime Gang begin to get murdered one by one. Phil played by Brian Henson, an ex-puppet cop now a detective, not only has ties to The Happytime Gang, but is also the brother of one of the cast members. Connie Edwards (McCarthy) is ex-partners will Phil and is forced to work together, begrudgingly, with Phil to solve the case. Phil somehow is present at almost all the murders. After realizing the murders were hits and someone is trying to frame Phil, they fight this case to the very end, solving the murders and rebuilding their friendship they once had. This movie has a lot of human/puppet-related jokes and racism. The humans are not fans of puppets apparently. A few people featured in this movie are Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Leslie David Baker, and yeah, Ben Falcone. Just stop asking about him!