49. Bridesmaids (2011)
Director: Paul Feig
Writer: Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Chris O'Dowd, Jill Clayburgh
Quotable: "You are more beautiful than Cinderella! You smell like pine needles, and have a face like sunshine!"
Fun Fact: Jon Hamm once taught acting to his Bridesmaids co-star Ellie Kemper at the John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri.
2011 was a dismal year for major studio comedies, from the all-out despicability of The Hangover Part II and The Sitter to the ho-hum mediocrity of Bad Teacher and Horrible Bosses. Thank heavens for Kristen Wiig, then, the star and co-writer of one of the funniest movies in recent memory, mainstream or not: Bridesmaids.
Assembling an ace ensemble (powered by scene-stealers Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne), Wiig and director Paul Feig (creator of Freaks and Geeks) took a bunch of unexplored themes for a mainstream comedy (bridal party stresses and demands, feeling one's internal clock ticking while others get married) and shoved them in your face. Simply a hilarious, as well as disarmingly profound, comedy, Bridesmaids is good-hearted fun for everyone. And the smash hit that single-handedly saved Hollywood's funny movie genre from completely shitting the bed in 2011.