Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo Talk ‘Barb and Star Go To Vista del Mar’ with Variety

Kristen and Annie talked to Variety about their latest film Barb and Star Go To Vista del Mar. Along with the article, they released two behind the scenes from the movie set and from their writing sessions. You can read the full interview in our press library!

Apeculiar thing happened after “Bridesmaids” premiered a decade ago and became an undeniable box office smash. Hot takes popped up around every corner of the internet and across the pages of newspapers and magazines, offering up one astute observation: Women can be funny!

It was especially confusing for Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay and had long admired the likes of Gilda Radner, Goldie Hawn, Carol Burnett and Lily Tomlin — comedians who knew their way around a joke while also, you know, happening to be female.

And yet, the reaction to “Bridesmaids” — a “chick flick” starring Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy that’s equal parts raunchy, smart and touching — presented that staggering conclusion with a reverence usually reserved for scientific breakthroughs.

“As a genre, there’s comedy and then there’s female comedy,” Mumolo recalls. “We didn’t know that until ‘Bridesmaids’ came out. We’re like, ‘What?’”

After “Bridesmaids” grossed almost $300 million worldwide, the powers that be in Hollywood were eager to cash in on the phenomenon. Studios fast-tracked a wave of female-oriented comedies, such as “Trainwreck,” “Bad Moms” and “Girls Trip,” in the hopes of replicating their own hits.

“It’s great that more things got greenlit,” Wiig said. “But on the other side of that it’s like, ‘Why the fuck weren’t you greenlighting it before?”

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