Directed by: Richard Linklater
Written by: Richard Linklater, Holly Gent Palmo, Vincent Palmo Jr.
Produced by: Megan Ellison, Nina Jacobson, Bradford Simpson, Ginger Sledge
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Kristen Wiig as: Audrey
Other cast: Cate Blanchett, Judy Greer, Billy Crudup, Laurence Fishburne, Emma Nelson
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
“I loved playing Audrey. It’s the first time I’ve ever played someone who’s really unlikeable. She’s a grown up mean girl, so caught up in the neighborhood and local society.” As someone who represents the Seattle establishment that Bernadette resents and fights with such vitriol, Audrey could be reduced to a stereotype, but thanks to the screenplay and to Wiig, that’s not the case. “Deep down, I think she admires Bernadette, because to live a life where you care about what everyone thinks seems terrible,” says Wiig. “Bernadette reflects a life outside of Seattle that Audrey’s probably always thought about.”