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'Bridesmaids' premiere: Is this 'The Hangover' for women? [Video]

April 29, 2011 |  5:39 pm

Bridesmaids premiere

In the months leading up to the premiere of "Bridesmaids," many in Hollywood have touted the female-centric comedy as a "'Hangover' for women."

The reference, of course, is to the 2009 raunchy hit comedy about four guys holding a bachelor's Bridesmaids-gallery party in Las Vegas. The movie was so successful at the box office that it spawned a sequel, which hits theaters next month.

But does the Judd Apatow-produced "Bridesmaids" really share all that much in common with "The Hangover" -- other than the fact that it too has a plot that includes a number of hijinks ensuing before a wedding?

"I think that [comparison] is a little incorrect," said "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm, who in the movie is in a friends-with-benefits relationship with Kristen Wiig's character. "I know that's an easy way to do it. But I think the deal is that it's not a movie for women. ... I don't think 'The Hangover' was just for guys. I think women found that funny too. So I think it's an apt comparison in that 'The Hangover' was very funny. I hope it's an apt comparison in that 'The Hangover' made a lot of money."

Maya Rudolph, who stars as the actual bride in the film, said she has continually heard the comparison made between the two films and is baffled by it.

"I didn't think that [it was similar to 'The Hangover'] when we were making it. But I definitely thought it was one of the funnier movies I'd ever read," said the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member.

No matter how much the two movies do or do not share in common, lead actress Wiig said she hopes the movie will help change the perception that only men -- a la the dudes in "The Hangover" -- are allowed to express a dirtier sense of humor on-screen.

"Women can be raunchy," Wiig said on the pink carpet. "Women drink ... and party and swear, and I don't think there's anything wrong with seeing that in the movie. I think it's kind of fun."

For video interviews with cast member Rose Byrne and the film's director, Paul Feig, click beyond the jump.

-- Amy Kaufman

Top photo: The team behind "Bridesmaids." Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images. Bottom photo: Judd Apatow, Kristen Wiig and Paul Feig. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.