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20 Hilarious Movies Like Bridesmaids You Should Watch Next

The 2011 film "Bridesmaids," directed by Paul Feig and written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, is often considered one of the best comedy movies of the modern era. The film follows Annie (Wiig), who's excited and happy to serve as Maid of Honor to her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph), despite the fact that her own love life (and life in general) is somewhat of a mess. She's broke, still lives with roommates, and has a casual sexual relationship with a narcissistic man (Jon Hamm) that has no clear future. Annie soon finds herself jealous of one of the other bridesmaids, Helen (Rose Byrne), and the two begin competing for Lillian's friendship, leading to some outrageous and hilarious situations. The rest of the titular bridesmaids include Lillian's cousin Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), her young coworker Becca (Ellie Kemper), and her crass future sister-in-law Megan (Melissa McCarthy).

The movie was a huge hit, earning great reviews from both critics and audiences. It even received two Academy Award nominations — one for Best Original Screenplay and another for McCarthy as Best Supporting Actress. "Bridesmaids" undeniably makes for a good rewatch, as the scenes continue to be absolutely hilarious time after time. However, if you're looking for something new that's still similar to "Bridesmaids," then read on to see which other films will make you laugh just as hard.


For more pre-wedding antics amongst women, look no further than "Bachelorette." Written and directed by Leslye Headland, "Bachelorette" follows four longtime friends — Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Gena (Lizzy Caplan), Katie (Isla Fisher), and Becky (Rebel Wilson) — who come together for Becky's bachelorette party. After Gena brings cocaine for the group, the night quickly gets completely and hilariously out of hand.

"Bachelorette" received mixed reviews upon release, but those who liked it, loved it. The review from Autostraddle reads, "You don't have to relate to their bad choices to understand the bizarre nature of female friendships. Screw 'The Hangover'; 'Bachelorette' is where it's at." Since the film came out just a year after "Bridesmaids," the two were inevitably compared. Matt Brunson of Film Frenzy addressed this in his review, writing, "It would be a major mistake to think that 'Bachelorette' is simply a rip-off of 'Bridesmaids' with a healthy dose of 'Mean Girls' stirred into the mix. This comedy clearly marches to its own beat." While "Bachelorette" certainly feels unique from "Bridesmaids," fans will likely enjoy one if they enjoy the other.


For another raunchy, female-led comedy like "Bridesmaids," 2015's "Trainwreck" is a fantastic option. Written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, "Trainwreck" follows Amy (Schumer) — a promiscuous magazine writer who enjoys sleeping around, at least until she meets charming sports doctor Aaron (Bill Hader). When she and Aaron begin dating, Amy finds herself falling in love for the first time.

All in all, "Trainwreck" is perfect for rom-com fans who like humor that leans on the dirtier side. Max Weiss of Baltimore Magazine wrote, "Trainwreck is a complete blast. Even as it sends up rom-com clichés, it manages to be both seriously funny and genuinely romantic." Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times had nothing but praise for the film's star, writing, "Schumer's performance is a tour de force of razor-sharp comedic timing." The palpable chemistry between Schumer and Hader is fantastic, and its just one of the many shining qualities of "Trainwreck."

Girls Trip

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, "Girls Trip" follows bestselling author Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall). Ryan invites her old friends to Essence Music Festival — where she is giving a speech — in an attempt to reconnect the estranged group. Her friends include gossip site owner Sasha (Queen Latifah), nurse and single mother Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), and party animal Dina (Tiffany Hadish). As you might expect, chaos ultimately ensues.

The film earned high praise from critics and currently holds a high aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviewer Evette Dionne wrote, "It's a raucous ride, unlike anything I've ever seen in theaters." Meanwhile, A. Tony Jerome of Autostraddle was left wanting more, declaring, "I want at least three more sequels and a series after this." While there may or may not be sequels on the way, "Girls Trip" makes for laugh-out-loud viewing, whether it's your first time watching or your fifth.

Identity Thief

If you found Melissa McCarthy's hilarious performance as Megan to be the best part of "Bridesmaids," then it's time to check out some of McCarthy's other films, starting with 2013's "Identity Thief." Directed by Seth Gordon and written by Craig Mazin, "Identity Thief" follows Diana (McCarthy), who lives a life of luxury after stealing the identity of Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman). When he finds out, Sandy embarks on a quest to track down Diana to get his life back.

"Identity Thief" wasn't exactly loved by critics, receiving knocks for some insensitive jokes, weak writing, and poor characterizations. However, if you're coming for McCarthy's keen comedy, then you may not be so disappointed. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said that the film is "reliant on McCarthy's comedy chops and her ability to deliver improv-type character material." The audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is much higher than the critical aggregate, which speaks to the film's popular appeal.


If you're looking for something in a similar vein as "Bridesmaids" but that focuses on a younger set of characters, look no further than "Booksmart." Olivia Wilde made her directorial debut with the 2019 comedy, which stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever. The film follows high school seniors and best friends Amy (Dever) and Molly (Feldstein), who decide to spend the night before graduation partying hard to make up for all the time they spent hidden away studying during their teenage years. Before they all part ways, Amy and Molly want to prove to their classmates that they know how to have fun too.

"Booksmart" received an abundance of praise for just about every aspect of its production. Reviewer Rachel Vorona Cote praised the film's core message, writing, "With elegant clarity, 'Booksmart' demonstrates how certain experiences can feel colossal and of walloping import even when we know we're waiting for something else — something we can't possibly fathom." Wenlei Ma of News.com.au wrote, "It sounds like such a cliché but you will literally laugh and cry, and flash back to your own teenage days with fondness, not horror." Just like "Bridesmaids," "Booksmart" is grounded in female friendship, and the humor is also just as raunchy and sharp.

The Hangover

We can't put together a list of raunchy wedding-themed comedies without mentioning "The Hangover." The 2009 film from director Todd Phillips introduces four friends — Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) — who drive to Las Vegas together for Doug's bachelor party. The four of them have a wild first night of partying — so wild in fact that when Phil, Stu, and Alan wake up, Doug is nowhere to be found, and they can't remember a thing from the night before. From there, they attempt to retrace their steps to find Doug in time for his wedding.

Summing up much of the critical praise "The Hangover" received, Micheal Compton of Bowling Green Daily News wrote, "Here's a comedy that understands how to be raunchy and smart — and isn't afraid to get a laugh at any expense." Led by a cast with strong chemistry and full of memorable moments, "The Hangover" was loved upon release, especially by audiences. It's no wonder it received two sequels, even if they didn't quite live up to the original.

Wine Country

Amy Poehler's feature directorial debut, "Wine Country" uses the tried-and-true "Bridesmaids" formula of assembling a group of women friends for some sort of trip or adventure. Written by Emily Spivey and Liz Cackowski, "Wine Country" follows six women — played by Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, and Emily Spivey — as they travel to Napa together to celebrate Rebecca's (Dratch) 50th birthday.

"Wine Country" received mixed to positive reviews, but one thing that most critics seemed to agree on was that the film's stars are all charming and convincing in their roles. Katie Rife of the AV Club wrote, "While this isn't the most original project that any of these women have ever done, it is as warm and comfortable as a cashmere blanket draped around one's shoulders by a considerate friend." Similarly, David Ehrlich of IndieWire wrote, "A pleasant and perfectly watchable comedy that would have died on the vine in theaters, 'Wine Country' is casual viewing done right. Anna Leszkiewicz of New Statesmen called it "a drinkable, if at times indulgent, affair." If you don't mind a little indulgence and want to have fun with these vibrant, complicated women, then you'll enjoy "Wine Country."

Rough Night

A crazy pre-wedding night out is the focus of director Lucia Aniello's "Rough Night." Co-written by Aniello and Paul W. Downs, the film follows bride-to-be Jess (Scarlett Johansson), who reunites with a group of old friends for her bachelorette weekend in Miami. What starts off with a plan to have a fun time quickly becomes completely out of control, especially after a male stripper hired by the group ends up dead.

"Rough Night" wasn't exactly praised by critics, but the film is arguably still worth watching for its alluring cast alone. Alongside Johansson, the film stars "Saturday Night Live" veteran Kate McKinnon, a pre-Catwoman Zoë Kravitz, "Broad City" lead Ilana Glazer, and comedian Jillian Bell. Some critics felt that the film's impressive comedic lineup didn't live up to their potential, but most of the critiques were levelled against the overall writing. Your mileage may vary on "Rough Night," but there's definitely enough talent here to keep fans of the genre entertained.

Easy A

Directed by Will Gluck and written by Bert V. Royal, "Easy A" introduces high school student Olive (Emma Stone in one of her first starring roles), who, after feeling pressure from her best friend to have a more exciting life, lies about losing her virginity. When the lie is overheard by another classmate, the fake secret soon spreads throughout the whole school, and Olive wrongly (and cruelly) becomes known as "easy" amongst her peers. At first overwhelmed, Olive quickly decides to make the most of her new notoriety.

In an urge for readers to watch the film, Yasmin Omar of Harper's Bazaar wrote, "With scintillating wit and endlessly quotable dialogue, Easy A is a potent critique of retrograde attitudes towards female sexuality." Plenty of critical attention turned to Stone upon the film's release, who was fairly unknown at the time. Richard Propes of The Independent Critic claimed that "Easy A" could "very well be a star making role for lead Emma Stone." Considering her career only went uphill from here, he wasn't wrong. Stephen Holden of The New York Times gave Stone what any teen rom-com fan knows to be an enormous complement when he called her performance "the best of its type since Alicia Silverstone's star turn several high school generations ago in Amy Heckerling's 1995 hit, 'Clueless.'" All in all, "Easy A" is funny, sharp, captivating, and led by a great lead performance from Stone.

The Switch

Inspired by the short story "The Baster" by Jeffrey Eugenides and adapted for the screen by Allan Loeb, "The Switch" follows Wally (Jason Bateman), who becomes a bit upset when his best friend Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) decides she wants a baby and chooses to go to a sperm bank for a donor instead of asking him. During Kassie's "insemination party," a drunken Wally accidentally spills the donated sperm and, panicked, replaces it with his own. He doesn't remember what he did until, seven years later, Wally meets Sebastian (Thomas Robinson), his and Kassie's son.

One of the best aspects of "The Switch" is the chemistry between Aniston and Bateman, who are close friends in real life. Many critics found that despite it being somewhat of a predictable rom-com, the film managed to be more memorable and better executed than many of its contemporaries. Richard Brody of The New Yorker wrote that it "rises above its contrived conceit thanks to carefully calibrated performances and coherent use of New York locations." If you're looking for a fun and charming comedy, then "The Switch" will surely satisfy you.

Life of the Party

Melissa McCarthy's "Life of the Party" is directed by Ben Falcone, the star's real-life husband, and co-written by him and McCarthy. In the film, housewife Deanna (McCarthy), recently left by her husband, decides to return to college to get the degree she never completed since she married at a young age. Finding herself at the same college as her 18-year-old daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon), Deanna begins embracing the fun and social parts of college life, even bonding with Maddie and her friends.

The film received middling reviews upon release, but just about every critic praised McCarthy for her usual masterful comedic acting. Although he didn't like the film overall, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called it a "scientific fact" that McCarthy is "comedy royalty" in his review. Paul Byrnes of the Sydney Morning Herald, who said that the film had "funny moments and an earnest message," noted that the lack of good reviews could have been because it leaned more toward sentimentality and less toward raunchy humor. If you're looking for a break in the overly racy but still want to engage in McCarthy's beloved comedic style, "Life of the Party" is a fitting choice.

Horrible Bosses

2011's "Horrible Bosses" entertains immensely with a unique brand of dark comedy. Directed by Seth Gordon, the film stars the likes of Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Colin Farrell. The story follows three friends — Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudekis) — who, during a drunken night, decide to kill their respective bosses — Dave (Kevin Spacey), Julie (Aniston) and Bobby (Farrell).

Giving insight into the movie's success, film critic Roger Ebert wrote, "What makes the movie work is how truly horrible the bosses are, what pathetic victims the employees are and how bad the employees are at killing; they'd be fired in a second by Murder Inc." Ian Buckwalter of NPR called the first 30 minutes of the film especially "sharp and hilarious," but found it to lose its footing as it progressed. He noted, however, that the rest of the film still contained "excellent jokes." "Horrible Bosses" has a great cast of comedic stars and more than enough wit to keep you entertained.

Bad Moms

Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the 2016 comedy "Bad Moms" follows Amy (Mila Kunis), a happy but majorly overworked mother who, looking to let off some steam, befriends two other exhausted moms in Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and embarks on a journey of debauchery. Soon, the three of them find themselves facing off against PTA president Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and the other more popular moms of their children's school.

The film's greatest strength is by far its cast. Seeing a pre-"WandaVision" Kathryn Hahn is especially fun, and the three leading women all have palpable chemistry together. As a result, their on screen friendship is very convincing. On this note, Kip Mooney of Central Track wrote that, "Because Kunis, Bell and especially Hahn are such game comedians, they find a way to make it feel fresh." Overall, critics had mixed feelings on how effective the humor was, but most found the film entertaining regardless. Again, the cast of "Bad Moms" is just too compelling to pass up.

Baby Mama

Written and directed by Michael McCullers, "Baby Mama" stars Amy Poehler and Tiny Fey. Fey plays Kate Holbrook, a successful businesswoman who decides she wants to have a baby on her own. Unable to get pregnant and denied for adoption, Kate hires a surrogate mother named Angie Ostrowski (Pohler), whose immature and obnoxious behavior leads to clashes between the two women.

It's no secret that Fey and Poehler have plenty of chemistry, comedic and otherwise, and it's on full display in "Baby Mama." In fact, many critics called their dynamic the driving factor of the film. Sandra Hall of the Sydney Morning Herald wrote, "The film is not exactly original but it is a lot of fun, thanks to the skill with which Fey and Poehler play to one another's strengths." Further, Carina Chocano of the Los Angeles Times had praise for the script, writing, "'Baby Mama' adheres fairly closely to the conventions of the studio comedy, although it's never actually predictable, probably because the characters and subject matter are so novel." If you're looking for laughs, it's hard to pass up this comedic duo.

The House Bunny

Written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith (known for films like "10 Things I Hate About You" and "Legally Blonde") and directed by Fred Wolf, "The House Bunny" came out in 2008. It follows Shelley Darlington (Anna Faris), a former Playboy Bunny who was recently kicked out, as she becomes a mentor to the girls of the Zeta Alpha Zeta sorority. Alongside Faris, the film boasts an impressive cast that includes future "Dollhouse" star Kat Denning and a young Emma Stone in one of her first-ever roles.

"The House Bunny" received mixed reviews, but many critics called it charming and funny despite its imperfections. Summing up the middling response to the film, Larushka Ivan-Zadeh of Metro wrote, "The ending is predictably feel-good — if it takes way too long coming — but the female-penned script keeps you perky with some surprisingly surreal flashes." Almost all critics, including those who didn't like the film, praised Faris for her leading performance as Shelley Darlington. Today, "The House Bunny" is still worth checking out for her alone.

Plan B

For a high school comedy worthy of your time, check out 2021's "Plan B." Directed by Natalie Morales, "Plan B" follows Sunny (Kuhoo Verma) and Lupe (Victoria Moroles), two teenage best friends who have 24 hours to track down an emergency contraception pill in South Dakota after Sunny has a regrettable one night stand at a party. Along the way, Sunny and Lupe run into a slew of wild hurdles, tracking down drug dealers and uncovering personal secrets along the way.

"Plan B" received an abundance of praise upon release, earning a near-perfect aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes. Discussing the uniqueness of the two protagonists, Jake Coyle of the Associated Press wrote, "Pointed as the message of "Plan B" is, nothing supersedes just letting these two characters — traditionally bit players at best in high-school comedies — be themselves." Many critics also pointed out how the film's message managed to be timely, poignant, and important without ever getting too heavy-handed. Even if "Plan B" occasionally leans into heavier territory with its story, there's still plenty of mature humor throughout.

Friends with Kids

Written, directed by, and starring Jennifer Westfeldt, "Friends with Kids" follows Julie (Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) — two close friends who decide to have a child together without beginning a romantic relationship. Soon after they begin their arrangement, Julie and Jason both begin seeing other people, causing them to realize that they actually do have feelings for one another. Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, and Chris O'Dowd star as the rest of Julie and Jason's friend group.

Just based on the cast alone, "Friends with Kids" is clearly a good follow-up watch to "Bridesmaids," as the films share three stars in Rudolph, Wiig, and Hamm. However, beyond the cast, there are plenty of other reasons to check out "Friends with Kids." Anna Smith of Metro compared the film to "Bridesmaids" in her review, writing, "Blending Jennifer Westfeldt's talky, observational style with the kind of irreverent humour that helped 'Bridesmaids' bridge the gender divide, 'Friends With Kids' explores love, marriage and child-rearing with gusto and wit." Debbie Baldwin of Ladue News deemed the movie "a smart, charming and endearing film," while Kelly Jane Torrance of the Washington Examiner called it one of the few true "romantic [comedies] for adults." It's a great movie with a lot of heart and more than enough laughs to go around.

How to be Single

Directed by Christian Ditter, "How to be Single" follows Alice (Dakota Johnson), who finds herself single for the first time in years after deciding that she and her long-term boyfriend Josh (Nicholas Braun) need some time apart. Alice then moves to New York, taking a job as a paralegal and befriending the outgoing and party-loving Robin (Rebel Wilson), who vows to help her through her singlehood. Leslie Mann and Alison Brie co-star as two other women navigating their love lives.

Praising the film, Sara Michelle Fetters of MovieFreak.com wrote, "Wilson generates a number of heartfelt laughs, Johnson is a magnetically compelling lead and Mann is just plain spectacular, stealing every scene she's in with an effortlessness that's just plain super." Similarly, Perri Nemiroff of Collider wrote, "'How to Be Single' is an above average romantic comedy that excels thanks to stellar performances and the fact that Ditter makes an effort to make it a very human story." While more charming than raunchy, "How to Be Single" makes for an entertaining watch with captivating performances from each and every cast member.

Bride Wars

In the mood for another wedding-themed film like "Bridesmaids?" Check out 2015's "Bride Wars," directed by Gary Winick and written by Greg DePaul, Casey Wilson, and June Diane Raphael. "Bride Wars" centers on Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway), two lifelong friends who share a dream of having extravagant weddings at Manhattan's Plaza Hotel. When they get engaged at the same time, they're initially ecstatic to plan their weddings together. However, due to a clerical error, both of their weddings are booked for the same day at the Plaza. When neither wants to move their date and give up the venue, a full-on war commences between the two friends.

The movie wasn't exactly loved by critics, but it does make for an entertaining watch if you're looking for wedding hijinks. Hathaway and Hudson are both charismatic in their roles, believable as best friends and doing their very best with the (often lacking) material. Even if "Bride Wars" doesn't sound like your thing, it may still fall into the "so bad it's good" category.


A great choice for "Bridesmaids" fans is the 2015 Amy Pohler and Tina Fey team-up comedy "Sisters," directed by Jason Moore and written by Paula Pell. In the film, Fey and Pohler play — you guessed it — sisters, Kate and Maura, who find out that their parents are selling their childhood home. After being given a single weekend to clean out their childhood bedrooms, Kate and Maura decide to throw one final party with all of their old classmates.

It's tough to find two comedians with better chemistry than Fey and Pohler, which is exactly what makes "Sisters" work so well. As Jason Bailey of Flavorwire wrote, "'Sisters' is a Fey & Poehler picture, a comedy vehicle designed to showcase the skills and personalities of its stars, and for the most part, it succeeds." Deirdre Crimmins of Cinematic Essential wrote, "'Sisters' is such a funny movie, I honestly began to question if I was somehow mixing up my affection for Fey and Poehler with cinematic success," concluding that the film was "one of the funniest" films of the year. To put it plainly, "Sisters" will make you laugh, possibly just as much as "Bridesmaids" did.