Moviegeek5: Paul Feig Comedies
The American actor-turned-director Paul Feig had a good career on television i the 2000s with titles such as Arrested Development (2004-05), Nurse Jackie (2009-10), and The Office (2005-11), but broke through the glass ceiling as a film comedy director with the succesful Bridesmaids (2011). Since then Feig has directed one comedy after another with female leads, something that was a rare sight pre-Bridesmaids, most of them starring his muse Melissa McCarthy.
It is true of all genres, but most true of comedy; humour is subjective, so naturally there are those who dislike his films while others love them. There are certainly unusual, a breath of fresh air. Finally, we have succesful comedies that do not star the usual crowd of ridiculously paid male comedic actors who revel in a mixture of infantile and bar room humour. Women can be funny too – who knew?
We have selected five of Paul Feig’s comedies below. Let us know in the comments below which one is your favourite!
Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
One of the very earliest from the director is this mash up between Holiday movie and The Breakfast Club (well sort of) with a dash of Home Alone. The movie is humorous enough to give a taste of what was to come in Feig’s career, while he already here showed a talent for casting great support.
The rivalry between women leading up to a wedding has been treated several times in comedies before, but hardly in as succesful a manner as here. It is raunchy, hilarious and heartfelt, and unlike other comedies centrered on female infights, it is never mean-spirited. Melissa McCarthy made a career for herself and provides some of the films biggest laugh. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph – a stellar cast with great chemistry.
The Heat (2013)
Paul Feig’s follow-up to Bridesmaids is a buddy cop comedy like you’ve never seen before. Sandra Bullock (The Proposal, 2009) is the uptight everything-by-the-rules FBI agent who is partnered with her polar opposite in the form of Melissa McCarthy’s Boston cop. Obviously, neither could ever keep their respective jobs for very long in the real world, but rules are different in the world of comedy. Neither character is one-sided and while there is a good crime for them to crack, it is a film about their relationship more than anything else and it lands in a surprisingly heartfelt place.
Next up for Paul Feig was the Spy comedy with the ingenious title Spy. This time around, Paul Feig regular Melissa McCarthy was given centre stage as the desk agent sent out in the field to catch the killer of her in field agent partner and not-so-secret crush played by Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, 2009). It is a great spy comedy on its own but is also wonderfully subversive, shining a light on the ridiculous standards set by films like James Bond. Afterall. why can’t a chubby female agent get the job done just as well? And why does she have to go undercover as a lonely cat lady? Also great supporting roles for Miranda Hart, Rose Byrne, and Allison Janney.
Feig has definitely taken The Heat (get it?) for not only re-making a beloved comedy classic but changing the characters to females. But truth is, that he not only did a great job with this supernatural comedy, he did it with a touching acknowledge of the original. With Ramis and Aykroyd producing and every living original Ghostbuster in cameos, this is pure nostalgia in a new movie that, it being Feig, off course delivers funny dialogue, funny ladies and special effects the 1980s could only dream of.