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We know our readers are as excited about film as they are about the latest ‘It’ bag so it seemed only right and proper to celebrate this fact with the launch of the all new Grazia Film Club! Huzzah! And what better way to kick off proceedings than with a screening of THE film of the summer, Bridesmaids, which features a hilarious cast of women led by Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig, and focuses on six women’s friendships in the run up to a wedding.
So on Friday night, at London’s fabulous Soho Hotel, we gave 100 lucky readers the chance to see the film a whole two weeks before release – and to watch Film 2011’s Antonia Quirke host a Q&A with the supremely talented, charismatic cast beforehand. Thanks to Universal Pictures we were lucky enough to be joined by Director Paul Feig, co-Writer and lead actress Kristen Wiig, plus actors Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Rose Byrne who seemed as genuinely excited about the film as we were.
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Chris told us how he had intended to audition for his role with a US accent but having heard his Irish lilt, Paul was adamant he kept his native tongue – because it made Kristen very horny. Kristen used her experience of comedic improvisation on Saturday Night Live to create some of the most hilarious scenes in the film - and her work inspired their choice of Jon Hamm to play a character who is so far removed from Don Draper, you just have to see it for yourselves. We were also thrilled to learn that director Paul is a huge fan of Grazia and reads it whenever he is in the UK - which is quite a lot, given that he is a self-confessed anglophile. Of course, after spying his fabulous Tom Ford brogues, none of this was a surprise to us!
Once we had listened to all the behind the scenes goss – and quaffed some champagne, courtesy of Marks and Spencers – it was time for the screening. What a movie! We laughed, we cried, we celebrated our friendships, we cringed at the all-too-relatable hysterical moments that us girls are famed for, then we cried and laughed some more. And don’t even think about letting your men off the hook – this is a film for everyone. Produced by Judd Apatow of Knocked Up fame, this flick has universal appeal crossing the gender divide just like the Hangover did.
If you’d love to be a part of the next Grazia Film Club, keep an eye out in the mag and online for more star-studded events – and in the meantime, if you missed it at Grazia Film Club, Bridesmaids is in cinemas from 22 June. See it! It is ace. Here's a sneak preview...