Where To See More Of: Kristen Wiig

For those of you who caught Bridesmaids over the weekend (and a lot of you did, it made $25 million!) and are not fans of latter-day SNL, here are some films to check out the comedy greatness of Kristen Wiig:

Knocked Up (2007)

Prior to Bridesmaids, Wiig was basically a serial scene-stealer, and Judd Apatow’s second film was the first place most people realized this. She played Jill, an assistant at E! where Katherine Heigel’s character works.
Scene stealing quoteOh, no, we’re not asking you to lose weight. That would be illegal. We just want you to be healthy, by eating less. So go home, weigh yourself on a scale, write than down. Then subtract 20 from that number. And weigh that. Yeah.”

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Wiig also had a sizable role in the 2007 film that was also written by Apatow. John C. Reilley starred as fictional musician Dewey Cox, and the film was a parody of musical biopics like Ray and Walk the Line. Wiig played Edith, Cox’s wife.
Scene stealing quote: “I do believe in you… I just know you’re gonna fail.”

Ghost Town (2008)

Moving outside of the Apatow/SNL nest, Wiig had a minor role in Ghost Town, starring Ricky Gervais, as his surgeon. You can watch a clip from the movie with her here.
Scene stealing quote:
Surgeon (Wiig): You… uh… died for seven minutes.
Bertram Pincus (Gervais): I died! For seven minutes!
Surgeon: We brought you right back. People die all the time.

Whip It (2009)

One of my all-time favorite sports movies, Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut about a roller derby team is all kinds of awesome. Wiig plays Maggie Mayhem, one of Ellen Page’s teammates on the Hurl Scouts.
Scene stealing quote: “You can never have too much eyeliner. Or LashBlast.”

Date Night (2010)

Of course I had to see Date Night because it stars my all-time favorite SNL-lady, Tina Fey. It also has a great cameo by Wiig as one half of the couple that sparks the whole adventure.
Scene stealing quote:  “And he knows that if I have five glasses of wine, I’m gonna try to make out with a black guy.”
I love funny ladies, and Kristen Wiig is in the top tier of funny women in film today! The New York Times also recently had an excellent profile on her, read it here.