Boise reflected the nation's taste with its desired Redbox rentals for the week ending Oct. 23. Local consumers were clearly looking for a laugh, with Bad Teacher, Bridesmaids and Zookeeper holding the top three slots, according to the one-stop flick-in-a-box. X-Men: First Class was the fourth-most popular rental, dropping from last week's second place.
Joking aside, it's not surprising that Bridesmaids made the cut. In its big screen opening weekend in May, the film grossed $24.6 million. By the end of summer, Bridesmaids' box-office take neared $300 million.
Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig as down-and-out maid of honor Annie, struggling to compete with bride Lillian's (Maya Rudolph) newest friend Helen (Rose Byrne). Annie and Helen's competition leads to a compendium of wedding-related mayhem. Melissa McCarthy, who plays bridesmaid Megan, steals the show in a star turn.
But if you can't catch the Bridesmaid bouquet at Redbox, you may consider renting Paul, also starring Wiig. Here, she plays Ruth, a recently enlightened Bible-belter helping two sci-fi nerds played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The odd trio assist the potty-mouthed, pot-smoking alien Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen. Bill Hader and Jason Bateman also star.
If it's more McCarthy you're after, check out The Back-up Plan, a slightly cheesy rom-com about a woman tired of waiting for mister right. McCarthy co-stars as a leader of a single mom support group. Her comedic relief is the best part of the film.