The common consensus, at least among studio types, was: No one would go see a raunchfest full of women. Sure, they'll watch schlubby dudes like Seth Rogen and Steve Carell pine for and moon over hot ladies...but actually having ladies be the ones who make the shit jokes, say the bad words and act like slobs and losers? This Kristin Wiig-led ensemble comedy changed everything, from preconceived notions of what female comedies could get away with to the career arcs of several of its stars — notably Melissa McCarthy's career prospects, as she went from scene stealer to Oscar nominee to co-leading her own buddy pic with Sandra Bullock (The Heat) in record time. The movie's envelope-pushing notions regarding gender equality in the gross-out elements would soon be seen in independent films like Bachelorette (2012) and studio star vehicles like this year's The Other Woman, but these were movies that simply caught someone else's thrown bouquet. Bridesmaids was the one who grabbed the comic brass ring and slipped it onto its own middle finger.