Maya Rudolph made her screen debut in the American medical drama television series ‘Chicago Hope’ in 1996. She played the role of ‘Nurse Leah Martine’ and continued to appear on the show until 1997. She went on to make her big-screen debut in the 1997 American romantic comedy-drama film ‘As Good as It Gets’ directed by James L. Brooks. The film received positive reviews from critics and was a major box office success, grossing over $314.1 million on a budget of $50 million. That same year, she also appeared in the American dystopian science fiction thriller film ‘Gattaca’ directed by Andrew Niccol. Even though the film saw critical acclaim upon release, it failed to achieve success at the box office. In 2000, she joined the cast of the American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show ‘Saturday Night Live.’ She starred in 153 episodes and received 2 ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’ for her performance in the show. She parted ways from ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2007. In 2003, she starred as ‘Tara’ in the American black comedy film ‘Duplex’ directed by Danny DeVito. The film received a 35% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. She continued to star in films like ‘Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie’ (2004), ‘50 First Dates’ (2004), ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ (2006), ‘Idiocracy’ (2006), ‘Shrek the Third’ (2007), ‘Away We Go’ (2009), and ‘MacGruber’ (2010).
In 2010, she portrayed Deanne McKenzie in the Dennis Dugan-directed American comedy film ‘Grown Ups.’ The film, despite being largely panned by critics, was a decent commercial success, grossing over $271.4 million on a budget of $80 million. The following year, she starred as ‘Lillian Donovan’ in the American comedy film ‘Bridesmaids’ directed by Paul Feig. The film was a critical and commercial success. She was next seen in films like ‘Zookeeper’ (2011), ‘The Way, Way Back’ (2013), ‘Grown Ups 2’ (2013), ‘Turbo’ (2013), ‘The Nut Job’ (2014), ‘Big Hero 6’ (2014), ‘Strange Magic’ (2015), ‘Maggie's Plan’ (2015), ‘Mr. Pig’ (2016), ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ (2016), ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ (2016), ‘CHiPs’ (2017), ‘We Don't Belong Here’ (2017), ‘The Emoji Movie’ (2017), ‘The Happytime Murders’ (2018), ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ (2019), ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ (2019), ‘The Willoughbys’ (2020), ‘Hubie Halloween’ (2020), and ‘Licorice Pizza’ (2021). In 2022, she joined the voice cast of the American adult animated sitcom ‘Human Resources’ where she voiced Constance "Connie" LaCienega. The series was renewed for a second season in April 2022.
Melvin Udall, a popular romance novelist has OCD and is rude to everyone around. His routine life is shaken when his neighbour is assaulted and he is entrusted to take care of his dog. Moreover, the only waitress who puts up with his nuisance in the restaurant he visits is ready to leave the job to take care of her critically ill son.
In a futuristic society, genetically engineered individuals are preferred over those born traditionally. Vincent Freeman, born naturally, is therefore at disadvantage. To fulfil his desire of joining space mission to one of Saturn’s moons, he assumes the identity of a superior Valid. However, when a murder threatens to reveal his real identity, he must find a way to protect himself.
A coming-of-age film, The Way Way Back centres around a teenage boy, Duncan, who is dreading a beach holiday in Cape Cod with his mother and her hostile boyfriend but finds companionship and courage in a waterpark employee and a girl next door. Starring a motley bunch of supporting characters, this film features drama and comedy with a dash of romance.
On the eve of their high school graduation, two best friends who were bookworms realize that they should have spent some more time playing and having fun. Therefore they decide to cram four years of fun into one single night.
Away we Go is a comedy-drama film which tells the story of a couple expecting their first child, who travel around the entire US, to find a perfect place to start a family.
Henry Roth, a veterinarian in Hawaii, spends his time philandering with the countless women vacationing in the island. He falls for the beautiful Lucy Whitmore and manages to impress her, but she suffers from short-time memory loss and cannot remember him the next day. Determined to mend his ways, Henry decides to woo Lucy again every day.
Annie’s life is in a mess – her bakery business has failed, her boyfriend has left her and she has to share her room with two not so likeable people. So when her best friend Lillian invites her to be the maid of honour at her wedding, she is happy. But then, she has a rival in the affluent and beautiful Helen who too considers Lillian as her BFF.
A Prairie Home Companion is a musical comedy drama film which shows us fictional behind-the-scene activities of the final broadcast of America’s most celebrated radio show.
Rapper Conner4real leaves his popular band ‘The Style Boyz,’ and achieves success as a solo rapper. When his new album fails to create any waves, his flourishing career takes a nosedive. Desperate to save his career, egotistical Conner tries everything from selling out to appearing on innumerable talk-shows; anything other than reuniting with his former boy-band. But his career is at stake.
Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello is a good-hearted but inept stoner who works as a private investigator. His former lover, Shasta suddenly shows up and asks him to prevent her rich lover, Wolfmann, from being committed to insane asylum by Wolfmann’s wife. Doc soon finds himself tangled in the psychedelic world of drugs and corrupt LAPD.
US Army Corporal Joe Bauers is selected for a suspension animation experiment for being the most average individual along with the prostitute Rita. Unfortunately, they are forgotten and wake up 500 years later in the future. They soon realize that future human beings lack any intelligence and they are the smartest people on Earth.
Friends with Kids is a romantic comedy drama film, which tells the story of Julie and Jason, who are best friends, but decide to have a baby together while keeping their relationship platonic.
Maggie Hardin, who works at a university, wants to have a baby on her own. However, her plan gets derailed when she falls for John, a married man. John reciprocates her feelings too, and therefore he is forced to end his relationship with his wife.
As their parents have decided to sell their home, recently divorced Maura and her hotheaded sister Kate are required to travel to Orlando to clean out their old bedroom. Once there, they decide to throw one last party and invite their former classmates. But very soon, it starts getting out of control and very soon there may not be any house to sell.
Jon, a police officer, teams up with an undercover FBI agent, to investigate a million dollar heist. They also intend to expose all the corrupt officers in their own department.
Five friends win their junior high basketball championship, and celebrate at a lake house with their coach. Thirty years later, when the coach dies, the friends decide to meet again with their families and spend the Fourth of July weekend together at the lake house. However, each is a grownup with his/her own unique personality and problems. Can they survive together?
This comedy drama road film revolves around several people, who are unknown to each other, but the only thing common between them is their passion for karaoke. When they learn about a karaoke competition, they make their way to it, to sing and hopefully connect with the audience.
A young couple moves into a gorgeous duplex in the middle of New York. However, they did not expect the elderly lady upstairs to be an issue. Her annoying behavior eventually forces the couple to take desperate measures.
This American action-comedy is based on the Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name which is a parody of the action-adventure TV series MacGyver. The movie has bagged the title of a cult classic since its release in 2010.
This comedy film revolves around Deanne, a middle-aged mother, who decides to complete her college education, after she is divorced by her husband. Soon, her daughter is quite shocked to see that her mother is sharing classes with her.
Wine Country is an American comedy film which revolves around a group of long-time friends, who unite after some time, for a vacation to Napa Valley. However, one of them, Abby, doesn’t want her friends to relax and drink, but she wants them to adhere to a strict schedule.
Three years after the events of the first film, the childhood friends reconnect once more after Lenny Feder relocates his family to his hometown Stanton where Eric, Kurt, and Marcus live with their families. However, this time around, the grown ups will be learning lessons from their kids on the last day of school.
Griffin Keyes is the best keeper at Franklin Park Zoo. When the woman he loves declares that it is his career as zookeeper which is keeping her away. he decides to leave his job and join his brother’s car dealership. But the animals at the zoo are not ready to let him go and break their code of silence in order to help him. Will he finally be able to win his love?
The simple-minded delicatessen worker Hubie Dubois of Salem, Massachusetts, is targeted and mocked at by his community. Though he helps as Halloween monitor and is devoted to the town’s celebrations, kids and adults play practical jokes on him. But the Halloween turns spooky when all those who were mean to Hubie start disappearing, while Hubie gets embroiled in a real murder investigation.
Loosely based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, the film tells the story of Hiro Hamada, a young robotics prodigy who decides to form a superhero team to fight an unidentified masked villain. It became the highest-grossing animated film of 2014.
Theo is a garden snail who calls himself Turbo and dreams of becoming the greatest racer in the world. When a freak accident infuses his DNA with nitrous oxide, he gains super speed. Now Turbo enters the famed Indianapolis 500 to fulfill his destiny but a villainous racer Gagné stands in his way.
This animated adventure comedy film tells the story of four old-fashioned siblings, who are neglected by their parents. Therefore, they decide to come up with a plan to send their selfish parents on a vacation, convinced that they are better off raising themselves.
The flightless birds of the Bird Island are a happy population, except for the three outcasts – hot-tempered Red, speedy Chuck and explosive Bomb. When the mysterious green piggies arrive on their island, everyone happily welcomes them. But Red suspects that there is some covert reason behind their visit. With Chuck and Bomb, Red sets out to get to the bottom of it.
King Harold of Far, Far Away land is dying and Shrek is unwilling to wear the crown. So he sets out with Donkey and Puss in Boots, to bring the King’s nephew, Artie, back from magic school and crown him instead. In his absence, the evil Prince Charming with his army takes over the land. Shrek, Artie and Fiona must now defeat the villain and regain the kingdom.
The Nut Job is an animated adventure comedy film which tells the story of an exiled squirrel who raids a nut store in order to help the residents of his former colony. However, the store is also a front for a human gang of bank robbers.
Fairy Princess Marianne is about to be married to her fiance Roland, but she witnesses him kiss another fairy on the day of their wedding. Therefore, she vows that she will never fall in love again. However, in order to win back Marianne, Roland tries to procure the love potion.
The Emoji Movie is a comedy-drama film, which tells the story of Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, who lives in a teenager’s smartphone. He wants to become a normal emoji likes his parents, and therefore he sets out on a journey.
Maya Rudolph Awards
|Saturday Night Live||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||2020|
|Big Mouth||Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance||2020|
|Bridesmaids||Best Gut-Wrenching Performance||2012|