In the world of comedy and drama, Jillian Bell stands out with her impeccable comedic timing and the depth she brings to her characters. Whether she’s stealing scenes in supporting roles or carrying a film as the lead, Bell has proven time and again her capacity to captivate audiences. From her early days in “Bridesmaids” to leading roles in movies like “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” her expansive career showcases her versatility and growth as an actress. Let’s dive into her cinematic journey:
1 – Bridesmaids (2011)
Directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, Bridesmaids was released on May 13, 2011. Jillian Bell took on the role of the ‘Girl at Shower’. This comedy revolves around Annie (Kristen Wiig), who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to be her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) maid of honor. The film was a box office sensation, earning over $288 million worldwide against a budget of $32.5 million.
2 – Love, Gloria (2012)
In Love, Gloria, released in 2012, Jillian played Cheryl. Directed by Nick Scown, the story revolves around a misfit struggling with her life. Though not as commercially successful as some of her other films, Bell’s performance was still noteworthy.
3 – The Master (2012)
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master saw Jillian Bell in the role of Susan Gregory. Released on September 14, 2012, this film delves into the life of Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), a World War II navy veteran struggling to adjust to post-war society, who gets drawn to the teachings of Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). While not a massive box office success, the film was critically acclaimed and earned multiple award nominations.
4 – 22 Jump Street (2014)
In the sequel to the smash hit “21 Jump Street,” Jillian Bell played the character Mercedes Nillsen. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the movie was released on June 13, 2014. It followed officers Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) going undercover at a college to bust a drug ring. A box office success, it garnered over $331 million globally against a budget of $50 million.
5 – Inherent Vice (2014)
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice was released on December 12, 2014. In this film, Jillian Bell took on the role of Chlorinda. Set in 1970, the story centers around a private investigator, Larry “Doc” Sportello, played by Joaquin Phoenix, as he is embroiled in a complex case involving his ex-girlfriend and a potential kidnapping. While the film had mixed reviews, it was praised for its unique narrative and earned around $14.7 million at the box office.
6 – Goosebumps (2015)
Released on October 16, 2015, Goosebumps was directed by Rob Letterman. Jillian Bell played the character of Lorraine Conyers. In this adventure comedy, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) discovers that his neighbor, R.L. Stine (Jack Black), is the author of the “Goosebumps” series and that the monsters from the books are real. The film was a hit, earning over $150 million worldwide.
7 – The Night Before (2015)
In this comedy film directed by Jonathan Levine, Jillian Bell played Betsy Greenberg. Released on November 20, 2015, The Night Before revolves around three childhood friends, played by Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie, who reunite for a series of Christmas Eve escapades. The movie was warmly received and collected around $52.4 million at the box office.
8 – The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
Jillian Bell lent her voice to the characters of Helene the Lunch Mom and Yoga Instructor in this animated film. The Angry Birds Movie, directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, hit theaters on May 20, 2016. Based on the popular video game, the story explores why the birds are so angry. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $352 million worldwide.
9 – Office Christmas Party (2016)
On December 9, 2016, Office Christmas Party directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, was released. Jillian Bell played the role of Trina Vanstone. The film dives into the chaotic world of an office Christmas party that spirals out of control, all in a bid to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. With a star-studded cast that includes Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, and Jennifer Aniston, the movie raked in a commendable $114.5 million worldwide.
10 – Fist Fight (2017)
Directed by Richie Keen, Fist Fight was released on February 17, 2017. Jillian Bell portrayed Counselor Holly in this comedy film. When one teacher (Charlie Day) gets another teacher (Ice Cube) fired, he is challenged to an old-fashioned after-school fistfight. As the news of the fight spreads, the entire school becomes involved in the spectacle. The film grossed around $41.1 million globally.
11 – Rough Night (2017)
Rough Night, directed by Lucia Aniello, was released on June 16, 2017. Jillian Bell plays Alice, one of the main characters. The film revolves around a bachelorette party that takes a dark turn when the group accidentally kills a male stripper. As they scramble to cover up the incident, the night gets wilder and more unpredictable. The film earned about $47.3 million at the box office.
12 – Game Over, Man! (2018)
On March 23, 2018, Netflix released Game Over, Man!. Directed by Kyle Newacheck, the movie features Jillian Bell in a smaller role as the ‘Embarrassed Girl’. This action-comedy follows three friends who are on the verge of getting their video game financed when their potential benefactor is taken hostage. The trio then steps up to save the day. As a Netflix original, direct box office collections aren’t available, but the movie was widely discussed on social media upon its release.
Jillian Bell’s cinematic journey has covered a vast array of genres and themes. Each role she undertakes showcases her versatility and her innate ability to connect with audiences. Her contribution to the entertainment industry is significant, and fans eagerly await her next move on the big screen.
13 – Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)
The acclaimed film Brittany Runs a Marathon was released on August 23, 2019, under the direction of Paul Downs Colaizzo. Jillian Bell stars as Brittany Forgler in this inspirational comedy-drama. After a doctor advises her to lose weight for the sake of her health, Brittany takes on the challenge to change her life by training for the New York City Marathon. This personal journey is filled with ups and downs but ultimately leads to self-acceptance and growth. Not only was Bell lauded for her performance, but the movie also resonated with audiences worldwide, grossing $7.4 million. Additionally, Bell served as an executive producer for the film.
14 – Sword of Trust (2019)
In the same year, Sword of Trust hit the theaters, directed by Lynn Shelton. Released on July 12, 2019, this comedic drama has Jillian Bell portraying Cynthia. The plot revolves around Cynthia and her partner Mary trying to cash in on an inherited Civil War-era sword believed by conspiracy theorists to prove the South won the war. The film garnered a positive reception and was particularly praised for its improvisational humor.
15 – Cowboys (2020)
Cowboys, a drama film directed by Anna Kerrigan, was released on February 12, 2020. In this heart-wrenching story, Jillian Bell plays Sally, the mother of a transgender boy who flees with his father to the Montana wilderness after his mother refuses to let him live as his true self. The movie is a sensitive exploration of gender identity and the lengths a parent will go to protect their child. Its unique storyline and the strong performances of the cast members were well-received.
16 – Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
On August 28, 2020, the long-awaited sequel, Bill & Ted Face the Music, directed by Dean Parisot, was unveiled. Jillian Bell joined the ensemble as Dr. Taylor Wood. This sci-fi comedy sees the titular characters, now middle-aged, embarking on a new adventure to find a song that will set their world right and bring harmony to the universe. A nostalgic trip for fans of the original films, it grossed approximately $6.1 million worldwide.
17 – Godmothered (2020)
Released on December 4, 2020, Godmothered is a comedic fantasy film directed by Sharon Maguire and distributed by Disney. Jillian Bell stars as Eleanor Fay Bloomingbottom, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training. When she discovers that her chosen profession is facing extinction, she decides to prove that the world still needs fairy godmothers. The movie traces Eleanor’s efforts to assist a widowed mother, only to realize that the “happily ever after” she had in mind might look different in the real world. The film was appreciated for its fresh take on the traditional fairy godmother narrative and Bell’s heartwarming performance.
18 – The Drop (2022)
The Drop, released in 2022, is a crime drama.
19 – I’m Totally Fine (2022)
In I’m Totally Fine, released in 2022, Jillian Bell takes on the role of Vanessa.
20 – Murder Mystery 2 (2023)
The sequel to the hit comedy Murder Mystery
21 – Fool’s Paradise (2023)
Fool’s Paradise, features Jillian Bell in the intriguing role of Shaman.
22 – Good Burger 2 (2023)
Jillian Bell is set to appear as Katt Boswell in Good Burger 2, a sequel to the beloved 1997 comedy film “Good Burger.”
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