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Shabbat Shalom! The SNL Lady Squad’s ‘Wine Country’ Movie Is On Netflix

Rosé pri hagafen, everybody.

“Wine Country,” a mid-life crisis comedy starring Jewish actresses Rachel Dratch and Maya Rudolph, as well as Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer and Paula Pell, dropped on Netflix on Friday, like the Shabbat Bride alighting.

The bad news: Reviews suggest that this will not be the next “Bridesmaids.” The good news: Literally everything else about this movie.

The film, written by Liz Cackowski and Emily Spivey and directed by Poehler, has been a long time coming. “We’ve had like 20 years of rehearsals,” Poehler told The Washington Post. The group of women who star in the raunchy comedy — which also features beloved Jewish weirdo Jason Schwartzman — have been friends for decades, since their overlapping turns in the writers room and on stage at “Saturday Night Live.”

All of the women involved have collaborated before, but never all on one project.

“When I think about this movie…I think about our history,” Rudolph told the Post. “I think about the choice that we’ve made to be a family,” she said, explaining that the women behind “Wine Country” have, for years, chosen to live like “a small village.”

Whether you wait until Saturday’s three stars are in the sky or stream it on Friday after work, pour yourself a glass and remember — Chardonay, Manischewitz, grape juice, and Franzia are all fruit of the vine. And let this Jewess-heavy squad of best friends transport you to “Wine Country.”

Jenny Singer is the deputy life/features editor for the Forward. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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