Amy Poehler’s “Wine Country” was never meant to be a “ladies ‘Hangover,’” says star Ana Gasteyer. It was supposed to be a film about female friendships and the deeply rooted connections women have with each other.

“Initially, you think of this movie as a ladies ‘Hangover’ — it’s interesting because it’s very much about connection,” Gasteyer told TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven. “It’s less about going crazy and being wacky. Amy didn’t want to make that movie either. We have a relationship rooted in huge history and the connection as women and a huge amount of solidarity as weirdo female comedians who came in at a time where we were just breaking some ground for female comedians. It was important to us that it was about those sweet notes of female friendship in addition to the better known ‘catfight’ and ruckus partying of men.”

“Wine Country” stars Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Paula Pell, Tina Fey and Emily Spivey. The ladies go on a trip to Napa for a birthday, where they are forced to confront their issues and look past them for the sake of friendship. The film is based on actual trips the ladies take every year.

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