She made us laugh as the Target Lady – “Ter-git!”; MacGruber’s ill-fated sidekick; Gilly, the mischievous schoolgirl; and perpetual one-upper, Penelope – and those are just from her time on Saturday Night Live alone. Kristen Wiig is one of those actresses everyone wants to be friends with, so today, on her 40th birthday, get yourself a cupcake and check out one of the following Wiig classics to help her celebrate.

Pretty Bird (2008), a competitor in the Dramatic Competition at Sundance, is a fictionalized version of true events about three guys who set out to invent a rocket belt. Rockets and Kristin Wiig. Heck, yeah! Available on the Redbox Instant by Verizon, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu channels on Roku.

Adventureland (2009) is where our gal plays a security guard in this funny story of a guy who takes a gig at an amusement park before getting a “real job.” The movie is set in the late 80s, so there’s a pretty great soundtrack, too, featuring bands like The Velvet Underground, Whitesnake, The Replacements, and The Rolling Stones. Available on the NetflixAmazon Instant VideoBlockbuster on Demand and Vudu channels on Roku.

What else do we have to say about Whip It! (2009) than the fact that it’s a movie about bad arse chicks on wheels? (Roller derby skates, that is.) Wiig shines here as a super tough mentor to lead actress Ellen Page’s character. Available on the Amazon Instant Video and Vudu channels on Roku.

One of those kids’ movies that’s actually fun for adults, How to Train Your Dragon (2010) is about a young Viking boy who—yep, you guessed it!—befriends and trains a dragon. The birthday girl shines as scrappy Viking Ruffnut, and she’s reprising her role in How to Train Your Dragon 2, out next year. Available on the Vudu channel on Roku.

If you haven’t seen Bridesmaids (2011), get that can in the recliner and watch it immediately. And if you have seen it, watch it again to see Wiig at perhaps her finest – and funniest – hour. Okay fine, two hours and five minutes. Available on the Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu channels on Roku.

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