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Bridesmaids... women have never been more dangerous (or funny)

  • May 5, 2011

I have always wondered what would happen if all of the "dirty laundry" us women carry around was aired (or screened) in front of the general public.  Not just our moments of madness when it comes to life, work, and dare I say relationships... but what if we all just let it hang out?  Well, Bridesmaids does just that and it seems like there is no turning back from where this film takes it.

From the opening scene (which I will not give away) you are immediately introduced into one of the craziest WTF moments. Being about 3-5 minutes of pure uncomfortable awkwardness that you will feel with the character that will have you gasping in shock, and I'm sure that on some level EVERYONE will be able to relate to the events that are being played out, be it in a past relationship or even a current fling, and that alone sets the mood for what the rest of the film will bring you.  Kristen Wiig is hilarious as Annie, and every woman in the theater will be able to relate with her and what she is going through.  I know so far this sounds like it is a woman's film... and it probably is... but if you want to get a little glimpse into the mindset of us ladies (as I'm sure there are those of you out there still saying "I just don't get women") than this might just help you out a tiny bit.  Of course there are moments that will turn your stomach as they are so out there that it's amazing they even made the final cut, but overall this is a down to earch hilarious and sometimes over the top "true" tale of what it's like to be a woman.

From the casting choices, to the typical ass-hole we have all (at some point) fallen for, and ulitmately the female rivalries that these ladies go through will outshine the insanity of Alan, Phil and Stu.  Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) is brilliant on the big screen as Megan (the groom's sister), Kristen Wiig (SNL and Paul) makes for the perfect leading lady as Annie, Rose Byrne (Damages) is hilarious in her uptight and snobby-ness that she brings to Helen as that one friend who likes to take control of everything, and Maya Rudolph (Away We Go) is adorable as as the bride Lilian and Annie's best friend.  There is of course one additional actor, Chris O'Dowd (Pirate Radio), who steals the show at times just for just for being the rock that all of these ladies desperately need.

I hate that I enjoyed this film as much as I did, but sadly for me there is nothing better than watching characters that truly feel like real people dealing with things that we deal with and can truly relate to, rather than the picture perfect hollywood lives we usually are force feed in films and tv.  Bridesmaids truly is the female response to The Hangover and the shock value of some of the scenes is so outragous that there is no controling the laughter or jaw-dropping reactions.  It gives a punch to the stomach and a kick to the groin, but there are also moments that will touch us in unexpected ways. 

Bridesmaids is one of those 'R' rated comedies that deserves to get noticed.  These ladies are exceptional and if you are looking for something that will make you laugh-out-loud than this is something I recommend you check out.  I just hope you all can hold your lunch as there are scenes that will challenge all of your sense.  I give Bridesmaids a 3.5 out of 5.

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May 06, 2011
I've been looking forward to checking this out! I had told my fiance that it was the female Hangover because he has always griped "that women aren't allowed to do comedies like that". Great review, thanks for sharing :)
May 09, 2011
sure they are! Tell Nando women can be wilder than men! I know my lady friends are LOL!!
May 10, 2011
LOL...exactamundo ;p No, I won't tell him that...I have my secrets and treasure my girl Hangover moments!
May 05, 2011
well alright!! I was wondering when someone was going to review this. When I saw the trailers, I thought "The Hangover" and seems like you have the same observations. Comedies are usually my thing when I am in the right mood. Highly entertaining review and awesome write up (no spoilers)!!
May 05, 2011
glad you enjoyed. i try my best not to give away spoilers.
May 05, 2011
Thanks for the advance review again, I have featured it in our community. I am eagerly awaiting your new review for this weekend's new releases... :)
May 09, 2011
Oh, Hannah, any ideas for a badge for this movie? Figured I'd ask you since you saw it before everyone else....any noteworthy punchlines in the movie?
May 09, 2011
LOL. hmmm... the only real punchline is "maid of dishonor". he only other thing I can think of is "classy $hit". the last line fully delivered before the GREATEST scene in the film. not sure if either of those help..
May 10, 2011
oh yes!! you have indeed helped!! I am making a badge now!!
May 13, 2011
oh, Hannah, I gave you special mention in last night's newsletter for the idea. :)
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Quick Tip by . July 05, 2011
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What a fun cast of dynamic characters! I love how different each woman is, but how they bond and mesh together. Bridesmaid fitting scene = too hilariously disgusting. The sister-in-law = disgustingly hilarious. And I found Annie to be incredibly relatable. Actually, all of the women were in some way. Love.
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Picked as her best friend's maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids.

The delightful Kristen Wiig, who's shone in dozens of supporting roles and onSaturday Night Live, hits a bull's-eye with her first lead role inBridesmaids. Annie (Wiig) isn't doing so well; her bakery failed and she keeps sleeping with a good-looking louse (Jon Hamm,Mad Men), but she's always had her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph,Away We Go) to buoy her up… until Lillian gets engaged. Annie becomes maid of honor, but another friend of Lillian's--the rich and lovely Helen (Rose Byrne,Get Him to the Greek)--wants to take over that position. Misadventures with bad Brazilian food, dress fittings, an unfortunate flight to Vegas, and a sympathetic traffic cop (Chris O'Dowd from British TV comedyThe IT Crowd) follow, with increasingly hilarious results.Bridesmaidssuccessfully balances raunchy comedy and character portrait. The embarrassing and socially catastrophic stuff, which in too many movies balloons into absurdity, is here kept in check just enough to allow Annie and the other characters to be multidimensional people--without the movie losing its comic capacity for cringe. (Actress Melissa McCarthy, ofMike & Molly, works miracles with a character than in most hands would be pure cartoon.) Wiig's enormous appeal keeps Annie sympathetic, even as she becomes more ...
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Director: Paul Feig
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 13 May 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
Runtime: 125 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Apatow Productions
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