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A movie directed by Paul Feig

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This movie should be called "Self Loathing & Neurotic Thirty-Something Woman"

  • Feb 9, 2012
Rating:
-5
I consider myself a fan of "low brow" humor. Don't get me wrong, I love my smart and witty humor ala Woody Allen. However, I have no problem switching over to crude jokes and physical pratfalls to grace a smile and to induce chuckles. I really enjoyed "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Horrible Bosses", hell I still think "Dumb & Dumber" is hysterical. With that being said, I was eager to watch "Bridesmaids" since I had heard only great things about it. Well after watching it the only word I can conjure to state my reaction to this film is "disappointment".

The movie is about a thirty something woman named Annie (Kristen Wig) who is the maid of honor at her best friend Lillian's (Maya Rudolph) wedding. Annie and Lillian have been friends forever and as of recent their lives have taken different paths. Lillian has attained a new gal pal Helen (Rose Byrne) and it appears that Annie doesn't really care for Lillian's new friend(s) and new life. Now take the character of Annie and add some self loathing, neurotic tendencies, callow behavior and absolutely no regard for anyone else and you have the movie in a nut shell.

What destroyed this movie for me was the character of Annie. I found her to be utterly unsympathetic, self-centered, annoying and instigator of her own misery. A perfect example is the scene involving her and the cop (Chris O'Dowd) and baking supplies. I am not sure what Kristen Wig was attempting to do with this role, but I couldn't stand the performance.

For a movie called "Bridesmaids", there really wasn't that much interaction between them. I was told this was the women's version of "The Hangover". I don't know about that. "The Hangover" was alright, a bit overrated in my humble opinion, but at least there was interaction with the guys in that movie. In "Bridesmaids" it is some interaction with the ladies, Annie being an emotional train wreck, Helen and Annie fighting over Lillian's affection.

To be objective, I will say there were a couple funny parts in the movie. I really liked the scene where everyone became ill while trying on the dresses. There were also a few funny one liners that also made me laugh. However, these few moments were overshadowed by forced humor or things that weren't funny at all. A perfect example was when Annie and Helen kept fighting over the microphone when they were doing their toast for Lillian. This was one of the longest scenes I have seen in a recent film. Actually the movie was way too long. It ran just over two hours and again more than half of it was Annie's pity party. Not to mention there was no atonement or redemption of her character.

I watched this movie with my wife and she hated it too. It was actually a chore to sit through the entire film. We kept looking at time to see how much time was remaining. Notwithstanding, this film did very well critically and financially. I was also told by numerous people how amazing it was. I still think Annie would be a great paradigm for abnormal psychology.
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February 11, 2012
I honestly don't know, majority of people like this a lot, but I haven't gotten around to seeing it yet. I am curious and your review have tempered my expectations. Thanks for sharing!
February 14, 2012
No problem. I think it might be worth watching, I know that I am one of the few people who didn't like this movie. Perhaps I was reading too much into it. If and when you watch it, let me know what you think.
 
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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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