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Bridesmaids

A movie directed by Paul Feig

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Girls will be girls

  • May 15, 2011
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BRIDESMAIDS
Written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo
Directed by Paul Feig
Starring Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Jon Hamm
 
Megan: You’re your problem and you’re also your solution.
 
For years now, the boys have been yukking it up at the movies for our enjoyment and they have been doing it as crassly as humanly possible. These male bonding pictures have relegated the girls to the background as nagging wives, naïve love interests and/or sexual throwaway characters. Well, not anymore. In BRIDESMAIDS, Kristen Wiig and her gaggle of gal pals kick the buddy genre hard in the nuts to prove that anything the boys can do, they can do better, and more often than not, in more gross a fashion. Girls being girls though, they are sure to bring a little heart to the table too.
 
Wiig, a co-writer on the project, is Annie, a single girl who is not at the best juncture in her life. Her bakery business fell flat; she has to live with the most irksome roommates imaginable (Matt Lucas and Rebel Wilson); and she has seemingly lost all faith that her prince will one day come, accepting instead to fall into the bed of man with whom she clearly has no future (Jon Hamm). Now, while she can certainly do worst than Hamm as far as friends with benefits go, her declining stock hits a new low when her oldest friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph, herself an old friend from Saturday Night Live), announces her engagement. Ordinarily this would be a joyous occasion but when you’re aging and single and your oldest partner in crime is leaving you to fend for yourself in the desolate desert that is dating, news like that takes on much grander implications.
 
Annie proceeds to buckle and break down amidst the pressure of putting together the perfect bridal parties and the prospect of losing her best friend to the other side. Fortunately, Wiig negotiates a meltdown like no other and she does so in BRIDSEMAIDS with great care, allowing viewers to truly see how complex a person can get the longer they are subjected to the games single people play. Of course, she is also backed up by a hilarious ensemble, most notably Rose Byrne as a classic “frenemy” and Melissa McCarthy as a big girl who isn’t afraid to cry (or take a dump in a sink for that matter). And while I was mildly disappointed to see the film affirm that true happiness cannot be achieved on one’s own, I was too busy laughing hysterically to care.

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May 15, 2011
Hey, Joseph! There you are! This one has been getting rave reviews and I will see this as soon as I am able. I like the idea of its concept, after all women get as much fun as men (maybe more). How have you been? How was the documentary festival (you called it or something)? Oh, also, did you check Movie Hype's main homepage at the bottom right corner? I put your site's link....
May 20, 2011
Did you ever end up catching the film? It was funny but it really bothered me how they just typically reinforced that you cannot truly find happiness if you don't find a partner. HotDocs was cool. Interviewed some solid folks. Got a couple of cover stories in print too so it was very rewarding. And I did catch the link. Thanks!
 
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review by . May 15, 2011
   And so the masses cried out,”Where is the twenty-something gross-out comedy for women?” and lo, the gods of cinema did smile and outpoured Bridesmaids, the latest effort from producer Judd Apatow, the genius mind behind such films as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. The movie centers on Annie (Kristian Wiig, who also wrote the screenplay), whose best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is about to get married. Her newest friend (Rose Byrne), a type-A who organizes everyone’s …
review by . October 14, 2011
Featuring my  new Express Review Format™      1. The first 45 minutes is slow beyond words. The funniest person in the film - Terry Crews - is only there for about 30 seconds.   2. There are 2 funny scenes in this film painfully connected by 2 hours of plodding plot contrivances. The humor from those scenes comes from farting and pooing. I presume no banana skins were available.   3. If you've seen Kristin Wiig's characters in SNL, …
review by . February 09, 2012
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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 …
review by . October 09, 2011
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*** out of ****     "Bridesmaids" is exactly the kind of film where you don't expect too much of it going in. I mean, how good can what appears to be a "feminist comedy" really be? Seldom are they notable; or even decent. And the fact that it's being billed as "The Hangover" with an almost all-female cast may also turn a few heads in the wrong direction. I can understand why. Fellow females may feel that the film is giving people the wrong impression when it comes to a solid …
review by . May 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         I’m not going to make this about how women can be just as crude as men, since I’ve personally never believed otherwise. I guess I’m just progressive that way. The simple fact is, Bridesmaids is relentlessly vulgar, and there are times when it really isn’t very funny, but it tells a story, and better still, it has characters I could actually care about. This is key, because those latter elements have been noticeably absent …
review by . May 11, 2011
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      'Bridesmaids' is directed by Paul Feig and written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo.  I have to say right off the bat...This is one of the funniest films I've seen since 'Hangover'.      From the opening scene, you know what kind of movie this is going to be. It's morning.  Annie (Kristen Wiig) wakes up in bed next to Jon Hamm.  His character doesn't even have a name.  He's sleezy...He's rich and …
review by . May 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . May 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Kristen Wiig has been a stand out in the Saturday Night Live cast for some time now, and for those of us unwilling to stay up late for a show that is erratic at best we may have been missing out. Her talent has been noticed by Emmy voters recently, but it was in 2007 that Judd Apatow cast her as the snarky E! executive. Since she has grown into quite the starlet and has put all her talents together and teamed up with executive producer Apatow to star and co-write, along with Annie Mumolo, in the …
review by . July 02, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
15 - 125mins - Comedy - 24th June 2011   Many people have been describing this as the female version of The Hangover. Those people however forgot to do one tiny thing- watch both films! Yes both films revolve around the preparation for a wedding and contain their fair share of low brow comedy but that is where the similarities end.   Bridesmaids follows Annie (Kristen Wiig), the maid of honour for her best friend Lillian's (Maya Rudolph) wedding. While she is preparing for the …
review by . May 15, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
And so the masses cried out,"Where is the twenty-something gross-out comedy for women?" and lo, the gods of cinema did smile and outpoured Bridesmaids, the latest effort from producer Judd Apatow, the genius mind behind such films as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.    The movie centers on Annie (Kristian Wiig, who also wrote the screenplay), whose best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is about to get married. Her newest friend (Rose Byrne), a type-A who organizes everyone's …
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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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