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Bridesmaids

A movie directed by Paul Feig

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Consistently funny stuff.

  • Oct 9, 2011
Rating:
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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 approximation of how the girls talk when the guys aren't present. I didn't know what to predict when it came to how people were going to respond; but alas, the reception seemed fairly positive. A few were offended, but most were open-minded and actually felt that it was a funny, and even sweet comedy. It is.

Of course, it's a Hollywood-made flick; so you can't go in expecting anything more than some very big laughs and even a little bit of heart in between. It isn't attached to a great director, but it does have a talented cast, and I'm glad to say that it makes use of just about everything it's got. "Bridesmaids" is a winner, and it's one of the funniest films I've seen this year. Smartly written it is; whimsical, sometimes laugh-out-loud hilarious, and always willing to go to places where few female-oriented comedies can - or will - go. It's a risky idea, but it works. The cast comes together and a few particular actresses (and actors) get some memorable laughs worth-mentioning, and at the end of the day, it's so crass that it's almost...smart. So yes, it really is "The Hangover" with an almost all-female cast. The only difference is that it's too fixated on the ladies to be a "guy comedy", and perhaps too vulgar in its profanity and dialogue to appeal to most females. However, if you have a wild side that isn't much different from the cast of girls here, then you might just find it to your liking. It has a certain charm to it, and I couldn't help but be seduced by it. I had a good time, some good laughs, and I can't really complain about the fact that it feels so familiar. It's well-done, and delivers a good show. What more could you want out of a movie like this?

Maybe I was able to warm up to the film so easily because I was intrigued and interested in its premise from the start; to show the side of women that most films don't dare show. Most "movie girls" live according to standard genres clich├ęs; but these ladies are feisty, and yes, each one is worth mentioning. For starters, there's the main protagonist; Annie (Kristin Wiig), a middle-aged women with a foul mouth and a long-lived love for liquor. She drinks a lot, swears a lot, is currently in a sex-only relationship with a handsome womanizer, and lives with her cousins. She used to have a good life and a good job as the owner of a bakery; which eventually failed, forcing her into the life of Annie as we initially see it. Her best friend is Lillian (Maya Rudolph), who is about as openly profane as Annie, just a bit happier. She breaks the news to the heroine that she has been proposed to by her current boyfriend (Tim Heidecker), and they are planning a wedding. Lillian, being a good friend, asks Annie to be her maid of honor. And so it begins.

Annie arrives at the engagement party to meet her fellow bridesmaids; Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Becca (Ellie Kemper), Helen (Rose Byrne), and funniest of all, Megan (Melissa McCarthy). Annie gets along fine with all except for Helen; who always seems to be trying to fill in her predecessor's shoes as the new best friend of Lillian. Annie, of course, is not about to let this happen; but she doesn't want to hurt Lillian in the process. The film takes us through the process, leading up to the many failed attempts at Bridal Showers, Bachelorette Parties, and a trip to a bridal-gown studio gone terribly (and hilariously) wrong.

I won't spoil ANY of the big laughs for you. As with any good comedy, that would be pretty darn close to a sin - maybe not quite at that level of seriousness - but still close nonetheless. And in terms of all things cinematic done to please the cinematic Gods, I don't sin in the slightest. "Bridesmaids" is a thoroughly well-acted comedy that manages to juggle the drama with the laughs. It's sweet, refreshing, and it comes out at a good moment in time. It's a comedy that people can relate to; for whatever reasons. And it's a comedy that most of us will laugh at, again, for whatever reasons. Not everyone can find humor in what some will find to be nigh depraved and excessive in terms of crudeness, but for those who can suspend their disbelief and even their moral standards for a simple movie, it serves its purpose. I quite liked it. How could I not? Sometimes, it's not quite as funny as you'd expect it to be, but for the most part; those big - very big - laughs in "Bridesmaids" keep it on top when it comes to strong, comedic writing in another dull year almost devoid of laughs. It's movies like this one that keep us sane. And maybe that's why I appreciate it so much. I can't say it's anything more than it sets out to be, but as a critic, I am required to praise a film for achieving its goals; and this one does indeed do so. Therefore, I'm giving it three stars-worth of praise, leaving it at that, and considering that the film does have some things that I won't soon forget; one of them being the Megan character, the hilarious, overweight bastard. If McCarthy doesn't deserve an award for her performance here, I don't know who - or what -will.

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October 09, 2011
I was on the fence with this one; wasn't sure if it was worth a bump in my queve, but your review convinced me to give it a look.
 
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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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