Director: Paul Feig
Writers: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Terry Crews, Jessica St. Clair, Kali Hawk, Michael Hitchcock, Rebel Wilson, Matt Lucas, Melissa McCarthy
Synopsis: Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some strong sexuality, and language throughout
From the producer that brought you "Superbad", "40 Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up."
Well it looks like the guys from "Superbad" and "Knocked Up" are at it again. You know how there are some comedies that look great when you see the trailer, but when you see them in theaters, it comes out being horrendously awful. Then there's other comedies that tend to look like generic mainstream comedies, but when you finally see it, you end up liking it anyway. Well, let's just say "Bridesmaids" falls in the latter of these two scenarios.
When I first saw the trailer for this film, I wasn't impressed. The preview gave the inclined indication of just being another run of the mill comedy; with predictable story lines, cliches, and one dimensional characters. However, as some of my readers may know, I always try to go into each film with an open mind, and I have to say that the trailers don't do the film any justice.
Although I will admit that "Bridesmaids" may not be the most witty, or original romantic comedy that I've ever seen, but it's certainly one of the more entertaining ones nonetheless. The film revolves around a young single woman named Annie (Kristen Wiig), who lives a fairly messed up life. She's essentially an out of work pastry-chef, and the only relationship that she has is more along the lines of a f*** buddy, who could really give two cents to a rat's a** about how she feels.
In fact, her f*** buddy is such a nice guy that he even tells her to get the hell out of his place immediately after having sex, and he doesn't even try to be subtle about it. To make matters worse, it doesn't even look like he's any good, as Annie seems bored half the time while having sex with him. Um...why is she using this guy as a f*** buddy again? I can see why if the guy was at least good at it, but to treat her like crap, AND be lousy in bed...um....I'd say she should dump him. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it would be okay if he still treated her like crap, as long as he was great in the sack. If he was great in bed, it would at least justify why she's seeing him to some degree. I do apologize if that comes off as sexist, as that's not my intention. No, merely stating an opinion.
However, the film gives an implied impression in regards to that particular relationship, as she's merely dating him to fill a void in her life of loneliness. After all, she doesn't seem to have much of a life considering that she's forced to live with a rather rude British man and his sister, whom give her little to no privacy, as they have a habit of looking through her things whenever she's gone. Gee, isn't that nice of them?
As the film goes on, Annie eventually gets word that her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is getting married, and asks her to be the "Maid of Honor." Now, I'm sure most people would think that this would become a good thing for Annie, as what woman wouldn't want to be "Maid of Honor" for her best friend's wedding?
Unfortunately, due to a series of events, the task of being the maid of honor is easier said than done. In accordance to Murphy's law, everything that can go wrong will go wrong eventually; hence the dilemma in "Bridesmaids." Granted, Annie tries her best to support her best friend, and give her the bridal shower that she's always wanted. However, when everything seems to go wrong, and the fact that she finds herself in direct competition with one of the other bridesmaids for control over the shower. The bridesmaid that gives Annie a run for her money is none other than the trophy wife of the groom's boss. Helen (Rose Byrn) is accustomed to being in charge of everything and everyone, since she was born; hence she ends up accidentally stealing Annie's thunder a few times, as she can't seem to comprehend the fact that she's not in control of wedding. Needless to say, this causes a severe unintentional rivalry between the two, where Annie feels threatened by Helen.
All of this leads to a huge emotional outburst, by Annie, at Lillian's French themed bridal shower, which Helen organized knowing how much she's always wanted to go to Paris, France. Only one small problem....it was originally Annie's idea, and the very same idea that Helen coerced the other bridesmaids to shoot down earlier in the movie, as they felt it would be stupid. Yet, Helen changes her mind, and completely organizes the shower, as she passes it off as her own idea. Granted, she didn't mean to undermine Annie's position as "Maid of Honor", but it certainly seems that way.
To make a long story short, Annie begins to realize how much her life truly sucks, as she not only blames herself for being unable to live up to her "Maid of Honor" status, but she begins to ponder the direction of her life as well. And, there's a bit of love trouble with Annie committing to a police officer, who genuinely wants to date her, but she has a few issues to work out. "Bridesmaids" is surprisingly a deeper film than most people seem to give it credit for, but it also delivers heavily on the comedic factor as well. To describe the humor of this film, I would have to say it's definitely on par with such adult comedies like "The Hangover" and "40 Year Old Virgin.", to name a few. However, unlike "The Hangover", "Bridesmaids" actually has a deep story to tell, while still being an insanely funny movie that allows audiences to see that even women can be just as bad as guys when it comes to dirty comedies.
What I especially liked about this film is that all the actors/actresses had an intricate part to play here, as it wasn't like "Tower Heist" that had an all star cast, but a few of them were severely under used. No, "Bridesmaids" fires at all cylinders, as it meshes the genre of romantic comedy with the raunchy style comedy almost to perfection.
Although I have to say I'm a bit surprised that Melissa McCarthy was nominated for her role in this film, as her part doesn't seem like the typical role that the Academy Awards would take immediate recognition to. But then again, I felt the same way about Marisa Tomei's performance in "My Cousin Vinny", so what do I know? Don't get me wrong, I liked Melissa McCarthy in her role as Megan, in this film. I really do. In fact, many of the film's best moments feature her character, as she's quite the firecracker on screen.
Overall, I think "Bridesmaids" is a great comedy. Sure, the film is a bit predictable at times, and it still features various cliches as expected, but it's not a bad movie at all. No, the story is well told, and the actors in this movie really carry the film. In the end, I'd have to give this movie a three out of four. If you haven't seen it already, then I'd highly recommend you checking it out.
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