Bridesmaids (2011)

Release date: May 13, 2011
Director: Paul Feig
Screenplay by: Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Jon Hamm, and Chris O’Dowd

There’s no doubt that Bridesmaids is an attempt to mix the bromances of male comedy with the appeal of female-centered films, but the question is – does it succeed? You better believe it does.

Sporting a cast of hilarious women, Bridesmaids truly gives you a comedy that will get you laughing out loud regularly, while bringing out the emotional big guns with all the heart it’s got.  At the center of it all is Kristen Wiig, who wrote and stars in the film. What she brings to the table isn’t just another chick flick depicting women as most do, but provides us with likable characters who each have real personalities and can manage to be just as crazy as one of the guys. Wiig delivers a comedy about women that largely features women, but manages to appeal to more than just the ladies.

The film surrounds around Annie (Wiig), a mid 30s woman whose cake shop went down under, still lives with roommates she hates, and has regular meetings with her asshole of a fuck buddy (Hamm). Amidst this mess, her best friend Lillian (Rudolph) chooses Annie to be her maid of honor. Soon enough she is introduced to some of the bridesmaids (McCarthy, McLendon-Covey, and Kemper), most notably Helen (Byrne), who instantly seems to want to take over the role of Lillian’s best friend. Not only does it cover the events leading up to the wedding – which lead to insanely hilarious moments ranging from food poisoning to an unforgettable airplane scene – but it also shows us the secondary plot of Annie’s love life. She becomes involved with a lovable police officer (O’Dowd), while attempting to deal with her insecurities and the crazy events around her.

Kristen Wiig truly shines in this film, making her big break from SNL, while still allowing the other women in the cast to bring some outstanding performances to the table. Rudolph proves to be as lovable and amusing as always, while Byrne takes on the role of the rich bitch perfectly. While Kemper and McLendon-Covey have some hilariously entertaining moments in the film, it’s Melissa McCarthy (as the bridesmaid Megan) who truly stood out the most giving one hell of a performance; avoiding the fat friend stereotype and playing an outstanding woman with tons of self-confidence. Although the women make the movie, there is plenty to say about both Hamm and O’Dowd. Jon Hamm surprisingly makes for one of the most convincing, yet entertaining, assholes of all time. O’Dowd, however, is the complete opposite of Hamm’s character, showing us just how much of a romantic he can be outside of The IT Crowd.

Paul Feig does a marvelous job directing, moving from television to film and packing together a ton of laughs within two hours. While the film has been compared to Apatow and Farrely films, these six women impressively exploit the situations they’re put into better than any of their male predecessors could ever hope to. Bridesmaids is definitely a huge stepping stone to proving just how funny women can be, and will hopefully lead to more female-driven comedies in the near future.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Juan Barquin

Just yer average twenty-something college student with no time on his hands who ends up watching (and writing) too many movies and shows for his own good.

15 Responses

  1. ooooh i can’t wait to see this! i haven’t always loved the movies former snl folks have done in the past, but this looks good. and Maya usually chooses roles wisely. thanks for this review!

  2. Julili says:

    How do u rate this against other SNL women flicks such as “Baby Mama”?

    • Juan Barquin says:

      @Julili, Wiig and Fey are both hilarious women, and while they share a lot, they also have plenty of differences. Even though Baby Mama was great, it also felt a lot like most of Tina’s work with 30 Rock or SNL, so it can get a little tiresome even though we’ll never admit it. What’s good about Bridesmaids is that we get a better scope of Wiig’s talent outside of short sketches, and she doesn’t just focus on two women, but on six – each with their own developed personality. So basically: love ’em both, but Bridesmaids does a better job for me

  3. amy says:

    Was so worried about this one, sooooooo glad you love it. I gotta admit that on the trailer, I laughed the most with McCarthy… that line in the trailer where she suggests greasing up Fight Club style for the party – then BAM. LOL

    And can’t complain when there’s a rich bitch in the story. Glad Byrne stepped up to it.

    • Juan Barquin says:

      @amy, it might seem a little cliche at first but it really just turns out to be much better than anything i ever expected. i went in with such average hopes for it and it really surprised me so much. our entire audience was roaring with laughter the whole time – so much so that there were times that we missed a good chunk of lines just because of the sheer amount of laughter

      • amy says:

        @Juan Barquin, LOL. Not exactly what I was expecting… I don’t think I laughed much (though that bit at the end with the gun, that was the funniest) – I just, I think it was a pretty good film about female friendship and very relatable.

        I have a question though (might end up being a psychological question xD), what’s up with women and Wilson Phillips? LOL I mean, I know the song because our English teacher had us getting the lyrics as part of our listening exercise… and my dad knows it, LOL bless him.

        They also used Hold On on another female SNL project… Spring Breakdown – that was a LOT cheesier film, but I laughed so much with it. Missi Pyle especially.

        • Juan Barquin says:

          @amy, I could officially kiss you for actually knowing about Spring Breakdown because nobody I know has seen it and when I heard Hold On in Bridesmaids – maybe I started singing along with it (both times)! I think you might just like to add gay men into the mix of women + Wilson Phillips haha.

          But I’m pretty sure it’s an SNL girls thing. A lot of improv groups usually have inside jokes and songs that mean plenty to them so I think that Wilson Phillips might just be a big thing for them all.

          SOME DAY SOMEBODY’S GONNA MAKE YOU WANNA TURN AROUND AND SAY GOODBYE!

        • amy says:

          @Juan,
          until then, baby, are you going to let them hold you down and make you cry!!

          I won a Spring Breakdown dvd, so I got to watch it xD There’s a lot of hate for it because is just so… hippie chick we love the earth, but in the end they’re all just a bunch of dorks. I just snort a lot when remembering Pyle flirting with the tree! “Hey, there handsome!” xD

  4. Castor says:

    Just seen it, liked it! It’s a lot more than The Hangover for women and Kristen Wiig is outstanding in the main role. She can be completely over the top hilarious or really quiet and engaging. I shall write a review later today :)

    • amy says:

      @Castor, I was surprised Sam (pretty sure it was him), didn’t like it. But I guess he likes Apatow style, and he didn’t quite get that.

      I hope it’s more than The Hangover for women, because I didn’t really love The Hangover that much.

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