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Bridesmaids (I) (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  13 May 2011 (USA)
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Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.


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Oscar the Security Guard (as Joseph A. Nunez)


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. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 May 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Damas en guerra  »

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$32,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,247,410 (USA) (13 May 2011)


$169,076,745 (USA) (23 September 2011)

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Did You Know?


Rose Byrne was better known for being a dramatic actress in projects like Sunshine (2007) and Damages (2007) when she was cast as Helen. This was mainly down to her performance in Get Him to the Greek (2010). However, everyone on Bridesmaids (2011) was genuinely surprised at Bryne's ability to do improv comedy during the shoot, best exemplified in the scene at the engagement party where she tries to usurp Annie's tribute speech. See more »


While Annie is making the carrot-shaped cake, she uses a liquid measuring cup instead of the dry measuring cups for the flour. She pulls them out of the kitchen drawer but the next shot she is using a liquid measuring cup to pour flour in bowl. See more »


Rhodes: How long has she been gone?
Annie: She's been missing for like 12 hours.
Rhodes: Twelve hours? It's not a missing person, until it's atleast 24 hours. Have you ever seen CSI? 24 hours. Let me go on with my job Annie.
Annie: Please, I really need your help.
Helen: [peeks her head over] Please... Nathan?
Rhodes: Who's this one?
Annie: Hi, I'm Helen.
[reaches hand out]
Rhodes: What?
Annie: This is Helen...
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Love Hurts
26 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's be honest: when we saw the first trailer for Bridesmaids, who among us didn't think it looked like a dismal rehash of The Hangover (only this one, of course, features a "ratpack" of women)? Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that Bridesmaids is better than The Hangover. I have yet to see The Hangover Part 2, so I can't comment on any similarities/differences that might or might not exist. But one thing is for sure: Kristen Wiig has proved her worth as a female lead with a serious amount of comedic clout.

The story isn't revolutionary: one of two best friends is getting married, and everything involved with said nuptials is threatening to tear their lifelong friendship apart. At the center of this battle is Helen, a newly acquired "friend"—via the merging of two exclusive social circles—who begins taking over the wedding plans for Lillian (Rudolph). Annie (Wiig) makes it her mission to take out this she-devil, and what follows is the setup for one of the more memorable meltdowns (among a plethora of other things) to come along in quite some time. Bridesmaids is also peppered with the sort of humor that made movies like Superbad and Knocked Up so funny—it's observant and kitschy in that it rightly jabs several other films that have braved similar issues. In fact, the previously mentioned Hangover is, in at least a very minute way, one of these movies. In what initially appears to be a sad "bow" to The Hangover as king of the pre-wedding funnies, the girls decide to go to Vegas for Lillian's bachelorette party. This ends up being a perfectly welcome curve ball, though, as screenwriters Wiig and Mumolo brilliantly utilize the length of the plane trip to said destination to further flesh out their characters and create an impressively humorous string of in-flight mishaps.

There are a number of other contributors who make Bridesmaids work extraordinarily well, but, as is the case with any solid piece of cinema, it's best if you set aside some time to take in the whole thing in one fell swoop and let it unravel of its own volition. Sure, it's extraordinarily raunchy from time to time, but the nuanced, perfectly- timed moments of comedic genius make it a very worthwhile trip.

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