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Saw this film yesterday at a preview screening, and enjoyed it. Most of
the girls in the screening loved it, whereas the one man was saying at
the end, "I didn't get it!"... I guess I was somewhere in the middle of
the two opinions.
I was hoping for more sass from Rose Byrne. And less vom-com from Sukie From Gilmore Girls. The comedy is a blend of well-timed mutterings and over the top cringe moments, but overall Wiig does well, and has great Meg Ryan-esque hair.
As I walked away from the film, what stayed with me most wasn't the comedy, but an overwhelming desire to call some old girlfriends I hadn't spoken to enough recently. Its a great portrayal of female friendship, and its difficulties (we've all been there in one way or another), topped by the very genuine-seeming moments of in-jokes between Wiig and Rudolph. They were definitely the best moments.
And this movie was aimed at me -- I'm a woman and I'm into comedy. I
expected to have a good time. I didn't. It just never got funny. A lot
of "almost funny" scenes. A few chuckles. But we deserve better than
A great cast wasted. The heroine is unlikeable. I don't understand how you write a script for yourself and make yourself unlikeable from every aspect.
Her big "blow-up" scene (intended to be hilarious) just makes you cringe. Shut up and be gracious for your friend, the bride's, sake. Don't make it all about you.
The only actor who got good laughs from the audience was Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly").
But her character is another head-scratcher. She seems to be a butch lesbian. Yet lusts after men. So many things just didn't make sense about this movie. And you get distracted thinking "Why does the Wisconsin highway patrol officer have a British accent?" "Is that rich lady a bitch or not?" "Why is that lesbian coming onto that man?" "Just what is the main character's problem? Is she mentally ill?" None of this is helpful to a comedy.
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I watched Bridesmaids last night on TV. Never really planned on
watching it, but there wasn't much else on. When Bridesmaids first came
out in theaters the trailer and reviews gave me the impression that it
was a female version of the Hangover (as it did to many others,
according to user reviews here on IMDb). Well, it's definitely not. But
I kind of liked it anyway.
To give you an indication of how different Bridesmaids is from the Hangover: in this movie, the girls are on their way to Las Vegas for the bachelorette party. Cut to next scene: the protagonist (Annie, played by Kristen Wiig) is back in her car in Milwaukee. I guess what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Bridesmaids is actually more of a romantic comedy that's also about some issues that 30-something women have to deal with. The romantic part is nicely played out and didn't feel too contrived. Chris O'Dowd is perfect in his role as Annie's love interest and really grows on you as the story progresses.
Then there's the part of Annie and her bridesmaids dealings. Most situations, although exaggerated for the sake of comedy, are quite recognizable. The feeling of having to compete with someone for the position of best friend: yes, very sad and childish, but who hasn't been there at some point? Every party guest confronting you with the fact that you're the only one who didn't bring a plus one... Walking out on a perfect guy because he just seems TOO nice... it happens.
Basically, it's Bridget Jones's Diary with some over-the-top scenes thrown in. But what makes Bridget Jones so much better is its sense of realism. And I'm not complaining about the getting-kicked-off-the-plane scene or the food-poisoning-in-the-bridal-store scene. I can handle bodily fluids. What I'm talking about is the nearly constant perfect state of Annie's hair, make-up and wardrobe. Just got up in the middle of the night after some bad sex to go to a convenience store: perfect face. Getting up after a one night stand that was preceded by some heavy drinking: not a Guinness stain on that shirt. And if you've spent a week on the couch watching Tom Hanks DVDs and someone tells you to go wash your hair, I would expect it to be at least kind of greasy. I'm not saying that Kristen Wiig should have done a Renee Zellweger and gained 40 pounds, but then don't let her complain about how skinny her 'competitor' is when Annie's clearly a size zero herself. Whose decision was it to keep it glam? Did Kristen Wiig's vanity get in the way? I guess we'll never know. But I thought it was a definite flaw in the story.
Overall: Nice romantic story with good acting. Some over the top scenes, but a lot of funny moments too. Probably not for guys, but most women will enjoy it. Just don't expect to be able to identify with Annie; despite all her character flaws she's just too perfect.
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Although called a female comedy, this is chock full o' laughs for the
guys, too. Co-written by Kristen Wiig and Anne Mumolo (who also has a
small role), "Bridesmaids" stars Wiig as the woebegone near-spinster
who has a knack for picking losers as her lovers. It was directed by
Paul Feig, and co-stars Maya Rudolph as the bride who picks Wiig's
character as Maid of Honor. This was Jill Clayburgh's last movie before
her death from cancer. Somebody picked great music for the movie, and
the Wilson Phillips performed at the end.
The writing and the performances knocked my socks off. "Bridesmaids" was nominated for Academy Awards for best original screenplay and for best supporting actress for Melissa McCarthy for her role as Megan. Although McCarthy shines, I preferred Rudolph's performance, but I don't pick 'em for Oscar Awards. Both Rudolph and Wiig are alums of Saturday Night Life, and the movie abounds with others from SNL. Judd Apatow is credited as producer, although there is a string of names of other producers of various sub-types.
Casting was stellar. I don't know how much Allison Jones had to do with it all, but she deserves an award for picking the right actors for the roles. Casting Jon Hamm as Ted, Annie's jerk boyfriend, is only one of the strokes of genius in this movie.
This is not a momentous film worthy of preservation for the eons, but it's a drop dead funny laugh-out-loud movie. At two hours, it'll fill up an afternoon quite well on some dreary cold day you don't want to go out.
"Bridesmaids" does an excellent job recreating the typical wedding-
focused romantic comedy by switching the focus from the bride-to-be to
her bridesmaids. Instead of having to worry about the bride being left
at the altar, the audience's concern is placed on the power battle
between maid-of-honor (Kristin Wigg) and bridesmaid (Rose Byrne) in
their attempts to woo the bride (Maya Rudolph). The events leading up
to the big day highlight the ridiculousness and humor in their actions.
Lillian, the bride, chooses life-long best friend, Annie, to be her maid-of-honor alongside her husband's boss's conniving wife, Helen. Helen's mission is to compete for Lillian's friendship and upstage Annie's efforts whenever she can get the chance. However this wedding couldn't be taking place at a worse time in Annie's life. Annie resorts to being unhappily employed at a jewelry store after her baking business fails. The wedding can't help but remind her that she's single and struggling to find a significant intimate relationship. Ted (John Hamm) further lowers Annie's self-esteem by keeping her around as his personal booty-call. Annie can't help feeling threatened by the constant input from perfect, glamorous Helen. The rivalry between the two provides endless entertainment for the bridal party.
Writers, Kristin Wigg and Annie Mumolo, crafted the script to include two different kinds of humor. The first contains the simpler, stupid jokes that are expected of a romantic comedy. This is evident when Annie's roommate pours frozen peas over herself instead of using them as an ice pack. The classic usage of food stuck in one's teeth and awkwardness in the bedroom are also presented. On top of this, the uniqueness of this film is accentuated, with Wigg and Mumolo's use of crazy funny. Annie completely loses her professionalism at work when she yells at a young girl for wanting to buy a friendship bracelet. This convention of insanity is seen again during the bridal shower when Annie overreacts and trashes the party. The combination of these two elements makes the film's humor unforgettable.
The key performer and bridesmaid in this film is Saturday Night Alumni actress, Kristin Wigg. Director, Paul Feig, makes use of the character, Annie, by taking her on the biggest emotional journey of them all; it completely outshines the experience of the bride. The viewer wants to sympathize with Annie's character because her low self-worth disadvantages her from the start. Annie learns how to "fight for her shitty life" and become aware of the things that are important to her. Although she was not thrilled about planning a wedding she steps up to the plate when fellow bridesmaid, Helen, tries to take over the show.
Overall the film provides a hilarity that is not normally produced by romantic comedies. Although there are a few tangents to the main plot, it keeps the audience's interest from the very beginning with its lively script. The film goes beyond the surface by displaying the bridesmaid's motivations to succeed in the wedding for Lillian. Even "evil" Helen becomes a person the viewer wants to get to know more about.
I never thought I would actually like Paul Feig's Bridesmaids. Everyone
was calling this the Hangover for women. I thought it would not fit my
taste, but I gave this film a shot anyway. It is actually a pretty good
film but not as funny as I hoped. I'm rating this film high because
despite the marketing of this film as a comedy, I was touched by all
those dramatic scenes.
This film is about the ups and downs of a friendship between two best friends as one of these friends is about to get married and the other friend is Maid of Honor.
I must say Melissa McCarthy stole the show. I never really heard if her until this movie came out. I know some people despise her because of her gross-out humor, but I thought she made the comedy in this film. Kristin Wiig also gave herself a good name as she played her character very well. She had a very sad character which surprised me as I thought she would have me cracking up.
Overall, this is a funny and touching film. This film surpassed my expectations by a lot. I was kind of disappointed that this two-hour long film didn't get much laughs as advertised, but I loved the drama so that's good. I rate this film 8/10.
The way that this movie was marketed and hyped up about I thought I was going to see the female version of The Hangover, which it's not even close to being. There's a few comedic points of the movie but for the most part it's a typical sappy love story. The movie wasn't bad mind you just not what I was hoping to get out of the movie going experience. They call the movie Bridesmaids but it ought as well have been titled The Bridesmaid since the whole movie is basically about Kristen Wiig's character Annie. The Helen character and the bride Lilly get a bit of time too but the other 2 bridesmaids are basically after thoughts. Like I said it wasn't a bad movie but at the same time I don't think it deserved the Best Picture nomination.
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I wasn't interested in this movie even though it was being billed as
the female version of "The Hangover". I liked The Hangover, but the
trailers just didn't make me want to watch this movie. I'm not
prejudicial when it comes to chick flicks and I do watch them with an
open mind, but most comedies which are female-oriented tend to be on
the boring side in my honest opinion as a guy. After it surprisingly
got nominated for 2 Oscars, I had to watch "Bridesmaids". To be frank,
I have watched only 4 movies out of all the Oscar nominated movies
including all the technical categories as well. But I saw this movie
due to the fact that Oscars don't nominate comedies for Best Picture,
EVER! The closest was "(500) Days of Summer" which I absolutely love to
pieces. So my expectations for "Bridesmaids" was pretty high.
Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) had to let go of her passion, the bakery because of the bad economy. She sleeps around with a guy who doesn't respect her, barely makes her payments, her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married to a rich guy and the race for maid of honor is on with Helen (Rose Byrne), the new bestie who seems to be perfect for the job in every aspect, which culminates in Annie screwing up everything that comes along her way.
First things first! The movie is highly overrated and didn't deserve its Best Picture nomination. "Crazy, Stupid, Love" is THE best comedy of 2011 and if any comedy had a right to be nominated for the Oscars, it was that amazing movie. Don't misunderstand me, I liked "Bridesmaids" and while I did enjoy it and laugh in many scenes, it plays it too safe. Secondly, I get that the movie is trying to send the message across to all of us guys that women aren't sex objects and we shouldn't objectify them. But the toilet humor was over the top and I always hate such cheap stuff. My real gripe is with the lead, Kristen Wiig. I love her in her SNL sketches, but I really didn't enjoy her character much in the movie. Annie was pathetic, unlikable and not even remotely funny most of the time! Which, in hindsight, was the way they wanted her character to go and so Wiig succeeded in that regard. Anyway, I didn't like nor care for her character one bit.
This movie has lots of stuff going for it though. Melissa McCarthy deserved her nomination as she was the one who got the most laughs and was perfect in her role. Her character could have come of as atrociously cheesy, but thankfully it doesn't. I don't think any female character has ever made me laugh so hard as much as Melissa's Megan did. The ensemble cast which involves the weird siblings, a little boy, the police officer, the bridesmaids themselves and others are fluid and really enjoyable. Girls will really like this movie, my friend was laughing like a maniac. All in all, this is one of the better comedies of the year and you should watch it, but don't expect it to blow your mind.
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The only words to describe this comedy are COMEDY. Hilarious acting done by the whole cast, especially by Melissa McCarthy. Complete immersed in such dry humor you simple forget that there's a genuine story being told. Teaching people morals and other values, the plot was simple, creative and genuine. It was rare to see a scene that was "boring" or "dull". Every moment had a reason and served purpose. After witnessing this movie, I have no regrets, all star cast made it what it was and really forced the lines to come alive and make the whole family laugh out loud! The funniest scene HAD to have been when all of the bridesmaids had food poisoning and were trying on dress's together. All of the actresses put their best humor to the test and really came through. Watching the bride run out to the street in order to poop was the funniest thing I've seen in a while.
I have to say I loved this movie and thought it was pretty funny and
definitely deserved those two Oscar nominations. And I have to say
Melissa McCarthy is just hilarious.
Basically the movie is about someones best friend getting married and all that stuff but still it's worth checking out. The cast is also pretty funny too
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo deliver a funny script as well. I also think this movie isn't overrated either. 7/10 See it! or go rent it at least. What this movie doesn't need is a sequel that will ruin everything.
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