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The problem with this movie is that the lead roles went to the wrong actors. This movie should have starred Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. They were incredibly funny! The other cast members were not. Every scene with Ms. McCarthy was hilarious, especially the bathroom scene which she stole. As for the story itself, the conflict between the two bridesmaids was completely contrived, seemed to be almost tragic and not particularly funny. The actors were not funny and indeed there were moments when Maya Rudolph seemed like she was going to cry. Now if Melissa McCarthy had played the main bridesmaid and Ben Falcone her boyfriend, then the movie would have been a farce and would have generated a lot more laughs, but so much for "what if." Anyway, the movie has a lot of raunchy humor which required raunchy actors, and with the exception of Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Falcone, the raunchy actors were not there.
reading some of the negative reviews of this movie just confounds me.
Did we see the same movie? The first time I saw this movie, it had me
in stitches. I have always loved Kristen Wiig and my respect grew for
her tenfold after this movie.
Whenever I see it on TV, I'll stop to watch it - hoping I didn't miss the bridal dress scene because I'll never stop finding that scene so funny, it hurts.
Besides the comedy, the relationship between Wiig and the cop is so sweet and real. This is how real people meet and fall in love.
John Hamm's bit parts are great - we just love to hate him.
Melissa McCarthy was a wonderful discovery. I never saw her in anything else, but absolutely fell in love with in this movie.
I'd think those who call this movie 'awful' are those who just don't want to see women act like this. If the cast was all men, those same 'haters' would love this movie.
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One blond (Kristen Wiig), one brunette (Maya Rudolph) and one fatty
(Melissa McCarthy). Covering all the demos, are we? BRIDESMAIDS was
advertised as being a Chick Flick version of SUPERBAD. Nope. It's just
super bad. About a lonely bridesmaid (Wiig) who battles another
snobbish bridesmaid (Rose Byrne) for the affections of the ugly bride
BRIDESMAIDS also aspires to being THE HANGOVER. Nope. The closest it gets to that raunchy film is when Wiig gets drunk on the way to Vegas and gets kicked off the plane. Then she wakes up with a hangover.
Judd Apatow produces. Yet even with his usually perceptive comedy radar, this movie fails. At least, for me. Because I have man parts. It's not as hubristic as SEX AND THE CITY, but it's almost as annoying.
Film loses me in its first frames, as Annie (Wiig) has raunchy, multi-positional sex - with her bra on. Who's buying this crap? Unless it's a quickie in someone else's bathroom, or across the hood of a car, or on a crowded dance floor, what Man would tolerate the prudishness of a woman who bolts on her bra through hours of sex?! Annie's schlep-buddy is Jon Hamm, delighting in squeezing her boobs - through her padded bra. What kind of madness--? (During this scene, Annie actually cracks a BRADY BUNCH joke about "George Glass," which only aged viewers of the 70's series will appreciate, if at all.) From there, it's an estrogen thrill ride, as we are dragged like whipped boyfriends through Woman Adventure, i.e. choosing dresses, tennis doubles, lunch, brunch, chocolate fountains, weepy movies and whining about not being married.
The unbrained message is, as always, if you're Annie's age and don't have a husband, then something is wrong with you. After the constant dissatisfaction of being single, one would think that after a woman gets married, she would stop trying to trade up to an Antonio Banderas lookalike while partying in Vegas. Movie desperately tries to appeal to all genders and demos by injecting swearing, sex and scat into the Woman Adventure, but it's just polishing turds.
Directed by Paul Feig, it's mostly hell, but there are two good aspects about BRIDESMAIDS. One is Kristen Wiig. Co-writer and lead, she sells this bilious piece of crap; a luminous darling of the screen, a female comedian who is consistently funny in all her work, and cutie-pie sexy to boot.
And the other amazing thing about this unfunny comedy is that everyone pulls off such a fine acting performance, all underplaying so well, it's like they think they're in a good movie (except for the fat chick, who plays it broad; yes, pun intended). Cameo from Matt Lucas (LITTLE Britain), one of two fat, pasty Brits who love showing off their porcelain girth. Jill Clayburgh, the hottest chick ever (SILVER STREAK), is Annie's mum. Chris O'Dowd is Annie's tentative cop love interest; sensitive performance, we feel his love and pain.
As well as Wiig, Byrne and McCarthy, the bridesmaid clique includes RENO 911's Wendi McClendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper. And then there's the bride, Maya Rudolph. Note how the ugliest of the women is the bride. Because she's the ugliest. If she were one of the bridesmaids, she would have played Aggressive Ugly Chick, the role that the Fat Chickfulfils. It stuns me how anyone could consider Rudolph "beautiful" - or, heaven forfend, keep impregnating her! - when she is so obviously empirically mad ugly. Is it just a stock fallback position that one has to adopt around women in prominent positions, like Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Garner? I'm sure Rudolph herself - being a good actress and comedienne and more financially successful than I will ever be - would be the first to admit she's a special class of beast. It doesn't help when she takes a botulism dump in her wedding dress in the middle of the street. I was already on the verge of vomiting having to endure that face - and now I have to think of her greasy pork-hole expulsing feculence? Jesus on a donkey!
I'm telling you, Movie Maniac, the distraction of Maya Rudolph's mugly noggin robs fully half my attention away from the movie and Kristen Wiig's padded bra. If you think it's just me, take a good look at the BRIDESMAIDS poster: Rudolph is the only women altered so that she looks like someone else! We all know that movie stars' pictures are always "treated" to make them look ten years younger than their human age, sans pores. But on the BRIDESMAIDS poster, the Photoshop artist made some solid overtime on Rudolph: rounder eyes, less hooky nose, less grotesque lips, slimmer cheeks - it's a work of art! Everyone else is doctored with mere contrast and color balancing - they didn't even doctor the fat chick! So it's not just me who thinks Rudolph deserves some kind of Porridge Award for that puss - it's the marketers as well!
And the marketers have done some extraordinary work, BRIDESMAIDS proving that the sniveling awards season is all about politics and not quality, as the movie is nominated for numerous Golden Globes, Oscars, AFI Top Ten, SAG Awards, etc. Even the Fat Chick has been nominated for Best Supporting just for acting like a walking erection.
And as if the movie isn't painful enough, Wilson Phillips do the last song. You read that right: Wilson Phillips, that unlistenable 80's girl trio of vocalists made up of one blond, one brunette and one fatty.
--Poffy's Movie Mania
Bridesmaids. The cast go for broke in their effort to breathe life into
the weak material, and for the most part come off badly. Wiig is trying
to be a wild-eyed Lucy Ricardo type, and grows increasingly annoying as
the plot proceeds; but then she has nothing to blame but her own
script. Byrne is appropriately uptight and rigid, and manages to
suggest the vein of vulnerability in Helen that's ultimately supposed
to make her less than obnoxious, but again the screenplay doesn't offer
her much to latch onto. Under Paul Feig's typically unsubtle direction
McCarthy comes on big and brassy, and would have benefited from some
greater distancing to make her less overbearingly; by contrast Rudolph
makes virtually no impression. Worst used of all are Hamm, who adopts a
smarmy smugness that reduces him to a Hank Azaria type, and the late
Jill Clayburgh as Annie's oddball mother. Like Apatow's other output,
"Bridesmaids" is nicely mounted, with Robert D. Yeoman providing crisp
cinematography and editors William Kerr and Michael L. Sale doing their
best to smooth over the episodic feel and keep up the energy level.
It's hardly their fault they don't entirely succeed.
Weddings are trying experiences as a rule, and so is "Bridesmaids." The attempt to apply the male slob template to female characters is dispiriting, and it's more depressing to think it will probably be a great success.
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Dear sweet baby Jesus, please kill me now.
Hear my prayer, oh Sweet Jesus.
I wish to die now, rather than watch the rest of this movie.
I am more sympathetic to ushers who have to witness this mess each night.
I can't take one more second of this whining silly woman.
She was irritating and though I do not consider violence to women, but she really needed to be slapped upside the head.
And what was with the dyke-man chaser?
PLEASE GOD KILL ME NOW!!!
This is not the worst movie but it is right up there with the worst of them.
As a comedy, to me, this movie just wasn't really good or funny enough.
It actually was a pretty awkward movie to watch at times and I just
can't understand why it is being liked so much. Oh well, perhaps I
simply need to be a woman to 'get it'.
The biggest problem I had with this movie was that it was buildup like a realistic and serious movie, complete with emotions and women trouble and all but with yet also some truly over-the-top comedy thrown into it. This just wasn't a combination that worked out very good or felt organic to me. Some of the insane comical situations really seemed out of place and totally not in tone with any of the rest of the movie. This especially goes for the movie its gross out moments.
It's good and all that there is a big and popular comedy for- and by women for a change but I'm just incapable of seeing it as a great or fun one. But like I said, this is probably all because I'm male and just can't relate to any of the issues being handled in this movie, or just simply don't find them all that interesting or appealing. Yes, this foremost truly is a chick-flick, so if you are a female, simply just ignore what I have to say about it, since chances are you are going to have a totally different opinion- and feeling toward this movie.
But really, the movie as a whole doesn't seem to be all that well written or clever. It's of course mostly being predictable and most of the comical situations feel forced and like they were shoehorned in. Besides, it seemed so unlikely to me that all of these girls were all truly friends, since most of the them have very little in common. Some of the characters are also terribly underwritten and I have no idea why they were in this movie at all.
It's not like the actors were bad though. I known lots of people are always saying bad things about women doing comedy but this movie definitely shows that females are perfectly capable of handling comedy material. It of course helps that the movie is written by females. You could really tell that by basically everything that this movie was written by females for females. The dialog and story-flow all feel more natural because of this. I only did wish the comedy was something better and more natural feeling as well. But again, if you are a female, chances are you will still end up really liking this movie.
I wasn't all that impressed but then again, this movie clearly wasn't made for me.
This movie is just plain awesome. 3 stars, people? Really? I honestly
don't understand how folks can rank a movie like this, which is
obviously well crafted, even if you may not like the brand of humor, a
low rating and then give a piece of crap like "What's Your Number" a
high one. The script, partially by Kirsten Wiig is great here; in some
respects your standard comedy plot that you can see coming from a mile
away, but in other respects very daring (the main character has to deal
with a bout of depression in the middle of the movie, for instance).
The directing is by one of the co-writers of the Freaks and Geeks TV
show who has also been in the Judd Apatow "stable", so that's quality,
But what really, really sets this movie apart are the characters. Very rarely does a guy- comedy have a set of characters as nuanced and funny as this one - off the top of my head, I can think of some Apatow/Apatow family movies that reach this: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the first Hangover movie, and Superbad, for three. But aside from those, which are fantastic in their own right, don't get me wrong, you have to go back to some of the great comedies of all time for this level of characterization: American Pie, There's Something About Mary, and Annie Hall are some that come to mind here. It's a wonderful combination of script and actor that gets these roles just exactly right. Maya Rudolph is funny and raunchy without losing her cool-person aura as the bride-to-be, Wendi McClendon-Covey (of Reno 911 fame) is hilarious as the foul-mouthed housewife, and Melissa McCarthy... oh man, Melissa McCarthy. I always liked her in Gilmore Girls but who knew she could not only play off the female Zach Galifinakis role but do it as well as old Zach could? Every single scene she's in elicits a belly laugh.
So I don't want to say that if you dislike the movie you are probably racist against women, but you are. No, seriously, screw what other people say about this. If you're a guy and you like the Judd Apatow series, you will like this movie as well. If you're a girl and wished those movies would have more chicks sharting in them, you will like it as well. If you are a member of the Moral Majority... why are you reading reviews of Bridesmaids in the first place? I'm pretty sure that's a sin.
Great action movie, No Lame scenes, Some humor with Rock's so called Hit-man, Over all this movie is action packed thriller, with some graphic killings, and bad as$ fight scenes... Good Flash backs to understand the past. A must see if you are a Rock fan or just a action packed shoot em up drive FAST kind of movie watcher !!! Billy bob Thorton was pretty good as well, how does he get the cool guy roles all the time and always knocks it out of the park. The hot chick from Entourage is , well HOT in this as well and again is not disappointing. There looks like there could be a part 2 with one of the characters sons, I would be interested in seeing it if they do indeed do it.
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I've been getting some stick of late from my lady that we always end up
watching my movies...zombies, monsters, guns and horror. I consider
myself to have a diverse and open-minded attitude to film, so wished to
prove this to her by hiring "Bridesmaids"...I mean, how bad could it be
right? On the cover it had 5 stars from (what I thought) could be
reliable sources and since some nut-bag declared that it was "better
than the hangover" (which I mildly enjoyed...for slapstick eye-chewing
gum)...I decided to give it time. Never before have I regretted wasting
my evening on one particular entertainment item...so incensed at being
lied to and conned by "professionals" and advertisement that I have
decided to leave my bit on here for not only men seeking advice on this
movie, but for anyone with any self respect and standards when it comes
to film arts. Let me begin by explaining my 2 stars.
1) ACDC..."Dirty deeds done dirt cheap" - (thank you for the momentary relief and reassurance that there are good things in the world), coupled with the young lads comment at the end of the tennis scene "I've seen better tennis on a tampon commercial"...as far as one liners go, this was the pick of the film.
2) Melissa McCarthy. I'm sure most will agree the only semi-comical part in this drivel. The most 3D of characters, the most warming and genuine of the cast...but you were not involved nearly enough to save this train wreck.
So that's the good points...really. The rest was not as 'More Magazine' described as "Pure Feel Good". The rest was about a woman dealing with her depression, interspersed with cheap attempts at comedy. The bridal shop scene highlighting the result of food poisoning?? Come on...American Pie ring a bell? It would not of been so bad a thing if one could sympathise with the lead actress...but the writing made it feel as though she brought it all on herself, hardly the heroin...more the victim. Aside from the clunky and unbelievable flow of the proceedings, the relationships between the characters was so fake it was cringe- worthy...heightened by it's innate ability to prolong the torture of individual comic set-pieces such as the battle for the microphone during the engagement party. The trailers for this tripe did (as mentioned by other disgruntled reviewers) hint at it being a female-"hangover", it had me believing it was a film about the antics of a group of colourful and larger than life characters on a hen do. But the hen do didn't even happen! The most we received was the totally unrealistic portrayal of Kristen Wiig drunk on a plane. How I ever managed to get to the end...the grand finale with the weddings special guest appearance...I will never know. However when that moment occurred I realised the film had hit a remarkable low...and so had I.
I have been assured from my girlfriend that women do not interact with each other in the way this film portrays...as it turns out she thought it was as poor as I did. I can assure you, ladies and gentlemen, that this is not as 'The Daily Telegraph' states..."The funniest film of the year", although I cannot presume to say what may tickle your funny bone, I can at least make a suggestion as to a movie of superior writing/directing/humour from 2011...rent "Horrible bosses" instead. Not a classic or gut-buster by any means, but certainly a funnier 2011 film than this pile of motion pictured flatulence. This is the first time I've ever left a review of any sort online...be it for a shopping purchase or restaurant dinner etc. My reasoning is that it was late by the time we finished and if I went to bed I would have not been able to sleep through the frustration and washing-machine stomach sensation that this movie has brought on. My release on here has somewhat helped...that and finishing the rest of the "Dirty deeds..." album. I hope that this review has not been received as a rant from a cynical guy taking a shot at a chick-flick...if it has, then perhaps I have absorbed all of the cynicism from critics, paid bundles of cash to offer the general public their expert advice, who declare Bridesmaids to be "10 out of 10. Very, very, VERY funny" (Daily Star...should have known better). A quote as grotesquely misguided and deluded as placing this film in the category - comedy. Please...do yourself a giant favour, don't bother with this. Play a game of blind scrabble, walk over hot coals with a nail spiked through each of your heals, eat a dozen live worms while listening to "Spice Girls - Wannabe" on repeat...and perhaps you shall enjoy your evening more than I.
I do not understand all the positive reviews here. How can such an
awful movie get 7.0 average rating on IMDb? The movie is advertised as
a comedy, but there is hardly any funny scene in it. Most of the time,
the sad and boring life of the main protagonist (a lady) is shown,
where big parts are not related to the other brides. This is more
depressing than funny to watch.
I believed that this might be some ladies version of the popular film hangover, but you cannot compare it at all. Where hangover dealt with the wedding-eve party only and the funny things that happened, this movie starts weeks before the marriage and deals with all sorts of other topics (that were mostly not funny BTW). There is not really a red line in this film thats what i missed.
Overall, after the movie i had the impression to have wasted 2 precious hours of my life for a not entertaining movie. I hope i can warn some people from doing the same.
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