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The Hollywood summer has dawned upon us and the first set of movies has
been predictably thrust upon us with loads of sequels along with the
much anticipated sequel of Hangover 2. Hangover 2 will be a subject of
discussion in next week's review. But currently among the crop of
movies released is an apparent chick flick called 'Bridesmaid', which
by the title itself should be a turn off for men.
But contrary to the repeated studio chick flick cliché, this one deserves to be called the sequel to 2008 blockbuster The Hangover, rather than the rehashed turkey that is to be presented to the paying audience next week.
The wedding scenario that is done to death gets a fresh look and this one does not hide behind the curtains of sugar coated humor. Co-written by SNL veteran Kristen Wiig and produced by guy flicks veteran Judd Apatow, Bridemaid produces some shock inducing laughter's in sequences that generally would require the viewing men to grow a vagina to go through the entire wedding season. Kristen stops at nothing from a hilarious food poisoning emergency during the wedding dress shopping to virtual breakdown of one the bridesmaid during the pre-wedding all ladies social gathering, the movie just turns the entire wedding episode upside down.
The ever miserable love life of Annie (Kristen Wiig) becomes to a virtual breakdown of her life during the wedding of her 'since childhood' best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph). Her unprofessional work ethic at jewelry store left aside; Annie is pretty much miserable in everything. Jon Hamm is the latest of her boyfriends that she has been dealing with; who uses her as 'f**k-buddies' in his own words. She is sharing an apartment with British siblings who are outrageous in their own rights. Finally, for her the bottom point in her life would if she moves in with her mother, no prizes for guessing that whether it happens after all.
Things really start to unravel when the wedding festivities begins with Lillian aligning Annie with a blockbuster team of Bridesmaids for her wedding. Special mention for Melissa McCarthy who steals the show during the movie characters every comic turn. Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon- Covey provide enough support to deserve their place in the movie. But it is rivalry between ultra-suave & rich Helen (Rose Byrne) and Annie to be the Maid of Honor that provides the background for crazy wedding rides. The sequences of their rivalry are some of the best cat fight you would witness without reaching to an actual physical fight. The movie manages to pull off a genuine romantic angle to Annie's story with a budding romance with a highway patrol police officer who more than obliges to pull over Annie for her various driving offences.
Bridesmaids provokes enough laughter from its audience to make them forget about the Hangover they are or would receive while watching Hangover part II; which is if not funny and original then is at least a cautionary tale for the makers of Bridesmaids to tread the waters of franchising the movie only after a few after thoughts about not slaying the chicken that lay golden eggs. A final mention to Kristen Wiig and her brand of comedy; it deserves to be mentioned among the likes Tina Fey and Julie- Louis Dreyfus.
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This movie succeeds in virtually every scene. I was laughing so hard I
was tired at the end.
It uses the standard crude/juvenile humor formula (which I happen to love) popular in "guy" movies, and adapts it to the romantic comedy genre usually more popular with women. It works brilliantly. This is a very funny movie. The scene with the food poisoning in the bridal shop had me laughing so hard I couldn't breathe.
While effectively incorporating crude humor, the film is also a touching look at how relationships evolve as we grow and mature. The friendship between the two main characters was very believable, and I am sure most people will identify with the feelings and conflicts experienced by the two.
I don't want to review Bridesmaids in great detail, just to give it two thumbs up and recommend you see it. It is brilliant!
TV's Saturday Night Live has long been a proving ground for some of the
top comedians who have often gone on to greater fame. Witness John
Belushi (Animal House), Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop, Trading
Places), Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Stripes), Will Ferrell (Anchorman),
and Tina Fey (30 Rock) among many. Certainly a few have failed in films
like Deuce Bigelow, The Ladies Man, and MacGruber. Current female SNL
player, Kristen Wiig, joins the ranks of the former with Bridesmaids,
an occasionally gross, yet heartfelt tale of self worth and ultimately
love. After numerous supporting roles in popular films like
Adventureland and Whip It, she has made the big leap into stardom, and
she co-wrote the screenplay too! Annie (Wiig) is an insecure, single
woman working a miserable job at a jewelry store and whose love life
consists of impersonal sexual romps with a narcissistic playboy (Jon
Hamm). Her dreams of a bakery having failed recently, she has horrible
roommates and a doting mother (Jill Clayburgh) nearby. When her best
friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph) announces her engagement and asks her to
be her bridesmaid, Annie prepares the female bridal party for gowns,
showers, and the reception. When Lillian's wealthy, 'perfect' friend,
Helen (Rose Byrne), elbows her way for attention and begins to take
over the wedding preparations, Annie becomes jealous and overdoes
things in a display of one-upsmanship (or rather womanship). In a
series of confrontational events, Annie sinks further into verbal
ineptitude and embarrassment in front of her best friend. Along the way
she gets pulled over by an Irish cop, Rhodes (Chris O'Dowd), who takes
a fancy to her; what puzzles her is why any man would be nice to her?
It all culminates at a pre-wedding reception where Annie unleashes her
anger and frustration. Things get worse for her at work and her
apartment, and as her world comes crashing down and she becomes an
outsider to her best friend's wedding, Annie's fate takes a dramatic
turn amid friendship and love.
Audiences have been well aware of Wiig's physical and whimsical skills as a skit comedienne. What this film does is show an entirely different spectrum of her abilities as an actress and writer (with Annie Mumolo directed by Paul Feig). By playing a sympathetic character with flaws and yearnings and surrounding herself with a roster of talented actresses, Wiig has positioned herself as an every woman who has had life's ups and downs, but mostly downs and creating such pathos that the payoff at the end is more satisfying. The scenes between Wiig and O'Dowd, who make a terrific couple, are genuine and really hold the story on a firm emotional footing. As one of Lillian's friends, Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) steals every scene she is in and provides the film with some of its funniest moments in support. Even Byrne shines as the manipulative, scheming friend while Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey round out the wedding party. As Annie's mom, Clayburgh performs a sweet, final career note; this was her last film. Jon Hamm is only in a few scenes but is quite effective as a chauvinist jerk.
There are numerous funny moments. A toast to Lillian and her fiancé by Annie and Helen develops into dueling testimonials that become silly and outrageous. When Annie gets stopped by a policeman, she displays her talent for physical comedy in conducting a drunk test. A scene where she sits at her mom's home alone watching a video of Castaway's scene of Tom Hanks losing his 'best friend' Wilson is a hoot. On the plane when Annie mixes prescription medication and alcohol, she becomes obnoxiously and amusingly uninhibited, and there is a running gag with McCarthy who thinks her seat companion is really an air marshal. Bridesmaids a film that is honest and direct about its subject matter and its consenting adults, and it has moments that are crude such as the food poisoning scene at the wedding boutique and some sexual gymnastics between Wiig and Hamm.
The film is a bit uneven in places but when it hits the right notes especially towards the end, when a major character like Annie undergoes a transformation, it feels genuine and at times heartfelt, and we are the beneficiaries of something more than a pedestrian comedy. When her relationship with Lillian is threatened, Annie reacts in exaggerated, desperate behavior. She even has trouble accepting true intimacy from a good man because she has never been treated so nice. It's really about Annie being able to connect in a meaningful way with another human being. In fact, Annie's plight and desperation shares its DNA with Bridget Jones's Diary.
With its predominantly female cast, this Judd Apatow (40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) co-produced film delivers the laughs with feeling. Don't think of this as just a 'chick flick' but rather an entertaining, contemporary comedy that contains just a bit more estrogen. And do stay for the closing credits if you want a bit of raunchy fun.
Kristen Wiig, you deserve and Oscar, and I know I'm not the only one who thinks that. Maya Rudolph, you shat in the middle of a busy street. That takes some serious balls. In general I really liked this movie, and that "like" would be love were it not for the fact it sometimes dragged and let the air out. Could have been a crisp 90-100 min film, but for some reason that's verboten nowadays unless you're a small indie. Judd Apatow, I blame you. You're clearly great at what you do but you make us sit though epic comedies and it does the films a disservice. Overall though, I laughed, I felt for the main character, and I thought the film was surprisingly soulful. A generous 8/10.
I admit, I only went to see this film because of Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph. I'm a HUGE SNL fan. But after watching the movie, I really enjoyed it. It wasn't overly funny because they managed to balance the film out with a serious tone. I thought that Kristin and Maya compliment each other's comedic talents perfectly. I loved how it was witty funny. The improvisation brought the film together. I also really liked the message and the focus of the film. That friends always stick together no matter where in life they are, a true friend is always there for you. So if you have a best friend go take them to see it! I also loved how it's not just a chick movie. I saw a couple fellas in the theatre (not with any girls!) and they were laughing just as much as we were. Its classic slapstick comedy done right. I would definitely watch it again.
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Starting the first scene right off into the a vulgar mood, Bridesmaids proves to be more than just another hilarious comedy: it becomes an actual story. Sleeping buddies, best friends that more than understand each other, and competing rivals for the direction of an important wedding are only the beginning of the aspects that this film offers in a swell manner. With dark, dirty humor filling every scene, there is no way not to say that this film helps heighten the mood of anyone. As her best friend gets engaged, Annie is appointed as the maid of honor, of course accepting the dutie-filled task immediately. Being maid of honor causes more feelings than it should for Annie as it goes to her head that she must compete with the other bridesmaid, who is seemingly out to get her from the second they meet. Annie begins to believe that she needs to prove herself as better than the other bridesmaid in anything and everything. Topping each others toasts one after another, choosing competing dresses for the bridesmaids, and even giving drugs to each other that are believed to be one thing and turn out to be another and result in air Marshal's and security escorting the group off of a plane are just a few of the competitive undertakings for then two crazed women. After awhile of her job being taken from her as maid of honor, Annie attends the bridal shower in which she was supposed to plan until the other one took over, and all goes smooth besides the breakdown that quickly occurs due to the loss of her life long friend. Hurt, confused, and beyond angry, Annie loses it, throwing decorations, screaming out her troubles towards her best friend and more. All comes crashing down. Nothing becomes fixed, it goes the opposite way and does not end until the wedding day. The new maid of honor, Annies enemy finally comes to a halt as she cannot find the bride. Knowing right where to go, Annie finds her friend and saves the wedding, causing it to proceed better than it would have without her; fulfilling her dutie as maid of honor.
I've had very mixed feelings about this movie from the first time I saw
a poster for it in my local theater. On the one hand, I love Maya
Rudolph and Kristen Wiig and I like raunch (like the scenes with John
Hamm). OTOH, I hate scenes like the food poisoning scene. So, I wasn't
going to go, but one of my husband's cousins (female) said it wasn't
that disgusting so my daughter and I went.
We liked it, though the disgusting stuff was too much, there was enough funny stuff that the movie almost came together. My daughter tells me that Hangover 1 was less gross than Bridesmaids. I wish people would pay less attention to Judd Apatow.
The interesting thing was that most of the audience when we went to see it was women between the ages of 40 and 60 and a few men of about the same age. I figured the audience would have skewed much younger.
What made the movie work for me were the scenes like the brilliant staredown between Kristen Wiig and Rose Byrne, the generally sweet scenes between Kristen Wiig and Chris O'Dowd (what a cutie!), the scene where Wiig knows she must dump Hamm, and even the scene when she makes the incredible cupcake for herself, during a time when she's swearing to other people that she's no longer baking. And the scenes in the jewelry store - hysterical!
I was also happy to see Jill Clayburgh, even if I didn't recognize her at first (she died not long after the film was done).
Now, about Meghan - what bugged me about her was that she was written and performed like Rosie O'Donnell. Not all fat women, even not all Irish fat women, act like Rosie. But, I like that Meghan was quite successful and smart on her own, even if she was socially very awkward. I just wish every time someone decides it's OK to show fat people having sex, that food wasn't instantly involved.
As a writer and an actress, Kristen Wiig has huge potential. I just hope some guy doesn't ruin her next script. Bridesmaids wasn't ruined, but it wasn't nearly as good as it could have been.
Me & my boo were really stocked and looking forward to this comedy that was getting rave reviews from critics and fans alike.so fair enough were excited expecting a classic comedy.The opening scene was hilarious and raunchy in all in 1 and left a little more 2 be desired from the film from the opening..We were laughing most of the movie but then their were like 10 minutes that could have been edited for a more hilarious film(some bits with Kristen Wiig as Annie with the male lead could have been trimmed for more comedy with all the ladies just causing more mayhem AND more of Melissa McCarthy from the CBS hit TV show "Mike Molly", would have been heaven on earth..some spots were a tad dull and unnecessary and took away from all the laugh out loud moments.Overall Grade B
Movie critics are supposed to be the ultimate arbiters of cinematic
taste. The stereotypical image of critic is one of a dead-eyed, cynical
intellectual, looking down his nose at the mere trifles before him.
This is the image I have to live up to: high-minded, snooty, and
highfalutin. So, what can I do with something like Bridesmaids, a film
so decidedly low class, brimming with fart jokes, innuendo, and other
aberrations? Well, if the experience of seeing it proves anything, all
I can do is laugh breathlessly and wonder when the barrage of laughter
will stop. In the case of Bridesmaids, it never stops. Here is a movie
you watch twice first because it's good, and then again to hear all
the lines you missed because you were laughing breathlessly at the
The film begins with Annie (Kristen Wiig), a failed baker who is drifting aimlessly through her life. She's continuously late with her rent; she habitually hooks up with a man who treats her like an appliance, and (to make matters even worse) her best friend is about to get married. Bride-to-be Lillian (Maya Rudolph) enlists Annie as her maid of honor. The inevitable hi-jinks ensue as we meet the rest of the bridesmaids: repressed Rita, innocent Becca, perfectionist Helen, and the sturdy Megan. Take this rag-tag group, a churrascaria, and a posh bridal salon, and you'll get one of the most revolting, hysterical scenes in any comedy.
At its base, Bridesmaids is a comedy of embarrassment, rooted in the steady decline of Annie as she descends into jealousy. The script (written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo) is incredibly knowledgeable about the dynamics of female relationships, culling out every possible chuckle and guffaw. The film is Kristen Wiig's bed for comedy stardom, and she succeeds without reservation, effortlessly toggling between the comedic and dramatic notes. Yet to say the film belongs solely to Wiig does the rest of the cast and crew a major disservice. The ensemble is flawless, and the direction unobtrusive. Timing is everything in comedy, and Bridesmaids ticks like a clock.
I'll be shocked if there's a better mainstream comedy released this year. Is Bridesmaids derivative of The Hangover? Yes. But on a character to character level it surpasses that film, presenting likable, three- dimensional characters played by outstanding actresses. What makes Bridesmaids so refreshing is the fact that every one of its gross-out gags is rooted in the truth of central friendship between the main characters. High or low brow, that's worth celebrating.
Im going to start right off the bat and say i liked this more than the original Hangover. For everyones information i am a male in my mid 20's. When i went to see this i was convinced it was a Chick Flick and that it was the womens version of hangover. Wow was i completely wrong. I saw this movie with a couple of my buddies and some girls we were with. I was laughing out loud the entire movie and everyone in the audience was as well. Their were some moments in the film i was crying of laughter. I'll take the cast of bridemaids over the cast of hangover in a second. The movie itself has a great plot and great characters. The last time i remember laughing out loud in a theater was when i saw wedding crashers. I'll put this movie in my top ten comedies of all time.
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