Review: Bridesmaids (2011)

Bridesmaids (2011)
125 minutes
Rated – R
Directed by Paul Feig
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne

Grade: B

Just to get it off my back, Bridesmaids is not the female version of The Hangover. There are similarities, but in Bridesmaids we actually have real characters, a plot, and a direction. This isn’t about a bunch of girls acting badly and not having to suffer any consequences for their shenanigans. This is a coming of age story about friendship and life.

Kristen Wiig stars as Annie Walker, a woman who feels threatened by all of the failure that surrounds her life. Her once ambitious dream to start her own bakery has ended. And now her status as her best friend’s maid of honor is falling by the wayside because of the bride’s insanely rich friend, Helen. But seriously, how can anyone compare a picture frame to a trip to Paris for a wedding gift?

In the midst of her jealousy and competition against Helen, Annie is afraid to commit to a policeman, Nathan Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) because she simply hasn’t had a good thing in a long time. She’s scared to ruin another exciting aspect in her life, and that results in very confusing push-and-pull type of relationship.

There is without a doubt a lot of laughter from Bridesmaids. While Kristen Wiig is the central character of the film, the laughs come from the entire cast. From Helen’s over-the-top, spoiled remarks to Megan’s (Melissa McCarthy) crude and uncensored comments, everyone involved in the film will at least make you chuckle.

The moments I found myself laughing the hardest were during scenes that felt like a Saturday Night Live sketches: when Annie and Helen kept one-upping each other during their speeches, trying out bridesmaids dresses when food poisoning kicked in, and when Annie was trying to gain Officer Rhodes’ attention.

While the female cast offered jokes and insight that are sometimes scarce in an Apatow production, the film as a whole still felt like a typical Apatow R-rated romantic comedy. Directed by Paul Feig, there was no lack of comedy excellence all-around. Kristen Wiig was able to combine her natural, quirky humor with some real sentimental feelings to carry the film from start to finish.

There’s no surprise that this film has been such a hit from the get-go. Bridesmaids is just another movie that can add itself to the list of successful R-rated comedies, but one of the few to include an almost-all female cast. This movie really shouts out Girl Power unlike any I’ve seen before.

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