KRISTIN WIIG MAYA RUDOLPH ROSE BYRNE JON HAMM MELISSA MCCARTHY CHRIS O’DOWD
Having never been a fan of Judd Apataow associated movies, Bridesmaids, co-written and starring SNL genius Kristin Wiig, came as a surprise to; it's the best film of his career. Almost sold as a female version of The Hangover (which I did not like), Bridesmaids is less filthy and more funny. I have always enjoyed the skits of Wiig on SNL; she is usually funny in any project, but for the first time takes center stage and delivers here more than once. While the film is almost a collection of her best faces and scenarios, the funny girls prove to be much more entertaining than the boys. However, as funny as Wiig is, she is outdone by larger than life Melissa McCarthy, from the television comedy Mike & Molly.
Annie (Wiig) is facing some tough times with her closed bakery and lackluster dating life. And now her best friend since childhood, Lillian (Rudolph), is getting married. Annie is, of course, tapped to be the maid of honor and help with the wedding, but her personal life begins to interfere and her jealousy of beautiful, rich bridesmaid Helen (Byrne) becomes more than she can handle. She blows every opportunity to support her best friend, getting the girls food poisoned and kicked off their flight to Las Vegas, as well as throwing a tantrum at the wedding shower.
The film begins with Wiig and Hamm in wild sex positions, clueing the audience in on what’s to follow. The language is very cleaned up for a rated R comedy these days, but the ever growing popularity of using male genitalia as a comedy routine is once again used here in dialogue; in one scene Wiig even impersonates a penis. The first scene with McCarthy is not only one of the funniest, but we realize she will be the icing on this fairly funny cake. Beyond the fat jokes, McCarthy body slamming had me and the entire audience cracking up. For a comedy of this nature, it does run a little too long with Helen and Annie’s rival speeches hitting the first low point.
Wiig seems to understand that some things, like pooping, will always be funny, and there is a hilarious scene that has each of the female characters running and even fighting over a single toilet. Each little fifteen minute segment is just like a skit you might see on SNL; the plane sequence has a few funny moments but also runs too long and is the film’s most outrageous sequence. The majority of the funny parts are either with McCarthy and Wiig or Wiig on her own. While the trailer hints at some of the best parts, the crazy car sequence in it's entirety is worth waiting for. Bridesmaids also marks the final film of actress Jill Clayburgh, who plays Annie’s mother.
Final Thought – Wiig and McCarthy are comedic fire.
By: Dustin Chase W.
Editor: Michael Woody
Dr. Donna Copeland’s
The film opens with the main character Annie (Kristen Wiig) making love, and in the process of a few minutes, we get a preview of her personality and the source of the problems she will have to deal with in helping plan her best friend’s wedding. Most weddings create a great deal of anxiety among all concerned, and it seems that the closer one is to the bride, the more pronounced the difficulties. In this respect, this film was rife with one catastrophe after another, which also provided most of the laughs.
Running throughout the story, however, is a serious vein that is related to self-doubts commonly held by women, which make it difficult for us to compete with one another. At first, I was turned off by this, thinking, “Aren’t we beyond that stereotype yet?” Then I remembered that the script was written by two young women, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolok—not older men. And I have to admit that the writers highlighted/exaggerated struggles that were familiar to me, which generally remain under the surface and unacknowledged.
As in a good story, the central characters develop some insight and make some changes for the better, helped along by well-meaning friends. It was a relief when Annie was confronted with her faults, and shaken out of her need to be the center of attention. Friend Megan played by Melissa McCarthy lovingly jolted her out of it in a way that made the audience roar.
The predicaments and human foibles are very funny throughout, although at times jokes are prolonged or repeated too much. But overall, the writers maintain an even balance between sadness, seriousness, and plain hilarity, and all the actors were excellent in their roles.