Rated: MA 15+
Director : Paul Feig
Starring : Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Matt Lucas, Jill Clayburgh, Rebel Wilson, Michael Hitchcock
Running Time : 125 minutes
Release Date : 16th Jun 2011
Annie (Kristen Wiig) is in her 30s and lost her boyfriend and savings after her bakery business failed. She currently works at a jewellery store selling engagements rings but she’s not 100% pleasant when it comes to assisting happy couples.
Her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) becomes engaged and asks Annie to be her maid of honour. She then introduces Annie to her bridesmaids: her cousin Rita, friend Becca, future sister-in-law Megan (Mike and Molly’s Melissa McCarthy) and the rich and vain Helen (Rose Byrne).
Helen and Annie are immediately jealous of the other’s friendship with Lillian, but Lillian insists that they try to get along. Soon after, Annie finds herself threatened by Helen’s generosity to give Lillian a fairytale wedding. Meanwhile, she finds good company with a friendly cop Nathan (Chris O’Dowd).
As a guy, I originally thought Mean Girls by Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey was the funniest female-driven comedy I’ve seen. That was until I saw Bridemaids, co-written by its lead star Kristen Wiig, a current SNL member.
I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard so many times during a public screening, which is rare for me.
Wiig’s script works effectively and I think the reason is that you have a group of women, each one representing a stereotype. There’s the rich bitch, the bitter mum, the moralistic sweetie and the overweight tomboy. The mismatched combination is just outrageous.
It would have been easy to knock this off as a cutesy wedding comedy with more chuckles than laughs. Not this movie. There are the wedding speeches, wedding invitation baskets, bridal showers, and (without giving away too much) those moments are laugh-out-loud hilarious.
The comic timing is perfect. There are also the over-the-top gags like when the women get ill with food poisoning while trying on dresses at a bridal studio. That scene goes on longer than you expect and it gets funnier by the minute. The whole movie is uproariously funny as well as charming and sometimes it gets emotional as the conflict between the two best friends develops.
Kristen Wiig is a natural. She’s tough, charming, and she can play likeable bitch very well. Annie is sometimes hard to like as she becomes more bitter and aggressive, but overall she wins you over.
Although Wiig is amazing, I wish the other women had more to do because they are just as (if not more) hilarious. Rose Byrne fits in the role of the Helen and she plays that vain, perfect, passive character with great comic effect. Melissa McCarthy comes off as the film’s own Zach Galifianakis as the irritating but likeable Megan. She is super funny with her dirty lines and gross, tomboy antics.
That said, Bridesmaids is not entirely perfect. There are so many subplots involving the bridemaids, Annie’s relationships with the cop Nathan, her sex friend played by Mad Men’s John Hamm, her mum, etc. All these subplots feel sandwiched together which causes the movie to seem out of focus.
Rose Byrne isn’t the only Aussie in the film. Another subplot involves Rebel Wilson, who you may recognise from Bogan’s Pride, starring along side Little Britain’s Matt Lucas as Annie’s British housemate siblings. There really is no purpose for their characters and yet they pop up every now and then.
Also, when things go bad for Annie, they do something unfair to her and their reason is so stupid that you just want them both out of the picture. Thank god they were only on screen for five minutes.
Despite these flaws, it is refreshing for once to see women carry a comedy by Judd Apatow (40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) and trust me when I say you will laugh out loud. Bridemaids is by far the funniest movie this year and it will entertain guys as much as girls.
Note: Stick around shortly into the closing credits for more laughs