‘Bridesmaids’ upends classic cliché wedding movie
“Bridesmaids,” a ridiculously (and surprisingly) funny comedy about women doing what women do best (plan weddings, of course), finally takes female-driven humor to the dirtiest, raunchiest corners of the human psyche, and it’s couldn’t come soon enough. (Have you seen the latest comedies? “Your Highness“? “Gulliver’s Travels“?) In a brilliant performance, Kristen Wiig (who also is a writer for the movie) shows us just how crude, disgusting and downright hilarious women can be when given the chance, and just how much of a rising star she in the comedic realm.
“Bridesmaids,” directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, follows the exploits of two best friends, Annie (Wiig) and Lillian (Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”), as Lillian becomes engaged and asks Annie to be her maid of honor. As lifelong friends, Annie accepts, despite the fact that she is just a bit jaded when it comes to love. (Having Jon Hamm not-so-graciously kick you out of bed after spending the night will do that to you.) On top of that, Annie is going through a rather rough time in her life.
Not long after, Lillian introduces Annie to the rest of her bridal party, a hodgepodge of different personalities, ranging from princess-perfect to hobo-nasty (played by Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper). However, Annie’s claim as maid of honor, and best friend, is quickly challenged by Helen (Byrne), a rich, snobby elite dedicated to creating the perfect wedding for Lillian, whether she’s the maid of honor notwithstanding. As the women wage a less-than-covert war over Lillian, the bridal party engages in some of the most absurdly disgusting acts this side of “The Hangover,” including untimely bodily releases and stress-induced freakouts. And not to be left out, a budding romance takes place with Annie and a nice-guy cop (Chris O’Dowd) who pulled her over for broken tail lights.
The compilation of funny gals is one of the most appealing aspect of “Bridesmaids.” They, and their witty humor and boundless energy, actually show a much more real side of weddings that most movies gloss over. And it’s refreshing to see so many actresses gracing the screen while not berating other women. And, for once, “Bridesmaids” shows that it isn’t a sin for a woman to be single and going through troubled times. That’s just life.
Again, part of the charm of “Bridesmaids” is that it shows (contrary to what some may believe) that women can be funny (ex: Tiny Fey). And it’s about damn time.
Four sisterhood stars out of five.