Cert: 15 Runtime: 125 mins Director: Paul Freig Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Matt Lucas, Chris O’Dowd and Jon Hamm
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When I first heard about Bridesmaids I was very skeptical, after seeing a few trailers I managed to persuade myself to go. Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love. This is all I can really say without spoiling the film.
I’m going to tell you now that the advertising for this movie is weak. It comes off as some kind of chick flick, it’s trailer gets a few chuckles out, but it really does not do the film justice. Bridesmaids will be the comedy of the year, topping films like The Hangover II and 30 Minutes Or Less. Yes, it’s that funny. And I will tell you now, this is not the film you think it is. Kristen Wiig is hilarious and this should be her star making film. She carries this with great talent and is at her most hilarious here, while still playing the emotional parts very well. There wasn’t a single moment that brought me out of the film, and that is the sign of a film well done. Her surrounding cast does as great a job, with Melissa McCarthy being the standout as the token obnoxious groupie. Nearly all the scenes featuring her are laugh out loud funny. The writing also shines here as it’s Apatowian comedy comes through. This is reminiscent of the early Apatow films, like 30 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. The comedy lingers at some moments, and even shoots for being uncomfortable. The dress scene in particular is gross, but probably got the biggest laughs, as I could hear people in the theater barely containing themselves. But again, the film is a constant laugh riot.Much in the way that Knocked Up and Superbad worked for their relative stories, Bridesmaids is a rare comedy that has an all female cast, yet can appeal to anyone. GUYS don’t be deceived, it’s not a horrible romantic comedy for women they usually made, but it’s actually also for you! These actresses were just brilliant, the plot is well done and I can really say it’s my favorite comedy of the year.