By: Emily Kellas
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
On the surface, Bridesmaids looks like it could be any other sappy wedding film. But add together the talents of some very funny women, and a producer known for his own personal brand of humor, this film proved to be one of the funniest films in quite some time.
Produced by Judd Apatow and SNL alumni Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids is female’s answer to other Apatow films such as Superbad and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. The leading cast of Wigg and Maya Rudolph is supported by The Office’s Ellie Kemper, Reno 911’s Wendy McLendon-Covey, and Gilmore Girls Melissa McCarthy. Bridesmaids is stuffed with hilarious ladies. It’s about time that a film stepped up and finally showed women that weddings are not all smiles and rainbows, and this movie does it with flair.
Annie’s (Wiig) best friend from childhood, Lillian (Rudolph), gets engaged and makes her the maid of honor. Despite her business going under, her less than stellar living arrangement, and a very obviously mean “friend with benefits” (John Hamm), Annie signs on for the task of planning many of the bridal activities, only to be out shined by Lillian’s new friend, Helen (Rose Byrne). As the wedding grows near friendships are tested, as Annie’s life gets more complicated, and only adding to the chaos is a cop with some romantic potential, Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd).
This is the gross out, fowl mouthed comedy acted by women for women that we have been waiting for. The humor is classic Apatow with the use of crude sexuality, and uncomfortable moments, fused with every woman’s favorite romantic comedy. As the bridesmaids go through all of the traditions associated with catering to the bride, in true comedic style nothing can or will go right, making for a fantastically funny film.
All of the women give great comedic performances most notably Wiig and break out comedy star Melissa McCarthy, as the slightly off, sister of the groom. It’s also nice to see Pirate Radio’s unconventionally handsome and truly loveable Chris O’Dowd play the supporting man to Wiig’s off-the-wall antics, while pretty boy Jon Hamm plays the polar opposite of anything lovable.
Despite its love and wedding context, Bridesmaids is a must see movie for the perfect girls night out, romantic for those ladies in love, and comedic for the rest of us poor souls. And guys don’t worry this is a film you’ll be happy your girlfriend dragged you too (Hint: look for the wonderful gross out bathroom scene in the bridal salon!). So pull on that ugly taffeta gown your friend told you “you can always wear it again,” stash some cake in your purse, and go see Bridesmaids.