Bridesmaids – Funny ladies is funny…

After the god-awful The Hangover: Part 2 I really needed something to take away the bad memories and make me laugh again. Enter Bridesmaids. It has actually been described as a female version of The Hangover by a lot of people, but it’s so much more than that (and I think this comparison is also slightly condescending anyway as if everyone is saying “Look at the girls trying to be just as funny and popular as the boys…aww bless”) (and I’m also not comparing it in any way to The Hangover by mentioning it here – Hangover 2 just happened to be the last, ahem, ‘FUNNY’ film I saw).

The plot is simple enough: Annie (Kristen Wiig) is asked by her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) to be her maid-of-honour and help her sort out the wedding and hen party (or shower as they call it) along with the other bridesmaids. Cue disaster.

It’s written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo and the script is not only very funny it also feels real, adding genuine sad moments between the friends and also for Annie’s situation (stuck in a job she hates and at a loss with what she wants to do with her life). And it’s directed by Paul Feig – one of the regular directors on the hilarious Arrested Development and also the equally brill Nurse Jackie and his direction is equally assured here.

Kristen Wiig is the absolute star of the film though and proves again that she is one of the funniest ladies out there at the moment – it’s amazing how much she can make you laugh with just a look or the way she delivers a line and here she shows that she’s great at the emotional scenes too. Maya Rudolph as the bride-to-be and Annie’s best friend is also brill and excellently funny and again very good at the sad moments (she nearly had me crying at one point).

Another great actress in this is Rose Byrne (who is literally in everything EVER – check out IMDB and you’ll realise you’ve probably seen her in a million films and never even realised) as the controlling Helen who tries to take over maid-of-honour duties from Annie – she’s bitchy and manipulative and plays the ‘pretty rich woman who has everything’ excellently (also the scene between her and Wiig giving toasts at the engagement party was apparently improvised by them both – again showing how hilarious they both are). However the one amazing standout in Bridesmaids is definitely Melissa McCarthy as the loud and brash Megan, the sister of the groom – pretty much anytime she’s on screen you will be laughing out loud (and she looks entirely different to how she looks as Sookie in Gilmore Girls, so much so she’s nearly unrecognisable – it’s quite scary).

The other two bridesmaids, the sweary worn out mother Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and the newlywed Becca (Ellie Kemper who’s in The US Office), feel slightly underused though – especially the brilliantly funny Wendi McLendon-Covey who used to be in the great Reno 911 – her character feels like there’s a lot of humour that they could have still gotten out of her.

Other flaws are the already infamous scene with the restaurant and subsequent dress fitting. It’s a little too childish and in turn a little bit reductive (however it’s actually not nearly as graphic as I thought it was going to be) – it takes away from the excellent humour of the film and it’s just too easy a gag to do…  Also at times the film does turn a little too smaltzy, particularly between scenes with Kristen Wiig and Chris O’Dowd’s police officer Rhodes. But pretty soon after these is a laugh-out-loud moment that more than makes up for it.

As you can tell though, I really loved Bridesmaids and I would say it’s in my top 10 films of the year so far  and it’s certainly one of the funniest films I’ve seen in a very, very long time (I was crying with laughter at some points). Oh and it’s got motherfucking Don Draper in it – nuff said.

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~ by square-eyed-geek on July 8, 2011.

5 Responses to “Bridesmaids – Funny ladies is funny…”

  1. This one is funny and had me laughing quite a bit, but feels way too over-long in the end. However, that’s not a terrible thing since you won’t really notice with all of the laughs. Good Review!

    • Thank you so much!!! you are the first person to comment to my blog!
      I genuinely loved Bridesmaids so much and I’m going to have to drag someone else to see it again I think!
      Liking your blog too – seems I’ve got a lot of catching up to do to write as many reviews as you!

  2. Hi Mari,

    I really want to see this film so much. Ever since seeing the trailer which seemed like ages a go now!! I love Wiig, it think she always seem to steal the scene in everything I see her in.

    Thanks for the great write up. I am bookmarking your blog for further reading!!

    Custard

    • Thank you Scott!!!
      Yep, Wiig is one of my favourite funny actresses too! You should definitely go see it before it goes off the cinemas!
      And thank you also for bookmarking my blog! – I’ve bookmarked yours too now: it looks very professional!

      • HAHA Nice of you to say so Mari, but trust me it is not!! Just lil’ old me waffling on about a subject I don’t really know about….:-)

        C

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