Monday, May 23, 2011

Movie Review: Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids proves how funny us girls can be when we stop trying to be polite and play nice. With many laugh out loud moments, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie ... and it isn't just me, everyone I've talked to about this movie has enjoyed it just as much.

Annie (Kristen Wiig) is searching for rock bottom. Her baking business has folded and her boyfriend/business partner left at the same time. Now, she's underemployed (at a jewelery store), living with a pair of self-satisfied British siblings and having occasional okay sex with an asshole (played wonderfully by John Hamm - who definitely lives up to his name). As Annie's downward spiral picks up speed, her best friend's upswing just keeps getting better and better. Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is marrying her rich boyfriend and also picking up a new best friend in rich, gorgeous Helen (Damages' Rose Bryne). If there is a downside, it's that Lillian's fiance just isn't that cute (not even in a dorky way).

The bridesmaids in question are the unhappily married with kids, Rita (Reno 911's Wendi McLendon-Covey), naive newlywed Becca (The Office's Ellie Kemper) and Megan (Mike and Molly's Melissa McCarthy) as the groom's burly brusque sister (who had a lot of the film's best one-liners). Together, they endure the engagement party where Helen and Annie use the toast to try and show who's the better friend to a potential Vegas misadventure.

What makes Bridesmaids such a fun movie is that these women aren't afraid to be dirty, raunchy, honest and just plain funny. So often romantic comedies feature pretty funny girls like Julia Roberts or Cameron Diaz and while they are willing to take a risk for a joke, I doubt either woman would go as far as these bridesmaids do for a joke.

And yes, there is romance. Irish actor Chris O'Dowd plays a sweetie of a state patrolman who is a former fan of Annie's bakery who quickly becomes a fan of Annie.

At the beginning of Bridesmaids, there are a few lulls but as the movie picks up steam, it picks up a ton of laughs along the way!

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