Well I couldn’t just sit back and watch “The Hangover” guys have all the fun, could I? So I poured myself a mental martini and went to see what the gals had to say about all this wedding stuff in “Bridesmaids.”
Turns out, they had a lot to say. There were, of course, the typical and mandatory wedding issues: a bridesmaids’ luncheon; the dress fitting; the bachelorette party in Vegas; and the bridal shower. The results, however, were anything but typical. The luncheon ended with the eruption of Brazilian food poisoning inside a posh wedding dress boutique, the Vegas trip was a disaster and ended with air marshals and a bus ride, and as for the bridal shower, well, let’s just say that the Parisian chocolate fountain ended up with chunks of turf in it.
Annie (Kristin Wiig) is down on her luck. She boldly opened a small bakery business of her own during the recession, but it failed. She lives with two creepy roommates, works at a jewelry store because her mom knows the owner and called in a favor to get Annie a job, and she’s just found out that the one person she could count on in life is leaving her to get married.
Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is Annie’s best friend (or BFF, as the youngin’s say), and asks Annie to be her maid of honor. Smiling through the pain, Annie accepts. Now, most friends would be ecstatic to receive this honor. But Annie is poor, and can’t really afford the pricey dress … or the trip to Vegas … or hosting the elegant luncheons and showers that the soon-to-be-wealthy bride expects. So Helen (Rose Byrne) steps in. Rich and lovely, Helen wants to be Lillian’s new best friend, and will fight for the honor. The other bridesmaids include the Puritan newlywed Becca (Ellie Kemper), fed up mother of three boys Rita (Wendi Mclendon-Covey), and loud and proud Megan (Melissa McCarthy).
Officer Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) steps in to first give Annie a ticket for broken tail lights, then as a better date potential than Ted (John Hamm).
“Bridesmaids” is undoubtedly hilarious. But make no mistake, this film is not for the faint or pure of heart. Or for anyone over the age of 50. Or under the age of 18 (make that 21 if you’re a prude like me). Kristin Wiig is over the top with comedic talent and natural timing. A skill, I suppose, that one must first possess and then master while on the “Saturday Night Live” cast. The surprise, however, was Melissa McCarthy as Megan. Every scene with her makes me laugh, and her facial expressions could not be more appropriate.
Beware the first scene, as it is the most sexual and vulgar, and thankfully the remainder of the film does not return to it very often. Certain scenes had me in tears laughing, and other scenes were typical and dull. But overall, this one is funny. In fact, “Bridesmaids” is the funniest movie I’ve seen all year.
Rated R for some strong sexuality and language throughout, and running at 2 hours and 4 minutes, “Bridesmaids” charges down the aisle with 4 bags of popcorn.