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You Smell Like Pine Needles and Your Face Is Like Sunshine
Bridesmaids is the Kristen Wiig driven comedy-drama about a woman who is asked to be her best friend’s, played by Maya Rudolph, maid-of-honor. They have been friends as early as they can remember and still are tight. When meeting the other bridesmaids however, Kristen Wiig’s character, Annie, realizes that she isn’t Maya Rudolph’s character’s, Lillan, only friend and confidant. Annie is in a very big slump in her life but takes on the challenge and stress of being a maid-of-honor head on and with a smile on her face. Everything comes together in a hilarious and raucous comedy yet also in a heartfelt and gripping drama about friendship.
I just… really… want to marry Ellie Kemper…
Kristin Wiig (Saturday Night Live, Whip It, Adventureland) really lets her star power show in this movie. Wiig has been on the sidelines for a few movies like Whip It and Adventureland and it is great to see her really spread her wings and really show her comedic and dramatic chops. Wiig has always been my favorite part of SNL and I hope she continues her reign as funniest women on Saturday Night but she obviously has enough talent to work elsewhere. I loved every second of Wiig’s performance and she brings her signature self to the character as well as some more serious talent that makes you notice.
Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live, Away We Go) and Kristin Wiig are a fantastic team made in comedy heaven. Rudolph surprised me, I wasn’t expecting her to be as good as Wiig but they played off each so well that I was won over heart and soul. Rudolph and Wiig are friends in real life and it translates on screen in a very believable and heartfelt way.
Rose Byrne (Insidious, Damages, Sunshine) has impressed me with her acting talent ever since the vastly underseen TV show Damages. I loved Damages and was really interested in seeing her take on highly comedic role. She did well with the role but compared to the other women, who were far more experienced in comedy and improv, she fell a little flat. Byrne does well as the annoying socialite but doesn’t get as many laughs as cringes.
Now for the rest of the cast. Melissa McCarthey stole her scenes, mostly good but occasionally for bad, and it was great to see one of the women be one who didn’t care what she looked like and still be confident. Wendi McLendon-Covey was fantastic as the raunchy housewife and I wished there was more of her as well as Ellie Kemper who ate up the screen as the innocent newlywed. Chris O’Dowd plays a cop who is strangely Irish. He was awkward enough and sweet enough but I would have liked a more charismatic love interest. Jon Hamm was fantastic as Annie’s douchey sex partner. Annie’s mother, played by Jill Clayburgh, was also a great character to see. Clayburgh is classic comedy and I loved to see her make an appearance in this female driven comedy.
"Carol! Get your s#$@ together!"
Behind the Scenes
Director Paul Feig, known for his work on Arrested Development, The Office, and Nurse Jackie, brings a great energy to the movie. Each character feels fresh even though they seem to be all stereotypes of different kinds of women. Judd Apatow, the guy famous for movies like 40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Superbad, produces the movie and seems to have a pretty heavy hand on what all was put into the movie. There are gross out gags all over the place but it works most of the time. Cool thing about Apatow is that he had a hand in the movie Fun With Dick and Jane which I loved.
Anyways, one thing I had a problem with was the pacing and the multiple storylines. I liked that there was more than just the wedding storyline but I really liked the other women’s storylines as well as the storyline with the cop. I wish there had been more time to develop those characters and plots but considering this movie is all about Kristin I guess I can handle it. You can’t have it all. Kristin Wiig’s character was superbly developed and I do appreciate that.
Awww yeah. Get it.
Why You Won’t Like It
If you don’t like women. If you don’t like watching women be in movies solely about women living in a believable way. If you don’t like cussing, especially the ‘f’ word. If you don’t like some of Judd Apatow’s other movies but to be fair this is fairly tame in comparison. If you don’t like Kristin Wiig or other female comedians. If you don’t like women talking about sex. If a couple semi-awkward scenes with sex in them totally turn you off. If you don’t like some raunch to your comedy. If you don’t like vomit. Seriously, I went with a friend who can’t stand the sight of vomit and she had a tough time with one of the scenes.
By FAR my favorite scene in the entire movie was the airplane scene. It starts off slow but eventually builds to one of the funniest scenes I have ever witnessed on screen. Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey are hilarious and take the scene and run with it. They take the scene across the line in a fantastic way. Kristin Wiig is fantastic and shows just how on top of her game she is. Melissa McCarthy also is great in an awkwardly fantastic way. The cool thing about this scene is that unlike other hilariously funny scenes in comedies is that it has some serious repercussions and a lot of tension result because of it.
"My, my name, my name is, my name is Mrs. uh Mrs. Iglesias." Kristin Wiig has some serious airplane swagger.
Bridesmaids is a great comedy for any demographic. It is a start to a possible revolution in women driven comedies. It has a lot of gross-out gags that appeal to the male demographic but if it had stayed with the more dramatic side of the story I feel like it could have become a great classic. It worked well as a comedy but combined with such a well-developed dramatic sentiment it comes across contrived. I loved every second of the movie though and will be quoting several of the lines as well. It also made me want to start baking because the cupcake made in the movie looked delicious. Also, I’ve seen it twice in theaters already. I recommend it.
If that smile doesn’t convince you I don’t know what will.
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