Notable Cast: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm
Review: The boys…err…I mean girls are back! Really good raunchy female comedies have been nowhere to be found in recent memory, taking a back seat to the testosterone driven male comedies most prominently displayed by The Hangover. Sure, female comedians get their turns in these movies like Cameron Diaz’s hair gel scene in There’s Something About Mary or Kaite Morgan (porn star/comedian……….. …tomateo/tomato) “frosting” the camera man in Zack and Miri Make A Porno, but never has an all female ensemble comically dominated the screen as in Bridesmaids. Each part of the bridal party was perfectly cast against the conflicting personalities in the group, and set to a script that conjured humor not only for the gals in the audience, but also to their male counter parts who could walk out with no shame admitting Bridesmaids was a howling good time.
When Lillian (Rudolph) gets married and asks best friend Annie (Wiig) to be her maid of honor, she has no idea of the comedy of errors that is about to take place. Assembling a bridal party consisting of Lillian’s cousin Rita (McLendon-Covey), co-worker Becca (Kemper), sister-in-law Megan (McCarthy), and new rival best friend Helen (Byrne); it becomes Annie’s job to ensure the smooth operation of all the outer wedding activities. Too bad her entire life is spiraling downward around her after losing her bakery due to poor sales and dealing with a douche ex-boyfriend/current hookup (Hamm). It also doesn’t help that Annie is constantly competing with the rich and flamboyant Helen, who is always encroaching on the relationship between Annie and Lillian. Suffice it to say, the blunders never stop when you put someone in charge of your wedding who can’t even control her own life, and the unlikely group of bridesmaids take one crazy trip together that we’ll all certainly never forget.
Melissa McCarthy just don’t give a….
Right off the bat, Bridesmaids cements Kristen Wiig as the funniest woman in Hollywood today. I’ve been stating this fact for a while, but for everyone who has doubted here is your proof! First of all, it’s not easy for someone to carry a show like SNL on their back, but that’s exactly what Kristen Wiig is doing, along with a little help from Andy Samberg and Bill Hader. Wiig is a shining spec of gold stuck in the muddled murky waters that is Saturday Night Live. Also, for too long Wiig has been playing the silly bit parts. In Adventureland she gets stuck playing the airy assistant to Bill Hader, in MacGruber she plays a corny songwriter who doubles as a “master of disguise,” and in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story she plays Dewey’s first wife who only asks for one thing out of life: a candy house. None of these characters can be chalked up to real people and are only there for comedic support, but Wiig plays the hell out of them anyway. What Bridesmaids did for Wiig was no only take her out of the support stereotype and throw her into the lime light, but give her a character with some real substance and feeling to show she’s more than just a type cast supporting role. The character of Annie was so flawed and damaged, and Wiig’s sarcastic delivery and spacey emotions played right into it. She could still elicit the silly comedian be it getting drunk on an airplane or having an over the top sex scene with her ex-boyfriend, but there were moments that she brought out a seriousness and sincerity no one has ever given Wiig the opportunity to tackle. She was a knockout for the role of Annie, and if you don’t believe that Kristen Wiig is one of the heaviest hitter’s in comedy today, you seriously need to re-evaluate your view on humor.
But I’m not trying to take credit away from the other cast by any means. The group girls as a whole meshed so well, I would love to see them in a sequel that puts less stress on Annie’s messed up life and more focus on the comedy in the group as a whole. Maya Rudolph is a comedian who has already proven herself, so it’s no surprise she fit right into place. I’ve always been a fan of Wendi McLendon-Covey ever since she started on the TV show “Reno 911” as Deputy Clementine Johnson, so again no surprises from her. Ellie Kemper was the ying to McLendon-Covey’s foul-mouthed and raunchy yang, playing sweet and innocent to the tee. Rose Byrne is just a talented actress, ranging from 28 Days Later to Get Him To The Greek then back to Insidious; so it’s no surprise she fits the stuck up snob character. Last but not least though is Melissa McCarthy. Everyone has been saying it, and I tend to agree: watch this woman blow up because of her role in Bridesmaids. Another actress stuck in countless films and TV shows as the supporting role (“Gilmore Girls”/The Back Up Plan/Life As We Know It), Bridesmaids gave her the chance to shine. She took the raunchy comedy to a level none of the other girls did, and for that she deserves the recognition she’s going to get. These girls gelled on-screen and had tremendous chemistry, which shed a bright light on the heart and soul put into Bridesmaids.
Plain and simple, I laughed my ass off at Bridesmaids. The only complaint I would voice is the run time, which tends to be a little lengthy and a little more trimming could have worked. But when looking at the big picture, I couldn’t care less because the women of Bridesmaids showed the entire world women can do raunchy comedy just as well as the men. I’m not trying to turn this into a battle of the sexes either, nor does Bridesmaids itself, but it’s refreshing to see someone succeed in doing so. Fact of the matter is men are more constantly turned to for the raunchy stuff, but I dare say not anymore. I laughed so hard at parts I had to wipe away tears streaming down my cheeks. Aside from the comedy though, the writing still managed to inject some real heart and drama into the script, rounding out the movie as a whole excellent entity. There were no parts missing and nothing was left wanted after. Bridesmaids is an expert comedy brilliantly acted out by a group of talented female comedians and will possibly be one of the most fulfilling trips to the cinema this year. F#ck yeah, Kristen Wiig.
Final Rating: 8.5 big bear sandwiches out of 10
To an experience we’ll never forget….