Movie Review: Bridesmaids

It’s that time of year again, it’s warming up outside, the Drive-Ins are opening up and the summer buddy comedies are rolling out. You know the plot, group of friends get together and something crazy happens. You have the two centered characters that are funny but move the story along with some dramatic dialog and moments of bonding. These films always have the same crazy sibling/friend that has no social skills and blurts outrageous things at the most inappropriate moments. All these movies are usually surrounded by some monumental event that serves no real purpose to the film but to put all these crazy characters in one spot. The ones that work have something special that they bring to the table and Bridesmaids has that something special.

To drone on for two paragraphs telling you the plot of Bridesmaids would be a waste of time. There is nothing in the plot that would make anyone want to go see this movie more than the trailer. It basically goes like this: wedding, life long friends get torn apart, one of the friends Annie (Kristian Wiig) has love issues, jealousy ensues, her best friend Lillian may have found a new best friend, more jealousy ensues, multiple nervous break downs and a hand full of “I did that when I was” moments. That’s the movie, but hey it works. This all can be credited to the film’s cast and writing.

Most of you know Kristen Wiig from her over the top antics on SNL, but in Bridesmaids she is given the chance to be shown in a whole new light. Though Kristen did write the script the studio could have easily thrown in a slew of other actors in the spot. I could have easily seen this film billed with the likes of Katherine Heigl or Kate Hudson in an attempt to reign in the target female crowd, making this just another in the long line of terrible rom-coms. With Kristen at the helm the film is allowed to open up into a wide array of new areas, making it more like The Hangover than 27 Dresses. I applaud Universal for taking this chance. Women can bring that’s raunchy style of comedy just as well as any of their male counter parts and with Bridesmaids Kristen proves just that.

Kristen’s character Annie doesn’t need a man to help her through her journey of love and friendship, this is made most apparent by the lack of male dialog though the film. Hell, this is a movie about a wedding and I’m not sure if there is more than two words of dialog that come out of the groom’s mouth. That’s what makes Bridesmaids so unique, though it is telling a Hollywood cliche of a story it’s doing it in a whole new way that’s fresh and welcomed.

While most of the credit should go to Kristen Wiig for creating the hilarity that is Bridesmaids, the film would have been lost with out Melissa McCarthy. As Megan the sister-in-law to be McCarthy takes the film to new heights. McCarthy stands out so much in the film that you’re left counting the minutes until she returns. This just goes to show how funny McCarthy really is as the rest of the cast is amazing. While most of her character’s over the top antics are what gets the laughs it’s in the delivery that the character really shines. I can’t wait to see Melissa McCarthy in more comedic roles and I now feel a little embarrassed that I didn’t know about her before.

If you’re looking for the same old generic female-driven wedding flick then I suggest you stay away from Bridesmaids. Go back to watching Grey’s Anatomy or reruns of Ugly Betty, but if you’re ready for something new and fresh that shows girls can do comedy just as well as the guys, in this case maybe better, then go see Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids. Show Hollywood that you’re tired of  Katherine Heigl flicks and you don’t mind watching an over weight girl take a shit in a sink. Tell Hollywood that you like lasers at your weddings and A.D.D. flashes of a sleepy puppy and go see Bridesmaids.

I give Bridesmaids 4 “women shitting in the street” out 5


by Ryan Davis

 

About Ryan Davis

Ryan is the Founder of Lost in Reviews, a member of The Kansas City Film Critic's Circle, and a key component in the movement to digitally restore the 1986 classic film The Gate. Ryan is also the co-host of Blu Monday a DVD and Blu Ray review show which Lost in Reviews co-founder Angela Davis also appears. While he may be a film and music snob, that doesn't mean you can't be friends. Well it could if you don't like the same bands or films he does, overall it might be best to avoid the subject all together.

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