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Bridesmaids


I now pronounce you ... really funny!

Rod Lott May 13th, 2011

Nine decades after women earned the right to vote, it’s unfortunate that “Bridesmaids” is being hailed as something revolutionary, as if the better half has never been funny onscreen before.

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Can’t we just call it “really hilarious” and leave it at that?

Then again, consider that Hollywood’s women-fronted comedies are almost always of the rom-com variety and aggressively push Kate Hudson on us. This work is not of that lineage, and thank the Lord for that.

“Bridesmaids” marks not so much a breakthrough for females as it does for its star, co-writer and co-producer, Kristen Wiig. She gives a honest-to-God performance that’s worthy of award consideration. If you love her each week on “Saturday Night Live,” you’re going to love this. And if you don’t, give her another chance. The added dimensions may surprise you.

The trailer tells you everything you need to know plot-wise — Annie (Wiig) is asked to be the maid of honor by her lifelong best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph, “Grown Ups”), and does a horrible job at all the duties that come with it — but almost nothing about the film’s true layers. And that’s OK in an Internet age of inescapable spoilers. It’s less about slapstick and gross-out antics, and more about Annie’s changing relationship with Lillian, and with herself: lonely, miserable and dirt-broke.

In other words, those “Bridesmaids” of the title? When it comes down to it, we don’t see as much of them as you’d expect. The one exception may be Rose Byrne (“Insidious”) as Helen, an über-wealthy, über attractive woman who’s only known Lillian for a few months, yet is dead-set on usurping Annie for that BFF title.

As the men in Annie’s screwed-up dating life, Chris O’Dowd (“Gulliver’s Travels”) is winning as a cop who’s too nice for his own good, and an uncredited Jon Hamm (TV’s “Mad Men”) is riotous as her occasional, in his words, “fuck buddy.”

That term was used so memorably in Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” and he serves as producer of this like-minded film, which resides on an equal plane of big laughs and big heart. Some audience members got misty-eyed at its end, but no worries: They also laughed so loud and long that portions of the next scene could not be heard — always an encouraging sign. —Rod Lott


 
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06.09.2011 at 12:13 Reply

There aren't a lot of movies that I choose to buy on DVD these days.  With almost everything being available for streaming in some form or fashion, I don't doubt that this movie will physically become part of my DVD collection.  Having seen this and been made to laugh so hard I cried, how could I not buy this movie?


I realize that reviewers often like to point out an actor/actress' previous roll to help the reader remember who they are, but you may have done a disservice to Chris O'Dowd by referrencing Gulliver's Travels.  While that might help American audiences, I think you'd do well to point out his roll in a British Comedy called The IT Crowd.  If for no other reason than to draw attention to a seriously funny and underrated show that anyone with a sense of humor will love.


Kristen Wig really began to show her chops with another underrated movie called Whip It.  But she's really come into her own with Bridesmaids, and I think there is a strong likelihood that she could make the transition from comedic actor to serious drama.  Her counter part Maya Rudolph has already made similar strides in the indie film Away We Go.  Both women are a treasure in their own right.  But throwing in the comedy of Melissa McCarthy (from TV's Mike and Molly), and you've got a recipie for some serious hilarity!


Bottom line, if you want a laugh, watch this movie.  If you want to really laugh, take all your friends with you to see this movie!

 

 
 
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