This hotly anticipated summer “chick flick” is delightful – but, much like a lady’s Bingo wings, it needs a little toning. Bridesmaids has all the right components: an adorable/relatable leading lady (Kristen Wiig, who also co-wrote the film), a top-notch director (Paul Feig, creator of Freaks & Geeks) and a strong supporting cast (including the hilarious Melissa McCarthy). It’s also been blessed by Judd Apatow (40 Year Old Virgin and everything else you love), who helms the producer duties.
On the plus side, Bingo!
Kristen Wiig plays a woman named Annie Walker who’s seriously down on her luck. She’s lost her business in the recession, her dating life sucks (though her fuck buddy is seriously hot), she has a ridiculous filler job and every time she turns around things get a little worse. But she does have her best friend, Lillian (SNL alum Maya Rudolph) – until Lillian suddenly gets engaged and Annie finds herself pushed aside. Helping create a rift between the longtime pals is Lillian’s other best friend – uptight rich bitch Helen (Rose Bryne, who most will recognize from her brilliant turn in Get Him To The Greek).
A rivalry naturally ensues between Annie and Helen. Any woman can relate to the joy and confusion that comes when your best friend moves in a new direction and things begin to change. And where would the movie be without it, even if you can see it coming a mile away. Wiig and her writing partner have a knack for creating dialogue that flows naturally – and its realness makes the film a standout. It’s refreshing to hear women talking like real people, complete with loads of cussing and sexual innuendo.
That said… some of the scenes go on just a little too long. Kristen is cute as a button, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be edited. There’s a particularly graphic food poisoning bit (taking place in a bridal shop, no less) that I could’ve lived without. However, there’s no denying the film is sharp and fun. Women will be thrilled to have their own version of The Hangover.
Here’s where the movie takes a dip and things become a bit uneven. Annie and Lillian reach their breaking point with one another, in a most fantastic scene that involves screaming at each other about anal bleaching. Yes, you read that correctly! I don’t want to give away the fun, but the falling out has to do with an insane flight gone awry. Helen is more than happy to pick up the pieces. Viewers will feel the lag as the depressing side of Annie’s life becomes a bit too real. However, Wiig is familiar with the tenets of the rom-com/chick flick genre so the film doesn’t veer too wildly off track. All in all it’s a blast and is definitely worth a trip to the theater.
A fresh approach to a genre in need of new blood. Kristen Wiig handily establishes herself with the big boys of Apatow’s comedy cult!
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a drink: Every time Annie does something to embarrass herself.
Take a drink: Every time Helen upstages Annie with bridesmaid duties.
Order a round of shots: Ladies, the “C” word has been brought to the big screen!