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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Kristen Wiig
Rose Byrne
Chris O'Dowd
Matt Lucas
Melissa McCarthy

Jon Hamm.
Directors
Paul Feig.
Screenwriters
Kristen Wiig
Annie Mumolo.
Running Time
124 minutes

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Plot
Single girl Annie (Wiig) is asked to be Maid Of Honour for best friend Lillian (Rudolph), but soon finds a rival in Helen (Byrne), the ice-bitch wife of Lillian’s fiancé’s boss. While Helen attempts to take over the bridal party plans, Annie struggles to retain control of both her brood of bridesmaids and her friendship with Lillian.


Review
Bridesmaids
Anchorman, Superbad, The 40 Year-Old Virgin… Producer Judd Apatow has helped make the last seven years a lot funnier. Meanwhile, fans of mainstream female-focused comedies have mostly been offered insipid J-Lo vehicles and Sex And The City movies. Thankfully, Apatow has turned his attention to the fairer sex, although most members of this bridal party are far from coy. Kristen Wiig’s Annie has a blunt wit, a regular fuck-buddy (Mad Men’s Jon Hamm) and could drink Bridget Jones right under the table. She also has a tendency for self-doubt and a problem with organisation, both of which come to the fore when she’s asked to play Maid Of Honour for Maya Rudolph’s Lillian.

Co-writer Wiig has created a heroine with bitterly funny, relatable character observations and a genial, down-to-earth performance. Annie is no clotheshorse tripping in her heels, nor is she man-obsessed. She may go for the wrong kind of guys but her main concern is a female friendship, and it’s this that makes Bridesmaids stand out from the regular chick-flick crowd.

Lillian’s engagement is a wake-up call for Annie, casting a spotlight on her singledom. The last thing Annie needs is an immaculate rich bitch upstaging her at every opportunity. Enter Rose Byrne as Helen. The mistress of the backhanded compliment, Helen’s always on hand with a patronising comment about Annie’s bridal party preparations. She also gives the nervous flyer something to calm her down on a plane, leading to the film’s funniest scenes.

At its best, Bridesmaids is proper, laugh-out-loud, sides-clutching, grin-at- your-mates funny. The airplane scenes see a sky-high Annie trying to sneak into first class to join her friends, even failing in her attempts to insult the air hostess. Meanwhile, each character has a subplot building, including Megan (Melissa McCarthy), who’s confidently cracking onto a man she’s convinced is an air marshal. When these strands come together, it’s explosively hilarious — just like the bridal shop scene where the girls get sudden, debilitating food poisoning. Like many a guys’ comedy, the film isn’t afraid to flirt with gross-out, but doesn’t throw in toilet humour for the sake of it. It makes it relevant to both plot and character and, just possibly, funny to women who normally hate that kind of thing.

Regular Apatow fans will be on the floor at this point, and that’s another thing that makes Bridesmaids unusual: it appeals to men too. Yes, a lot of the humour revolves around female rituals and neuroses, but the writing’s strong enough to bridge the gender gap. It’s no surprise this has been compared to The Hangover, a buddy-wedding-comedy that drew fans from both sexes. Bridesmaids even has its very own Alan in Megan, the outspoken, overweight and somewhat deluded sibling of the groom.

It’s a shame, then, when Bridesmaids shoehorns in a romance, even if it is with the lovable Chris O’Dowd. Playing a kindly cop, O’Dowd provides a shoulder for Wiig’s character to cry on but their scenes cost the film its pace. Even Matt Lucas (Annie’s flatmate) feels like he’s wandered in from another film, albeit a very funny one. Still, while Bridesmaids isn’t perfect, it does have moments of comedy perfection. And precious little in the way of Manolos.


Verdict
Finally, a female ensemble comedy that balances realistic characters with smart laughs and side-splitting farce. Not everything works, but there’s more than enough here to keep you chuckling — not to mention baying for a sequel.


Reviewed by Anna Smith

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RE: I THOUGHT THIS FILM WAS ABOUT BRIDESMAIDS?

Let's cast Tim Heidecker and not have him say owt. Insanity. ... More

Posted by SwozTheRevenge at 11:10, 01 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: I THOUGHT THIS FILM WAS ABOUT BRIDESMAIDS?

Hilarious comedy. Good solid script,alot of great characters and more importantly alot of big laughs. Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy steel the show ... More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 22:41, 27 October 2012 | Report This Post


RE: I THOUGHT THIS FILM WAS ABOUT BRIDESMAIDS?

Wow, there must of been a glitch in the system. Sorry for all the repetitive posts! ... More

Posted by pixelcat at 13:44, 27 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: I THOUGHT THIS FILM WAS ABOUT BRIDESMAIDS?

L: lewisb548 First of all the Bridesmaids are barely in any of this, this film is just all about Wiig basically. Now we all know all the critics loved this, I didn't love this, but I certainly liked it, re some stone cold boring moments, but other moments are actually very funnypening scene inlcuded as Jon Hamm nails Wiig in several different positions its hard not to laugh at that. Many people will dismiss this as just another dumb chick flick, well its more of an adult very funny r... More

Posted by Woger at 15:51, 24 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Bridesmaids

AHHHHH I JUST WROTE A LONG REPLY AND THE FRICKEN FORUM DELETED IT!!! asically I thought this film really didn't live up to all the hype. Felt like the friends I saw the film with and a sprinkle of others thought it was a disappointment. Yeah, there were funny bits but not nearly enough. The character development was so poor and unfortunately the one that was focused on was a depressed 30-something. YAWN! That does get boring after a while. Yes it's great that the majority of characters wer... More

Posted by pixelcat at 15:29, 24 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Bridesmaids

AHHHHH I JUST WROTE A LONG REPLY AND THE FRICKEN FORUM DELETED IT!!!  Basically I thought this film really didn't live up to all the hype. Felt like the friends I saw the film with and a sprinkle of others thought it was a disappointment. Yeah, there were funny bits but not nearly enough. The character development was so poor and unfortunately the one that was focused on was a depressed 30-something. YAWN! That does get boring after a while. Yes it's great that the major... More

Posted by pixelcat at 15:27, 24 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Bridesmaids

AHHHHH I JUST WROTE A LONG REPLY AND THE FRICKEN FORUM DELETED IT!!! asically I thought this film really didn't live up to all the hype. Felt like the friends I saw the film with and a sprinkle of others thought it was a disappointment. Yeah, there were funny bits but not nearly enough. The character development was so poor and unfortunately the one that was focused on was a depressed 30-something. YAWN! That does get boring after a while. Yes it's great that the majority of character... More

Posted by pixelcat at 15:27, 24 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Bridesmaids

What? And I bet you saw this twice, too? I felt as if the friends I watched it with and a sprinkle of others found Bridesmaids to be a disappointing film. Yeah it had funny parts to it but on the whole it was /i] too long (30-1hour too long) and the characters weren't really defined at all. Judging by the name of the film, I thought there would be more development from other characters. It should've been called "Depressed woman who's gonna be a bridesmaid at her friend's wedding". I ... More

Posted by pixelcat at 15:24, 24 February 2012 | Report This Post


Bridesmaids

Funny, moving. Great film. ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 23:06, 23 February 2012 | Report This Post


Bridesmaids

Funny, moving. Great film. ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 23:06, 23 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: lost steam half way through

Was very pleasantly surprised by this. Like many others, I started watching it thinking it was the female equivalent of The Hangover. Thankfully, I was wrong. This is, in my opinion, a far better and funnier film (but then I didn't enjoy The Hangover one bit). The flight scene to Vegas had me in stitches! Not all scenes worked, not all the jokes were funny, but this is easily the best comedy I have seen in a long time. And I totally disagree with people who call it chick flick or rom com - thi... More

Posted by Pherlygwen at 19:53, 15 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: lost steam half way through

This reminded me of Apatow's style of work with the quirky but clever characters, unintentional humour and surprisingly touching ambience. I thought it was brilliant for what is, still, basically a rom-com, or chick flick, if you want. I'd agree with the views it's a female version of The Hangover but even better in my view and as a male I thoroughly enjoyed it. Megan was fantastic - "I'll take first watch." the better comedies I've seen for a while, fully deserves the hype. 4/5 ... More

Posted by Goodfella at 23:07, 08 February 2012 | Report This Post


tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1478338/]Bridesmaids read so many rave reviews about this one but looking back I really don`t get where all those come from or are based on. I thought it was one big let down. So often not funny, it`s a hit and miss on almost all fronts and the level is of pee and poo jokes is very low. And of course it`s as predictable as possible. Nope, really didn`t like this one. /b] ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 20:15, 20 January 2012 | Report This Post


Kind of fucking hated this! I think I may the only person who did, and I', not sure I really care that people think I have no sense of humour. I walked out of this movie and I would do it again. This was crude, lazy and essentially a tired concept. Though the initial story-building performances were quite even, they can't make up for the ridiculousness that later ensues! It makes me angry that people think this ground-breaking because its 'male' gross out humour performed by and for women- as a ... More

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Posted by LizzieRainey at 02:18, 19 November 2011 | Report This Post


Good but far from brilliant.

Now don't get me wrong, Bridesmaids is a funny movie. There are some scenes, the food poisoning and the airplane stick out, that will make you laugh out loud but the rest of the film seems content to plod along without really threatening to push the boundaries. The film, early on especially, threatens to throw the conventions of a typical chick flick out of the window, but it never manages to do it. Some of the performances, however, are superb. Kristen Wiig is superb and Chris O'Dowd is a r... More

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Posted by filmfanatic123 at 17:07, 08 August 2011 | Report This Post


Bridesmaids: Review

Bridesmaids is a good film. A Really Funny Movie And The Cast Was Very Good. My only problem with this film is that its kind of a girly film and men cant really relate to what they do. But overall a good film and I would recommend to go see this film. ... More

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Posted by Edward9630 at 02:49, 08 August 2011 | Report This Post


RE: I THOUGHT THIS FILM WAS ABOUT BRIDESMAIDS?

Bridesmaids.  It’s basically the female Hangover, it’s good fun with a great cast but it’s overlong.  Why is every film trying to hit the two hour mark these days? Some movies just don’t need it! The gross out humour didn’t really work for me.  I’m not a huge fan of ladettes. er happened to manors and class? Not the F word every two seconds.I’m not a prude, I just find the whole thing boring.  We can swear, yeah, we can throw up, yeah. zzzzzzzzzz.  Empire is bein... More

Posted by theoriginalcynic at 00:18, 31 July 2011 | Report This Post


RE: I THOUGHT THIS FILM WAS ABOUT BRIDESMAIDS?

I quite agree with you, I wished it would have continued in Vegas. A filthy, brutal scene there with women would be great ... More

Posted by szoni at 10:27, 27 July 2011 | Report This Post


Hilarious

Probably the most consistently funny film I have seen in the cinema this year, (though to be fair, the last comedy I went to see was the awful Your Highness so maybe the competition hasnt been too strong), Bridesmaids is more than just laughs, it also has good characters and plenty of heart to set it on its way. Too many comedies nowadays are usually poor films made worthwhile by some funny moments, Bridesmaids happens to deliver the laughs with an actual good film around it. The cast wit... More

Posted by MartinBlank76 at 08:48, 27 July 2011 | Report This Post


I THOUGHT THIS FILM WAS ABOUT BRIDESMAIDS?

First of all the Bridesmaids are barely in any of this, this film is just all about Wiig basically. Now we all know all the critics loved this, I didn't love this, but I certainly liked it, there are some stone cold boring moments, but other moments are actually very funny, the opening scene inlcuded as Jon Hamm nails Wiig in several different positions its hard not to laugh at that. Many people will dismiss this as just another dumb chick flick, well its more of an adult very funny rom-com. W... More

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Posted by lewisb548 at 13:12, 24 July 2011 | Report This Post


RE: lost steam half way through

Could have been more funny if it hadn't turned into romance in excessive. Makers have been adhered to mood of the first 30-40 minutes. ... More

Posted by szoni at 16:12, 22 July 2011 | Report This Post


RE: lost steam half way through

There was a lot in the trailer not in the film, i.e. downing the bottle of wine, falling in the road etc.. but this was no bad thing. I really really really liked this film, 30 mins in I wanted to buy the DVD! I've loved Kirstin Wiig since she stole the too few scenes she was in in Knocked Up. Absolutely my fave film of the year and one that I will see more than once at the cinema. ... More

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Posted by nvh1982 at 00:32, 14 July 2011 | Report This Post


lost steam half way through

This could have been the four star film Empire thinks it is, but does lose its way somewhat. Started off really well and the scene with the food poisoning was gross but laugh out loud funny. But it went too 'girly', the Megan character had great potential but was underused and it really felt like it an out of steam. And did anyone else notice there was quite a lot on the trailers that did not appear in the film - "yup, double jointed" was agreat line in the trailer but I'm pretty su... More

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Posted by bretty at 17:46, 11 July 2011 | Report This Post


funny, but too long

Laughed a lot (got a little tear in my eye sometimes) but this film is far too long! But Rose Bryne is great. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 19:44, 10 July 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Wet yourself funny

The widespread praise for “Bridesmaids” has generated a deceptive veneer over the film which has given birth, in conjunction with the marketing campaign, to a myth that this isn’t your typical gross out rom-com. It is a rom-com, quite a broad one too, but “Bridesmaids” reminds us that this isn’t necessarily a problem. Kirsten Wiig plays Annie, an out-of-luck single 30-something who, when her childhood friend asks for her to be the maid of honour at her wedding, her life unravels in all the... More

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Posted by massacretheatre at 19:20, 07 July 2011 | Report This Post


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