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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
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Bridesmaids
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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: 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


RE: Wet yourself funny

L: Invader_Ace Swa this last night.  It's great. It shouldn't be dismissed as a "chick flick", it would make a great companion piece to Superbad. 4 stars totally agree, not even close to a chick flick, there mabye be a wedding (or not if you havn't saw it) but there is also a worrying and yet very funny moment involving a sink. ... More

Posted by stu 2 stu at 21:37, 30 June 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Wet yourself funny

Saw this today and enjoyed the fuck out of it. I'm not kidding when I say that there were moments when my face was hurting from laughing. Very funny with a lot of heart and wit - two elements that were sorely missed from that atrocity The Hangover 2. All of the cast put in some really stellar performances, but for me the stand outs were Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne. I am unfamiliar with McCarthy's previous work, but I hope to see more of her in the future. And Byrne, who is more known f... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 18:10, 30 June 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Wet yourself funny

Swa this last night.  It's great. It shouldn't be dismissed as a "chick flick", it would make a great companion piece to Superbad. 4 stars ... More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 09:51, 30 June 2011 | Report This Post


Wet yourself funny

Hilariously funny with great characters and a lot of heart. Some scenes had me in stitches rolling into other scenes to the detriment of others around me, but that didnt stop me, and yes the bridal store scene is classic. BUT...a tad on the long side which is the case with most Apatow related movies. ****/***** ... More

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Posted by kenada_woo at 20:10, 28 June 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Seriously guys/ gals?

I thought this was hilarious and i took a bunch of friends to see it who ended up really enjoying it. Although everyone who have spoken to since has been like - "ain't that some dumb chick flick?" This will get by on word of mouth but the promotions team messed up here if everyone thinks it your average run of the mill chick flick - so much funnier than that. ... More

Posted by fugaziuk at 16:31, 28 June 2011 | Report This Post


Seriously guys/ gals?

I'm baffled by the love for this. Overlong and massively over-rated, Bridesmaids had some funny moments, but that's about it. I feel I should watch it again to try and grasp what it was I missed, but couldn't possibly bring myself to doing so. ... More

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Posted by skeletonjack at 09:26, 28 June 2011 | Report This Post


very funny, but so much missing!

I loved this film; very funny indeed without being farcical. However, so many moments from the trailer were missing! When running from the bridal shop she doesn't fall in front of the car. John Hamm doesn't lift her legs up during sex and pull the stupid face. John Hamm doesn't tell her to hurry becasue the housemaid is coming. The big girl doesn't say half of the stuff when she has her leg up on the plane (ie: its gonna be by your ears + a couple of other lines) And there's more... More

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Posted by howiet1971 at 09:54, 27 June 2011 | Report This Post


very funny, but so much missing!

I loved this film; very funny indeed without being farcical. However, so many moments from the trailer were missing! When running from the bridal shop she doesn't fall in front of the car. John Hamm doesn't lift her legs up during sex and pull the stupid face. John Hamm doesn't tell her to hurry becasue the housemaid is coming. The big girl doesn't say half of the stuff when she has her leg up on the plane (ie: its gonna be by your ears + a couple of other lines) And there's more... More

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Posted by howiet1971 at 09:54, 27 June 2011 | Report This Post


cannot reccommend this enough, the funniest film I've seen in a very long time. Jon Hamm absolutely stole the film for me ... More

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Posted by fireal1 at 09:50, 27 June 2011 | Report This Post


Bridesmaids

Slow starting, increadibly funny in places (most of the film actually) and gasping for air funny in the dress shop. The final scene with Melissa McCarthy will make you never want to eat a meat roll ever again. See it. See it again. See it with friends after a few drinkies. I just loved it. ... More

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Posted by tamsinlord at 13:17, 25 June 2011 | Report This Post


A surprise hit

Admittedly as a Cineworld Unlimited card holder my main motivation at seeing this was simply to chalk up film 88 at the cinema of the year 2011! I was expecting this to be an absolutely female centric chick flick. However, the audience was more eclectic and I had an enjoyable two hours. The humour is very funny with some Supperbaddishness but without turning the gross out factor to 11. Infact, the tonal shift sees a slowish start, the peak of gross outiness near the middle and the film actually ... More

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Posted by filmsunlimited at 21:17, 24 June 2011 | Report This Post


A brilliant surprise

Bridesmaids: The mare mention of the title filled me with a sense of dread as my fiancée, and that is of course relevent as marriage is imminent for me in five weeks of writing this review, told me that we were seeing this. A chick-flick comedy from the Judd Apatow stable following the comic misadventures of a group of bridesmaids, and I must add that I'm not a real fan or follower of Apatow's work... Well, what a treat this was. Yes, it is a chick flick but this was also a real movie, c... More

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Posted by neopol at 12:51, 24 June 2011 | Report This Post


Film Of The Month

I was really delighted with this film it lived up to the four stars that empire gave(glad I always read the review after I've seen the film) it and then surpassed it. Empire reviewer Anna Smith thinks that the love interest bit Chris O Dowd was not all that, but I disagree I thought it was lovely. This film works because as well as being the funniest film I've ever seen it also has really nice feel good moments. Highly recommend. ... More

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Posted by Bighousewill at 22:02, 23 June 2011 | Report This Post


RE: LOVED IT

Really enjoyed this especially McCarthy who showed she can make the move from TV to The Big Screen with ease loved the scene in the Bridal store just goes to show it aint only men that can do gross-out! A fun 4*s ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:41, 23 June 2011 | Report This Post


LOVED IT

I don't know why it submitted it three times, but I may actually see it three times, it's pretty hilarious! It's so good, Wiig needs to be in more films, I love her, she is my new comedienne idol! I liked Chris O'Dowd's character being the love interest, it makes it more female orientated, Jon Hamm playing a different character was cool too, he's sexy. even as a complete asshole! overall, a great film, I agree it is on a par for the Hangover! ... More

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Posted by megank13 at 00:01, 23 June 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Bridesmaids

Just back from this, really enjoyed it. Very funny and easily better than the hangover which people seem to be comparing it to. I was one of about 5 men in a cinema full of women. It's a shame that men might stay away from this because there's plenty here for both men and women. ... More

Posted by talpacino at 23:27, 22 June 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Bridesmaids

Just got back from seeing Bridesmaids and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wouldn't say it was continuously piss pantingly funny, only three seqences got major laughs (And I'd had the dress fitting one ruined for me, as Odeon showed it in its entirity before some random film I watched earlier in the year) and there are some lulls towards the end, where it drops firmly back into 'chick flick' territory, but it's definitely worth a gander. As most reviews have stated, it's easily the most guy friend... More

Posted by captainrentboy at 20:22, 22 June 2011 | Report This Post


Bridesmaids.

I saw it at a preview last week and it is very funny. It is a bit gross during the bridal fitting scene where they all get food posioning, is very rude but I loved it and preferred it to The Hangover. I don`t think its too long but thats my personal opinion. Best comedy so far this year. 5/5  ... More

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Posted by Cruisecontroller at 13:55, 22 June 2011 | Report This Post


RE: :D

I went to a screening of it last night and it's really funny and touching at the same time, highly recommend people should watch it ... More

Posted by azzman1984 at 10:51, 22 June 2011 | Report This Post


RE: :D

Very minor SPOILER>   Very funny film   Wigg is amazing....   Very gross out, cringe worthy and painful.   Hamm is also a stand out. The opening sex scene is very funny.   One problem is its overlong by about half an hour.... but its never boring....so you can forgive that.   Gentlemen treat your ladies...in a summer full of average superheros....go and laugh at women being sick on each other.     ... More

Posted by kirk at 22:26, 21 June 2011 | Report This Post


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Are you off to see it 3 times? ... More

Posted by MuckyMuckMan at 20:27, 21 June 2011 | Report This Post


:D

I am going to see this on Wednesday definitely! I have been waiting for a great comedy to go see on the big screen, & have definitely stayed away from crappy comedy films, which quite frankly I wouldn't waste my money on! Even Hangover Part 2 I have no yet seen, & I don't think I will! This is more my thing, more female comedies please Judd Apatow! Kristen Wiig is genius! :D I love her! ... More

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Posted by megank13 at 15:01, 20 June 2011 | Report This Post


:D

I am going to see this on Wednesday definitely! I have been waiting for a great comedy to go see on the big screen, & have definitely stayed away from crappy comedy films, which quite frankly I wouldn't waste my money on! Even Hangover Part 2 I have no yet seen, & I don't think I will! This is more my thing, more female comedies please Judd Apatow! Kristen Wiig is genius! :D I love her! ... More

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Posted by megank13 at 15:01, 20 June 2011 | Report This Post


:D

I am going to see this on Wednesday definitely! I have been waiting for a great comedy to go see on the big screen, & have definitely stayed away from crappy comedy films, which quite frankly I wouldn't waste my money on! Even Hangover Part 2 I have no yet seen, & I don't think I will! This is more my thing, more female comedies please Judd Apatow! Kristen Wiig is genius! :D I love her! ... More

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Posted by megank13 at 14:59, 20 June 2011 | Report This Post


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