Bridesmaids: A painfully funny movie
May 13, 2011 1 Comment
Kristen Wiig shines in her first starring movie role in Bridesmaids, which was produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Paul Feig and co-written by Wiig as well. While it may come across as such, this movie is definitely not a “chick flick” as many seem to think it is; the producer should be a big hint of what kind of comedy this is.
In her role as Annie, Wiig shows she can hold the starring role in a movie and while I don’t want to see her leave Saturday Night Live, I hope this is the beginning of a string of great comedies by this SNL veteran. Set in Milwaukee and Chicago, Annie isn’t the most successful person in life, and after her friend Lillian, played by former SNL’er Maya Rudolph, asks her to be her Maid of Honor, everything starts going down the toilet – hilariously, of course.
I like the premise because it appeals to both audiences. Forgive the stereotypes, but many women will connect with the characters and storyline, and both men and women can enjoy the raunchy, gross humor; even the love story is one that grows with one comedic event after another.
If anyone takes the limelight from Wiig, it’s Mike & Molly’s Melissa McCarthy who plays Megan, the sister of the husband-to-be. If I’m allowed to draw comparisons, she’s the Zach Galifianakis of the group everything that woman did and said made me and the theatre burst out laughing – I was literally in pain a couple of times.
My only real criticism is that I would have liked to see bigger roles for Ellie Kemper (The Office) and Wendi McLendon-Covey, because the scenes they were in were funny, but for the most part the characters and actors went wasted.
It’s easy to call this movie the female version of The Hangover, as there are a few similarities and the release date is clearly meant to compete with it. I thought the same going in, but other than the cast of characters I wasn’t getting that Hangover vibe at all; this one stood on it’s own. I give Bridesmaids a 5/5 and the best comedy I’ve seen since, well, The Hangover.
Bonus: After exiting the movie, I was handed a free Cineplex movie pass for checking-in on Foursquare and tweeting that I was seeing the movie. I thought that was a great job of tying-in real customer interaction with social media by Cineplex, though I have to admit, I was a bit scared that I did something wrong when the guy called my name out.