“Bridesmaids” is “The Hangover” for girls… with balls.
A few months ago, I remember seeing a few different articles about Kristen Wiig and how she gets too much screen time on SNL. While I like her for the most part(I hate that Penelope character with a fiery passion… and I do very few things with a fiery passion), I couldn’t deny that she seems to pop into nearly every sketch. It does bother me when there’s a sketch she doesn’t belong in and here she comes with some absurd character. So here’s a two hour plus movie with Kristen Wiig as the central character. Oh boy.
Annie (Kristen Wiig) is down on her luck. She isn’t happy with her romantic life, her work life or her home life. The only thing she really has going for her is her best friend Lillian(Maya Rudolph). Lillian and Annie have been friends since they were young and when Lillian gets engaged, it’s natural she asks Annie to be her maid of honor.
Annie is quickly thrown in over her head. She isn’t quite ready emotionally to deal with all the pressures and feels overshadowed by Lillian’s new friend, Megan (Rose Byrne). Annie also meets a rational-nice-dream boy(The anti-manic-pixie dream girl) but she won’t let herself fall for him.
Now, on paper this seems like a movie some executive would throw Kate Hudson in and wipe his (or her) ass with the script. It would have been easy to do that. I guess we’re lucky that “Something Borrowed” came along so a movie that people can actually enjoy could be made.
Kristen Wiig does a great job in the lead role. She has great chemistry with nearly everyone in the cast and the friendship between her and Maya Rudolph really shines. The tension between her and Rose Byrne is nice as well, although some of their scenes deteriorate into a Penelope SNL sketch. Which is really the worst thing possible.
Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy, as the other bridesmaids, all have their moments to shine with Melissa McCarthy stealing several scenes.
My favorite part was Chris O’Dowd(The IT Crowd) as the nice guy cop that Annie doesn’t realize his perfect for her. It was nice to seem him make the jump from across the pond. He has great chemistry with Kristen Wiig and I look forward to seeing him in more productions here.
The great things about “Bridesmaids” is the balance it manages to strike between being the raunchy frat boy “Hangover” type comedy and still having a feminine side. My fear is that guys will look at this movie and say they don’t want to see it because it stars a bunch of girls, but that’s some ol’ bullshit. There’s a lot to laugh at here as long as you can put up with vomit, poop and adorable puppies(not all at the same time).
At just over two hours “Bridesmaids” does feel long in spots and the scenes that go on so long they deteriorate into a Penelope sketch really bothered me a lot, but everything else is enough to make up for it. Take a nap before and enjoy this movie.