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THE CRITIC: Bridesmaids Not a Wedding Movie, Not a Chick Flick, Not ‘The Hangover’

by Kelcey Bridges 20 May 2011 113 views No Comment E-mail Kelcey Bridges

So you want to know about Bridesmaids? Let me put it this way: when was the last time you walked out of the theater buckling over with side splitting laughter? Haven’t done that since, when?…EVER?

Go see Bridesmaids and you can bet with 98.5% certainty you will walk out of the theater just like that.


Watching the trailer, you think oh, it’s like ‘The Hangover’ but with girls - not so. The film is just as funny, but certainly not a rip off of The Hangover at all. In fact, they never even make it to Vegas, Mike Tyson doesn’t appear and no one sings a “Doug” tribute song. Although…there is a Wilson Phillips appearance that steals the show.

The film follows Annie (Kristen Wiig of SNL fame) who hits a bit of a rough patch - her bakery business closed down, boyfriend ran off, ya know…typical girls problems. She’s puttering through her life, when all of a sudden her best friend from childhood Lillian (Maya Rudolph) announces she’s getting married. *cue the screeching brake lights* As Annie tries to roll with the punches and MOH duties, she can’t help but be reminded that as her bff’s life is all starting to gel together, her own life is rather scattered.

Despite the premise sounding like the typical rom-com, it is anything but. The dialogue is laced with razor sharp wit and on point comedic one-liners. Some will make you cringe, others will have you in hysterics and a few might even sting a little.

A few things that really work for Bridesmaids:

  • The cast is filled with comedians and not box-office starlets

Example: instead of focusing on how pretty Katherine Heigl’s hair is, you’re actually interested in the comedic progression of the scenes. That’s what your focus is on and you’re not distracted. No offense, Kat Heigl! For the record, I like you, your hair and your movies.

  • The flick appeals to both male and female audiences

Ok, ok…so I’m a bit biased here being that I’m female and know a thing or two… or five, about being a bridesmaid. So there’s that. Needless to say, of course it appeals to the gal crowd.

As for the dudes of the world, there’s a lot of  “guy humor” in the flick.  You’ve got a good variety of bathroom humor, rough around the edges/abrasive humor, situation humor, innuendo humor and crude humor.

If all of that doesn’t sell you, fellas - it’s a Judd Apatow film, need I say more?

  • It’s not a wedding movie

Those. Get. So. Old. They’re the same concept re-worked over and over again. Despite being called, Bridesmaids, the movie only devotes a sliver of attention the actual wedding process.

BUT - if you’ve ever been a bridesmaid (God bless your soul), you will SO relate to this flick.

I have numerous b-maid dresses piled into my closet, each strung with their own battle scars from enduring (and surviving) the entire wedding process. From Ahhh she’s engaged, to Zee that bride ride off into the sunset. Ladies, if you’ve ever been a bridesmaid, you know exactly what I mean. Can I get an amen? Thank you!

Psh, groomsmen have it SO easy.

If you’re in the mood for hilariousness with a heart, go check out Bridesmaids. And…in case you’re wondering, Bridesmaids killed at the box office raking in $26.2 million in its opening weekend. Not too shabby for a “girl movie,” right?

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