I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Bridesmaids has set the bar really high for comedies this summer and I don’t see anyone topping it.
Most addicts won’t attempt to change their lives until they have hot rock-bottom. Well, Annie (Kristen Wiig) is addicted to having a terrible life. Her bakery went out of business, her friend with benefits is a self-proclaimed dick (Jon Hamm) and her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married.
If that were not enough Lillian is becoming quite chummy with socialite Helen (Rose Byrne) and her grip on the one constant in her life is slipping away. Armed with three of the most “unique” bridesmaids she can handle Annie assembles a hodge-podge gown fitting and meal. Of course a wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without a bachelorette party. The hilarity that ensues from each of the events tops the previous scenes. Each vignette of the bridesmaids (Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon Covey) is fitting and casted perfectly.
Wiig has been one of the best things going for SNL in a long time and her transition to screen comedy will be a breeze. Newcomers Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd are actors to look out for in the future. When Annie is onscreen with Rhodes (O’Dowd) and Megan (McCarthy) these scenes take a particular glow. Jon Hamm is seriously hilarious – it will be hard to take Don Draper serious when Mad Men comes back.
I cannot stress enough how funny this film is. But like most of Judd Apatow’s productions and Director Paul Feig’s work (creator of the underrated Freaks and Geeks) this is a comedy with a heart. Very few things are a given in life and friendship is usually one of the most turbulent relationships human beings go through. We lose our friends, people drift and time moves on, but that place in our hearts is usually never filled.
So I would like to give a toast to Bridesmaids, for proving chick flicks don’t need to have Katherine Heigl, and for beating the boys at their own game.