Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out Lilian, her sister from another mister, is engaged, she is adamant about being her maid of honor. Romantically and financially bereft, Annie has one chance to show Lillian and her posse of bridesmaids just how it’s done.
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"I'm not gonna say I survived. I say I thrived. I met a dolphin down there. And I swear to God, that dolphin looked not at me, but into my soul. Into my Goddamn soul, Annie. And said; I'm saving you Megan. Not with his mouth, but he said it, I'm assuming telepathically."
Funny, but flawed and a bit overrated. The cast is likable and there are a number of strong moments - Kristen Wiig's freak-out on the plane is a high point. But it could be a lot tighter in places and goes a little too over the top at times, and it also tips the scales a bit too far into sentimentality in the second half, as is often the risk with the Apatow formula. Still, entertaining.
Some very fine performances from Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph make up for an uneven script and story. I was helpless with laughter more than once. I could have done without the Melissa McCarthy character entirely.
Can I just say that I really do appreciate a good bathroom scene or gross-out humor. I just don't like the way critics lauded this film as the second coming of feminism. P.S. Women shit--take that glass ceiling.
Just saying that 'woman can be gross too' is no substitute for actual consideration of girls. Instead all this film does is bill woman as people who are petty and pathetic, or, everything that misogynists would say they are.
Jesus Christ. What's so fucking great about this? Stupid, uneven and overlong. And not funny. The airplane sequence must be the very worst 2011. But, in the end, the film is not completely without entertainment value. Therefore two stars.
The thing that really annoyed me was the unnecessary conflict between O'Dowd and Wiig's characters - they just couldn't manage to stay away from that romantic comedy cliche. Rudolph was disappointing also.
As much as I expected filler around the funny scenes from the trailer or a weak, female version of The Hangover, Bridesmaids is so much more than that. It was Holy Shit category funny and definitely didn't go where I expected it to. It was every bit as funny and raunchy as any movie from the Apatow stable. Melissa McCarthy stole the show and some of the secondary characters didn't get much play but overall great.