May 15, 2011

Bridesmaids - 2011

Director: Paul Feig
Writers: Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Jon Hamm

Despite struggling with nearly every aspect of her own life, Annie (Wiig) puts 110% of her effort to help her lifelong friend Lillian (Rudolph) plan her wedding when Lillian asks Annie to be her maid of honor.

WOW.  I don't even know where to begin on this. In short, this was probably the single funniest movie I've seen in years. Not only that, but Wiig and her writing partner Mumolo (who has a brief cameo in the film as a nervous flier seated by Wiig on the plane) have written a film with a few dramatic beats as well, none of which feel shoehorned into it, as is often the case with comedies with dramatic elements, or vice versa. Feig's assembled an impressive cast, led astoundingly by Wiig; I wish that all female-driven films could be as strong as this one, and that any sort of marketing could be done to get more guys to see this movie. I personally had to justify why I was seeing this to a friend of a friend I ran into, and there's no reason that should ever have to happen. There's one scene I could have done without (you'll know it when you see it) that doesn't fit in tonally with the humor in the rest of the film. Apatow, in his producer status, threw it into the film apparently because he thought it would increase the male appeal, and it was the only thing in the movie I didn't care for. McCarthy also ends up as one of those obvious one-joke sort of characters, which I was really surprised to see in a film co-written by two women. Ultimately, though, it's a very strong script carried by some wonderful ladies, and Wiig proves that her work on Saturday Night Live is just the beginning of a spectacular career. A

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