Bridesmaids movie review

bridesmaids-movie-posterstars-four-halfWhen you see a trailer featuring a gang of ladies walking toward the camera in slow motion, it’s OK to be afraid – and then when you see several cuts of said ladies dancing around, it’s OK to hide under your bed.  Yet, Bridesmaids is not a chick flick (despite the poster) – this is a legit comedy that anyone can enjoy…  well, actually, I’d love to know how the gays feel about this movie.  As far as I can recall, there’s not much here for them.

On the surface, Bridesmaids looks like a night of horror for aa man forced to see a chick flick, and the worst part is, you know it going in:  you’re thinking, “It’s a story about friendship between women,” but it’s really not that movie at its core.  Instead, we get a late bloomer, coming of age sort of story about a selfish woman in a cast largely populated by women who are thankfully not 20-year-old super models.  In fact, the story of Annie (Kristen Wiig) could just as easily be about a male character:  she loses her business and her boyfriend and now has a job she hates only due to the charity of her mom’s friend, and the only thing she has left in her life is her childhood best friend – who is getting married, which, to Annie, means the diminishing of their friendship, and at the same time, another member of the wedding party is trying to supplant Annie’s role as maid of honor and best friend of the bride.  If you perceive that you only have one thing left in your life, how would you react to someone trying to take that away?  It’s a fascinating and hilarious character study.  Also, Maya Rudolph is in this movie, and she’s awesome, so you should know right away that this is going to be a good movie, even if she’s not in it enough.

The movie does a really nice job of mixing a character comedy with an ensemble comedy…  if that makes any sense.  Meaning, the scenes with just one or two characters work just as well as the scenes featuring the entire ensemble, which speaks well of both the writing and the casting.  I particularly liked the way Megan’s character (Melissa McCarthy) was played and revealed over the course of the story.

I’d like to take a moment and say how excited I was to see Chris O’Dowd in another movie.  I’m a big fan of the I.T. Crowd, and the only other chance I’ve had to see O’Dowd was in Pirate Radio, but to have him in a featured role and playing a character I hadn’t yet seen him play was awesome – and, it helped that he did it well. I never once thought of his more familiar roles.

The only bad thing I can say about Bridemaids is that I thought the scene between Chris O’Dowd and Kristen Wiig that took place as they sat on his police car in front of the convenience store had some continuity errors – as they cut back and forth from wide shots to coverage, the characters seemed to be looking in completely different directions – it was jarring enough that I noticed it in immediately while sitting in the theater.  But that’s about the only thing I think is worth regretting in the entire movie.  Well… what was the point of getting Wilson Phillips to make an appearance in the movie if they weren’t going to perform live?  Still, it was a funny idea.  I guess I would have had the entire ensemble sing the song instead, but whatever.

If you just see the trailer and the poster, it’s easy to dismiss Bridesmaids as a chick flick, but there’s a lot more going on here than that.  I just assumed that this was going to be the chick-flick version of The Hangover, but Bridesmaids was WAY BETTER THAN THE HANGOVER, but then, I maintain The Hangover is one of the most highly overrated movies of all time, so that’s not much of an achievement – but, this movie has characters and jokes, as opposed to The Hangover, which mostly just had shock value.  Bridesmaids has elements from just about every type of comedy you can think of:  it’s a romantic comedy, it has fart jokes, it’s vulgar, it’s sweet and most importantly, the characters feel real and the story is interesting.

Give Bridesmaids a look – I bet you dig it.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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