Sunday, May 15, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Bridesmaids

In Short:
Kristen Wiig establishes herself as a superstar in this raunchy comedy and funniest film of 2011


Full review after the jump…

My Ramblings:
I wrote last week that I was surprised at Bridesmaids’ 91% on RottenTomatoes, but in watching it I found out exactly what all the praise was about.  Following the plan that all other Apatow hits have followed, Bridesmaids is stacked with likeable characters, the perfect amount of vulgarity, and over the top scenes that will be talked about for years to come (during the bridal shop scene a girl in my row was borderline hyperventilating from laughing too hard).

Annie (Kristen Wiig) is struggling through life when her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), gets engaged and asks her to be the maid of honor.  Seeing her best friend moving on with life (and a number of other hilarious setbacks) makes Annie take a look at her own life and realize that things couldn’t get much worse.  But then, or course, they do get just a little bit worst.  As Annie and the hilarious crew of bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) plan the bachelorette party and bridal shower, each scene seems to be funnier than the last. 

Again much like other Apatow flicks, the movie lags slightly during the last third when it takes a turn for the more serious, but all in all first time writers Wiig and Mumolo put together a mega-hit with this hilarious bridal comedy.  Wiig has been about the only reason to watch SNL for the past several years, and now she has elevated herself to a power player in both the writing and acting scene in Hollywood.  The crew of bridesmaids is funny in their own right, and every character has their shining moments.  Bridesmaids is the funniest comedy of the year thus far and lives up to all the hype.

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