May 22, 2011

Movie Review: Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids is one of the sweetest, funniest films of this genre that I've seen in a long time. What makes this film work over something like say, Something Borrowed, is great writing, real characters, wonderful acting, and directing that doesn't go overboard.
Kristen Wiig is an amazing comic actor with impeccable timing. She's so believable and funny but vulnerable and likeable, and she and Maya Rudolph play off each other perfectly. They're good friends in real life and it shows.
The opening scene, Kristin Wiig in bed with John Hamm, is funny and sad, and when she leaves (on the gate - a riot) you know you're in for a good time. There are so many laugh-out-loud moments. Of course. Kristin Wiig is a co-writer (along with Annie Mumolo).
BTW, I've seen Melissa McCarthy before but never knew her name until now, and she's terrific in this, appropriately gross and riotously funny as the obligatory fat girl.
On a sad note Jill Clayburgh plays Wiig's mom (they look like they could be mother and daughter) and the first time she comes on screen feels so sad and was a bit distracting to me since she died right after filming this.
Interesting note: the picture above is the major promotion for the film but they never wear those dresses, including the bride.
Nit-picky note: there's a scene where Kristin Wiig is trying to get the attention of the cop (adorably played by Chris O'Dowd) and she's wearing a red, strappy dress. In women's clothes where there's a chance a bra strap will slip out they put in little crocheted straps with snaps that hold your strap in place. Well, one was peeking out of her dress. Don't ask why I noticed that, it's barely visible.
Four and a half stars out of five for Bridesmaids. I would have given it five stars but the food poisoning scene was a little gross for me and went on way too long. A small thing in an otherwise fantastickly enjoyable movie.

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