Review: Bridesmaids (2011)

Director:  Paul Feig

Starring:  Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy

Release Date:  24th June 2011(UK)

The food poisoning scene, the drunk on plane scene, the cookie scene (love that one)… And the list goes on and on for all the great memorable moments in Oscar nominated comedy Bridesmaids. It’s so much more than a mere ‘chick flick’ – it’s a film comedy that’s actually funny besides Anchorman. Yes, indeedy.

Annie (Wiig) is stuck in a rut with her life. She lost her cake business, her fella is a pathetic sleazeball and to make matters worse, her childhood best friend is getting married – and she has a new bestie, the arrogant Helen. As maid of honour, Annie tries to one up on her nemesis Helen, but it all just backfires on her.

There’s been much debate in Hollywood over the years that women can’t be funny on screen. On the contrary. There’s been a surge of funny women from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in movies and presenting the Golden Globes to the breakout star this year, the Emmy winner Amy Schumer of Trainwreck fame. And Melissa McCarthy in everything. Funny sisters are doing it for themselves. It comes down to seeing is believing and writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo have proved that writing a comedy with six female leads can be endearing, fun, smart and foolhardy.

The heart of the story is the theme of friendship and its significance in the passing of time. As we get older, life changes, people change. Our friends grow up, have big responsibilities and make new friendships. Annie feels lost in her life and left out of the new friendship set up. Her issues with Helen are more to do with her own insecurities and shortcomings. And it’s refreshing to see female friends being supportive and not resorting to pettiness.

Weddings are always a great source of entertainment – real or fiction. Planning, parties and showers give plenty of juicy comedy material and the writers enjoy it with relish. The aforementioned scenes are well written and show heightened comedy moments of what can and does go wrong.

All the women have a strong rapport and you can tell they had fun making it. Kristen Wiig certainly wrote herself some delicious dialogue and slapstick comedy. McCarthy in her Oscar nominated role as Megan is hilarious with those strained facial expressions and classic one liners. Not surprisingly, in a female driven film, the men are very much secondary cliches. Jon Hamm is the chauvinistic pig and Chris O’Dowd plays it sensitive and dopey as the copper who likes Annie.

The ailing comedy genre was given a good ole kick up the backside with this. It’s a story with love and sincerity and Paul Feig mixes humour and drama in an entertaining manner. Cookies, drinking and dodgy food, isn’t that everyone’s Friday night?