Thursday, May 19, 2011


Bridesmaids: 3.5/5

Like many of her SNL co-comedians before, Kristen Wiig has recently taken the path into comedic film writing, and she doesn't fail. There are very few female-oriented comedies out there right now (the only other that comes to mind is Tina Fey's Mean Girls). Many of the recent raunchy comedies have the A-typical male cast: either Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, or any other pick-your-SNL-comedian. With her co-cast of hilarious females, Wiig successfully creates an outrageously funny film without the help of the traditional "funny men."
The film itself explores female relationships that not since Mean Girls have been dissected, while romantic chick-flicks always regurgitate the same old female dynamics. Annie (Wiig) and Lilian's (Maya Rudolph) sister-like friendship really pulls the film forward and creates many laughs. The way Annie feels threatened by the beautiful and new "best friend" Helen (Rose Byrne) was super relatable. The two side-kick bridesmaids Becca (Ellie Kemper) and Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) were also equally funny with their contrasting characteristics. However, the character that generated the most roaring laughter had to be Megan (Melissa McCarthy). Megan knew no embaressment. Her character went places that would be tough for some women to go. She was rowdy, rude, was a little masculine, and above all held a pretty unattractive exterior. And that was the brilliance of her character. She was the male where the comedy needed a male, but she was disguised as a female, and she was hilarious.
The film's characters are the really special part of this film, and the feeding of their lines is what makes this movie a great one. There are some downfalls to this movie, however. The ending is super cliche, and the romantic side-story feels overkill at moments, but was needed for the story to come together. Aside from some minor issues though, the script was fantastically written and hopefully this proves that more females can write funny movies.

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