Monday, May 23, 2011

Mystery Review Monday: Bridesmaids

Length - 125 minutes
Genre - Comedy
Release date - 13 May 2011
Starring - Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph (and several minor parts played by people from The Office)

I couldn't wait to see this-- it looked so funny!  I actually got my husband excited too, since there were ladies from SNL in it.  The previews did a great job of marketing it as a comedy, and it is; but more specifically, it's a chick flick comedy, which let him down just a little. 

The movie centers around the relationship between Lillian (Maya Rudolph) and her best friend Annie (Kristen Wiig).  When Lillian gets engaged, Annie can't help but evaluate how sad her life is.  She has a boyfriend who uses her and a cake shop that failed. 

There were very funny parts: the drunk behavior of Annie on an airplane that gets her Vegas-bound bachelorette party crew kicked off; a bridal shower where competing new friend of Lillian's (Helen, played by Rose Byrne) goes head to head with Annie (they each give never-ending speeches to prove they each know the bride better); and a scene where the girls get an attack of food poisoning while dress shopping.  I liked the sweet love story for Annie, who's in her thirties and unlucky in love.  The movie was obviously written by women; it portrays the woman who lacks self-confidence after a failed relationship and the female tendancy to trust "bad" guys (if you're saying "No way!  That's not me," then good for you!). 

Some of the characters' actions are heavily exaggerated, but that's also what makes the movie funny.

Didn't like: A sex scene opens the movie and kids were in this rated R flick (that last one is just a lot of bad parenting).

I'd give this movie just under 4 out of 5 stars.


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