Do you know that feeling while watching a trailer where it looks incredibly funny and you are sold on it? Then, when you actually see it, it turns out the bits in the trailer are the only comedic ones? This is NOT that movie.
Annie (Kristen Wiig), a late 30s-something is broke and unhappy following the demise of her bakery. When her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged to Dougie, it (Tim Heidecker) only underscores Annie’s singledom. As maid of honor, she’s determined to make Lillian’s bridal shower and bachelorette party off-the-hook, but when Lillian’s new friend Helen (Rose Byrne) shows up with the same mission and a full wallet, Annie’s hackles go up and the battle is on. At every turn, Helen effortlessly tops Annie.In an unforgettable scene, Lillian and her five bridesmaids are in a swanky bridal shop trying on dresses when the afternoon goes awry with a twist so wrong, you almost don’t believe it’s happening. Bridesmaids has one great scene after another. Most are over-the-top and that’s what makes them so enjoyable. (Only one goes on unbearably long—the dueling one-up speech at the engagement party.)
Wiig has impeccable comedic timing and physical wit; she’s also able to pull off dramatic moments. Ellie Kemper as Becca is always a delight, but the standout here is Melissa McCarthy as Megan, Dougie’s sister. With that mad look in her eyes, each scene in which she appears ends too soon. Rudolph is the throwaway character (the Vincent Chase of the movie)—the BORING one. I cannot forget to mention Officer Nathan Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) who is a perfect addition to this cast and holds his own opposite Wiig.
If you don’t like crude scatological humor or cannot accept life without political correctness, this movie is not for you. It deals with friendship, jealousy and good intentions gone way wrong and has a jolly time exploiting them for our viewing pleasure. If you’ve ever served as a bridesmaid, you may laugh with sinister schadenfreude.
Director: Paul Feig
Run time: 125 minutes