So I saw Kristin Wiig on The Daily Show last week and after her interview, I decided I really wanted to see Bridesmaids. The movie itself sounded hilarious and not your general usual run-of-the-mill chick flick. I’m not familiar with Wigg’s work on SNL as I haven’t watched that in decades, but when RottenTomatoes.com gives a movie over 90% positive reviews, you start to pay attention.
So on my second outing for my Tuesday movie tradition, I grabbed a few friends and we went to see Bridesmaids.
There was one tiny problem, though. The website gave the movie start time as 5 p.m. But when we got there, we were told it was actually 4:20. Oops! But to make it up to us and because we had honestly only missed about 10 minutes, the theatre (Carmike Cinemas in Dyersburg, TN, again) let us in for free due to the error.
FREE MOVIE! And $1 popcorn and $1 soda!
I could already have decided this was the best movie ever.
So we went into the theatre and fortunately, this film is not a thinking film. It only took a few seconds to get oriented to the plot about a woman (Wiig) who has been given the task of being maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding (Maya Rudolph). However, Wiig’s character is having some bad luck. The bake shop she had has been closed and her boyfriend is gone. She has a “buddy” in the form of Jon Hamm, though, who plays a complete and utter jerk. So during this crisis, she also has to compete with another bridesmaid for the affections of her best friend.
As things tend to go in any film with Judd Apatow’s name attached to it, things go awry at just about every turn. And when these things go awry, they are laugh out loud funny. In particular, a gross scene in a bridal shop comes to mind as absolutely outstanding. As in fall on the floor hysterical.
Wiig does a great job of creating a character that not only could I relate to (which is rare in most chick flicks), but also one I despised at times, as well. You’re not sure whether to feel sorry for her or to feel the need to slap her around. I think this is just a character that has a lot of dynamic things going on and you really get that. And she is one funny woman.
However, it is Melissa McCarthy who really stands out in this film. She very well steals every scene (along with several puppies) as the burping, farting, no-nonsense sister of the groom. I adored her on Gilmore Girls, but she rises to comedic genius here.
I was also literally thrilled to see Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd) in his first leading man role, playing the love interest of Wiig. But again, this is not your typical chick flick, so don’t expect the romance to be so easily gained. He played adorable and sweet to the point that my own heart melted. And he didn’t even have to say “Have you tried turning it off and on again” to impress me. I really hope we get to see more of him on this side of the pond.
If I had any criticism, it was that the pacing seemed to slow at about the time we got to sit down in our theatre seats (about 15-20 minutes into the film). We probably had missed something that would have made that seem okay, though, so I can’t really fault the film for that. That slow pacing only seemed to last for about 10 minutes, though, and then the movie broke loose its funny bone.
I also enjoyed the performances of Matt Lucas, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jill Clayburgh in supporting roles.
Generally speaking, I don’t usually enjoy female comedies, as I feel they pander to a certain female stereotype that I just don’t fit into. Bridesmaids is so refreshing in that it is, in essence, extremely UN-ladylike. It was raucous and foul-mouthed and drop dead funny.
Kristen Wiig and her co-stars have officially gone to places no female comedic actresses have gone before. And the results are hilarious.