Bridesmaids (15)

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Tue Jun 21 2011

Attempts at adapting the ever popular gross-out lad-com genre for the female market have been largely woeful, as anyone who has suffered through the likes of ‘The Sweetest Thing’ or ‘Bride Wars’ can attest. But is it just that the films were bad, or does this point to a subtle gender discrepancy when it comes to comedy? Even in this enlightened age, could it be that audiences find the idea of women puking, farting and fighting inherently offputting?

As it turns out, no. Those movies were just rubbish. Get a script stuffed with crackling one-liners, a talented and hugely likeable cast and the creative team responsible for the likes of ‘Freaks and Geeks’ (director Paul Feig) and ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’ (producer Judd Apatow), and the result can be every bit as disgracefully enjoyable as its finest phallocentric equivalent.

‘Bridesmaids’ is the brainchild of ‘Saturday Night Live’ alumnus Kristen Wiig, whose memorable supporting performances in everything from ‘Whip It’ to ‘Paul’ have led to a well-deserved lead role here – though the fact that she co-wrote the script can’t have hurt. Wiig plays Annie, a put-upon, mid-thirties single woman whose already fragile ego takes a knock when she finds out that her sole remaining unmarried friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is getting hitched. Readily agreeing to act as maid of honour, Annie takes on the task of wrangling a gang of mismatched, wilful bridesmaids through the marriage preparations, with predictably disastrous consequences.

Gamely tackling everything from sly satire to broad slapstick, sweet romance to lurid innuendo (her impersonation of a penis is some kind of genius), Wiig’s performance is consistently remarkable. Her scenes with Rudolph are the heart of the film: it’s hard to remember such a warmly convincing, consistently hilarious depiction of female friendship.

The rest of the cast is secondary, but still noteworthy: for the boys, ‘Mad Men’ lead John Hamm stands out in an uncredited role as Annie’s preening ‘fuck buddy’, while British TV veteran Chris O’Dowd supplies appropriate levels of awkward charm as the straight-man love interest. Girl-wise, Rose Byrne makes for a superbly hissable villain as Annie’s brittle, privileged friendship rival Helen, but is consistently overshadowed by Melissa McCarthy as the brusque, Belushi-esque bruiser Megan.

It doesn’t all work: some of the more extreme gross-out does feel rather like petty one-upmanship (‘You think “The Hangover” was bad? Well check this out...’), while a few of the later scenes, in which Annie goes spectacularly off the rails, feel forced. Also, as is often the case with the Apatow stable’s output, the film goes on just a little too long.
But mostly ‘Bridesmaids’ is a triumph, an effortless blend of bad taste and good humour with a wholly believable, often very touching emotional core, all centred around one of the finest star-making comic performances in recent memory.
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UK release:

Fri Jun 24, 2011

Duration:

125 mins

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Mike Thomas

I am staggered to see how this mediocre and incredibly pedestrian film gets such great reviews from the critics. I have to confess that I gave up watching it after 30 minutes. Maybe it got better. I'll never know but life is too short.

Amy

This was an awful movie. I didn't like any of the characters except the Chris O'Dowd character, the humor was forced and often mean-spirited (too many obvious fat girl jokes), and the main character was way too busy feeling sorry for herself. A complete waste of 2 hours.

Roni

I stopped watching it half way because it was so boring and predictable, and the main character just annoyed me, she's not even funny or likeable. The acting isn't good, the scenes are not believable, especially the vomiting and diarrhea scene and the bride's maid speech part at the start where they are fighting over about 'whos the best friend' to the bride. This film just doesn't work!

LM

This was an awful awful movie! Within first 15 minutes I've had enough of Kristen's sour faced 'poor single me' character and even introduction of 'vilanous' Helen didn't move me enough to believe her to be any real threat to the friendship between Annie and Lilian. Acting- wise the best performances were by Chris O' Dowd and Melissa Mc Carthy. Otherwise this movie fell completely flat. I've watched it with fresh mind and not read any reviews previous to watching. Now I am left astonished by the amount of 4- 5* reviews. Have the critics seen the same movie as came out on DVD ? Very dissapointed, 2 hours of my life that are never coming back.

sylvia

Can't review the whole film as we gave it half an hour and gave up. Too distasteful for us.

Dorothy

Just saw this on cable because I thought I just had to see the film that people went crazy over. All I can say is, "did I miss something?" This was just a mess of a film. While the plot/theme might have worked in a kind of Waitress comedy, it didn't work here.

nananana batman

what a crap movie, it was as before mentioned: predictable, tiring, predominantly depressing and long. One very long 'chick flick' that is only suitable if you don't want the story to go anywhere, the relationships to develop anywhere and waste 2 hours of your life.

Chuck

This is about the worst movie I've seen in a while. Cliche, poor acting, not funny.

Dunc

absolutely awful. I'm staggered this film got high ratings elsewhere. Am I watching the same film. Corny jokes, predictable, crap story line... Is there a conspiracy with film. How much did they bribe critics to write good reviews??? I would give it 0 out of 5 if I could. I usually agree with most ratings of films. I'm staggered!

Dave A

A truly awful film. A combination of American-folksy-buddy-cringe-inducing nonsense and the worst kind of instrument to prove that women can be every bit as nauseating as the worst kind of low-life males in the ignorant and foul-mouthed stakes. If this constitutes a quality "chick-flicK" then we should all despair for the direction in which the female mind is heading. Avoid this drivel at all costs

Deec

Very funny film, definetly one of the better films I have watched recently. I genuinely laughed and cried and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Disappointed

One of the worst films I have ever seen. Weak acting, poor script/dialogue - paper thin characters and jokes mainly fall awkwardly flat Feels v disjointed like they made it up as they were going along Overall stunningly mediocre and dull. I want those hours of my life back. How did this get a 4* rating? Trust in TO threatened if this becomes a habit...

Sutton

This really is a dire film. A couple of funny moments, mainly involving John Hamm. Amazed it got 4 stars from TO. Poor script, acting (particularly from the Irish bloke) and very dis-jointed. I would have walked out, but I was hoping it would improve. The dress fitting scene sums it up, it was s**t..

depressed filmgoer

This was a quality movie - great performances (esp Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne), great soundtrack, and actually pretty funny in places. However, there was a real tragic aspect to it, and I came away feeling a bit depressed. I didn't expect (or want) that from a comedy, so it loses a star!

diacalm

Worth seeing for K Wiig's comical performance alone, no more so when she was vying for the traffic cop's attention in her daft driveby antics! Not a perfect movie by any means, e.g. George Lucas and 'sister' were unfunny , but the off the wall humour works and is as funny and original and the last laugh out loud film I saw (Borat) 5 years ago. so jump aboard as they don't come along very often!

Carol

Thoroughly enjoyed this refreshingly funny film, as, unexpectedly, did my boyfriend who accompanied me in exchange for my going to see one of 'his' films. Laughed out loud on several occasions, and the fact the cinema was full over 3 weeks after it's release is testament, I think, to word getting out that this film is well worth seeing. I particularly loved the characters of Megan and Nathan and would strongly recommend it.

Carol

Thoroughly enjoyed this refreshingly funny film, as, unexpectedly, did my boyfriend who accompanied me in exchange for my going to see one of 'his' films. Laughed out loud on several occasions, and the fact the cinema was full over 3 weeks after it's release is testament, I think, to word getting out that this film is well worth seeing. I particularly loved the characters of Megan and Nathan and would strongly recommend it.

BigContinentalMovieFan

This film is probably going to be the sleeper hit on the European continent as well this summer. It is in any case 5 times funnier than the mostly average and hugely overrated The Hangover and at least 10 times funnier than the outrageously bad and unfunny The Hangover Part 2 for me personally! I am already looking forward to probably Bridesmaids Part 2 and even Bridesmaids Part 3 during the next five years but only if they are both going to be as original, fun & funny as this movie.

Sharon

Don't listen to the negative reviews, this film is outrageously funny, and Wiig is brilliant, I love the way she speaks. Yes there are some disgusting scenes, ie the vomiting, which really didn't need to be there and are a bit cringe-worthy, but the rest of it is just soooo funny. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to buy it on DVD the very day it comes out! Go watch it and judge for yourself

Sharon

Don't listen to the negative reviews, this film is outrageously funny, and Wiig is brilliant, I love the way she speaks. Yes there are some disgusting scenes, ie the vomiting, which really didn't need to be there and are a bit cringe-worthy, but the rest of it is just soooo funny. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to buy it on DVD the very day it comes out! Go watch it and judge for yourself

Anton

Hahaha seems all the haters have come out. Probably solely in reaction to Time Out's gushing review which is completely accurate. This is easily the best mainstream American comedy since Clueless. And the person who said Bridesmaids is nothing compared the Hangover - what a joke. The Hangover is one of the worst films ever made. Not a single laugh to be had whereas Bridesmaids could not wipe the smile from my face.

BrightonFilmFanatic

Probably one of the worst films I have ever seen. Nothing to redeem it. A complete waste of time and money. Avoid it like the plague!

Robert Thornton

The good things about this film were Wiigs screen presence, she held the film together especially the scenes with Chris O'Dowd and John Hamm. Her one liners were the only funny parts. Sadly all the set pieces with the girls just fell flat on their faces. They became so tedious and silly.

Helen

Really disappointed. not up to the hype! and definitely not a patch on the hangover 1or 2

critique

Above average comedy which might appeal to both sexes. One or two genuinely funny moments. Loses its way towards the end when it becomes too earnest and schmaltzy.

Jo, London

Failed to impress me at all... I totally love a chick flick, romcom etc but this seemed like it was trying too hard to be somewhat SexandtheCityish and aired on the crude side. It was not what I expected, unfortunately. The only good thing was the lovely Irish Copper, THANK YOU for keeping me from walking out of the cinema :-) The acting was rather poor, and I left overall rather disappointed.

Martin

CHICK FLICK WARNING: ***************************** All guys, be warned, though this film has been given fairly good reviews, in general you should bear in mind it's worth of 4 "chick-flick" stars from Time Out, not 4 regular movie stars. Compared to other typical 4 stars movies, this rates badly. That said, the humour's good in places, and the acting's not too bad, but like eating a bag a sweets on your own, after a while you feel faintly sick watching this film.

scrumpyjack

Crudity in slight excess (plus a bit too long) mar it, but it is still a decent watch. Shame...some moments are excellent. Recommended all the same. 7/10

Gort

Pleasant movie to watch although at times it does seem to be bit idiotic but what's really great is that although it's protagonists are all women it's totally accessible to male audience. This movie would be pleasant joy to watch to all male group of people as it would to all female group of people.

john o sullivan

Its a measure of how poor most hollywood comedies are that this is being treated as a 5 star movie.And while the cast particuarly Wiig are tremendous,its formleacic in the extreme. And while their are moments of great dialogue and some great sight gags,theres nothing here very radical. But its fun while it lasts and look forward to seeing more of Wiig who looks like a great talent.

Phil Ince

A weird film. Half the cast are look-a-likes. The star looks like Julia Davis who's been asked to play a roll written by/for Catherine Tate; the token fat bird is Ricky Gervais' double and plays her part like David Brent. There's also a Lisa Kudrow, a Bette Midler and a Renee Zellwegger. The central character is a horribly selfish woman who doesn't show any sign of having changed at the end. There's a long gastric sequence in the middle of the film but I was surprised that none of the characters vomitted during the last 10 mawkish minutes. Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph (the Kudrow) are the only ones with decent parts who also act. the rest are stereotypical turns. It's an OK, broad comedy with a twat in the middle.

sticky

If I could've given this more than five stars then I would. It's absolutely hilarious and very touching in so many places. Plus what really puts this film on another planet is the emotional connection with the audience throughout the film. The acting is top-notch and Kristen Wiig (who I'd never heard of before) has got to be a shoe-in for two Oscar nominations next year for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay (along with her female co-writer, who's also in the film. She plays the nervous passenger on the plane who had a dream the plane would crash). Do yourself a favour and watch this at any cost.

sticky

If I could've given this more than five stars then I would. It's absolutely hilarious and very touching in so many places. Plus what really puts this film on another planet is the emotional connection with the audience throughout the film. The acting is top-notch and Kristen Wiig (who I'd never heard of before) has got to be a shoe-in for two Oscar nominations next year for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay (along with her female co-writer, who's also in the film. She plays the nervous passenger on the plane who had a dream the plane would crash). Do yourself a favour and watch this at any cost.

David

Dull and tired. Filmaking by numbers. They must have started out with a tick list of characters and scenarios then strung them together. So, fat woman for slapstick and excess jokes - tick. Drunk on a plane scene - tick. Group food poisoning in public - tick. It's like a series of hit and miss skits most of which are predictable and go on and on. God it's long! Two hours! It could easily have lost half an hour with less indulgent writing and editing. It sucks real bad.