Dir: Paul Feig, Comedy/Romance, Rated MA, 125mins, Year 2011.
Available Now, outdoor screenings from 3 Jan (TBC)
Possibly the first ever rude, crude, gross out, potty humoured, ‘Chick Flick’ to grace our screens ever! If there has been any others please let me know. Bridesmaids combines the comedy talents of Judd Apatow (Anchorman, The 40 year-old Virgin & Superbad) with TV collaborator Paul Feig (Freaks & Geeks) and Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) to finally bring you a ‘chick flick’ comedy that even guys should enjoy.
As much as it gets compared to ‘The Hangover’, ‘Bridesmaids’ is a very different film, rather than focusing on an event like a forgotten bucks night, Bridesmaids focuses on the disintegrating world of Annie whose life just seems to get constantly worse. And as everything seems to go bad for her, things are only getting better for long-term friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) who’s getting married and has just asked Annie to be her maid-of-honour a position that turns out to be highly sought after by Lillian’s new, perfect and extremely rich friend Helen (Rose Byrne). Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd) also features as Traffic Cop Nathan Rhodes, who pull’s over Annie to give her a ticket for dangerous driving after a run-in with Helen. Although it works on a lot of levels the whole story seems a bit fractured and skittish a bit like Annie, intentional or not it occasionally looses steam with some scenes becoming tedious, overlong and unfunny, especially the flight to Vegas which just seems to go on and on. The ultimate low point being the bizarre Wilson Phillips musical number at the end taking the film down a level or two and into Adam Sandler territory.
Bridesmaids is at it’s best when Annie and Helen are constantly at each other trying to win over Lillian’s friendship and the highly prized maid-of-honor position with a thankyou speech and a painful tennis match being the highlights. Also, Annie’s budding love interest with the cop (Chris O’Dowd) has some great moments. It’s just unfortunate the rest of the wedding party had to come along for the ride.
Review by Andy Marshall – Road Movie Mobile Cinema
Not a film critic but a critical projectionist
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