24. Bridesmaids

Kristen Wiig stars in Bridesmaids as Annie, who navigates from one disaster to another in her hectic life.  Living in a dumpy apartment and driving a barely functioning Toyota, she is stuck in a platonic relationship with a total jerk (played by the wonderful John Hamm) and totally down on her luck after her bakery went out of business.

As if this were not all stressful enough, her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married, and their friendship is being hijacked by Helen (Rose Byrne), a wealthy bored housewife who constantly sets out to ‘one-up’ Annie.

With Annie selected as the Maid of Honor, she is in charge of the pre-wedding festivities which all inevitably blow up into hilarious oblivion.  The Bridesmaids crew consists of Megan who is the groom’s rude and crude sister (Melissa McCarthy), Rita, a frustrated and wild housewife (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and the giddy and innocent Becca (The Office’s Ellie Kemper).  The ensemble cast plays off each other wonderfully and provide constant laughs.

As Annie loses her job, gets kicked out of her apartment and totally derails her friendship with Lillian after a series of disastrous wedding events, she must also figure out how to manage a budding relationship with a charming cop (Chris O’Dowd) who seems to have all the answers she’s looking for.

With so many good scenes packed into this film, I’d feel terrible to spoil any of it for you good readers-though I can say this is easily the most enjoyable comedy I’ve seen in theaters since The Hangover.  I was sort of expecting this film to be “The Hangover with Girls” but I actually found it to be much more endearing and original.

Bridesmaids proves that Kristen Wiig has the talent to go as far as she wants, and might just eclipse the likes of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler if she sticks with the right projects down the line.  Melissa McCarthy also nearly manages to steal the entire film with her outlandish antics.

With a stellar ensemble cast, a Wilson Phillips cameo and constant hilarity, Bridesmaids has everything you could ask for in a raunchy comedy.

The survey says…4.5 stars out of 5

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One Comment on “24. Bridesmaids”

  1. PTD
    June 11, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    You rated this higher than Dazed and Confused? This pisses me off to no end.

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