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Film Review: Bridesmaids (2011)

Bridesmaids (2011)

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Starring: Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne

Running time: 125 min

Rating: 4.5/5

Annie (Wiig) has a pretty messed up life. She is dating a man who is only interested in her physically, while holding down a thankless job at a small jewelry store to pay the bills since the failure of her once-acclaimed bakery, CakeBaby. Her relationship with her mother is tired at best, and she has to put up with her roommate’s sister leeching off her generosity by not paying her share of the rent. The only light in her life seems to be her childhood best friend Lillian, who unexpectedly announces her engagement to her boyfriend Dougie, and asks Annie to be her maid of honor.

 

Annie accepts, despite the fact that she knows nothing about The Duties of the Maid of Honor. Her journey begins Lillian and Dougie’s engagement party, where she drives up in a beat-up two-door sedan to the door of a swanky country club. When she enters, she meets various guests, including Rita (McLendon-Covey), Lillian’s cynical cousin and fed-up mom of three boys; Megan (McCarthy), Dougie’s butch straight-shooting sister; Becca (Kemper), a newlywed who is innocently in love with love; and Helen (Byrne), a beautiful and sophisticated socialite and the wife of Dougie’s boss.

During the congratulatory speeches, Annie learns that Helen has bonded with Lillian and considers her a “best friend and soul mate.” Annie begins to feel jealous of Helen and there is palpable friction between the two women, thus beginning a rivalry which continues till the end of the movie.

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Irritated by Helen, Annie is pulled for reckless driving on the way home by a cop named Nathan Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd). He plans to give Annie a ticket, but changes his mind when he learns that Annie was the owner of CakeBaby. He encourages her to get back into the baking business and wishes her well.

On the day of Lillian’s fitting, Annie suggests a Brazilian hole-in-the-wall place for lunch. While Lillian is in the restroom, Annie suggests that the bridal shower have a Parisian theme, which Helen promptly dismisses. They all order heavy food, except for Helen, who believes it’s not good to eat too much before a dress fitting. At the dress shop, Helen suggests choosing what Annie feels is an overpriced dress for the bridesmaids, while Annie finds another less expensive one.

While the women debate which dress to choose, Lillian emerges from the dressing room wearing a beautiful and costly white creation. The entire time, however, the bridesmaids begin to feel feverish, and run to the bathroom, having suffered food poisoning. Lillian herself, feeling symptoms as well, runs into the street, still wearing the dress and halfway across, announces, “It’s happening…it’s happened.” (One of the funniest scenes!)

When it comes time for the bachelorette party, Helen overrides Annie yet again by booking tickets to Las Vegas. All the women have seats in first class, except for Annie who cannot afford it. She is also afraid of flying and has a drink and some pills at Helen’s suggestion.

She begins to behave in a crazy, hilarious manner, talking back to the flight crew, and the plane makes a landing in Wyoming to kick the bridesmaids off. On the bus back home, Lillian relieves Annie of her maid of honor duties, transferring them to Helen instead.

Once back home, Annie meets up with Officer Rhodes and spends the night with him. The next morning he suggests they bake something together and has supplies ready. Annie panics and leaves immediately.

Meanwhile, she loses her job after insulting a customer. Back at her apartment, Annie’s roommate and his sister decide to kick Annie out, leaving her no choice but to move back in with her mother.

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At the bridal shower, Helen has stolen Annie’s Parisian theme and Lillian, unaware, loves it. When Helen upstages Annie’s simple gift by offering two tickets to Paris to Lillian for a dress fitting, Annie completely loses it and goes on a rampage, ruining the party.

Lillian, disgusted, informs her not to even come for the wedding. When Annie’s car breaks down on the way home, Officer Rhodes arrives, only to tell her that she deeply hurt him and to never call him.

Annie, wallowing in despair, is soon visited by Megan, who literally knocks sense back into her. Annie decides to bake a cake to apologize to Officer Rhodes, but he leaves it on the doorstep.

On the day of the wedding, Helen arrives at Annie’s home, crying that she can’t find Lillian. Annie asks for Officer Rhodes’ help, and he traces her back to her own apartment. Annie and Lillian talk about the changes that will take place once the latter is married, and each assures the other that it will be alright and they will always have each other.

The wedding goes off without a hitch and Helen apologizes to Annie, expressing her hope that they can be friends in the future. Officer Rhodes arrives to pick up Annie; he admits he ate the cake after fighting some raccoons. They make up and drive off in his squad car.

This is BY FAR the best comedy I have seen in quite some time. It works as a fantastic Girls Night Out movie, although the guys will definitely enjoy it too. Combining crude toilet humor with touching dramatic scenes and laugh-out-loud shenanigans, Bridesmaids scores with totally relatable characters and a winning script.

 

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