Sunday, 4 March 2012

Bridesmaids (2011)

Rating: 7.2/10

"'This is some classy sh-... [burp]' - 'Megan!' - 'I want to apologize. I'm not even confident on which end that came out of.'"

Many people believed that woman can't be ridiculously funny and cringeworthy-ngly hilarious. This myth was refuted by this year's raunching comedy written and co-produced by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo and directed by Paul Feig but well-known Hollywood comedy director Judd Apatow gave his helping producing hand in this year's laughing-out-loud comedy.

Hence, 'Bridesmaids' was made.

Although it's not your typical chick flick type of comedy the quite common story goes like this:"Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love." (

To be very objective, I will lay my cards wide open and simply say this film was not at all what I was expecting. This is not your typical rom-com type of film; then again not many films produce or directed by Judd Apatow are your typical american-comedies. They have a character and a sense of humour  of their own. This film for me was kind of embarrassingly funny, and what do I mean about that? I mean that this film was very realistic, almost none of the scenes felt like a make-belief, they had all those awkwardly funny moments that happen to almost everyone at one point in their life (whether you'd like to admit it or not) and at the end, albeit having a happy ending - as this is a comedy after all-, it did feel like a film with a lot of heart and brains.

Yes it was written from women, but this is not a film for women. It is a film about women, but not only for women. What Wiig and Mumolo managed to accomplish is a film that's real, with real life cringe-worthy moments, that when they happen you want to crawl up under your duvet covers and die and where life's expectations sometimes get the best of you.

In all honesty I can't promise that everyone out there will laugh at the awkward jokes and moments in the film, but I will guarantee you that you will sit down to watch a film that  did not have the guts to get made before. The vulgarity and the lewdness usually seem to be a male attribute, especially in films (i.e. look at 'The Hangover' which is a recent example of a male-drive comedy packed with vulgar jokes and profanities), and this film came to shatter all the urban legends and myths of having always the men being profane and rude on screen. 'Bridesmaids' was made I believe to show to people out there that 'yes, women can be also vulgar and rude and tough and as raunching as men can'.

The public opinion is torned whether one should hate or simply admire the brilliance of this film. I think that one should simply enjoy women being ordinary women. No more, no less.

Slapstick comedy = check
Rude jokes = check
Vulgar hilarious scenes = check
Embarrassingly funny real-life moments = check
Great expectations that go awry = check
Feeling all screwed up and lonely inside but no one seems to understand you = check
Disgusting toilet scenes = check
Casual promiscuous sex = check
Kissing at the ending = check (sorry for those who have not watched it yet - well, it's not a big shocker this one, it is a comedy after all)

So as you see, there's quite a few elements for a good entertainment here. This film will not stay in your selves for decades to come, but it will serve its purpose for a night in with your girls (and boys if any around).

Enjoy the film and let's hope that comedy will find its way back again!

Bridesmaid (2011)

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