Guest Author - Secola Edwards
Bridesmaids Movie Review
Directed By: Paul Feig
Running Time: 125 minutes
Theatrical Release: May 16, 2011
DVD Release: September 20, 2011
Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Lillian (Maya Rudolph) are life-long best friends. They spend a lot of time together, living only 5 minutes apart. Soon, however their lives steadily become separate as Lillian is in a serious, committed relationship and Annie was unceremoniously dumped by her egotistical boyfriend, lost her business and is barely able to take care of herself.
Lillian becomes engaged and it's only natural that Annie would be her maid of honor. Normally, that would be a challenge most women could live up to, but it only exacerbates Annie's life's problems. Annie is burdened with financial crux, loneliness and a living situation with a wacky British brother and sister pair that is tenable at best. Mix in having to manage a motley crew of bridesmaids to her already fragile existence and performing the job of maid of honor becomes almost insurmountable.
Annie very much wants the best for Lillian but she runs into constant interference from Lillian's insecure but beautiful and wealthy friend and bridesmaid Helen (Rose Byrne). The day they meet, an instant rivalry forms between Helen and Annie. Seriously, how many ways are there to toast someone at her engagement party? Lillian's remaining selection of bridesmaids makes you wonder with the introduction of each girl ‘how in the world did she get the invite?’ Melissa McCarthy was the scene-stealer of the film. Her role as bridesmaid Megan, thanks to her conspicuous wardrobe and facial expressions, reminds me of Ricky Gervais. McCarthy’s performance was so dead on, that it earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is somewhat of a lush, a wife and mother of three boys "there's sperm everywhere." Becca (Ellie Kemper) is the cheesy, overly cheery newlywed.
From a conspicuous bridesmaids dinner and the disastrous wedding gown shopping excursion to the plane ride to Vegas, which give 'flying high' a brand new meaning, Bridesmaids doesn't disappoint in slapstick, shocking humor.
I highly recommend Bridesmaids. The script (which was written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo) delivers some laugh out loud lines. I don’t recommend this film for the humor, though; it wasn’t even the funniest movie of 2011, Horrible Bosses earns that distinction. I recommend Bridesmaids because the storyline is perfectly relatable. We all know an Annie. We may be Annie. I found myself holding back tears, not tears of laughter but tears of understanding. We've all been in that place where negative forces align at the same time: finances are ruined, the love life is empty, weight gain crept up just in time for the class reunion, whatever your situation is or may have been. Life becomes almost too much to bear, but the clock keeps ticking and the calendar turns; it's how we handle those challenges that decide where life takes us and, as Annie finds out, an open mind and a positive attitude will give you the courage to begin to move in the right direction.
Kap kun ka.
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