Score – 4 ½ Stars
Directed By: Paul Feig
Starring: Kirsten Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne
I hurt. I am beyond sore I can’t even describe to you the pain I am going through. It’s the morning after and the thought of getting out of bed makes me want to cry. At this point I wish I could tell you that I took a leaf out of Annie’s book and availed myself of the um… pleasure (and I use the word tenuously) she receives in the first scene, but alas I cannot. My pain stems from two hours of laughter. My diaphragm worked so hard that this film has got to be the latest fad in the world of exercise routines.
Lillian, Annie’s best friend since childhood, becomes engaged at a time when everything is falling apart for Annie. Lillian is naturally asked to be the maid of honour. But she hasn’t met the rest of the Bridesmaids yet. Douglas (the fiancé – who says not one word in the film, and has the most amazingly dorky cheeks) comes from wealth. Enter the extravagant engagement party and four other bridesmaids who don’t really have any money trouble. This movie isn’t just about the bachelorette, it’s about the build up to a wedding and what do the women involved really go through.
The cast isn’t the most well known unless you watch Saturday Night Live were both Kirsten Wiig (who also co-wrote the script) and Maya Rudolph hail from. This is evident in the chemistry they possess together on scene. You know they know each other and that works for the characters. Rose Byrne on the other hand is really making it big (see her playing the boring human in X-Men First Class). She sizzles as the hot, desperately lonely, but still hot, other women. Yes boys, we have other women in our lives and the original ones hate them.
I really don’t want to give too much away because this film is brilliant. The comic timing of these women is exceptional. The film is pacy and engaging and it is NOT just for women. Just as we females all trouped to see the Hangover so should the men make their way to Bridesmaids. Take your girlfriend if it will make you feel less gay, alternatively wait till you can hire it on DVD and then no one will know (*evil laugh*)!
Reviewed by: Rachel Jacobs