Throughout the movie, I couldn’t help but think of other wedding comedies such as “Hall Pass”, “The Hangover”, “Meet the Fockers”, etc. There were so many laughs along the way to an amazing fairytale wedding that nearly destroyed a lifelong friendship yet created new ones.
Kristen Wig of Saturday Night Live stars as Annie, a single, romantically challenged, jewelry saleswoman whose best friend Lillian, played by Maya Rudolph (also of Saturday Night Live) is engaged to be married. All is simply well until Helen, (Rose Byrne) comes along to upstage Annie and Lillian’s friendship in every way imaginable. Annie is not having it and sets out to prove once and for all the authenticity of her friendship to Lillian. However, she lets her emotions get the best of her time and time again. Twenty minutes into the movie, I was counting down to see the cat fight that the movie convinced was well in the making. Even though no such thing took place, the bridal party had its share of entertaining moments. Each woman’s personality brought unique, interesting elements to the mix which showed how the Lillian’s warm personality befriended distinctly different personalities.
The bridal party also consists of Reno 911’s Wendi McLendon-Covey who plays Rita, the mother of three disrespectful boys and Megan played by Melissa McCarthy of the Gilmore Girls. Megan’s obnoxious character is sheer entertainment in itself. Megan is most comparable to Alan of the “Hangover” who also shows grossly embarrassing traits that only close friends can tolerate. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conclude that “Bridesmaids” has all of the ingredients for a masterful comical recipe.
Contrary to the “Hangover” movies, “Bridesmaids” is not just a funny movie about a wild group of friends. As the friendships develop, there are many touching moments and expressions of love. Even as Annie’s life seems to fall to pieces, she gains the friendship of Megan who convinces her unique ways to fight for her happiness.
Overall, Bridesmaids is an amazingly funny movie with an all-star cast that shows out on screen. Hopefully, the writers will find a way to make a sequel because I am dying to see how this group of women maintains their oddly developed and dysfunctional yet sincere friendship. Bridesmaids’ rating is 5 out of 5.