Bridesmaids (2011)

Day 3 of the DailyView starts off here at EYG with a movie that I have heard some major positives about. I have heard people claim that this is the best comedy of the last 20 years. It was one of the most intriguing films to add to the list when I started planning this out. It was 2011’s Bridesmaids.

Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph as lifelong best friends Annie and Lillian. When Lillian told Annie her big news, she was engaged to be married, everything appeared to be perfect. She asked Annie to be her maid of honor and introduced her to the other bridesmaids. This is when chaos ensued.

Lillian’s recent friend, Helen (Rose Byrne), began to cause Annie to feel isolated from her friend and quite jealous over the wealth that Helen could provide, and Helen manipulated the circumstances to her benefit. This was not an uncommon storyline arc. It is something that we have seen in many comedies of the past.

Meanwhile, Annie, who was involved in a meaningless sexual relationship with Jon Hamm, gets pulled over by a police officer Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) for apparent drunk driving and a broken taillight. I thought the relationship between these tow characters that would develop was one of the best parts of the film.

Another standout was Melissa McCarthy, who played Lillian’s fiancé’s sister Megan. In the world of comedy, she played the strange friend who had things about her that we did not know or understand. While we have seen this kind of character before, McCarthy played the role with such gusto that you can see how she transitioned the role into a career in movies.

My major issue with the movie is not even a problem with the movie. It is my own issue. One of the movie’s most iconic scenes was the “food poisoning” scene at the dress shop, but it is something that I absolutely hate. I have never been a fan of puke scenes and it was one that I had to skip through on mute because it was going to bother me. I know people love that scene, but, for me, it tainted everything else about the movie and nearly caused me to turn it off.

I am glad that I did not shut it off though because I was won over again by the charm of the film and the connect-ability of the characters. Thankfully the food poisoning scene was early enough in the film for me to get past it.

Yes, most of what was here was your typical comedy tropes, but Kristen Wiig, in particular, is so likable that you want to root for her even when she is the one being the jerk. I really found myself rooting for Annie and Rhodes, even though the pairing of them was the secondary storyline.

While I absolutely would not place this on the level that I have seen some place it, I enjoyed most of Bridesmaids and I was pleased that I was able to watch it. I enjoyed the female-centric film and found it, mostly, funny.

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