Bridesmaids is a fun comedy that proves women can be funny and crude, while keeping their dignity (sort of...). These women pull out all the stops to make us laugh and it works.
The film features a wide range of character who each bring their own charm to this hilarious film that will have you laughing out loud from beginning to end.
Annie's (Kristen Wiig) life is a mess. The bakery she opened recently went under, her boyfriend broke up with her, and she is flat broke. To make matters worse, her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) seems to have it all together and is getting married - moving on without Annie.
When Lillian asks Annie to be her maid of honor, she happily complies. That is, until she realizes just how much time and money go in to the role -- planning the shower, bachelorette party, engagement party, wedding dresses, etc. She's also competing for the spot with Lillian's new rich, beautiful friend, Helen (Rose Byrne), who will stop at nothing to win the coveted spot. There's even a hilarious scene with Wiig and Byrne during the engagement toast, shamelessly trying to upstage one another. The contrast between slowly depleting Annie and extremely put together Helen is perfect.
Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, best friends in real life, bring all their off screen chemistry onto the big screen and the two work beautifully together, bouncing off one another and endlessly bantering together to create truly hilarious sequences.
Wiig proves she can definitely handle herself on the big screen and carries this fast-paced movie right to the end. She is charming as down-on-her-luck Annie who has hit rock bottom and approaches the character with a great wit and charm. Annie's life is crumbling around her and Wiig plays the part to a tee -- even plastering a fake smile on her face to hide her depressing circumstances.
It has a storyline! Much of the time, crude comedies looking for laughs (mostly featuring male leads) have absolutely no storyline, just a series of random events strategically place to enhance the hilarity of the film. Not much in the way of character development or any kind of substance. Bridesmaids is a crude comedy with heart. It's not just all fun and games for these ladies, we experience some of their real-life troubles - of course presented with great comedic timing, but there's substance nonetheless.
On the surface, it may seem to be just another chick flick, which there are some instances, including Annie meeting and falling for a cop -- and the problems that come from a new budding romance. But when it comes down to it, it's a weekend with the girls and the inherent connections - sometimes catty - that happen when a group of women get together to plan an event. Bits of the film is chillingly realistic and hits every aspect of what it's like to be with a group of women when not all of them get along.
Another memorable scenes is the fun number at the end. I won't give it away, but it involves a special appearance by a 90s group -- the nostalgia will simply make you smile.
The one subplot that didn't particularly sit well was the storyline between Annie and Jon Hamm's character, NAME. Although Annie didn't have her life together, she was, for the most part, smarter than what was presented in this storyline. NAME is a womanizing a**hole who simply uses Wiig and is outright rude to her. Women do fall into this trap more often than not, but it was disappointing that she continued to go back. It would have been nice to see her nip that problem in the bud earlier.
Overall, this was a project of love for Wiig from the very beginning of writing it a couple years ago to finally getting it made -- that is evident throughout and it is masterfully presented.