Friday, 21 September 2012

Bridesmaids (2011)

When Lillian (Maya Rudolph) announces she is getting married best friend Annie (Kristen Wiig) is happy, and sad at the same time, while Lillian not only has a proper relationship, all she can get are one-night stands. The thought of being maid of honour soon cheers her mood that is until she meets Helen (Rose Bryne), who’s presence not only had she not heard about, but is traumatised when Rose implies that she is Lillian’s best friend.

A movie with the title Bridesmaids creates an interesting vision; you immediately think rom-com chick flick, well I like many others I know did. Bridesmaids is far from falling into this category, if anything it’s more the male version of a chic-flick, yes it focuses on an almost entire female cast, but it’s humour is more likely shock than amuse.

The content of the movie is pretty shocking to some, a foul mouthed bitch war in a shop involving sales assistant Annie and a young girl, an en masse bowel explosion in wedding and bridesmaids dresses, and a junkie ex prostitute mother played beautifully by the late Jill Clayburgh.

Despite it’s dark matter, Bridesmaids is one of the best comedy movies to come out of Hollywood this year, you can barely pass through two or three minutes in the movie without finding something to smile about, although quite often you are smiling in disgust, as much as the humour. Anyone who is familiar with HBO’s popular Curb Your Enthusiasm will be only too aware of what the humour in the movie is like.

Produced by Judd Apatow, and directed by Paul Feig, the movie does still manage to reel in the female audience; a song routine is straight out of the most popular rom-coms. While many women will undoubtedly feel for Annie’s plight, as all she can do is look around at the terrible mess both financially and romantically her life is. And yes romance does indeed sneak in, in the form of Irish actor Chris O’Dowd as straight-laced police officer Nathan Rhodes.

Bridesmaids is a totally cringe making movie, that pushes all the right buttons to both disgust and amuse it’s audience; yet it still manages to have a happy ending, and a royal flush in respect of morality issues, and not judging on first sight.

Bridesmaids is available on DVD and Blu-Ray now. 

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