It's not that I had forgotten I had seen this movie which is why I am just now getting around to the review. It's just that I was a little preoccupied. Then I overheard one of my coworkers telling my boss how she didn't like "Bridesmaids" because it's crude humor was not what she anticipated. Well that was my right down my alley. And she could not have been further off on her assessment.
The story is that Annie (Kristin Wiig) finds out that her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married and Annie is to be the maid of honor. Unfortunately, she doesn't have the type of resources it takes to give her best friend the type of pre-wedding treatment that she really wants to. That gets further exacerbated by the fact that Annie is jealous of Lillian's new friendship with the affluent Whitney (Jessica St. Clair). So what we end up with is Annie unknowingly (and sometimes knowingly) leading these bridesmaids through a series of events that result in neverending comedy.
The trailers for this one hooked me the moment I saw the first one. I didn't even care that it appeared as though they were trying to unashamedly make a female version of "The Hangover". In fact, that probably helped its case. But then it turned out that "The Hangover: Part II" was released around the same time as "Bridesmaids" which overshadowed it a bit. Little did I know that this one would be so much more superior.
I had been saying for the longest time that Wiig needed her own starring role in a feature film. She has been stealing scenes in cameos in several movies now. Not to mention that she has been the best thing on "Saturday Night Live" for years. It's good that those Hollywood types finally came to their senses and made it happen. But better yet, it's good to see that she was able to do it with a great script so that her talents weren't squandered. Maybe that's what took so long? Perhaps she was just waiting on the right role to come around? If that's the case then her patience definitely paid off.
Every great comedy has that one breakout star who was pretty much unknown until that particular movie came along. In this case it was Melissa McCarthy as Megan. She was absolutely hilarious with every moment she was on the screen. She could have easily been to "Bridesmaids" what Zach Galifanakis was for "The Hangover". Wiig wasn't having that though as she was consistentlyon the money throughout the entire film. I'll be doggone if Melissa wasn't doing her darnedest to steal Wiig's thunder though.
The one role I wasn't particularly feeling was Officer Nathan Rhodes (Chris O'Dowd) as Annie's romantic interest. I still don't see why the even felt the need to give her a romantic interest. Maybe so that it would have a greater appeal for women? But they didn't have much chemistry at all. I almost got the feeling that O'Dowd was a little intimidated by Wiig's clearly more superior comedic ability. There was that and also that his Irish accent seem to come and go. I'm fairly certain it wasn't meant to be intentional. And with a name like O'Dowd it's a good chance that he really is Irish which would make the whole awkward accent even more weird.
I don't fully understnad how Maya Rudolph has been able to score the starring roles she's been getting lately. She's been in more big releases since she's pregnant than when she wasn't. However, so far she still has had her best days when she was an "SNL" regular. Although she put forth a decent effort here I just got the feeling that someone else could have done more with that part.
As for the allegation that there was too much toilet humor in "Bridesmaids" there really wasn't that much at all. What bit they did use was actually done in such a manner that they put slightly different twists on that type of humor we're used to seeing. Plus, even if they did use the reliable stuff...lets' face it...toilet humor really is still funny. Yes, I realize I am this old and STILL find it amusing.
I was fresh off a viewing of that "Hangover" sequel when I got a text from E giving his rating on "Bridesmaids". It was glowing enough that I knew it would be the perfect vehicle to get the bad taste of the "Part II" disappointment out my mouth. Even though it dragged a bit more than it should have near the end "Bridesmaids" was still one of the better comedies I have seen in quite a while. Now hopefully they won't make the same "Hangover" mistake and put out an ill-advised sequel.
My rating: A -