Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review: Bridesmaids

Dir. Paul Fieg
Year: 2011
Aus Rating: MA15+
Running Time: 125mins

“The female Hangover!” is what people are calling Bridesmaids, a description that’s both apt and thankfully not all true. They’re similar in that Paul Feig’s “raunchy” comedy involves a group of women getting into “comical adventures”, but where it differs are that its finest moments are those that are handled with a poignancy and sweetness that leave the unlikeable man-children of The Hangover in the dust.

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Let it be known that I enjoyed the first Hangover a lot, but those characters were indeed vile. The sequel, however, was a shithouse and the characters less unlikeable than just pure boring. Oh well.

I was writing this review while drinking a glass of red wine and i really did occur to me that I fully anticipate being as pathetically depressed as Kristen Wiig's character is in Bridesmaids in no time at all. That moment where she looks at her pay slip and I pretty much went "yeah, that's me." Still, Annie can join a long line of amazingly awesome pathetic mildly alcoholic characters played by fantastic comediennes: Jules (Courteney Cox) in Cougar Town, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) in 30 Rock, Old Christine (Julia Louis Dreyfus) in The New Adventures of Old Christine... may this newfound comedic cliche be the gift that keeps on giving!


Anonymous said...

Can't agree with you here. Saw this on the weekend as the film was billed as a "female Hangover" with women being as dirty and disgusting as men. Well, I was disappointed how tame the film is when I wanted to see women behaving badly. This is pretty standard mainstream Hollywood mutton dressed up as lamb. It felt like a string of comedy sketches. I love Maya Rudolph but even she was bland. I liked the first Hangover and thought Hangover 2 was mildly amusing but Bridesmaids was just awful.

Anonymous said...

I went to see Bridesmaids based on a review in sundays paper which gave it 9 out of 10 and said it was a film not to be missed,and was equally funny for men as it is for women. I watched it up to the scene where they are all spilling their guts in the bathroom, and walked out, hadnt cracked a smile from me, or even the remoteset hint of laughter. I say if you miss a film this year miss bridesmaids, its rude vulgar and not even funny, I give it 1 out of 10.