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SNL wacky woman, Kristen Wiig has co-written a surprisingly textured humorous tale of woe.
With a tone similar to the 40 Year-Old Virgin, Bridesmaids mixes a crazy cast of characters, laughter and heart to create a pleasing pre-summer bouquet of comedy.
Life began crumbling for pastry chef, Annie when her bakery stopped making her dough ($$). Soon after closing the shop, her boyfriend leaves her, she's forced to moved in with her mother, and finds herself in a degrading - no friends, just benefits relationship with a self-inflated prick (Jon Hamm).
Now on top of everything, she's got to muster up money, energy and enthusiasm for her best friend from childhood, Lillian (Mya Rudolph) who's just gotten engaged and wants Annie to be her Maid of Honor.
Being someone's maid of honor is really a dubious distinction, as much as you want to be a part of your friend's happy day, planning and organizing is a bitch. It's made worse for Annie in having to compete with one of Lillian's bridesmaids, Helen (Rose Byrne) a maid of honor wannabe, who's a mixture of Martha Stewart and The Housewives of Beverly Hills on crack.
The other bridesmaids seem to come from all walks of Lillian's life. A saccharine sweet, virginal newlywed (Ellie Kemper), a brassy mother of three (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and the groom's rough and ready sister, (Melissa McCarthy) a scene stealer - I always thought she was a good supporting character in the TV show the Gilmore Girls, haven't watched her new show, Mike and Molly; but surprisingly, in this movie, McCarthy is comedically fearless!
Rounding out the cast is an adorable local police officer (Chris O'Dowd) as Annie's under-appreciated love interest.
Bridesmaid's not going to be a run away hit, but the movie has good momentum. Wiig's ability to be a lovable loser and trademark under-her-breath commentary, combined with the chemistry she and Rudolph share as real-life friends, adds to the watchability.
And what's a comedy without some over the top bathroom humor? - a fully decked out bride squatting and shitting in the street is quite a visual.
Bridesmaids opens this Friday, May 13th (Directed by: Paul Feig)