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Bridesmaids (2011)

  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 80,331 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 13 May 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 125 min | 131 min (unrated version)
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Bridesmaids (2011)


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  • IMDb page: Bridesmaids (2011)
  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 80,331 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 13 May 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 125 min | 131 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: Orange, California, USA
  • Budget: $32,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $287,797,912(Worldwide)(29 September 2011)
  • Director: Paul Feig
  • Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne
  • Original Music By: Michael Andrews   
  • Soundtrack: Boogaloo Annie
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Bridesmaid | Maid Of Honor | Best Friend | Cake | Jewelry Store

Writing Credits By:

  • Kristen Wiig (written by) &
  • Annie Mumolo (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Final film of American actress Jill Clayburgh.
  • The cast spent about two weeks improvising with each other, some of which was incorporated into the movie.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Megan) and Ben Falcone (Air Marshall Jon) are real life husband and wife.
  • Before he came to Hollywood, Jon Hamm, who plays Ted, was a high school drama teacher at the John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri; one of his acting students was Ellie Kemper, who plays Becca.
  • Melissa McCarthy told an interviewer for “GQ” Magazine that she based the look and characterization of Megan in part on Guy Fieri, the (male) host of the show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
  • Highest grossing R-rated female comedy of all time, edging out Sex and the City.
  • Several directors were considered for the film including Greg Mottola, Todd Phillips (I), David Gordon Green, David Wain and Jake Kasdan. However, all of them were unavailable. Anne Fletcher was the only female director considered, but they decided against hiring her.
  • Andy Buckley (Helen’s husband), Ellie Kemper (Becca), Nancy Carell (Helen’s Tennis Partner), Hugh Dane (Annie’s Mistaken Fella), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Rita), as well as Paul Feig (Director) have all appeared in The Office.
  • Ted’s house’s exterior is the same one used as Kelly Taylor’s in Beverly Hills, 90210.
  • Two of the actors who appeared in this film, previously appeared in two different versions of “The IT Crowd.” Chris O’Dowd played “Roy” in the original version, The IT Crowd, and Jessica St. Clair played “Jen” in the American remake, The IT Crowd. Chris O’Dowd, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph also later starred together in Friends with Kids.

Goofs: Continuity: When Officer Rhodes is talking to Annie and Helen on the side of the road in the shot looking into the car (from Rhodes' POV) his hand is on the frame of the car. But from Annie's perspective (looking at Rhodes) his hands are by his side. This happens numerous times throughout the scene.

Plot: Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef. Full summary »  »

Story: Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love.Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman in her mid 30s, living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After her bakery failed, she lost her boyfriend and all of her savings, and now works in a jewelers store selling engagement rings. Although her flaky mother (Jill Clayburgh) encourages her to return home, Annie rents a bedroom from British immigrant Gil (Matt Lucas) and his lazy overweight sister Brynn (Rebel Wilson). She has a sexual no-strings-attached relationship with the self-absorbed Ted (Jon Hamm) but hopes for something more. Only her friendship with Lillian Donovan (Maya Rudolph) keeps her sane.

Lillian becomes engaged to a wealthy banker living in Chicago and asks Annie to be her maid of honor. At the engagement party at Lillian’s house, Annie meets her fellow bridesmaids: Lillian’s cynical cousin Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), idealistic friend Becca (Ellie Kemper), raunchy future sister-in-law Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and Helen Harris, III (Rose Byrne), the beautiful but vain wife of Lillian’s fiance’s boss. Helen and Annie take an instant dislike to each other as they are both become immediately jealous of the other’s friendship with Lillian, but Lillian persuades them to spend time together. During a game of doubles tennis, Annie and Helen are both hyper competitive, deliberately hitting each other with their volleys multiple times.

A few days later, Annie takes Lillian and the bridesmaids to a Brazilian restaurant for lunch before going to a chic bridal gown studio. While Lillian is in the restroom, Annie suggests a Parisian themed bridal shower, but Helen thinks this is a bad idea. At the bridal gown studio, Helen again uses her influence to gain them access because Annie did not realize that reservations were needed. However, everyone except Helen (who did not eat the meat at the restaurant) becomes ill with food poisoning. While everyone else becomes ill, Helen orders for everyone the bridesmaids dress that she liked the best.

Worried about her finances, Annie suggests a bachelorette party at Lillian’s parents’ beach house. Helen overrules her and books a trip to Las Vegas. Due to her pride and ego, Annie refuses to allow Helen to buy a first class ticket for her and sits in coach. Because Annie is afraid to fly, Helen gives her sedatives and alcohol. This makes Annie inebriated and paranoid, and her outbursts cause the plane to land in Caspar, Wyoming, where she, Lillian and the bridesmaids are escorted off the plane and the bachelorette party plans are thus canceled. On the bus trip back to Milwaukee, Annie tries to apologize but Lillian announces that she wants Helen to take over planning the shower and wedding.

Annie continues to hope for a relationship with Ted, but begins flirting with Officer Nathan Rhoads (Chris O'Dowd), a friendly traffic cop who earlier had let her off without a ticket for broken taillights. Nathan encourages her to open a new bakery, but Annie refuses; her business’s failure was so painful that she has given up baking entirely. After spending the night together, Nathan buys baking supplies so Annie can make them a delicious breakfast. Offended, Annie leaves. At her apartment, Gil and Brynn tell her she has to move out. With nowhere else to go, she moves back in with her mother.

Annie travels back to Chicago for the bridal shower at Helen’s house. Helen has created an elaborate version of Annie’s Parisian theme, then upstages Annie’s heartfelt, handmade shower gift by giving Lillian a trip to Paris to be fitted for her wedding gown by one of the world’s top designers. Enraged that Helen has taken credit for the Parisian theme, Annie throws a temper tantrum and is kicked out of the shower. Lillian tells her not to come to the wedding either. On the way home, Annie’s car breaks down. Nathan answers the emergency call and tells Annie how much she hurt him and not to contact him again. Ted comes to pick Annie up but, when he expects her to perform oral sex on him on the way home, she breaks off the relationship and walks home.

Over the next several days, Annie becomes reclusive, refusing to leave her mother’s house and watching television obsessively. Megan finds her and tells her to stop feeling sorry for herself. Annie realizes her errors and tries to make amends with Nathan by baking him a cake. But he appears to leave it on his doorstep for raccoons to eat.

On the day of the wedding, which Annie doesn’t intend to attend, Helen appears on the doorstep, begging for help in finding Lillian who has gone missing. Helen tearfully explains how lonely she feels and apologizes for all she has done to hurt Annie out of jealousy. They pull up alongside Nathan in his police car and after some persuasion, he begrudgingly helps Annie and Helen find Lillian at her own apartment. Lillian had gone there distressed by the micromanaging Helen had done in planning everything and her fear that Annie will have no one to be with. Annie tells her everything will be fine and helps her get ready for the wedding.

Annie resumes her place as maid of honor at the wedding, which Helen has arranged to include neon signs, fireworks and an appearance by Wilson Phillips. After the wedding, Helen again apologizes to Annie and hopes they can be friends in the future. Realizing that Annie and Nathan were falling in love, Helen arranged for him to pick Annie up after the wedding. He takes her home in his squad car, lights flashing and siren wailing.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Judd Apatow known as producer
  • Paul Feig known as executive producer
  • Barry Mendel known as producer
  • Annie Mumolo known as co-producer
  • Clayton Townsend known as producer
  • Kristen Wiig known as co-producer
  • Lisa Yadavaia known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Kristen Wiig known as Annie Walker
  • Terry Crews known as Rodney the Boot Camp Instructor
  • Maya Rudolph known as Lillian
  • Tom Yi known as Jewelry Store Couple
  • Elaine Kao known as Jewelry Store Couple
  • Michael Hitchcock known as Don Cholodecki
  • Kali Hawk known as Kahlua
  • Joe Nunez known as Oscar the Security Guard (as Joseph A. Nunez)
  • Rebel Wilson known as Brynn
  • Matt Lucas known as Gil
  • Jill Clayburgh known as Judy, Annie's Mom
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey known as Rita
  • Ellie Kemper known as Becca
  • Greg Tuculescu known as Kevin
  • Steve Bannos known as Annie's Mistaken Husband
  • Melissa McCarthy known as Megan
  • Hugh Dane known as Annie's Mistaken Fella
  • Rose Byrne known as Helen Harris
  • Franklyn Ajaye known as Lillian's Dad
  • Tim Heidecker known as Dougie
  • Lynne Marie Stewart known as Lillian's Mom
  • Andy Buckley known as Helen's Husband
  • Chris O'Dowd known as Officer Nathan Rhodes
  • Molly Buffington known as Helen's Stepdaughter
  • Matt Bennett known as Helen's Stepson
  • Nancy Carell known as Helen's Tennis Partner
  • Melanie Hutsell known as Annie's Tennis Partner
  • Eloy Casados known as Churra Chi Waiter
  • Jessica St. Clair known as Whitney
  • Dana Powell known as Flight Attendant Claire
  • Mitch Silpa known as Flight Attendant Steve
  • Annie Mumolo known as Nervous Woman on Plane
  • Ben Falcone known as Air Marshall Jon
  • Angelica Acedo known as Flight Attendant in Coach
  • Mia Rose Frampton known as 13-Year-Old Girl in Jewelry Store
  • Joel Madison known as 13-Year-Old Girl's Father
  • R.F. Daley known as Butler
  • Jordan Black known as Horseman
  • David Hoffman known as Doorman at Shower
  • Jillian Bell known as Girl at Shower
  • Ariane Price known as Girl at Shower
  • Frederik Hamel known as Shower Waiter
  • Richard Riehle known as Bill Cozbi
  • Jimmy Brogan known as Minister
  • Carnie Wilson known as Herself
  • Chynna Phillips known as Herself
  • Wendy Wilson known as Herself
  • Christine Ames known as Party Attendee (uncredited)
  • Paolo Carascon known as Plane Passenger (uncredited)
  • David Cohen known as Plane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Brennan Crewe known as Cafe Patron (uncredited)
  • Niko El Santo Zavero known as Plane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Michelle Faraone known as Bootcamp Victim (uncredited)
  • Zachary Christopher Fay known as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Paul Feig known as Guy at wedding (uncredited)
  • Kent A. Gallegos known as Wedding guest (uncredited)
  • Blake Garrett known as Tyler (uncredited)
  • Jon Hamm known as Ted (uncredited)
  • Joyce Lakin known as Lillian's Aunt (uncredited)
  • Brian Petsos known as Pete (uncredited)
  • Tony Sagastizado I known as Brazilian Waiter (uncredited)
  • Frank Scozzari known as Parisian Server (uncredited)
  • Alexandra A. Sushkova known as Party Attendee (uncredited)
  • Joanna Theobalds known as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Greg Worswick known as Valet (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • David Danon known as key hair stylist
  • Janine Rath known as hair department head (as Janine Rath-Thompson)
  • Kate Shorter known as key makeup artist
  • Heba Thorisdottir known as makeup department head
  • Melanie Tooker known as makeup artist
  • Jose Zamora known as hair stylist (as Jose L. Zamora)
  • Allan A. Apone known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Veronica Lorenz known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Sherri Simmons known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Sherilyn Stetz known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Teresa Vest known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • K. Troy Zestos known as additional hairstylist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Dale E. Anderson known as gang boss
  • Steve Arnold known as set designer
  • Jonathan Badillo known as location gang boss
  • C. Scott Baker known as set designer
  • Jason Bedig known as leadman
  • Claudia Bonfe known as buyer
  • Nicholas Butcher known as propmaker
  • Javier Carrillo Jr. known as location labor foreman
  • Alex Carrillo known as propmaker gang boss
  • Javier Carrillo known as general foreman
  • Jaime Castellanos known as greensman foreman (as Jaime O. Castllanos)
  • Brad Curry known as drapery foreman
  • Dave DeGaetano known as construction coordinator
  • Darrin Denlinger known as storyboard artist
  • Victor Espinoza known as propmaker gang boss
  • David Falconer known as plaster foreman (as David L. Falconer)
  • Zachary Fannin known as graphic designer
  • Scott Field known as propmaker
  • Marc Figueroa known as greens foreman
  • J. Michael Glynn known as assistant property master (as Michael Glynn)
  • Larry Haney known as set dresser
  • Kevin J. Hill known as propmaker
  • Kirk Hill known as location gang boss
  • Richard Holling known as plasterer gang boss
  • Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt known as stand-by painter (as Bill Kauhane Hoyt)
  • Ari Jacobs known as art department coordinator (as Ari Jacobs Libarkin)
  • Scot Leczel known as propmaker gang boss
  • Sean Mannion known as property master
  • Kimberly Merlin known as assistant set decorator
  • Jim Meyer known as propmaker (as James Meyer)
  • Cesar Orozco known as propmaker
  • Roger Prater known as key greensman
  • Seth Rigamat known as propmaker gang boss
  • Steven Rigamat known as location foreman (as Steven W. Rigamat)
  • Darryl Robertshaw known as propmaker gang boss
  • Nikki Rudloff known as set decorating liaison
  • Brooke Sartorius known as set dresser
  • Craig T. Shordon known as decorator gang boss
  • Scott Shordon known as decorator gang boss (as Scott P. Shordon)
  • Ron Sica known as set dresser (as Ronald Sica)
  • John Snow known as head paint foreman (as John W. Snow)
  • Meg Hyatt Snow known as paint foreman (as Meg Snow)
  • Sarah Snyder known as property assistant
  • Jen Stirling known as art department assistant
  • Bedii Tatar known as propmaker gang boss (as Baehi A. Tatar)
  • Bryan Turk known as propmaker gang boss
  • Jeffry C. Voorhees known as property assistant
  • Renee Lee Alito known as construction buyer (uncredited)
  • Ellen Lampl known as additional graphic designer (uncredited)
  • John Hammer Maxwell known as on-set dresser (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Apatow Productions

Other Companies:

  • Birds & Animals Unlimited  animals (as Birds and Animals Unlimited)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • EMS Payroll  extras payroll
  • For Stars Catering  catering
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Klass Security and Investigations  anti-piracy security
  • Los Angeles Rag House  grip and lighting equipment
  • Nau  main title design (as Nau/Level 256)
  • Red Rhino Trailers  hair and make-up trailers
  • Relativity Music Group  soundtrack
  • Rich King Casting  extras casting
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Scenechronize  production management software
  • Technicolor  post-production
  • Todd-AO Studios  post-production sound services


  • Universal Pictures Canada (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Ro Image 2000 (2011) (Romania) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Slovenia) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Iceland) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Finnkino (2011) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2011) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Solar Entertainment (2011) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Tokyo Theaters Company (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2001) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2011) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2012) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2012) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2012) (USA) (TV)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (DVD) (blu-ray)
  • USA Network (2013) (USA) (TV) (cable)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal Pictures (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Waylen Group (2011) (Taiwan) (video)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Bebee (night lights)
  • Nu-Salt Laser Lights Show (laser effects)
  • Level 256 (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Joshua Bolin known as compositor: Level 256
  • Chris Chappell known as lead compositor: Level 256
  • Scott M. Davids known as visual effects supervisor: Level 256
  • David Edwards known as matte painter: Level 256
  • Anthony Hays known as visual effects coordinator: Level 256
  • Seth Kleinberg known as visual effects producer: Level 256
  • Mark Larranaga known as compositor: Level 256
  • Adam Lima known as compositor: Level 256
  • Anthony Mabin known as compositor: Level 256
  • David Wilson known as digital effects artist
  • David Wilson known as rotoscope artist: Level 256
  • Kevin Del Colle known as digital film scanner (uncredited)
  • Sean Rowe known as digital film scanner (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 28 April 2011 (Westwood, California) (premiere)
  • Canada 13 May 2011
  • Romania 13 May 2011
  • Slovenia 13 May 2011
  • USA 13 May 2011
  • Iceland 8 June 2011
  • Australia 9 June 2011 (limited)
  • Hungary 9 June 2011
  • Australia 16 June 2011
  • France 16 June 2011 (Cabourg Film Festival)
  • Kazakhstan 23 June 2011
  • Russia 23 June 2011
  • Ireland 24 June 2011
  • UK 24 June 2011
  • France 5 July 2011 (Paris Cinéma)
  • Greece 7 July 2011
  • Israel 7 July 2011
  • Malaysia 7 July 2011
  • Netherlands 7 July 2011
  • Norway 7 July 2011
  • Portugal 7 July 2011
  • Estonia 8 July 2011
  • Philippines 20 July 2011
  • Denmark 21 July 2011
  • Germany 21 July 2011
  • Singapore 21 July 2011
  • Finland 22 July 2011
  • Lithuania 22 July 2011
  • Sweden 22 July 2011
  • Poland 29 July 2011
  • Belgium 3 August 2011
  • France 10 August 2011
  • Spain 12 August 2011
  • Italy 19 August 2011
  • South Korea 25 August 2011
  • Thailand 25 August 2011
  • Turkey 2 September 2011
  • Mexico 9 September 2011
  • Panama 9 September 2011
  • Hong Kong 15 September 2011
  • Argentina 22 September 2011
  • Brazil 23 September 2011
  • Uruguay 23 September 2011
  • Chile 3 November 2011
  • Japan 28 March 2012 (Okinawa International Movie Festival)
  • Japan 28 April 2012

MPAA: Rated R for some strong sexuality, and language throughout



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  1. chicka91 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    OK. After seeing the previews of this movie, it was added to the listof movies I did NOT have any intentions of seeing. However, I heard somany great things about it, I decided to give it a try. Let's just say,my gut feeling was correct. I have NO idea what so many people found soamazing about this movie.

    It's not that funny. Yeah, there were a couple of scenes that I foundhumorous, and chuckled. However, most of the "funny" scenes were eitherinvolving sex, about sex, about poop/vomit/farting/burping, or a lameattempt at slapstick humor. Lots of predictable cheap shots. Seriously,no sophisticated or classy humor… the whole film made me feel trashy,honestly. I get that it's rated R, but still. I felt like I was in anadult version of an equivalent to Spongebob at times.

    Small plot. This movie is slowly stretched out for over 2 hours, with aplot that could easily be explained entirely, with all importantscenes, in about 30 minutes. There were SO many long scenes that seemto be thrown in just so Kristen Wiig can score another laugh, yet theydon't progress the story. Quite a few plot holes, and there were manyscenes where I caught myself rolling my eyes, thinking, "really?"

    The greatest movies develop their characters so much that you literallyfeel for their outcomes. I left the theater with no regards to any ofthe characters in this movie, because they were all so distant andunder-developed. The plot was so weak and rushed for the next pointlesscomedy spiel, that they didn't give the characters any depth, exceptmaybe the lead of "Annie." I can think of 2 memorable scenes right nowfrom this film, and I saw it last night. Yeah, there were some funnyscenes, but nothing worth raving about in my opinion.

    I do have to give "Bridesmaids" some credit. An all-female leading rolemovie is very new in show-business, especially in comedy. Sadly, thesewomen made the "Hangover" equivalent instead of raising the bar, butthey get Kudos for the efforts. There were some sweet moments in themovie, that for me, held the film from turning into a complete waste ofmoney. I do like comedy, but I prefer classier, witty humor instead ofthe easy, thoughtless humor. I would much rather watch a movie thatevolves a character so much that the cheap shots aren't needed forlaughs. If you liked "The Hangover," then you'll probably enjoy thismovie..

  2. Biggest_Loser from Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a lonely woman who works in a jewellery storeand shares casual sex with Ted (Jon Hamm). She is still reeling afterher bakery closed during the recession. Her best friend that she'sknown for years is Lillian (Maya Rudolph). Lillian announces that she'sgetting married and that she wants Annie to be her maid of honour.Annie is initially excited but then realises that she will be aloneagain. Worse still is that Lillian is using four other women to helporganise the wedding, including the dominating Helen (Rose Byrne), whoshe met less than a year ago. Helen and Annie compete furiously tooutdo each other on the wedding plans but its Annie and herrelationship with Lillian which comes off worse. Adding a little bit ofjoy to Annie's life is patrol officer Nathan Rhodes (Chris O'Dowd) asthey start to slowly connect.

    'Oh my God! You're getting married!' If you enjoy this kind ofshrieking, along with references to various bodily functions andwedding parties so extreme they'd make royalty look mild, you will likeBridesmaids. As someone who does not have any interest in these thingsI found Bridesmaids to be a film of two halves: the first appalling andthe second not much better. It's been directed by Paul Feig, under thewatch of producer Judd Apatow and many have touted this as a femaleversion of The Hangover (2009). Although the misdirection of the comedycould be pinned on Feig, the film was already on shaky ground becauseof the screenplay written by Wiig. She co-wrote the film with AnnieMumolo and was also one of the producers herself. Wiig has a backgroundin variety programs like Saturday Night Live and for worse, it shows.Somewhere the rules of comedy have been forgotten. Comedy must exist inreality. Humour is funniest when we can imagine ourselves in similar,plausible, situations. There are very few scenes in Bridesmaids thatfeel honest or genuine. Too many moments play out like extended skits,stretching plausibility with unsophisticated humour and little concernfor developing theme. This movie is so desperate for a laugh that if itnudged you it would have broken a rib. I took zero pleasure fromwatching women defecate over a sink, vomiting on top of each other, orbecoming boozy on an aeroplane.

    If these situations weren't distasteful enough, smaller moments areundone by dialogue that lacks subtlety. Some lines of dialogue, likewhen Annie talks to customers in the jewellery store, are ridiculouslyblunt when they should have been loaded. It weakens the credibility ofthe characters and flattens the humour because we know people don'ttalk like this. Though taste in humour is subjective it's difficult toignore the image problems rising in modern comedies. A lot of rom-coms,including this one, are pushing a social view that if you are fat,single or unmarried, you are weird, low in confidence and a failure.Wedding parties in films are also now so extravagantly realised thatthey have become a measure of success and social approval. Bridesmaidscontinues many of these trends, taking every chance to deprive itscharacters of dignity. That is until Annie can find the ridiculouslynice Irish bloke. In the second half, the film at least tries to giveAnnie a recovery after hitting rock bottom but its views of friendshipand renewal are simplistic and predictable. Like a lot of the film,Wiig's comedic performance is so annoyingly exaggerated that it sapsany chance of realism. But Chris O'Dowd, as one of the film's fewlikable characters, is mercifully restrained. A lot of women will seethis because it gives them the rare centre of attention in a raunchy,mainstream comedy. But is this really the best Hollywood can offer? Ifthere's a Bridesmaids: Part II I'm sending a non-acceptance card.

  3. chronic_elite from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    I saw the previews for this movie and thought to myself, wow this seemslike the female version of the HangOver. While it was not along thesame plot as the HangOver, it was about the moments leading up to thewedding. At first I looked around the theater and noticed it was 95%women and I started to feel like I had made a mistake. But by the end Iwas pleasantly surprised that there was a lot good humor involved. Someof it would be considered guy humor, but actually had all the women inthe theater laughing their asses off. There is a bit chick flickelement to it between the main character and a guy, but it is such asmall part of the movie that I would say it's about 85% comedy and 15%romance/chick flick. So as a guy, I can honestly say I enjoyed themovie. Most of these types of movies are about guys making completeasses out of themselves and you almost never see the same from women.Hollywood always likes to make women seem perfect, but you see womenmaking crude remarks about their own genitals and it's nice to see thatwomen can be funny in this regard as well. I think this was a greatmovie for female humor, because I have long thought that comedy wasdominated by male actors and I am just waiting for some women to jumpin there and start paving the way. Good job on this movie!

  4. AntoNEO from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    My friends invited me to a preview screening of Bridesmaids last night,and I accepted the invitation with a sense of cautious optimism. Thetrailer for the film admittedly didn't do much for me, but I wasintrigued by the concept of a female-driven Apatow film. Ultimately, Iwent into the theater with modest expectations, hoping to get a fewgood laughs out of it.

    By the time we came out of the theater, my three friends and I hadsmiles plastered across our faces, and we couldn't stop talking aboutthe film for the next couple hours. We all loved it. I think it easilyranks with the best of the Apatow productions, and it might even be mypersonal favorite. Like all of Apatow's productions, there areadmittedly scenes that arguably go a little too far or a little toolong, but that's a small criticism when the film successfully fires onso many other cylinders.

    To start with, the film is hilarious, and I think the comedy farexceeds the standalone bits shown in the trailer. Scene after scene isfilled with humorous and often sidesplitting moments, and they had thetheater in an uproar during the screening. I can't say enough aboutKristen Wiig. Prior to this, I've always liked her to some extent butnever really loved her. I think she's good at what she does, but Iwasn't sure her shtick could sustain an entire film. Would her passiveaggressive wit get old? Is it the only note she can play? Can shehandle anything more dramatic? Ultimately, she blew me away in thisfilm. Not only is she consistently and uniquely funny, but hercharacter is surprisingly well-developed, and Wiig brings the characterto vibrant and dynamic life on-screen.

    And this brings me to my next point about Bridesmaids: the film has asurprising amount of depth that completely caught me off guard.Bridesmaids isn't a quickie 80-minute gag fest by any stretch of theimagination; it's actually a leisurely paced 2-hour character-drivencomedy that takes time to develop its characters and establish thevarious relationships and resultant conflicts between them. Ultimately,the film ends up being quite heartfelt and even rather sad in places.Despite the over-the-top antics shown in the trailer, the themes thatthe film explores are actually quite grounded. Kristen Wiig's characteris someone who is feeling completely let down by life, which is a placewe've all been, and the personal journey of her character resonatedstrongly for me. While her character is easily the most well-developedof the bunch, even the other bridesmaids ultimately show somethree-dimensionality as well, despite the fact that they are sometimesinitially introduced as two-dimensional caricatures.

    Ultimately, Bridesmaids was one of the most enjoyable comedies I'veseen in a long time. It's certainly not perfect: it could probably dowith some editing, there might be a few too many subplots (some ofwhich are left unexplored), and it arguably goes too over-the-top attimes, but everything else about the film works so well that thesecomplaints are little more than nitpicks. While I applaud everyoneinvolved in the production, it is Kristen Wiig who deserves the mostaccolades. As co-writer and lead actress, she plays a huge part in thefilm's success, and I sincerely hope this film puts her on theHollywood map, as I would love to see more from her in the future.Whatever the case may be, Bridesmaids certainly makes for a successfulmaiden voyage for her into the world of feature-film comedies.

  5. mdnobles19 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    This is like a big slap in the face to all the lame chick flicks outthere as of now and a breakthrough, star making leading role for thebrilliant and hilarious Kristen Wiig. I have never seen a comedy in along time that was as consistently funny and I mean laugh on the groundwith tears coming down your face funny as well as touching and for oncegenuine characters that you can relate to and have an instant,believable, bond and chemistry on screen that makes the ongoing crazyshenanigans all the more effective and hysterical. The showstopper,scene stealing, laugh riot Melissa McCarthy was fantastic and no wonderhas her own sitcom and she should host or be apart of SNL or somethingshe is so freaking funny I almost wet myself! Maya Rudolph and KristenWiig should make more comedies together and are much better than TinaFey and Amy Poehler were in Baby Mama, they are a comedy dream team andthe rest of the cast is the cherry on top. The movie goes throughtypical issues from the average chick flick like jealousy,insecurities, narcissism, cat fights, self-doubt, self-pity,self-destruction you name it but it deals with those is a more honest,realistic non sugar-coated way that was refreshing and smart from thenorm and raises the bar so high for chick flicks (which is more anti ofthat anyways) and comedies in general that I personally can't see anycomedy this year or in the future surpassing its comedy greatness, it'sgolden!!! Overall if you were waiting for a movie that will truly makeyou laugh harder than you ever laughed before in the theaters in a longtime your wish has been granted, wear depends just in case because youmight need them. Highly Recommended! The most satisfying comedy in thepast decade that I never wanted it to end and forget about theoverrated The Hangover and its unnecessary sequel and bring onBridesmaids 2 already! 4.5 out of 5 stars.

  6. refocusedlarry from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    This movie is hilarious fun. My wife drags me to one chick flick a yearin the theater, and I'm glad it's this one. Considering the talentinvolved, I expected something more than meets the eye after seeing thetrailer. However, I was not expecting such a hysterical experience.This is a chick flick for dudes… the anti-chick flick "chick flick"if you will.

    What I loved about this movie is that although you get a sense of theheart and charm, it's not afraid to pull any punches just because thecharacters are female (the scene in the bridal shop will be the topicof much discussion, I assure you). I also loved the cast, lead by thealways awesome Kristen Wiig. She was perfect in this role and I hopeshe does more work like this. She can make me pee my pants withlaughter, and then straighten me right back up in a matter of seconds.

    I also loved the pacing of most of the film. Several scenes had justthe right amount of awkwardness or pause or "beat" that really added anextra element of hilarity. There were several of those scenes where theaudience was collectively cracking up, almost violently so. People werewiping tears from their eyes and still relaying jokes back and forth toone another as they filed out of the theater.

    Anyway, guys, trust me.. make this the "chick flick" you surprise yourgirl with and take her to the theater. You won't regret it.

  7. Mccadoo from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    Let me begin by saying that I'm a man and that I went to see this moviewith my wife, not under duress, I was looking forward to seeing it. Letme add here that in an almost full theater I counted four other men inthe audience which would lead me to believe that I was definitely notthe target audience for this movie. That being said, my wife didn'tlike it either, she actually disliked it even more than I did.

    All of the television promos I saw led me to believe that this wasgoing to be a female version of "The Hangover", it wasn't, not evenclose. Which leads to my first problem with this movie, the advertisingcampaign was very deceiving. Pretty much all the funny scenes in themovie were included in the advertisements. What they didn't show was avery formulatic, been done a dozen times, chick flick about BFF's andwedding's gone wrong.

    I will say that the funny parts of this movie, and they were few, werevery funny; the scenes on the airplane were good, and when Annie wastrying to get the cop to help her find Lillian. And…that was prettymuch it, except for most of Melissa McCarthy's scenes with theexception of the one during the credit roll which was just kind ofsick. The rest of the scenes that were meant to be funny either went onfor much too long, were bizarre or crude instead of funny or were juststrained. A good example of strained was the bridal party all dancingat the end of the movie, it didn't look natural or funny or likeanything but a bunch of actors having been told to dance around and tryto look like they were having fun, some, like Rudolf and Wiig verybadly at that. If you have zero rhythm and can't dance, don't put adance scene in your movie. One example of bizarre was two of thebridesmaids just deciding to make out on an airplane, for nodiscernible reason. Did Ms. Wiig think the guys in the audience wouldjust enjoy seeing woman kiss?

    The rest of the movie was an overlong, strained attempt to make a funnyand touching movie all in one that failed at both. Some other majorproblems I saw; The scene near the beginning of the film in which Annieand Helen try to top one another at the announcement party went on andon and on way past the point where it was funny and to the point wereit became tedious and even uncomfortable to watch. In fact many of thescenes in the movie were like that, they just didn't know where tostop.

    Kristin Wiig's character, Annie, progressed in the movie from beinglikable and funny to just being stupid and annoying. The scenes wereshe sabotaged the wedding plans, either intentionally orunintentionally, also ran way too long and were sad and annoyinginstead of funny. Ms. Wiig needs to learn that sometimes, especiallywhen the material is weak to begin with, less is more.

    And while this may sound mean and petty I have to mention it because Ikept noticing it over and over during the movie; Maya Rudolph is justnot an attractive woman and was just wrong for her role in this movie.She was not believable at all, either as the bride to be or as the maincharacters best friend or as anything else. She is probably a fairsketch artist but she does not having the looks or the acting chops tocarry a movie.

    All in all a disappointment, firstly because we were snookered in by amisleading advertising campaign and secondly, because the movie triedto be two things at once and failed miserably at both.

  8. randy4970-2 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    The most laugh-out-loud moments I've witnessed in a movie theater sinceThere's Something About Mary. This should make Wiig a star — and shedeserves it (she has a Meg Ryan quality). The rest of the cast ishilarious also.

    This isn't a formula film. The scenes are way longer but you won'tnotice (because you'll be laughing so hard). They're much richer andfunnier because they're given time to unfold.

    I'm a guy. I went in with no expectations and came out with a bigsmile. This is a female driven film (and women will love it) but guys,don't be afraid — you'll love it too. You won't "look away!" (a jokeyou'll get after you see the film).

  9. rcoss2001 ( from Cleveland Heights, OH
    29 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    I wish I had read the negative reviews posted here prior to seeing thiswaste of time and money. The plot was a muddy, hackneyed, meanderingmess, the acting mostly so-so, and the subject matter includes graphicdepictions of diarrhea and vomiting. If that's your thing you'll loveit. All of the funny scenes were in the trailers. The protagonist wassuch a whiny loser I kept hoping that someone would bump her off.Youknow there's a problem when your "bad" girl comes off looking like anicer and more sympathetic person overall. Anything that was supposedto be a joke or a funny situation was hammered home with a 15 poundsledge hammer- and then repeated! This movie took over two hours to getto a place it had no business ending up, I.E. a happy ending for Annie.Her "redemption" was way too little, way too late and was contrived ashell. This movie is now my new standard for really bad, bad waste offilm. My wife wanted to see it based on trailers and the mostly goodreviews. She had to cover her eyes during the bathroom scenes and foundthe whole movie to be one of the absolute worst she has ever seen. Ifyou must waste $20 bucks(roughly two tickets) take a $20 bill, shred itin a food processor, then flush it down the toilet. Do this whileeating popcorn and you'll have the same overall feeling of having seenthis movie.

  10. KathND from indiana
    29 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    I am a bit surprised at the other reviews for this movie, my collegeaged daughters were eager to see it and our family found it more tragicthan anything else, especially for the lead character. Both daughterssaid they felt more like crying than laughing and wanted to seesomething else to "cleanse the palate" before calling it a night.Kristin Wiig is very talented and will likely follow up with moremovies, but we found her character too sad, in an age where lots ofyoung people are unemployed, underemployed or going bankrupt. A lot ofthe humor was gross – I guess we don't find mass diarrhea in weddingclothing that funny. We found Melissa McCarthy particularly unfunny andalmost painful to watch.

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