Movie Review: Bridesmaids

Earlier this week, I watched the prescreen of Bridesmaids and let me tell you: It’s one hell of a wedding party and you’re all invited! I’m quite confident that this movie, starring and co-written by SNL’s Kristen Wiig, is actually going to be the funniest movie of the year – yes, even funnier than The Hangover 2.

Here’s the very basic premise of the story: “Picked as her best friend’s maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie (Kristen Wiig) looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids.” That said, there’s a lot more to it. As Annie’s best friend Lillian (Maya Rudoph) gets engaged, Annie starts to wonder what will happen to her now that her best friend’s life is changing.

As things start to get set into motion in terms of all the traditional engagement party, bridal shower, dress shopping, and the stagette, Annie is soon realizes she is in over her head (and over her budget). To make matters worse, one of Lillian’s bridesmaids Helen (Rose Byrne) starts backhandedly competing with Annie as to who is the closer and better friend to Lillian. That’s were a lot of the drama comes from. You can see them in the photo below as they try to outdo each other at the engagement party.

And what about her own love life? Right now she has a regular F.B. with hot guy (below left), but that’s as far as he lets it go. Oh man, flashback to one of the scenes with her F.B. early on in the movie. Hysterical. I don’t even want to give it away. Anyway, another guy comes into her life (below right), but of course things get messy with everything else that’s going on.

When Helen decides that they should all be going to Vegas for the stagette, the girls have to fly there…but Annie is terribly afraid of flying, which opens up a whole new can of worms. The scene that takes place on the plane is by far my favorite part of the whole movie.

My cheeks started twitching as a result of muscles spasms from laughing so hard. That’s never happened to me before – LOL.

A lot of the laughs also come from the oddball bridesmaids, which include (in addition to the ones already mentioned) the bitter housewife, Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), the naive newlywed Becca (Ellie Kemper), and the outspoken and hilarious Megan (Melissa McCarthy). The combination of these very different characters makes for some amazing comedy.

On top of all her romantic problems and bridesmaid stress, Annie also has the most annoying roommates, played by Matt Lucas and Rebel Wilson.

I highly recommend this movie and hope it kicks ass at the box office. All of these funny ladies in one movie was one reason to go, but I’ve seen it and I’m telling you it’s a hit…so now there’s no excuse not to see it.

OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars