Bridesmaids (2011)

Movie Title: Bridesmaids

Year Released: 2011

Rated: R

Runtime: 2h 12min

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Director: Paul Feig

Writer: Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Jill Clayburgh, Matt Lucas, Rebel Wilson, Michael Hitchcock, Tim Heidecker, Ben Falcone, Jon Hamm

Review: Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman whose own life is a mess, but when she learns that her lifelong best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is engaged, she has no choice but to serve as the maid of honor. Though lovelorn and almost penniless, Annie, nevertheless, winds her way through the strange and expensive rituals associated with her job as the bride's go-to gal. Determined to make things perfect, she gamely leads Lillian and the other bridesmaids down the wild road to the wedding.

Bridesmaids is one of the funniest comedy films of the 2010's, boasting an all-star cast of some of the most hilarious actresses in showbusiness. This film excels at toeing the line between being a chick-flick and a raucous buddy comedy, while also showing an insight into the dynamics of a female friendship circle. This is a dynamic that most men probably won't understand, but by no means is it a deterrent in any way. This movie is full of hilarious gags led by Saturday Night Live regulars Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. Bridesmaids is relatable, as the ladies go through all the trials, tribulations, and responsibilities of preparing their dear friend for her big day. In some ways it plays as a female counterpart to The Hangover, which many men can also relate to. Many of us can also probably relate to the struggles of discovering love and success in the workplace as a young adult trying to find their way in life. Bridesmaids takes a bit to get going, but when it does, it proves to be a screwball, laugh-out-loud comedy, with a lot of heart. This movie has achieved cult status for a reason, and if you haven't seen it you ought to correct that today!

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Fun Fact: Melissa McCarthy (Megan) and Ben Falcone (Air Marshall Jon) are husband and wife in real life.


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