Movie: Bridesmaids, 2011
Viewed: in theaters (twice!), May 2011
Notable Cast Members: Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jon Hamm, Chris O’Dowd
Overall Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (rating rational)
Plot Summary: Annie (Kristin Wiig) is having a tough time. Her dream business, a bakery, went bust and she’s basically broke, she lives with a weird brother and sister pair, she lets her emotions feed into her job at a jeweler’s, and she allows herself to be duped over by the same jerk again and again. Then – BAM! She finds out her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is getting married. Equally happy and horrified for her, Annie agrees to be Lillian’s maid of honor. Annie soon finds herself at odds with fellow bridesmaid Helen (Rose Byrne) over who cares for Lillian more, as well as the skyrocketing cost of being involved in the wedding (which doesn’t seem to concern anyone else, except Lillian’s father). Along the way, a distance seems to develop between Annie and Lillian, right when Annie could use some advice and love from her best friend the most. Bridesmaids is an excellent film – a hilarious portrayal of female friendships, the insanity of planning weddings, how being an adult sometimes just plain sucks, and how you always have it in you to turn your life around.
Personal Thoughts: My top ten favorite things from the film (no spoilers, & in no particular order):
- The scene on the plane.
- Annie’s roommate and his sister.
- Officer Rhodes (played by Chris O’Dowd).
- The scene in the bridal gown shop.
- John Hamm’s jerk-of-a-man Ted.
- The scene with Annie and Helen in the car.
- The scenes with Annie in the jewelry shop.
- Wilson Phillips.
- Melissa McCarthy as Megan – comic gold!
- Annie’s mom (played by Lynne Marie Stewart).
I highly recommend this film. Don’t worry, guys will definitely enjoy it, too (just ask this one)! Can’t wait for the DVD!!!
Have you seen Bridesmaids? What did you think?
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