Movie Review: "Bridesmaids"

The Maya Rudolph film revives the comedy genre.

Posted: 06/07/2011 01:48 PM EDT
Filed Under Maya Rudolph

(Photo: Universal Pictures)

Summary: Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is newly engaged. Her lonely, self-destructive single friend Annie (Kristen Wig) is feeling like she might lose her best friend to the sanctimony of marriage.  After being named maid of honor, Annie throws herself in competition with another bridesmaid and new friend, Helen (Rose Byrne). Annie will go to any lengths to prove her friendship, which constantly backfires. 

Review: At first glance, Bridesmaids looks like another romantic comedy that could star Jennifer Aniston or Jennifer Lopez. However, within the first few seconds Bridesmaids clearly strays away from dull chick flicks and proves to be an edgy, witty and well-acted comedy. Written by SNL diva Kristen Wig and Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids is the funniest movie of the year and arguably the funniest movie of the past five years. Unlike Hangover, the film doesn't rely on sexism, homophobia and racial epithets to hit a punch line. 

What makes Bridesmaids work is there are actual comedians behind these roles, oposed to a pretty actress like J-Lo, who can clearly act but isn't a comedian. Kristen Wig, who carries the film, is relatable, natural and undeniably hilarious as the neurotic and dramatic Annie. 

Another SNL alum Maya Rudolph is as talented of a comedic actress as her mother (the late, great Minnie Ripperton) was a soul singer. Even in the most over-the-top scenarios, Rudolph brings each scene down to earth. Another added plus, although Rudolph is the only woman of color in the main cast, there were no “sistah girl” moments or any performance of Blackness, which is an image that is often times played up when there is only one Black woman in the cast.    

Other highlights include Melissa McCarthy as Meagan, who nearly steals the movie, and Rose Byrne as Helen, an icy perfectionist delivering some classic shady lines like, "Well, you know I'm skinner than you."

Bridesmaids is no chick flick—it’s a movie-going experience that transcends gender. Even though the ending is predictable, the journey of Bridesmaids is worth the ride. This is an all-American comedy with some classic edge and rightfully deserves its good reviews.

Bridesmaids is in theaters now.   

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