This is the first time I’ve seen you look ugly, and that makes me happy!
For years Hollywood’s comedic output has revolved based men, comedies from the female perspective are few and far between. You only have to look at the number of films with female leads in recent years to see that yawning chasm.
This brings us to Bridesmaids, a film that features women as the principal characters and is a very, very funny film. In a market where The Hangover Part II can come out and recycle most of its jokes from the first film and be successful, it’s good to see a film create a bunch of characters that aren’t dim-witted repulsive fools.
After her cake business closes thanks to the recession, Annie’s (Kristen Wiig) life veers into a downward spiral. She’s seeing a man who doesn’t respect her (John Hamm’s in an uncredited role), she shares an apartment with odd British siblings Gil and Brynn (Matt Lucas and Rebel Wilson) and, to top it all off, her best friend Lillian, (Maya Rudolph) is about to get married
It’s a classic comedy setup where a character’s life is in such a mess and they have to battle for the smallest of victories. Wiig’s Annie keeps battling and her attempts at organising pre-wedding arrangements is where a lot of humour comes from. Two scenes in particular – one where she’s yelling at a teenager in a jewellery shop and her display of impotent rage at Lillian’s pre-wedding party – are very funny as she lashes out in an hysterically disproportionate manner.
Wiig is not the only standout performer, Rudolph is good as the friend about to get married and Melissa McCarthy shows that Mike and Molly must a blip in playing the rough and tumble Megan.
Other cast members are fine although I do wish that the trio of Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper and Wendy McLendon-Covey had more to do. Their roles are thin with Kemper and Covey providing comedic relief when necessary and Byrne the antagonist to Annie. The moment where Byrne’s Helen bares her insecurities feels a touch forced and predictable. Kemper and Covey simply disappear after an incident on a plane which is a shame.
It’s the final act where minor issues flare and where Bridesmaids shows that while it’s funny, it’s also a very conventional comedy. Whether it’s the use of a montage, characters breaking up and reuniting or the last-minute pep talks, Bridesmaids at the very least handles these moments well.
The best comedy of the year? It’s certainly full of laughs, with one of the year’s most memorable. One that should be remembered in the years to come.