The takeaway from Bridesmaids shouldn’t be “Look! Women may be raunchy too! Equality!” If Bridesmaids simply featured a lot of women engaging in gross-out humor, it might be a tiresome, soulless exercise just like gross-out humor between guys is really a chore should you don’t worry about the guys. What makes Bridesmaids work isn’t exactly that some sophomoric gags are expertly timed and executed. Bridesmaids comes alive because of rich characters and tremendous performances, particularly from co-writer and star Kristen Wiig and co-star Melissa McCarthy. While the film does start to drag its main character a little too lower in the 3rd act and you will find some pacing problems in the romantic subplot, Bridesmaids is ultimately heartfelt, witty, and damn funny.
Annie’s (Kristen Wiig) life is chaos and never inside a cute, oh-she’s-so-overworked, rom-com type of way. She’s a competent pastry chef, but her business went under within the recession, she’s virtually broke, she’s the booty-call of the handsome grade-A douchebag (Jon Hamm), and she lives with two awful roommates (Rebel Wilson and Matt Lucas). When her lifelong friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) asks Annie to be her bridesmaid, Annie leaps at the chance, but soon finds herself competing with Lillian’s new, wealthy, little-miss-perfect friend Helen (Rose Byrne). Because the wedding inches closer, Annie keeps attempting to maintain control of the wedding party but finds that her decisions keep screwing everything up and she’s being undermined by Helen at every turn.
Don’t be put off if that explanation sounds a lot more like a drama than a comedy. While the show gets to be a little overweight in the third act, Bridesmaids keeps the laughs coming and it’s humor that both genders can also enjoy. What’s fantastic concerning the movie isn’t exactly that it recognizes chick-flick clichés and breaks faraway from them in a bold, outlandish manner. It’s the alternative it offers is really hilarious. There’s one scene where Annie and Helen are giving competing speeches about how exactly much they love Lillian and it’s the type of joke that you would never see in your typical chick flick however, you probably wouldn’t view it in a dick flick either. There’s an escalation and timing to the back-and-forth that’s playful rather than abrasive but still manages to be hilariously awkward. There’s a major gross-out gag in Bridesmaids, but the scenes that I keep coming back to are the ones where Wiig just shows off her uncanny comic talent and heat.
There’s a dearth of quality roles for ladies and for that reason some actresses took to just writing themselves awesome parts. Wiig is a strong supporting comic presence in films for a long time now, however the Bridesmaids script she co-wrote with Annie Mumolo offers the actress without only wonderful comic scenes, but additionally with dramatic work she rarely been permitted to showcase before. One of my personal favorite scenes in Bridesmaids isn’t comic. It’s a point in the film where Annie is feeling depressed and decides to create a single cupcake. It’s not just a pointed critique from the typical chick-flick trope in which the female protagonist eats unhealthy foods when she’s sad. It’s a moment where we see that Annie isn’t just some constant screw-up. She’s a painter and she can create beautiful things, speculate her dream was crushed, she feels like she can’t go back to it in earnest.
When the film is a success on the box office (and it certainly deserves to be), expect Bridesmaids to improve not only Wiig’s career, however that of her co-star Melissa McCarthy. While the whole cast is terrific, McCarthy may be the scene-stealer as Megan, a bridesmaid and sister from the groom. Rather than simply give her fat jokes or let her carry the grossout humor, Bridesmaids allow the character be a bastion of self-confidence, crude dialogue, and outlandish ideas that completely bounces off Annie’s self-doubt and also the restrained, subtle humor of Wiig. With the incorrect actress, Megan might have simply been a clownish, unbelievable character who applies to cheap laughs, but McCarthy understands how Megan relates to the rest of the cast and not just why is the smoothness funny, but worth caring about. It’s an important comprehension due to a vital scene between Megan and Annie that takes place in the third act.
Regardless of the wonderful scene between Megan and Annie, the 3rd act is also where Bridesmaids encounters the majority of its problems. Like most Judd Apatow-produced comedies, the show measures around two hours and while this enables for plenty of laughs and character development, a fatigue starts to set in and it’s exacerbated because when low Annie is brought down. Most three-act films have a tendency to throw their main character down a psychological well at the close associated with the second act so the protagonist can confront their problems, triumph over adversity, and make everything right. However, Bridesmaids throws Annie down a well that’s so deep you start wondering if it’s a bottomless pit. The story is unrelenting in how much it’s prepared to crap on its main character even though Annie deserves some of the blame for her problems, there’s an account balance to maintaining your film light while bringing the main character low. Bridesmaids loses that balance and our cheers for Annie’s success start becoming desperate pleas. The film also has some difficulty maintaining the romantic arc between Annie and a local cop (Chris O’Dowd). There’s wonderful chemistry backward and forward characters, but the pacing of the relationship is awkward. Their conflict comes too early as well as their attempts as resolution feel forced and uncomfortable.
Despite these problems, Bridesmaids is an excellent comedy that deserves better recognition than “The Hangover with chicks” as well as other ill-fitting description. It’s an authentic story that can take aim at some clichés but never gets caught up of to demonstrate itself as a particular kind of comedy. It knows what pitfalls to avoid and sidesteps them with not only grace but raucous humor. Bridesmaids isn’t a parody or an imitation. It’s simply one of the funniest films you’ll see all year.