Cant we just call it really hilarious and leave it at that?
Then again, consider that Hollywoods women-fronted comedies are almost always of the rom-com variety and aggressively push Kate Hudson on us. This work is not of that lineage, and thank the Lord for that.
Bridesmaids marks not so much a breakthrough for females as it does for its star, co-writer and co-producer, Kristen Wiig. She gives a honest-to-God performance thats worthy of award consideration. If you love her each week on Saturday Night Live, youre going to love this. And if you dont, give her another chance. The added dimensions may surprise you.
The trailer tells you everything you need to know plot-wise Annie (Wiig) is asked to be the maid of honor by her lifelong best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph, Grown Ups), and does a horrible job at all the duties that come with it but almost nothing about the films true layers. And thats OK in an Internet age of inescapable spoilers. Its less about slapstick and gross-out antics, and more about Annies changing relationship with Lillian, and with herself: lonely, miserable and dirt-broke.
In other words, those Bridesmaids of the title? When it comes down to it, we dont see as much of them as youd expect. The one exception may be Rose Byrne (Insidious) as Helen, an über-wealthy, über attractive woman whos only known Lillian for a few months, yet is dead-set on usurping Annie for that BFF title.
As the men in Annies screwed-up dating life, Chris ODowd (Gullivers Travels) is winning as a cop whos too nice for his own good, and an uncredited Jon Hamm (TVs Mad Men) is riotous as her occasional, in his words, fuck buddy.
That term was used so memorably in Judd Apatows The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and he serves as producer of this like-minded film, which resides on an equal plane of big laughs and big heart. Some audience members got misty-eyed at its end, but no worries: They also laughed so loud and long that portions of the next scene could not be heard always an encouraging sign. Rod Lott