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Bridesmaids 2011

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Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) produced comedy about a group of bridesmaids and their misguided attempt to throw a wedding party for their friend. More

Saturday Night Live regular Kristen Wiig (also the co-writer here) leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Hide

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    • Jacnick

      Looks funny! :D haha

    • gtr

      looks gay

    • Rosie

      Crack uhp :D

    • Robin

      'I ate Saturday'

    • yaya

      crakd up./.dfntly gona c it

    • Cherry

      Aaaah I LOVE KRISTEN WIIG shes my idol absolutely hilarious cant wait !!!

    • Dan Matakana

      Seen it. Really funny for 3/4 which is a pretty good hit-rate. Recommended.

    • Danielle

      looks verryyy funny

    • MUPPET

      Wiig iz alwayz funi

    • NEXT

      looks OK, will find out soon!

    • Ed-Flicks

      @NEXT, so far the reviews have all been pretty good. Also looking forward to seeing it.

    • vanessa

      brillant 10/10 funnier than the hangover a true classic very very well done. loved it can't wait to buy the dvd

    • Han

      the most laughs ever had!!!! def. seeing it again

    • Jacqui

      I cried three times wathcing this movie and peed my pants once.

    • Neen Been

      One of the funniest movies I've seen in ages (or ever!)

    • Mike Goodacre

      Still recovering from the non-stop laughter - great night out for everyone at the movie! Go watch it!!

    • wgtn

      dum!

    • Bobsta

      Fantastic laugh. Going to go again with my partner.

    • alibalibee

      going to see it again! with hubby this time...

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      Nice

    • Tom

      So surprised at these reviews. It was so slow and a lot of poor performances. Too many gags, not enough real moments.

    • Whoslappedfred

      i walked.

    • rach

      you walked where? :L :3

    • shazza

      hilarious! boys gags for girls, but better.

    • Erin

      Appalling American puerile trash. Hideous!

    • Kristens review!

      This movie was so lady like and funny! its really good to watch with your girl mates when your stressed (:

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Dominic Corry Flicks Writer

This typically awesome outing from uber-producer Judd Apatow continues his tradition of shepherding actor-written comedies (like Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall), a formula that rarely results in anything less than something special. More

Saturday Night Live cast-member Kristen Wiig co-writes and takes the lead here as Annie, a neurotic failed baker who's lack of personal success is highlighted when her bestie Lillian (fellow SNL veteran Maya Rudolph) gets engaged. Not helpings matters is Lillian's impossibly perfect new society pal Helen (the impossibly beautiful Rose Byrne), who is doing everything she can to wrest control of the wedding away from Maid of Honour Annie.

A surprise mega-hit in America, Bridesmaids is the latest movie to be celebrated as a victory for women-focused popcorn movies. But whilst it’s nice to see a comedy starring females who were cast for their talent, not their hotness, this succeeds not because of its gender focus but because it has universal truths to observe about friendship, jealousy and self-contentment while also being very sharp and funny. It just happens to star a bunch of women. The lesson is clear: good actors + good writing = good movie.

Less of an ensemble comedy that the marketing may suggest, this film's focus is Annie and her problems, which are large and relatable. As much as I enjoyed her arc, it might've been nice to see a bit more of the stellar supporting cast. Either way, it's a guaranteed good time, be you lady or gentleman. Hide

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Not at all like the trailer! Spoiler Alert

Skipperlee B-Grader (?)

There are so many things in this trailer that are not in the movie! Like that kid at the end...that scene isn't even in the movie I just saw!

also..they make the trailer out like it's kind of a female version of The hangover....it's not! it's about one woman hitting rock bottom because so much is wrong in her life.

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GREAT snapshot of Kristen Wiigs talent - LOVED IT!

JayC4Shaw Flicks Superstar (?)

Shouldn't compare to Hangover - it doesn't have the same screenplay or vibrancy of location/atmosphere to it (can see it didn't have the same budget for a vibrant backdrop).

But I see why some people do compare:

If you LOVED Zac AKA Wolf man in The Hangover, you will love Melissa as Megan!! Kristen Wiig kicks ALL the characters BUTTS with her natural wit, you even laugh at her when she's not doing anything funny!

The only two BIG differences between Hangover and Bridesmaids is that 1) the movie is dominated with girls and the jokes tend to relate to girls a bit more, and 2) the 'bridesmaids' title is a bit inaccurate - it doesn't feature the 'bridesmaids' much at all so don't expect the group dynamics to be the BEST part (except the food poisoning scene, where I feel that is the only time the mother and the Disney obsessed character deserved to be in the film).

Expect Saturday Night Live comedy, and expect Kristen Wiig to be on screen with only 1 or 2 other characters for MOST of the movie.

I recommend this movie to those that love Kirsten Wiig and/or SNL. If you don't know either of these - then I am sure most people in New Zealand can relate to 'The Lonely Island' (I'm on a boat) humour - the lead singer of this group is also in the SNL cast (but his sense of humour is a bit more slapstick and not as piss your pants funny like Kristen - who is deemed the BEST cast member at present).

A trully great movie, which boys could also get at least one piss your pants moment throughout. Watch out for the three main characters (Anne, Lillian and Megan) for your laughs.

Lastly, this movie is NOTHING like the trailer (much) THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT. The humour is much more out there - with the best parts of the movie happpening a bit after the trailer snippets cut off!

Not a movie for the kids - it finally brings a female like humour up to the frankness of Hangover and such comedies of today!(Though not consisting of the same production budget which would've added to the background settings and atmosphere/scenery a bit).

Still -- a 5/5 thanks in large part to both Kristen and Melissa HAHA Hillarious!

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  • Ellen

    why?

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Lots of Laughs

Sarah29 Flicks Superstar (?)

Lots of laughs, but definitely not one for the boys!

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A Chick Flick With A Hangover Twist

Jordan Flicks Superstar (?)

Bridesmaids has been on my radar for awhile. Already a fan of Kristen Wiig's work on Saturday Night Live, I was hooked on the idea of a look into the life of a Maid Of Honour as hilarity ensues. Of course the hilarity I'm talking about is that which is ramped up to level 9000!

This movie was that, no doubt, but it was also so much more.

Written by Kristen Wiig herself (along with Annie Mumolo), they manage to pen a story that has the viewer not only enjoying the jokes that are thrown at us, but what is also the unravelling of a 30 year old woman as she feels stuck in a moment in her life.
Yes, this may be more chick flick than comedy, but the balance they strike between what is happening to Annie (Wiig) as she falls apart and the hilarious situations created around her makes this film great on so many levels.

With a great supporting cast; Maya Rudolph, a fellow SNL alum providing the needed support in the role of the bride, Ellie Kemper assuming the role of the innocent amongst the group, Melissa McCarthy bringing a certain feminine masculinity to her role along with some of the best pieces in the film, Wendi McLendon-Covey as the longtime married mother of 3 growing boys and Rose Byrne as the contrast to Annie.
Along with the strong female cast, we have 2 leading males in Jon Hamm playing a great bastard and Chris O'Dowd who was inspired casting playing the love interest (If you don't know his work, he's from a little known comedy called "The I.T. Crowd").

If you've seen the trailers for this film and want to see it for the humour, you will get this. But you will also get a great look at a time we can all relate too, a time when you feel all your cards have been dealt and you have no idea what your next move in life is.

And that, for me, is what really makes this movie shine.

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Enjoyable

Polygurl A-Lister (?)

This movie was full of laughs! I went to see it because someone told me it had a lot of similarities to Hangover (which I loved), but I don't think it did.. It totally stood on its own.

I was expecting a pretty vanilla movie seeing as the trailer seemed pretty low key, but it definitely was OUT THERE and had me laughing from start to finish.

By the way, I saw this movie with my boyfriend and he enjoyed it too, so it's not just for the girls!

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  • Bruce

    you need to complain to cinema management about the sound disturbance. This is totally unaceptable

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Average

ps2tan A-Lister (?)

Got dragged to this by my partner, it had funny moments and the highlight were the british actors that showed up all the actresses. Wouldnt recommend this for anyone unless you enjoy getting bored and enjoying the booms of transformers in the theater next door.

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Way Better than the Hangover

Jade-Francis Flicks Superstar (?)

The hangover is just crude, this movie crudness has class and has jokes that are funny not just rude.

Not only a chick flick, your boyfriends will love this movie

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  • bobby

    i hated the movie sooo much

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A rare comedy with heart & soul

clararar Flicks Superstar (?)

I finally saw this after rave reviews from female friends who'd seen it (some more than once), and I'm pleased to say I didn't come out disappointed. The thing that really makes this movie is Kristen Wiig's standout performance. While there were some over the top, cringey, gross-out moments, and plenty of celebrity cameos, they worked to complement instead of take over from the heart of the story - Annie. Wiig, and in fact the whole cast managed to bring a believability to all the characters. Also, great call to cast Chris O'Dowd as the nice guy policeman, those characters often end up generic and fade into the background, but he really injected some interest into the role, and had easy chemistry with Wiig. While I wouldn't go as far as to say all guys will love being dragged along to this one, it's definitely set a high bar for other romcoms/chick flicks that'll be hard to beat. Let's just hope they don't kill this with sequels!

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Pretty Funny

Jenna-Burlace Wannabe (?)

I was looking forward to this film, despite the abysmal trailer, being a fan of SNL and Kristen Wiig.

While there were definitely parts of the script that didn't really work for me humour-wise (the British roommates seemed like just an excuse to get the Little Britain actors in their line-up) there were other parts I found side-splittingly funny. Other parts were over-the-top cringe-fests.

Overall though, I think there was a good mix of humour in the film; so a chance you'll find something to laugh at loud at; no matter what tickles your funny bone.

All the actors delivered fantastic performances; from the lead Kristen Wiig to the love-interest cop played by Chris O'Dowd, to the gorgeous Rose Byrne.

Not really comparable to The Hangover; like others have said - for me this was a good thing - it touched into people's relationships a little deeper and the characters were all a bit better developed then The Hangover; even if production values were not quite as high.

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Have some moments

Gerd Flicks Superstar (?)

But over all to flat and nothing like the trailer promises.

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Hilarious!

Kim-Reilly A-Lister (?)

The whole theatre was laughing out loud at some of the funny moments in this movie. Very 'obvious' physical humour but well worth a watch. I heard it referred to as 'Hangover' for girls, but I loved Hangover (as a girl) and reckon guys would get a laugh out of this one too. Some gross moments, some hilarious moments and some frustrating moments. Superb casting all round. What I loved was how many different 'favourite' parts the group of us who went to see it all had. I loved the 'getting the cop's attention' scene (driving by him) while others loved the gross-out in the Boutique, to the plane (Marshall moment) and so on, so many funny moments to choose from.

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Great

Olivia-Prasad Flicks Superstar (?)

I love Wigg in SNL so thought this would be pretty funny . . . I was quite wrong; it was very good! The jokes were literally laugh out loud and the story was one I have never seen in a movie before.

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Hilarious!!

Tania-Coleman Nobody (?)

My friend and I laughed hysterically, like school girls at this movie!
At first I thought it was going to be a stinker, but it turns out there are some boring bits inbetween the incredibly funny bits.
The groom's sister Megan (Melissa McCarthy) is sooo funny, she made the movie for me.
If you are having a girly movie night with a few wines this is a must!

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Very Funny! Love it!

Eva Wannabe (?)

Fantastic movie, have not laughed so much in a long while. Will appeal to both guys and gals.

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Recommended

GrahamP Flicks Superstar (?)

Enjoyed it.A light story with lots of laughs.Not just for the girls.

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had a good laugh

TTWhaiti A-Lister (?)

I enjoyed it, my partner hated it so is a chick flick but a good one to watch when you just want to chill out and have a laugh

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unexpected 5 star

stacky Nobody (?)

The first 15min I was cringing at the improvisation and wondered what I had gotten myself into! It was brilliant! A must see for a great laugh

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Such a great chick flick!!

Whitney B-Grader (?)

This is an awesome girly movie!! It had me in histericks the whole way through!! I laughed about it for days with my girlfriends!! A laugh a minute!!!

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So funny

KatieF Flicks Superstar (?)

Kristen Wiig, from now on you should always be the leading lady. Absolutely hilarious movie.

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Press Reviews

90% of critics recommend

Consensus: "A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star."

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Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

Bridesmaids seems to be a more or less deliberate attempt to cross the Chick Flick with the Raunch Comedy. It definitively proves that women are the equal of men in vulgarity, sexual frankness, lust, vulnerability, overdrinking and insecurity. Full review.

Empire (UK)

Finally, a female ensemble comedy that balances realistic characters with smart laughs and side-splitting farce. Not everything works, but there’s more than enough here to keep you chuckling — not to mention baying for a sequel. Full review.

Hollywood Reporter

For longtime Wiig fans, this uneven, overlong, emotionally involving and discreetly ambitious film will represent a welcome and overdue step up from her popular sketch work on "Saturday Night Live" to something sustained and searching, not to mention pretty funny. Full review.

New York Times

The movie is smart about a lot of things, including the vital importance of female friendships. And it's nice to see so many actresses taking up space while making fun of something besides other women. Full review.

Otago Daily Times (Christine Powley)

Women behaving badly... Full review.

Total Film (UK)

It’s uneven, unwieldy and overlong, but if it’s yucks you’re after you’ll find them in abundance in a side-splitting comedy that lifts the veil on every wedding’s unsung heroines. Full review.

TVNZ (Darren Bevan)

From its opening sex scene and with the first words being spoken being about cupping a part of the anatomy, you can tell Bridesmaids is going to tread lightly. Full review.

Variety (USA)

A sluggish, charmless misfire in which even the most appealing players -- must try too hard to make anything close to an engaging impression. Full review.