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