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.