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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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The star and co-writer of Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig, puts herself and her female co-stars through the comedy wringer.
Bridesmaids is likely to be a hit with both women and men, being half formula chick-flick, half raunchy comedy of humiliation. It's hilarious -- and too bifurcated to be satisfying.
Onetime Saturday Night Live castmates Wiig and Rudolph make Annie and Lillian's friendship believable. Which is why Annie's shenanigans are sad -- and hilarious.
The movie won't change your life or grab a fistful of Oscar nominations come next winter. But it will make you laugh, hard and often, and it proves that sometimes girls just want to have fun.
Bridesmaids turns the gross-out comedy genre on its head and emerges bigger and better than its predecessors. It boasts unforgettable breakout performances and is the most important comedy of the year. And the best.
Is it funny? Yes, at times, and its female-centric theme will appeal to many women. I just hope they have the patience to trudge through the slow spots and story detours. Bridesmaids, which might as easily bear the title Women Behaving Badly
Bridesmaids is, in equal parts, bawdy and authentic, all the way through.
Bridesmaids manages to take a seen-before storyline and turn it into something unpredictable, entertaining, and so completely wrong it feels right -- and very satisfying.
It's a movie about women going berserk over a wedding. Easy non-feminist laughs are built right in there, and milked for all they're worth. No amount of sad female faces during lugubrious pop song interludes can make this more meaningful than it is.
Really unsatisfying, mostly because the script by Ms. Wiig and Annie Mumolo completely ignores the movie's major issue: class.
Kristen Wiig has written a lead role for herself with some great awkward moments usually regulated for fools of the male variety. It's nice to see women can be just as boneheaded when the situation calls for it.
The director is sitcom vet Paul Feig but the auteur is star and co-writer Kristen Wiig, who takes center stage after displaying flashes of fuzzy brilliance.
A hilarious comedy with a gross sense of humor that elevates its first act to incredibly hilarious before moving confidently to a more emotional tone, with Kristen Wiig in a great performance. I can only complain, though, that it is a bit overlong and has a rather too-easy conclusion.
Infectiously funny, sarcastic and charming, Bridesmaids is a laugh-out-loud comedy. The film sprouts its gags and potential from its cast (Wiig, Rudolph, McCarthy, Byrne & others) and it's comedic gold. 5/5
The basis for this broad comedy ;) is women laughing with women about some of their perceived life foibles. Life long single friends face a bit of a rocky road when one is finally asked to get married.
Its light entertainment, with a few forgivable flaws (like the friendship between the two leads could've used more work - Maya Rudolph doesn't have much to work with, but none of the other bridesmaids fare well either) (or the idea that neither friend was "complete" until they were married) made up for with thin comic set pieces when all the ladies are together, oddly based on juvenile potty humor.
McCarthy steals the film in the vacuum of lackluster group character development.
This is the first guy (or should I say dude) film with an (almost) all-female cast. So that's something. That being said, I don't really care for guy films. But if you're into films about bachelor(ette) parties gone horribly awry or losers turning their life around with the help of the "Girl" Next Door that suddenly pops into their life, then you might enjoy this.
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