Monday, May 16, 2011

Bridesmaids Says “I Do” To Poo

By River Shaughnessy, Top Critic
Denver, Colorado

Personally, weddings and bridal stuff make my butt itch. I hate having to take a flea bath, putting on a fancy collar, and spend my night getting poked and prodded by sticky ringbearers and flower girls. The whole idea of a wedding makes me want to run and hide under the bed. Hey, I’m not a tomboy. I’m just one modern bitch.

That’s why this weekend’s Bridesmaids was such a breath of fresh air – finally, a comedy that’s not afraid to point out how ridiculous the whole bridal charade really is. Comedic she-genius Kristen Wiig finally thrusts herself into the spotlight as Annie, a down-and-out thirtysomething who gets roped into playing maid of honor to her childhood best friend (Maya Rudolph). Her casual approach to the pre-wedding planning becomes a constant source of humiliation, as she’s repeatedly upstaged by the bride’s fanciest new friend, Helen. Convincingly played by Rose Byrne, Helen is detestably determined to coordinate a picture-perfect wedding as pretentious as it is pukeworthy , and she doesn’t care who she has to manipulate in order to get there. Throw in a hilarious Jon Hamm as Annie’s sleazy boy toy, and you’ve got yourself an all-star cast and plenty to laughs to go around.

Another solid product from producer Judd Apatow, Bridesmaid’s features some of the best elements of both Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin. Some of the gags get a little tedious, but there’s real magic in the improv, and Wiig’s ability to tow the line between outrageous and sympathetic manages to tie it all together in a shiny pink bow. But it’s the healthy dose of poop jokes, sex scenes, and drunken tirades that make this memorable movie what it is – a celebration of actual comedy, not just grrrrl power.

Summary: Don’t call it a chick flick – Bridesmaids is a heavy hitter, and perhaps the best comedy of 2011 so far.

Wags: 4/5

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