If you walk into the cinema expecting Bridesmaids to be an unfunny, try-hard, chick flick equivalent of The Hangover, I’m afraid you’re going to be deeply disappointed, as it’s anything but.
This is a Judd Apatow production (Anchorman, Knocked Up, Superbad, Step Brothers, the list goes on…), directed by Paul Feig (The (American) Office, Arrested Development), and co-written by Saturday Night Live’s rising star Kirsten Wiig – who also plays the protagonist, Annie.
Annie a washed-up baker who still hasn’t come to terms with the failure of her cake shop and, subsequently, her relationship with Don Draper (Ted).
Annie spends her days working in a jewellery store, where she (unsuccessfully) attempts to hide her jaded views from doe-eyed couples and incessantly annoying teenage girls. So when lifelong best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) announces her engagement, and with it Annie’s position as maid of honour, Annie’s already feeble grasp on sanity slowly slips away.
Just when Annie thinks her life can’t get any worse she is thrust into a world of pretentious parties filled with sickeningly in-love couples – Eskimo kisses aplenty – guests who can’t conceive of a still-single thirty-something woman, and Lillian’s new – second – best friend, quintessential maid of honour and frenemy of all frenemies, Helen (Rose Byrne).
The tone of Annie’s ‘friendship’ with Helen is set up during their speeches at Lillian’s engagement party, in a scene as cringe worthy as anything in the office, and their subsequent one-upmanship provides the vehicle for the majority of Bridesmaids’ comedic moments.
However, the character who steals the show is the most out-of-place member of the group, the groom’s sister, Megan (Melissa McCarthy). At her inception Megan seems like an annoying addition – the token fat, ugly, stupid, character. A la Zach Galifanakis in The Hangover, however, it turns out Megan is neither annoying nor stupid – she’s still got fat and ugly going for her though – and by the end of the film you’ll be hanging off her every word.
Bridesmaids is that rarest of things – a chick flick that’s actually funny, only it’s not really a chick flick at all; at its heart it’s an Apatow production, and while it may not have the rewatchability of Anchorman, or achieve the acclaim of Superbad, there are still some seriously funny scenes – dress-fitting food poisoning will stay with you for some time.