Film of the day: Bridesmaids

Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids

Kristen Wiig plays Annie, a chaotic 30-something bestie, who takes on the role of head bridesmaid for childhood friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) and brings together a colourful selection of bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) to make the special day memorable.

Unfortunately (for Lillian), Annie’s life is a mess and everything she touches is pretty much guaranteed to turn to dust. Bridesmaids is a brilliant comedy full of vulgarity and gross-out humour – the luncheon followed by a dress fitting is the stand out scene in a movie that is effortlessly funny. 

Wiig and Rudolph are excellent, as is McCarthy as a blunt-speaking, tough nut who seems to steal all the best lines. This is a super sharp, witty film that broke through Hollywood doors and helped recast women for leading comedy roles rather than as second stringers to men. It says a lot about the conservatism of the male-dominated film industry and some of that anger is evident in Wiig and writing partner, Annie Mumolo’s caustically funny script. 

Film of the day: Bridesmaids – Friday 10.05pm on ITV2.