Not quite a female ‘Hangover’, but great for girls’ night out

2011-07-04 00:00

WRITTEN by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo and produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) Bridesmaids has been described as the female version of The Hangover. Unfortunately it does not match up to that archetype.

Bridesmaids is a journey of five oddly paired bridesmaids before a wedding. Annie, played by Wiig, a longtime member of Saturday Night Live, is the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding. Her life is falling apart, her business has gone under, she lives with a freaky brother and sister plus she is sleeping with the sleaziest man alive, brilliantly played by Jon Hamm.

Lillian (Maya Rudolph), the bride, has found a new friend Helen (Rose Byrne) whom Annie instantly dislikes because she is prettier, richer and thinner. The movie follows Annie, who is trying to deal with her dilapidated life while trying to match up to the perfect Helen. This inevitably leads to frightful results.

Bridesmaids is a movie about friendship and how friends stick together through thick and thin. It produces a number of extremely hilarious scenes, but there are many times when you sit and wait for the next laugh-out-loud moment.

Familiar faces who have taken up the unexpected roles are Rose Byrne (Helen) who played Briseis in Troy, Melissa Mc­Carthy (Megan) from Gilmore Girls and singer/actress Maya Rudolph. And an unremarkable performance by the recently deceased Jill Clayburgh who plays Annie’s mom.

It deserves its R-rated classification. It’s not one to take the kids to, but it will be a great night out with the girls.

Don’t worry, guys, you can also join in the fun. It’s not a rom-com, but a refreshing comedy that fittingly portrays female relationships.

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