By Christopher Campbell | Spout September 20, 2011 at 12:15PM
The following guest review (from my now-wife) was originally published on May 10, 2011. It is being reposted for the film's home video release.
The following is a review of "Bridesmaids" from my bride-to-be (in a month), Jennifer Drake. On the one hand, she is filling in because I could not attend the press screening myself. On the other hand, I thought it would be interesting to get the perspective of a woman who is both about to be married and also about to serve as a bridesmaid in a best friend's wedding. She says the latter is more relevant to the film. She also says I must see it as soon as possible.
Ladies, if you’re like me, your typical rom-com makes you want to barf. They’re not relatable, they’re not funny, and they’re usually flat-out insulting.
What’s my alternative? A typical Judd Apatow sausage-fest? Sure, the writing is better – but, look, I really don’t like bodily fluids of any kind taking a starring role in a film. Just let me be with my fluid-free films, please.
"Bridesmaids" is both and neither of those things.
Sure, it has an awww-inducing, predictable subplot with “the nice guy” (played by Chris O’Dowd, who in my opinion is totally cuter than Jon Hamm in his role as a real cad). And yes, it has that soon-to-be-legendary gross-out scene during which I had to close my eyes with my mouth agape. (While laughing hysterically, I might add.)
What this film does do, however, is depict the strange and crazy bond of female friendships truthfully, warts and all. And it does it while making you laugh. Really laugh. I’m talking tears-welling-up-in-my-eyes laugh.
Played by Kristen Wiig, Annie is thrust into chaos just before her best friend (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged. Her boyfriend has left her, her business has sunk, and now her best pal is moving onto seemingly greener pastures – replete with a new best friend, played by the pitch-perfect Rose Byrne. Trying to be the finest maid of honor she can be, Annie has her hand in creating never-ending drama, always getting in her own way. A couple of (sometimes one-note) characters played by Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Ellie Kemper round out the titular cast.
The film tackles the complicated relationship between us women – wanting to be happy for your friend while also trying to check your own jealousy. It addresses that feeling of ownership some of us have over our friends. It hits all the right notes when it comes to competition, class warfare, and societal pressures to be paired off. And yes, it’s important to see it so that other studios know that women can be funny! They don’t all have to be pigeon-holed into the next "Something Borrowed."
"Bridesmaids" tackles a lot. But in the end, it’s just damn funny.
Like, really funny.
Jennifer Drake (Campbell-to-be) does not purport to know anything about film like her blogger fiancé and has asked three lovely and very sane women to be her bridesmaids.
"Bridesmaids" is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Recommended If You Like: "The Hangover", "30 Rock", "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", (not "Sex and the City")