Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #183 Bridesmaids

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2011 at 4:53 AM

Movie #183 Bridesmaids

(2011, US, d. Paul Feig)

Bridesmaids is the new movie from producer Judd Apatow, whose most admirable quality is his ability to make raunchy and hilarious film with some genuine heart. Here, however, is his first big mis-step. I’m not saying the movie is not funny. It is. In fact, it’s hilarious and I’m hoping it can get people into the theater based off that. Plus, I think Kristen Wiig deserves it. One of the most talented people working in Hollywood, the SNL star (who also co-penned the script) can never seem to get lucky in Hollywood. The biggest problem with Bridesmaids is that it can’t seem to make up its mind about whether it wants to be a gag-filled drive or be something plot-driven. It starts off seeming like something that will be plot driven, then it turns up the gags, then half-heartedly reverts back to its plot. For me, the story should have been about the rivaled relationship between Annie (played by Kristen Wiig) and Helen (played by Rose Byrne). The movie is hilarious and it’s nice to watch a chick flick that, frankly, doesn’t suck. The jokes are original, have a fresh point-of-view, and fun. Even the gross jokes are enjoyable. Plus, the 15 minute or so scene in an airplane has to be one of the funniest film scenes of the last year. However, by the time the emotional denouement of the film was occurring, I didn’t feel anything. It felt cheap and just put in to create an artificial ending. This is where Wiig (the writer) fails. I don’t think this is the next Superbad or Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but I do think this film shows a lot of hope for the female film genre. Catch it in theaters May 2011.

  1. […] to come up with gag after gag – a decision that wasn’t made in last week’s comedy Bridesmaids. And though the characters are a little one-dimensional and their arcs are conventional, it’s […]

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