Perhaps it is my undying love for this movie that made me want to write a review on it so after-the-fact. Or maybe it's because I just got back from my first Bachelorette Party Extravaganza. Either way, the film Bridesmaids is definitely a must see, especially for people involved in an upcoming wedding.
My main focus in this review is the 'realistic-ness' of the wedding situations. Initially, I thought that it was completely over the top. And, to be honest, most of it is (i.e. shitting in the street, shitting in a fancy wedding dress shop sink; basically the various shitting locations).
However, the subtle intricacies that hit close to home are what make this movie so relatable and fantastic.
First of all, the relationship between the Bride and the Maid of Honor. As a current Maid of Honor, I can identify with Annie (Kristen Wiig) pretty naturally (another feeling that didn't come when I first watched Bridesmaids, back when I wasn't a Maid of Honor). While it is the Maid of Honor's job to make sure everything is about the Bride, it is actually much harder than it seems. As seen in the film, Kristen Wiig's character pretty much has no idea what she is doing. A wedding has so many pre-wedding events that all fall on the Maid of Honor's shoulders. While many other movies feature the Maid of Honor happily taking control and all the planning running smoothly--besides Grandma being delayed at the airport or some such problem (which could not have been helped by the MOH anyway)--Bridesmaids paints a more realistic picture of the panic and insecurity that comes with being a MOH.
An aspect of the movie that I also initially thought was over the top was the bridesmaid drama. One of the bridesmaids thinks that she would have been a better suited MOH, but the bride picked her life-long from childhood BFF. The constant subtext and condescension that comes with this is real. Particularly when the MOH is significantly younger than the rest of the Bridesmaids and can't afford things as extravagant as the other older Bridesmaids (i.e. my situation).
Unfortunately for Annie (Kristen Wiig), her fellow bridesmaids (particularly Helen played by the excellent Rose Byrne) do not decide to help her but to overshadow her. This does not help the protagonists already insecure/low self-esteemed mindset. Especially when the bride replaces her as MOH (every Maid Of Honors nightmare!).
What I think makes this movie so great, is that while there is a ton of silly humor (thank you, Melissa McCarthy!)...
...there are still touching and relatable moments throughout.
Another part of the film that I lived through was the plane scene. Again, while parts of it was over the top (like a supposed colonial woman churning butter on the wing), the core of it was extremely realistic! This past weekend 5 of us flew to Dominican Republic for a Bachelorette Party. Half of us got upgraded to First class while the rest of us sat in coach. The first thing I thought of was Bridesmaids! We quoted the movie all the way into the plane. And then, something happened that none of us expected: the quotes ended and reality set in! The stewardess was snobby, chasing coach level travelers back into 'their area' and they even kicked out our bride who they mistakenly thought was sneaking into first class, when, in fact, she had a seat there!
There was even a little curtain separating us!
Luckily, no one got drunk and drugged enough to have the plane land early and we all made it safely!
While the film is mainly focused on the Maid of Honor, a bride can also relate to the excitement and fear that comes with an upcoming/impending wedding.
Not only does this film have fantastic plot, but the acting is strong throughout; there is no weak link in this chain!
Kristen Wiig (SNL, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Despicable Me 2)
Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, Gilmore Girls, Identity Thief)
Rose Byrne (Neighbors, Spy, Troy)
Maya Rudolph (SNL, Away We Go, Big Hero 6)
Ellie Kemper (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Office, 21 Jump Street)
Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs, Single Moms Club, Blended)
Chris O'Dowd (Cuban Fury, This is 40, Pirate Radio)
Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bachelorette, Super Fun Night)
Annie Mumolo (This is 40, Afternoon Delight, About a Boy)
Jill Clayburgh (An Unmarried Woman, Running With Scissors, Love & Other Drugs)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Million Dollar Arm, Minions)
Just to name a few!
And remember, in the end, after all the drama, a wedding is supposed to be fun!