On Tuesday, I went to a private screening of Bridesmaid’s before the UK General Release on June 24th. I heard so many good things about this movie after it was released last month in the US. If you are a fan of movies like 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, The Hangover & Superbad, then you’ll love this movie.
Things aren’t going well at all for Annie: she works as an incompetent saleswoman at a jewelry store after the cake store she opened during the recession went bankrupt, her only romantic outlet is a selfish pig who revels in the “sex buddies” relationship she is growing decreasingly fond of, she’s stuck with a grotesque British girl and her obnoxious brother as roommates, and her cherished relationship with her childhood best friend Lillian changes forever when Lillian gets engaged. Lillian then asks Annie to be her Maid of Honor, but also selects four bridesmaids: Helen Harris, the wealthy wife of Lillian’s fiancÃ©’s boss and Lillian’s new close friend; Becca, a newlywed who loves marriage and pities unattached Annie; Megan, the zaftig and aggressive sister of the groom; and Rita, a relative who is dissatisfied with her marriage and three constantly masturbating sons. Annie’s chaotic personal life, budgetary restrictions, and insecurity about Lillian and Helen’s friendship begin to take their toll as the wedding draws nearer. Can the romantic affections of a handsome cop and some much-needed self-confidence turn things around for her, in time to truly celebrate her best friend’s wedding day?
Guys reading this will probably think “girls, marriage, bridesmaids, chick flick” but in all honesty, this is far from a chick flick. This movie is full of sick twisted humour and made me laugh more than I ever have at a movie (just don’t eat before seeing it!). The movie does not disappoint on LOL values, even though at times, especially in the beginning, it started to drag until all the action really began.
I never really knew much about the main actors in the movie other than knowing Kristen Wiig from Saturday Night Live & Melissa McCarthy from Gilmore Girls so didn’t know what to expect at all. Even though approx $32millon was spent making the movie, a few scenes within the movie felt like they were from a low budgeted Indie film. There were also scenes from the trailer that weren’t actually in the movie which confused the hell out of me, as well as cameo scenes with Matt Lucas (Little Britain) which to me, were un-necessary & diverted away at times from the main plot of the movie.
The people who really stood out in the movie were Melissa McCarthy who played Megan, she had the best comedic scenes which had me in stitches, especially during the flight and at the dress fitting scenes. The other was one of my favourite UK TV Actors, Chris O’Dowd (from The I.T. Crowd) who did a great job playing Officer Nathan Rhodes. Even though the movie does have it’s flaws, it is still a must see for pure entertainment value!
Bridesmaids is released on June 24th in the UK.