Title: Bridesmaids (Official site)
Tag Line: NA
Release Date: 13 May 2011
Runtime: 125 min
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Where Seen: Living Room (Purchased)
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Director(s): Paul Feig
Writer(s): Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
Stars: Kristen Wiig (Annie Walker), Maya Rudolph (Lillian), Rose Byrne (Helen), Melissa McCarthy (Megan), and Chris O’Dowd (Rhodes)
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Ever since Bridesmaids was released I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. Most people I knew kept raving about it and telling me how I had to see it so when it came out on DVD I bought it. After all, if it had so many rave reviews then I was sure to love it. I should have known better. Especially since while I liked Knocked Up I didn’t love it and I didn’t really care for the other movies these directors were known for.
I didn’t laugh a single time this movie was playing and I had to kept reminding myself that it was a comedy. To me this would have been better billed as a drama as all the characters just came across as really sad and pathetic. This was especially the case with Annie (Kristen Wiig) who just made me cringe much of the time. I felt bad for her some of the time but most of the time she just brought her misfortune on to herself. She met a really nice guy but she’d sabotage it to be friends with benefits with a real a$$ hole. She never tried to get along with her best friend’s other friends and would instead just be all whiny and judgmental about them.
Yes, Helen (Rose Byrne) was a bit of a B*&ch but she was just as sad as Annie was especially when a bit of her back story is revealed. This is supposed to make her character all endearing but but that point I just didn’t care. Even Melissa McCarthy, who I loved on Gilmore Girls, just wasn’t enough to make me like this movie. In fact, I hated her character almost as much as I disliked all the rest.
Then there was the plot which seemed to delight in how over the top gross it could be. I am not a fan of crude humor and that scene in the bridal shop was just beyond crass that I found myself hitting fast forward on my remote so I wouldn’t have to watch it. And in a small quibble, I don’t get why the bridesmaid and wedding dress on the poster weren’t the ones seen in the film. Seems pointless to have two of each when one is just used for marketing.
Overall, this is one movie that I really regret buying for now I have a DVD that I will never watch again. Though I’ve learned a valuable lesson, no matter what people say, always watch the movie before splurging on purchasing it. Otherwise you might end up with severe buyers remorse as I am dealing with. Bridesmaids was blah to the extreme and I wish I could get my 125 minutes back and do something more productive with them. The only other thing I can I can really say about this movie is avoid avoid avoid!