Bridesmaids – Movie Review

Where do I start?

Over 90% in positive reviews according to Rotten Tomatoes, written by those responsible for the hilarious Saturday Night Live skits and brought to the screen by those that gave us Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin. Mix these together and you get a pretty high expectation level for Bridesmaids. Some had even called it the comedy of the year, a possible “Hangover”-esque comedy with women in power.

I don’t want to sound anti-feminist but Bridesmaids fails miserably.

Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Liliane (Maya Rudolph) have been best friends since they were little girls. When Liliane gets engaged, she chooses Annie to be her maid of honor. And then they meet the other bridesmaids: a neurotic woman named Helen (Rose Byrn), a newlywed Becca (Ellie Kemper), a tomboy-ish Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and a frustrated mother and wife named Rita (Wendy McLendon-Covey).

Naturally, the bridesmaids won’t get along well as conflict between Helen, who wants to be Liliane’s best friend, and Annie soon arises. And this is the movie’s catalyst (or lack thereof): how the characters interact.

Starting off with a sex scene and going into the monotonous life of a woman and her best friend, the movie sets itself as a chick-flick from the get-go. And it doesn’t really try to stray from that connotation until about the 45th minute. And that’s a lot of baggage for a movie to try to get rid off with one scene that involves a dress fitting gone seriously wrong after some Brazilian food poisoning.

Yes, you will laugh your ass off at that scene and start hoping that the movie has picked up but you will be severely disappointed.

And what do you know, single Annie soon enough meets her own prince charming in the form of a police officer who pulls her over because he thought she was driving under the influence of alcohol. Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) soon embarks on a troubled relationship with Annie that doesn’t really unfold and is left as a side story more in the realms of cliche than of a true relationship.

Bridesmaids is a terribly slow movie as well. The plot lingers on so many irrelevant points that it doesn’t feel like moving at all. And mind you, I had no idea this was a two hour movie. It’s almost longer than Harry Potter. No comedy is supposed to take this long to unfold, especially one with so little jokes and so many useless dialogue.

The acting in Bridesmaids is pretentious as well. Not only is it agonizing to watch at times, but it’s also as rickety as the joints of a creaky table. Some have called Kristen Wiig’s performance a breakthrough. Excuse me, but have we watched the same movie? She’s not even the character that delivers the good jokes in the movie, it’s tomboy-ish Megan. And Helen, the movie’s “villain” is so marinated in everything cliche about the perfectionist wedding planner than seeing her on screen initiates your gag reflex.

Let me put it this way, Bridesmaids was so bad that a friend who watched the movie with me and who hates anything in the fantasy genre wished she had watched Harry Potter instead. And I was mortified that I had actually suggested we’d watch such a movie. I’m pretty sure a third screening of Harry would have been much more enjoyable than seeing a bunch of women make a joke of themselves by vomiting, cracking jokes about blowjobs, diarrhea and getting wasted on airplanes.

Let me try to grade this. 3/10

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19 thoughts on “Bridesmaids – Movie Review

  1. The thing is that a movie like Hangover is enjoyed by all- men and women alike. Bridesmaids was made with women in mind- men just don’t appreciate these movies. That’s why 90% of the people (if not more) in the theatre are in fact female. Men are usually dragged in.

    My girls and I went. There was I’d say about 10 of us and we all LOVED it. It made us laugh, it made us cry, it touched our heart, it spoke to us even though most of us are not bridesmaids or getting married but there was something. I even had a friend half way through the movie turn to me and say “I just want to give you a hug..but I don’t want anyone to think I’m weird.” That specific scene was when Annie and Megan are discussing Annie’s issues.

    Maybe its cultural relevance?

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    • We were 2 guys and 2 girls watching. The girls hated it more than we did. It’s not cultural difference, the movie is simply just not that funny. I’ve died laughing over many American movies do I definitely get the jokes. And there were scenes in this one where I laughed my ass off. But those were a couple of scenes in an otherwise overly extended movie that ultimately goes nowhere.

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      • No what I meant is that the issues facing the women in the movie maybe are culturally influenced or felt. Because here in Canada, people love the movie- I don’t know anyone who hated it, even beyond our group. Its the #1 female led comedy ever. And as I said we cried, we laughed, and we felt exactly what the characters were. I give the movie a 9/10 personally. The movie is certainly not your “average” comedy. I don’t think I feel anything when watching the hangover but disgust and shock at their next moves. There is no emotion. Its just a plain comedy. That’s the difference. If you went in expecting yourself to see a pure, stupid comedy- its not going to happen. Women overall, don’t want that. I hated Hangover 2 oh-so-much for that very reason. It lacked emotion of feeling of any sort.

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        • I know it discusses women issues. That was quite obvious but the handling of those issues was cliche IMO. I agree about The Hangover 2. I liked the first one but it wasn’t even my favorite comedy that year. I don’t care that the movie is for women or men. If it’s branded a comedy, it should make me laugh the whole way through. And this one didn’t entertain me.
          On the contrary, I felt it was too sappy.

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  2. I’ll have to agree with Mariam there, it’s a chick flick (as it says in the poster), so it wouldn’t really interest you. But I personally wouldn’t watch it either, I feel like the concept has already been done too many times.

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    • The poster at ABC didn’t have the “chick flick” thing on it, and when a movie has over 90% in glowing reviews, I’m gonna assume I’d like it more than say zookeeper or the penguin movie.

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  3. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA…Let me, humbly, re-express those carefully picked words for you:
    Where do I start?

    Over 90% in positive reviews according to Elie Fares (whose Rotten Tomatoes’ link is still unseen), written by those responsible for the hilarious Saturday Night Live skits(while they were wondering if they had reached that diva stage, where everything they produce, be it good or bad, would still be acclaimed as hilarious) and brought to the screen by those that gave us Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin(previous applies here). Mix these together and you get a pretty high expectation level for Bridesmaids(yeah, was busting my ass to get reservations for the damn thing). Some had even called it the comedy of the year, a possible “Hangover”-esque comedy with women in power.

    I don’t want to sound anti-feminist but Bridesmaids fails miserably(abso-effin-lutely).

    Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Liliane (Maya Rudolph) have been best friends since they were little girls (super unique start). When Liliane gets engaged, she chooses Annie to be her maid of honor(figures from the title). And then they meet the other bridesmaids: a neurotic woman named Helen (Rose Byrn), a newlywed Becca (Ellie Kemper), a tomboy-ish Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and a frustrated mother and wife named Rita (Wendy McLendon-Covey).

    Naturally, the bridesmaids won’t get along well as conflict between Helen, who wants to be Liliane’s best friend, and Annie soon arises(girls fighting and bad-mouthing each other, how clever and enchanting). And this is the movie’s catalyst (or lack thereof): how the characters interact(imagine pre-teen daily chit-chats for 2 hours).

    Starting off with a sex scene(wish I’d seen it) and going into the monotonous(underline and embolden) life of a woman and her best friend, the movie sets itself as a chick-flick from the get-go. And it doesn’t really try to stray from that connotation until about the 45th minute. And that’s a lot of baggage for a movie(from the first time they walked in front of that bakery I swore it would be the lamest plot ever if that were her only weak-point driving her life to the bottom) to try to get rid off with one scene that involves a dress fitting gone seriously wrong after some Brazilian food poisoning.

    Yes, you will laugh your ass off at that scene and start hoping that the movie has picked up but you will be severely disappointed(Consider napping from now on).

    And what do you know(what a brilliant surprise), single Annie soon enough meets her own prince charming in the form of a police officer who pulls her over because he thought she was driving under the influence of alcohol. Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) soon embarks on a troubled relationship with Annie that doesn’t really unfold and is left as a side story more in the realms of cliche than of a true relationship(and of course, it has to do with the freakin bakery!!).

    Bridesmaids is a terribly slow movie as well(You will start wondering about the meaning of time, this is how slow it is!!). The plot lingers on so many irrelevant(they are relevant, we just need more depth to explore their metaphysical aspect) points that it doesn’t feel like moving at all. And mind you, I had no idea this was a two hour movie. It’s almost longer than Harry Potter. No comedy is supposed to take this long to unfold(did it ever?!), especially one with so little jokes and so many useless dialogue.

    The acting in Bridesmaids is pretentious as well. Not only is it agonizing(I restyled my hair, organized my purse, checked my inbox, napped, stretched my blouse, noticed the acoustics in the room…) to watch at times, but it’s also as rickety as the joints of a creaky table. Some have called Kristen Wiig’s performance a breakthrough. Excuse me, but have we watched the same movie?(I think they were in the same movie as the woman sitting next to Rasha!) She’s not even the character that delivers the good jokes in the movie, it’s tomboy-ish Megan. And Helen, the movie’s “villain” is so marinated in everything cliche about the perfectionist wedding planner than seeing her on screen initiates your gag reflex.

    Let me put it this way, Bridesmaids was so bad that a friend who watched the movie with me and who hates anything in the fantasy genre wished she had watched Harry Potter instead. And I was mortified that I had actually suggested we’d watch such a movie(Better make it up next time). I’m pretty sure a third screening of Harry would have been much more enjoyable than seeing a bunch of women make a joke of themselves by vomiting, cracking jokes about blowjobs, diarrhea and getting wasted on airplanes.

    Let me try to grade this. 3/10…(Excuse me, given that I had to watch another movie and have a drink before I went to bed and that the next day, after considerable thought, think that it was worse than Open Water..I’d give it a zero.)

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  4. Oh come on you’re being harsh here. Actually, I was dragged to go see it and I knew it was a chick flick and I know how chick flicks are boring and suck most of the times and I didn’t expect this one to be any better. But I have to say I enjoyed the movie. Even though the story is lame and didn’t have any twist but it surely made me laugh my ass off. Some scenes were really funny! I’d give it a 6/10

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    • I was going into it with different and much higher expectations. So yes, what you think about the movie before going into it matters.
      And to me, only one scene got me to laugh till a point where I felt I was almost gonna crack a rib and that was the dress fitting.
      Apart from that, a few chuckles here and there and lots of yawns.

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  5. Again, I think cultural relevance matters. Maybe that’s why its not being loved. I know that many of us were willing to go back and see it again should we be offered. No one I know was dissappointed. Also, its a chick comedy. Nothing that happens in other comedies would happen in this movie because the audience is women. Imagine the women were gross throughout- it just wouldn’t be realistic or funny. Women wouldn’t watch. We wouldn’t feel connected to the characters.

    Personally, its shocking that your lady friends didn’t love it. LIke i have no explanation but culture difference. Anyway, HP and this movie are two different genres- they can’t be compared. Honestly, besides HP, Bridesmaids in my books- is the movie of the year because no other movie I’ve seen yet has delivered like it.

    I guess we’ll only agree to disagree 🙂

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  6. I m glad Elia and Elie expressed my opinion but i would like to put it that way it s a horrible movie.
    But Elie i disagree with you on something, it does not even deserve a 3/10!!!!!

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