Plot summary (from the studio): Thirty-something Annie (Kristen Wiig) has hit a rough patch but finds her life turned completely upside down when she takes on the Maid of Honor role in her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) wedding. In way over her head but determined to succeed, Annie leads a hilarious hodgepodge of bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to the big event.
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- Megan was by far my favorite character. She just said and did the funniest things throughout the movie, and presented viewers with the most laugh-out-loud moments. For example, when she suggested a Fight Club theme for Lillian’s shower and said, “We’ll all just jump on her and start beating the shit out of her!” or whatever? OMG, I practically died! Also, when she went to Annie’s place, jumped on her, and said, “I’m life and I’m biting you in the ass” — that was another winner! Same thing with her story about the dolphin looking into her soul and talking to her telepathically. Hahaha!
- Annie’s freakout at the shower was funny, too, especially when she attacked the cookie and tried to push the fondue fountain over.
- Nathan Rhoads seemed like a truly nice guy. At first, I thought there would be a love triangle direct from other rom-com screenplays involving Nathan, Annie, and the Jon Hamm character, but I’m glad they didn’t go that route. He and Annie seem like a good fit.
- The bridesmaid who constantly complained about her kids was both funny and a bit disturbing.
- Some of the stuff on the plane was good, like when the guy finally admitted he was an air marshall.
- A four-minute sex scene to begin the movie? Ugh, so boring and unnecessary, even if Jon Hamm was featured.
- I did not enjoy the dress shop scene one bit. Watching other people vomit and/or battle diarrhea is disgusting to me, so I never find this type of “humor” funny.
- I thought the film was far too long (more than 2 hours) and definitely dragged in places. Are you telling me the director couldn’t have told the same story if 20 minutes of excess was trimmed out?
- The competing speeches bit at the engagement party went on forever. It wasn’t funny; just tiresome.
- I’m sorry, but Maya Rudolph has a distractingly weird face. I usually don’t comment on looks, but this is something I truly disliked about the movie.
I was led by the funny trailers, rave reviews, and $100+ million box office to believe that Bridesmaids would be the best female comedy ever. Maybe they got a great company to do their marketing for them because I really was persuaded by the advertising campaign that this would be an awesome film. But even though there were some truly funny lines and scenes scattered throughout, the positives were almost equally balanced out by the negatives, yielding just a pretty average film overall. I give this one 3 stars out of 5.