Just wanted to share this wee gem with anyone who may not have stumbled across it quite yet. Nice little flick to watch with the other half. Given the subject matter, it’s obviously not a guy movie; but neither is it fluffy enuff to be wedged into the chick flick section at the video store.
The movie tells the story of Annie, a character who’s one of those unfortunate people who has the midas touch in reverse. (Everything…and I mean every thing…she touches, somehow, turns to sh1t). From bad career choices (opening a bakery in a recession) to bad taste in men; things just seem to be in a downward spiral for her.
Kristen Wiig does an excellent job in the lead role as Annie; especially when it comes to the more embarrassing scenes in the movie. She seems like the kinda girl you could have a great laugh with, over a few beers. Not least since she actually shares the writing credits; so she knew exactly what she was getting herself into! I guess that’s one way to ensure good leading roles for women. (Write ’em yourself).
Annie’s opening scene with Ted, (played by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm), initially had me thinking: ahhh, OK. A little eye-candy for the ladies. But he quickly turns out to be a real douche-bag and sets the tone for her run of luck for the rest of the movie, pretty much. (I did mention her bad taste in men, didn’t I)?
There were a few other great performances (or perhaps well written characters) that made the movie for me. Most notably Melissa McCarthy as Megan. (She reminded me of a female Ricky Gervais). Rose Byrne as Helen: Annie’s rival for the affections of her best friend Lillian. (Kinda felt Annie should’ve slapped her immediately and stolen Sigourney Weaver’s best Alien line: “get away from her you bitch”)! Also, cameos by Matt Lucas (of Little Britain fame) as Annie’s annoying flat mate, Gil; with Rebel Wilson as his equally annoying (and free-loading) sister, Brynn. (One word before you watch the movie: ‘bath-tub’).
Whilst Bridesmaids essentially has a rom-com thread running thru’ it and there is of course the predictable outcome; it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Plus, like real life, it’s more about the journey than the destination. The comedy makes you cringe or squirm with embarrassment for the characters involved; (rather than politely giggle at how silly people can be. Bless). Plus there’s no real moral shoved down your throat at the end of the story. (Or at least it didn’t have me chanting, South Park style: “you know I’ve learned something today”).
Given all that, I expect it won’t be everybody’s cup of tea; (especially if you’re more of a Julia Roberts fan). But, despite the fairly formulaic subject matter, I think the writers/players gave things enuff of a twist to make the whole experience worthwhile. (At least for yours truly).
Favorite scenes: Annie’s impression of a little one-eyed trouser snake early in the movie. All the scenes with Annie working in the jewelry shop. The scene with Annie and Helen fighting over the micophone. All the scenes with Megan, e.g. the dress fitting scene and the scene on the plane. Plus, Annie trying to enlist Officer Rhodes help, when he really doesn’t wanna talk to her any more, later in the flick.
As I say, it won’t be everybody’s thing. But don’t let the title put you off, as it nearly did me.