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MOVIE REVIEW: Bridesmaids

A female Hangover

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  • (L-R) Kristen Wiig as Annie and Maya Rudolph as Lillian in "Bridesmaids."
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Anyone that walks by the movie poster for Bridesmaids will be convinced it's another Sex and the City type of movie. It’s not.

Instead of throwing a great bachelorette party, Annie (Kristen Wiig) throws a pity party for herself. And we would understand and root for her – at first. She’s in a bad relationship, had a business go under, and can’t pay her rent. She could’ve acted a little nicer and less pathetic along the way.

Characters don't necessarily need to be likable for a movie to work. There are a handful of movies with characters that have no single redeeming quality. My Best Friend’s Wedding was a sloppy rom-com; the problem was that Julia Roberts was very unlikable.

The first 30 minutes of Bridesmaids was great. There are funny scenes, good friendships, characters are established nicely. Wiig has great facial expressions (even the time she almost did one of her characters on Saturday Night Live), and the scenario for Bridemaids was perfect for a blend of chick flick meets Hangover(produced by Judd Apatow, also a producer of Bridesmaids).

Former SNL cast member Maya Rudolph is the engaged friend, and she’s fine until something they have that character do late in the movie. Melissa McCarthy, the heavy, sex-starved bridesmaid, steals most of the scenes she’s in. Think Zach Galifianakis without the beard. English comedian Matt Lucas (Tweedledee in Alice in Wonderland) is perfectly cast as the bizarre roommate of Wiigs. Jon Hamm plays her booty-call well enough (especially in a hysterical opening scene).

It was bittersweet to see Jill Clayburgh, who passed away at age 66, in a great role as Wiigs mom. She has a few funny scenes.

The soundtrack might be the best of the year. Who would’ve guessed this movie would give us AC/DC, Blondie’s seldom heard Rip Her to Shreds, Fiona Apple, Kate Nash, Ryan Adams, Hole, and great covers of Blister in the Sun and Shakin’ All Over.

But back to Wiig. She’s easily the best cast member SNL has, and is great in the movies she’s done. As the bosses wife in Adventureland, a Jesus freak in Paul…and with this movie (which she co-wrote) she proves she can carry a film as the lead.

I wish the movie had more laughs. There’s a line in this where a crying Rudolph tells Wiig, “Why can’t you just act happy for me, and go home and talk about me behind my back like a normal person?!” I wish there were more sharp lines like that.

As it was, I laughed enough to give it a C+.

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  • Rating: 3.5 of 5