125. Bridesmaids (2011)

Icing on the cake

8/10
Directed by: Paul Feig
Written by: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne

Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig perfectly balances laugh-out-loud humor with the touching story of a single bridesmaid who desperately tries to sort her own shit in order to be the best maid of honor she can possibly be at her best friend’s wedding. As Wiig’s character, Annie, takes on nerve-wracking, sanity-testing obstacles that are both hilarious and relatable, Bridesmaids proves to be a comedy that has more thought and heart than what we might expect from a comedy on bridesmaids.

Getting crazy for the big day

With strong performances from an eclectic collective of female comedians, Bridesmaids takes advantage of distinct characters as a means of highlighting the distinct talents of each actress. As the pre-wedding preparations and celebrations open up endless possibilities of hilarity – some of which involve shitting in dresses, nervous breakdowns and shaky flights to Vegas – Bridesmaids is a step above your average comedy in that it propels all its comedic stunts towards saying something about the character of Annie, her personal issues and her relationships with family, friends, new love interests and an old fuck buddy (played with perfection by Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm).

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