Short and sweet version:
I liked it but I’m not about to take it behind the middle school and get it pregnant. 3.5/5
tl; dr version:
Maybe my expectations were slightly too high, maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood, maybe I just don’t like comedies as a general rule – maybe maybe maybe. I just wanted this to be something that would justify why I like Kristen Wiig even if I think her characters on SNL are all incredibly annoying and she is way too overused on that show.1 In Bridesmaids Kristen Wiig plays an incredibly self-centered character who is one step away from being utterly unlikable. This should be a problem as she is the main focus of the entire story, but honestly, yay for the supporting cast when Annie gets to be too much.
1 That having been said, now that Kristen Wiig has this under her belt, both as an actor as a producer, does it mean that she might be more comfortable taking yet another step away from the suck that is SNL? *crosses fingers and presses thumbs*
This is not to say I didn’t like it, I just wasn’t rabidly in love with the whole thing. For a film about friendships between women, I didn’t really feel the love between Annie and Lillian. The film told me they were BFFs but they don’t quite get there in terms of demonstrating just how close they are. This is not to say that there wasn’t any chemistry between Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig; who, by the way, clearly know how to play off of each other from their SNL years. I just don’t get the feeling that they are “I’d totally help you hide that body in your living room” kind of BFFs. For someone who is supposed to know Annie very well, Lillian fails to realise that Annie is the kind of person who can’t handle the duties befitting a Maid of Honour. Don’t get me wrong, I like that Annie is a wreck; it’s refreshing to see someone who has realistic issues that are related to the fail that is our economy.2
2 But really? SHE OWNED A BAKERY AND MIGHT HAVE SPECIALISED IN CUPCAKES? Way to keep the twee alive.
The supporting cast is where this film truly shines. Sure, all of the other bridesmaids are painted in rather broad strokes but they avoided the caricature route. I’ve ranted (IRL) about this before and I will say it again: I really need to watch Damages because I think Rose Byrne is fantastic. She is clearly the antagonist here but you can’t help but enjoy her presence. So she can play the obligatory love interest in a blockbuster (X-Men: First Class), the lead in an indie drama (Adam) and now a pseudo-villain – oh just give her more to do already! Between her and Melissa McCarthy I was in stitches.
One thing that really made me laugh was the juxtaposition of Chris O’Dowd in his highway patrol uniform and Jon Hamm looking like a complete and utter douche-nozzle in his Farrari; It really doesn’t help that Chris O’Dowd’s eyes are ever so slightly too close to each other and Jon Hamm is the current (Hollywood) embodiment of attractive male.