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Another Piece Praising BRIDESMAIDS
by Denise DuVernay

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Kristen Wiig is pretty when she's not Gilly

Kristen Wiig is pretty when she's not Gilly
Yes, it's true. You've heard other people say it and now I'm saying it so you can actually believe it if you haven't seen it yet: BRIDESMAIDS is a hilarious, albeit somewhat raunchy, exploration of female friendship, competition, and sex. Can we put the "Are women funny?" question to rest. Seriously, can we?

I saw THE HANGOVER. (I will probably see THE HANGOVER PART II). BRIDESMAIDS was ten times funnier than THE HANGOVER. And okay, yes, I'm a chick, but the men in the theater were laughing just as hard as I was. And I know men are expected to see this film because of the previews. Lots and lots of previews for movies men would like, including something involving fighting. It was gross.

Kristen Wiig, known for playing almost every female character on Saturday Night Live for the past five years, co-wrote and stars in this film. I have been suffering from a big of Wiig Fatigue, and I was worried that she'd bug
Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph
me, but she didn't bug me in WHIP IT because she played a character, not a caricature. And the same is true in this film. While she does have some comedy-heavy scenes, her part is mostly serious: Wiig plays Annie, a woman whose personal and professional lives are falling apart. Although she is an excellent baker, her Milwaukee cake shop went under, her boyfriend left her, and she's got two of the worst roommates in the history of apartment living. Meanwhile, life for her best friend since childhood, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), couldn't be better. Early in the movie, Lillian's fiancÚ, Doug, proposes and the divisions between Annie and Lillian become more pronounced. Lillian has made a new friend, Helen (Rose Byrne, who is beautiful and whose American accent never fails to wow me), who happens to be her fiancÚ's boss's wife and has a lot of money. Annie is instantly threatened by Helen because of her fabulous wealth and the
Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne
possessiveness they both feel of Lillian.

Much of the humor comes from Melissa McCarthy, who is best known for playing Sookie on Gilmore Girls and Molly on Mike & Molly. However, her character Megan (Doug's sister) is nothing like the roles she's played before. Sookie is fun and clumsy; Molly is sensitive and reserved. But Megan is . . . how to say this delicately . . . outspoken, aggressive and not at all ladylike. I think she should host SNL.

While Annie and Helen are busy competing for Lillian's love and the coveted best friend status, they miss the fact that Lillian is floundering and needs her friends to help her adjust. Even though the marriage is a good thing and Lillian is happy to be engaged, she is nervous and a bit pre-nostalgic about leaving her home in Milwaukee to live with Doug in Chicago. Sadly, Annie is so caught up in the competition and her own self pity that she doesn't notice.
Melissa McCarthy (not all butched up)

Melissa McCarthy (not all butched up)
Luckily, Helen has the sense to come to Annie to help reach Lillian and they work together to help their friend. In the end, not only is the friendship between Lillian and Annie restored, but there are new, different friendships to celebrate.

Yeah, there are poop jokes. Yes on the raunchy sex, too. Yes, the normally beautiful Jon Hamm is not appealing at all in this film (so sad!) Seriously, the opening sex scene with him is most un-tittilating thing ever. But the heartfelt drama, the clever, surprising dialogue, and the amazing ensemble cast make this movie a strong nine out of ten stars.

See this film with a friend, preferably one who's not your mom (that could be awkward).


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