Been there, done that? Comedies are a funny thing, no pun intended. Sometimes the timing is spot on and other times it’s just a little off. But, either way there typically is enough humor to go around, which is all you want from any comedy. Sure, there might be better ways to do things, but in the end if there are enough laughs, all flaws are forgiven. Especially when the story is actually something we haven’t seen before, like in the case of “Bridesmaids,” a film that grows on you the longer you watch.

Once upon a time…there was a soon-to-be bride by the name of Lillian(Maya Rudolph), who like many before her, wanted that ‘storybook’ wedding. Naturally, she called upon several of her closest friends and family to be bridesmaids, but only one of them would get the privilege of being Maid of Honor. And for Lillian, that was her best friend Annie (Kristen Wiig), who she had been friends with all her life, having grown up together.  Only problem was, Annie was not your typical girl. Instead of running into love, she would run out of it by finding ways to “end it” before it ever got started.  However, this would present a problem when Annie began to compile her ‘to do’ list for the wedding, as she often would lean on the help of the other bridesmaids to essentially fill in the blanks. That was mostly because Annie could barely keep her own life together, which in the end became her biggest problem when she had to make a few decisions for not only her best friend getting married, but for herself.  The result was nothing short of hilarious, as the closer the wedding got, the crazier everything became for all parties involved leading to a wild conclusion full of laughs. 

Who was in it? For once, there’s a comedy without a host of famous comedians all jockeying for screen time. That’s a pleasure, as you were able to focus on each character without being distracted, which I think did a lot of favors to the script written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig. That’s right, the lead member of this cast also helped write the script, utilizing the skills she displays each week on Saturday Night Live. For some, this is the first time seeing Wigg. I know it was for me and I was glad, as the more I watched Wiig, the more I liked.  And make no mistake about it, without Wiig, I doubt this film would been half of what it was.  Because all too often, you would get caught up within Wiig’s facial expressions or quirks making me wonder why she hasn’t completely left Saturday Night Live.  I was impressed and I didn’t expect to be, which was nice coming from a comedy. But, Wiig wasn’t alone, as she had plenty of help from women like Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy and Ellie Kemper. And what was nice was how well they all seemed to fit together, despite their differences, which can’t be said enough given this entire story and film was pretty much based on bridesmaids. 

As good as it can be – Considering this is probably the biggest R-rated comedy with a cast of women ever made, I was amazed with what director Paul Feig was able to do. Sure, the script penned by Wiig and Mumolo had a big part in that, but Feig made sure the audience was embedded.  That’s tough to do with comedies, especially one’s that really don’t have that one major star. In fact, this cast looked about as realistic as it gets, as virtually none of them could steal screen time with only their looks. That’s no slight on them, that’s just part of why this was so easy to watch at times; because no matter how over the top the humor was, you actually believed it.  Maybe that was from what I like to call honest and revealing moments, but either way that bled into why this worked in the end. Being able to push the limit just enough is not easy, yet it’s becoming more and more popular these days with films like this and “The Hangover” series, which will reach Part II this month. 

Bottom Line – Every so often a film like “Bridesmaids” will come along and surprise you in some unique way.  That’s good because the more times this happens, the better Hollywood becomes at reaching a wider audience. Maybe that’s going too deep for a comedy, but I think it applies here for a film that many people may not see, but probably should.

B

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