Friday, 24 June 2011

Bridesmaids.

Bridesmaids.

Judd Apatow has been criticised in the past for being a misogynistic pig. In fact, that description came from the leading lady, Katherine Heigl, in his 2007 comedy Knocked Up. So here comes him producing a film with an all female cast. He's never been misogynistic in my eyes. Either way, Judd Apatow has produced, written and directed some of the greatest films. The favourite of mine that he's directed is The 40 Year Old Virgin which is hysterical from start to finish. The best thing he's produced so far has been Anchorman so there's a lot of pressure on Bridesmaids to measure up to those.

Plot: Picked as her best friend's maid of honour, lovelorn and broke Annie looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids.

Luckily - and fantastically - it does. It perhaps surpasses some of the others like Knocked Up. Which Paul Feig also directed. Paul Feig has ventured into a female version of The Hangover. Not in the "oh, we're so drunk" aspect but more in the pressures on women and a wedding. For example, men just have a bachelor party which is usually strippers, alcohol, gambling and being sick. For women, it's a distressing ordeal organising bridal showers, fittings and bachelorette parties which don't defer.

This is unexplored territory. Thankfully, the expedition goes off without a real problem. There's laughs from the off with a risqué beginning with an awkward fuck-buddy encounter of Kristen Wiig's self-loathing Annie Walker who is a self-saboteur and Jon Hamm's Ted who wants no strings at all and blowjobs. Annie is then selected to be Lillian's (Maya Rudolph) maid of honour. She agrees thinking nothing of it without realising that there's a mountain of work - expensive work.

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd and Rose Byrne. Directed by Paul Feig.

It's only expensive because of two reasons. Annie is a failed cake maker who is struggling to pay bills and because Lillian's other friend, Helen (Rose Byrne) - who says Lillian's HER best friend, is trying to make it outlandish and extravagant and steal the honour of being the maid of honour. The film is a rivalry between poor fuck-up Annie and bitchy yet meticulous Helen.

Enter gleaming Chris O'Dowd who's an Irish charming yet awkward policeman who is just what Annie Walker needs. How convenient. I think that is truly the only let down of the film. The obvious and weak romance between Kristen Wiig and Chris O'Dowd. It tried to stay away from chick flick clichés early on but in Chris O'Dowd's scenes, that's all there seems to be. I'm a fan of Chris O'Dowd as I find The IT Crowd hilarious but he disappointed in this. There are scenes with him which are still funny.

Colossally crude which is refreshing to see that in a comedy with an all-female cast. I mean, if I wanted to see a poor chick-flick comedy I'd watch one of the many £3 DVDs from Tesco which prominently feature Katherine Heigl, Kate Hudson, Hillary Swank and Jennifer Aniston (but Horrible Bosses with Jenni does look really funny). I mean, the cunt-bomb is dropped in such a startling way that your face is almost locked and paralysed into laughing and jaw dropping. Melissa McCarthy's Megan is outrageous, cringe-worthy but she really makes the film - especially when she steals nine things from a bridal shower and genuinely suggests a fight club between the girls for Lillian's shower.

The cast spent about 2 weeks improvising with each other, some of which was incorporated into the movie.

It's hilarious from the off and just gets funnier with a dress fitting which is horrendous and horrific, a bachelorette party that kicks off before it does and a bridal shower that probably won't be beaten. It's early success as already possibly linked a sequel to production. It's only been out in the UK for less than a week and a few weeks in America and has already grossed over $100m. If only the painfully unromantic scenes were romantic or at least funny then it would improve tenfold. Maybe something to focus on in the potential sequel.

★★★★