By Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a
down-on-her-luck friend and maid of honor to Lillian (Maya Rudolph). Annie also
has relationship issues and the man (Jon Hamm) she is sleeping with has no
intention of making a commitment.
Problems start when Helen (Rose
Byrne) becomes part of the bridal party. She is wealthy, unhappy, and lonely –
and will become Lillian’s new sister-in-law. Annie is jealous of Helen’s
ability to provide every good thing to make the wedding perfect and throws a
hilarious fit. They reconcile and Annie shares memories of growing up as best
friends with Lillian. Helen uses this
information to garner Lillian’s favor and events collude to almost bring down
Some will think this is a vulgar
movie, and some parts of it are. I hesitated before seeing it because it seemed
as if were the girls’ answer to “The Hangover” and “The Hangover II” phenomenon
Note that Judd Apatow is one of the
producers for “Bridesmaids”; he gave us “The Forty Year-Old Virgin” and
“Knocked Up”. He uses a “bait and switch” technique to get the attention of
male viewers – he creates the grungiest sex and body parts and functions
scenarios only to have the main characters realize how superficial their lives
are and that relationships, marriage, and family matter.
Director Paul Feig does the same
thing in “Bridesmaids”. Some of the scenes were unnecessary and will offend
sensibilities, as will the language, but at its core, the film has so much
heart and sweetness. The main characters do grow and change for the better, and
it’s really funny. Thank God the girls never made it to Vegas (the airlines put
them off at Casper International Airport in Wyoming. I went there once to give
some presentations and there are antelope grazing beside the tiny terminal;
very funny moment.)
So this review is not a
recommendation, but there are probably young women in your life that will see
it. The question is: what will they learn?
I would hope their take away is that casual sex is demeaning and
disappointing and that friendships are fragile but they can last forever if we
tend to them.
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