May 18, 2011 by Vinnie Leduc
Director Paul Feig, whose prior highlights include episodes of The Office and Arrested Development, invites viewers to a hilarious marriage of estrogen-fueled girly drama and broad-audience comedy. Don’t be fooled by the film’s title and primarily female cast because Bridesmaids isn’t a fluffy romantic comedy. While not overly raunchy either, the film rushes out of the gate clearly on its way to an R-rating. This also might be partially why you won’t find many of the jokes in the trailers, a welcome relief in a time when a comedy’s marketing often gives away all the best parts (ahem, Your Highness).
Producer Judd Apatow, who has dominated the comedy genre skyline for the past half decade, can add Bridesmaids to his short list of outstanding gems. This is right up there with Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up. By far the best comedy of 2011 yet (and we’ll see how long that holds up in a couple of weeks when The Hangover: Part II is released), Bridesmaids graces the screen with the best tear-inducing laughs since Hall Pass and the funniest satire as well since the first half of Scream 4.
If you’re a guy and you’re still not sold, remember Mean Girls? It looked like a chick flick, but played well for males, too. Similar to how Tina Fey adapted and co-starred in Mean Girls, Kristin Wiig has done her one better by co-writing Bridesmaids‘ original script and headlining the film as its main star. A frequent scene-stealer in numerous supporting roles in the past, Kristin Wiig absolutely shines in the spotlight here and puts to rest any notion or concern that she may suffer from always being a bridesmaid and never a bride. Rounding out the supporting cast are plenty of comedy veterans, but Bridesmaids also includes a couple of great additions in Rose Byrne and Jon Hamm, both of whom are more well known for their dramatic roles.
Aside for some Family Guy-style gags that run a bit too long and some plot neglect in the last act, Bridesmaids is an engagement you won’t want to miss. 4.5 stars or A- or excellent.