Tuesday, May 17, 2011


"Bridesmaids" is a hilarious new comedy from Judd Apatow, the director of "The 40-Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up." Annie's (Kristen Wiig) life seems to be in a downward spiral since her cake shop flopped. Her boyfriend left her, she's had to take a dead-end job selling jewelry, and she's in a self-destructive relationship with a loathsome lothario (Jon Hamm) who just uses her for sex. In the midst of all this upheaval, her best friend since childhood, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), becomes engaged and asks her to be her maid of honor, and this is were the hilarity begins as Annie is quickly overwhelmed by the logistics of keeping the bride and the motley crew of bridesmaids happy, all while maintaining her own sanity.

This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, on par with "The Hangover," maybe even better. Please be aware that as in most Apatow movies, there is tons of gross-out, raunchy and bathroom type humor. If you're averse to that type of humor, do not go to this movie. If you're OK with it, then you will laugh for two hours straight. The bridal shop scene alone is worth the $11 movie ticket. Kristen Wiig and each of the supporting cast members were just brilliant. It was hilarious, sweet and at moments even touching. While the cast is comprised mostly of women, it is by no means a typical 'chick flick' in the traditional touchy-feely sense, though it does have one key component in most 'chick flicks', a happy ending.