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Bridesmaids is an American romantic comedy movie which was released in the United Kingdom in June 2011. The movie is a 15 which means that it must not be viewed by persons under the age of fifteen. The movie runs at five minutes over two hours long. The film is currently showing in cinemas now.
The Plot: Meet Annie! Meet Lillian! Annie and Lillian have been best friends forever! When Lillian gets engaged, Annie couldn't be more happier and is chuffed to bits when Lillian asks her to be Maid Of Honour. However, as the wedding gets closer the bridesmaids have a lot of 'get-togethers' to discuss the wedding and also to get to know eachother. Lillian's most recent friend, the gorgeous and absolutley rich Helen is also a bridesmaid (and a brat!), and can't help but compete with Annie. Annie's life is already in a mess (she's lost her job, her fiance) and so this is the last thing she needs. Whose side will Lillian take? Will Annie be able to get back on her feet again? Watch Bridesmaids to find out!
Wow! What a movie! I really enjoyed this movie! I thought that the plot was a really good one and I also found the movie to be hilarious!
~ * So what was the verdict...? * ~
There were so many scenes in this movie which had me laughing - from the very beginning, right to the very end there is something to laugh out. The opening scene is very funny (and very rude!) and also the ending scene is also very funny (and very rude!).
~ * What about the characters...? * ~
There were some interesting characters in this film. My favourites were definetely the 'in the background' characters, such as the brother and sister and also one of the 'manly bridesmaids', Megan.
Whilst I should have felt sorry for the main character Annie (all my friends did when we watched it), I don't know why, but I just did not like the character; perhaps it was the actress that I didn't like more than the character - but she was too cocky and just annoyed me at times, so much that I didn't feel sorry for her! (I'm so mean!!)
Whilst we are on the talk of characters, whilst there were some good ones, I would have liked if there had been 'more about' the other other characters. I would have prefered if they had been given major roles rather than minor ones, as to me the minor ones were as funny (if not at times, funnier than some of the main characters).
I was suprised to see that Matt Lucas makes an appearance in this movie as I didn't know he was going to be in it when I watched it. I plays part of a brother and sister (the actress who played the sister really looked like him - so much that I wondered whether she really was his sister in real life!
I also didn't feel that I connected with any of the characters which was a shame. I like a film where you can connect with the characters, however with this movie I just felt like I was watching then (which does sound quite obvious!). By that I mean, I like to feel a part of a group of friends, not just watch them (and feel left out! haha!)
~ * How was the acting? * ~
Despite not really liking the actress who played Annie, I did think that she was a brilliant actress and had such fantastic comedy timing - she was also very comical physically as well - such as when she was trying to show the policeman (when he pulled her over because he thought that she was drunk!) that she wasn't drunk and to prove it she started doing all these fancy moves (whilst still managing to walk straight on the white line!).
The acting in this movie was very believeable - so believeable that I was actually thinking of them as real people!
~ * Was It Funny ? * ~
Oh yes! In fact I think it was probably one of the most funniest movies I have ever seen - along with the movie Knocked Up (the makers of Knocked Up actually made this movie too!)
There was so much to laugh about in this movie - so many scenes! Such scenes which stood out the most for me were definetely the scene in the 'Bridal Store!' - I was in stitches! There were so many other funny scenes although I do not want to give to much away and so I will keep it at that.
There were also some really funny quotes in this movie. Such quotes went along the lines of:
Gil: Before you make those kinds of demands you should put a note on your door that says, "Do not come into my room and read my diary and wear my clothes."
Annie: You read my diary?
Brynn: At first I did not know it was your diary, I thought it was a very sad handwritten book.
Megan: This is some classy sh-...
Megan: I want to apologize. I'm not even confident on which end that came out of.
So as you can see this is a really funny movie!
~ * What else... ? * ~
The movie is very girlie which means that it makes a perfect night out with the girls. It will really make you value your friendships - whilst having a good laugh too! This is the kind of movie which really makes you smile.
I did find the movie to be quite long - which if I was watching at home on the sofa etc I wouldn't mind so much. But because the seats in my local cinema (it's very old and basic - not at all like Cineworld!) are so hard and crammed (you have no room as the people next to you are sitting on top of you and there is no room for your legs as the seats in front of you are very close!) - and so having sat like that for around two hours, I was fed up in the end - so I think it was the cinema that was the problem rather than film as the reason why I thought it was 'too long!'. (If that makes any sense!).
Although one advantage of the film being 'long' was the fact that it meant that the story wasn't rushed and so we got a proper idea about everything that was happening and also got to see the characters develop, and also see how they had got to be the characters that they were (by seeing and hearing about their backgrounds etc).
I loved the venue of the 'Wedding Shower' - it was so beautiful!!
~ * Would you watch it again...? * ~
Oh yes! Definetely! It is the kind of movie which you can watch over and over again! HOWEVER...next time I would like to be sitting somewhere more comfortable than the chair I was sat in when I watched this movie in the cinema!
~ * One Final Thing... * ~
Whilst it seems that I have made a lot of 'complaints' about this movie, they are in fact quite minor (despite there being a lot of writing). I would just like to say that despite these 'minor faults', I still really enjoyed this movie and would definetely list it under my list of favourite movies (I know, it's hard to believe right?).
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx (also posted under xd-o-n-z-x on dooyoo)
"The Next Best Film Since Bridesmaids..." "From the producers of Bridesmaids..."
Lately, every review of a new comedy contains these words, or something similar. Either way they're all being compared to Bridesmaids, the 2011 American comedy from Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo. Directed by Paul Feig and produced by comedy alumni Judd Apatow, Bridesmaids had some high profile names on its credits but perhaps not household names. Yet it managed to defy expectations and become a BAFTA nominated success instantly.
Bridesmaids tell the story of Annie, a single mid-thirties woman who resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her bakery recently failed, her boyfriend left her, and she's left working as a clerk in a jewelry store - frightening newly engaged couples with her cries of 'love does not exist!'
Her best friend Lillian, however, has it all. Recently engaged to a wealthy banker from Chicago and planning the wedding of her dreams, Lillian asks Annie to be her maid of honour. A decision she may later come to regret...
Initially I was slightly sceptical if I would enjoy Bridesmaids. An over-rated comedy chick flick in my eyes, i'd wrote it off from the start. When it arrived from Love Film, I contemplated sending it right back. "I won't like it, i'd rather get Sherlock Holmes sooner" went through my mind. But I figured i'd give it a go. No point wasting a rental. And i didn't regret it in the slightest.
From the offset, it's hilarious. You can sympathise with Annie, and yet it turns her sorry story into comical genius. If you're ever feeling slightly down, Bridesmaids is the film to sort you out. At just under two hours long I was expecting it to be dragging by the end, but in actual fact I was disappointed when it finished.
As it was a rental I didn't experience triple-play. However, triple-play means you can watch on normal DVD, blu-ray or as a digital copy. The blu-ray was incredibly clear, however not necessarily worth double the cost.
Whilst I still don't believe the accolade "the best film since Bridesmaids" necessarily makes a film amazing, it does mean it should be decent to say the least. Highly recommended to anyone who wants a mood lightening flick.
Bridesmaids is a 2011 American comedy set in Milwaukee, written by Kristen Wilg and Annie Mumalo it tells the tale of Annie (Wilg) who is asked to be maid of honour by her friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph). Annie soon falls into a competition for Lillian's affections by fellow bridesmaid Helen (Rose Byrne) wife of Lillian's boss, the other bridesmaids are Lillian's co-worker Becca, her cousin Wendi and her future husbands sister Megan.
Annie is a rough and ready girl in her 30's, she has a job which doesn't stretch her, is having a casual relationship with a rich man and whose life is generally drifting. Annie is pretty in a girl next door day and when the immaculate Helen appears, always perfectly dressed and with impeccable manners we have the ingredients for a classic battle of rough v civilised.
The story then tells the tale of Lillian's hen life, we have Annie organising the hen party, wearing the wedding dress and finally the wedding. The film has an early scene where Annie is pulled over by a cop for not having break lights, the cop Nathan (Chris O'Dowd) lets her off when he realises that she was the previous owner of a famous bakery which went bust when Annie's boyfriend dumped her. Nathan and Annie start hanging out and bickering of her relationship with Helen is set against a more exciting new aspect of her life.
The feud between Helen and Annie comes to a head at the hen party when Helen steals all her best ideas, the explosion leads Annie and Lillian to split up and she has a huge argument the following day with Nathan and now she's without her new boyfriend and her oldest friend. Cue the ending.
This film was produced by Jupe Apalow and has a healthy pinch of American realism and whilst still a RomCom is more a ComRom than a RomCom. The humour is earthy and sparkier when compared with the usual bland RomCom fare, the film is stolen completely by the performance of Melissa McCarthy as Megan. Megan is the comedy element of the film; she is a larger than life character in every way and has a tendency to speak before thinking. McCarthy gained an Academy award nomination for supporting actor for the role and she just gives the perfect performance as the slightly over the top character, yet doesn't stretch to too much physical comedy or gross out moments. She does have the best line when making a burp type sound at the dress fitting and admitting that even she's not sure which end that sound came out off.
I think this film is the first American film which has poked fun at the generic RomCom fare, whilst still keeping to the traditional 15 minute moment where the films main characters life collapses 15 minutes before the end leading to the classic everything is all right finish. The film does feel like a female version of the Hangover, slightly over the top characters, the sexually frustrated housewife Wendi, the chaste virginal wife Becca, the embarrassing Megan and the superhot Helen all spin around the main character Annie giving great scenes and quality comedy lines. It clearly shows that a group of women can do crudity, drinking, whoring and vulgarity and the film explores all aspects of modern female American life.
This film has stand out moments, the flight to Vegas is hilarious, the dress fitting is gross on a new level and Annie's attempts to get Nathan to help her are brilliant. I loved the film, the writing is sharp and tight, the acting clever and the actors are clearly enjoying the lines they are given. This is super stuff and a Bridesmaids 2 can only be a heartbeat away.
I loved this film. I have watched it twice so far which for me is unusual as I don't normally watch films again after I've seen them fairly recently. I thought the storyline was simple but so effective and funny. I think it can be humorous for both men and women although it is mainly a chick flick. The humour is strong enough to entertain a wide audience and keeps you hooked from the beginning til the end. The film is just the right length, not enough time to get bored (as I sometimes do with very long films!). The acting is good from everyone and people might like to see Matt Lucas having a role to play in it. I don't want to give anything away in case you watch it but the best scenes are the ones when they try on the bridesmaid dresses - make sure you're not eating at the time!!