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Bridesmaids - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD)
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Bridesmaids - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD)
Advantages: Brilliant comic scenes
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.
Summary: A ComRom not Rom Com
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