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Fine if you like down-the-toilet humour!
Member Name: Ladyboosh
Advantages: The bridal shop scenes.
Disadvantages: Some of the time I was bored.
This is a film only review.
All my friends told me I absolutely HAD to watch this film because it was so funny. I didn't catch it at the cinema, but found it on special offer at the supermarket shortly after the dvd release and decided to snap it up.
The film centres around Annie, a sassy blonde who's life is on a downward spiral since the failure of her cake business. With her self-esteem at an all time low, Annie finds herself in a casual relationship with a sleazebag and just can't seem to catch a break.
When her best friend Lillian announces her engagement and asks Annie to be her maid of honour, things go from bad to worse for the hapless baker.
Annie, brilliantly played by Kristen Wiig, meets Lillian's new friend Helen Harris (Rose Byrne), a wealthy socialite with influential connections. Helen has appointed herself chief bridesmaid and quickly becomes Annie's rival, successfully undermining her nemesis at every opportunity.
After a disastrous bachelorette trip to Las Vegas has to be aborted, Annie is demoted, and Helen takes over all the arrangements for the wedding, ruthlessly stealing Annie's ideas and deliberately pushing her enemy to the brink of a breakdown. Eventually Annie becomes so unstable that Lillian is forced to suggest that she stays away from the wedding altogether.
Heartbroken and broke, Annie faces losing everything she holds close to her heart, including her best friend.
The plot ambles along at quite a slow pace, interspersed with some outrageous actions from the bridesmaids-to-be, who are all social outcasts for various reasons. There are a few genuine, laugh-out-loud moments but overall the film still falls short of being hilarious. I think all the best bits were in the trailer to be honest.
Despite a strong supporting cast, including the wonderful Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd as the unlikely love interest and a truly inspirational pairing between our own Matt Lucas and Rebel Wilson, as Annie's creepy sibling house mates, the film never reaches the dizzy heights of comedy summited by, say, The Hangover or Stepbrothers.
It relies too heavily on sexual innuendo and gross-out behaviour, resulting in a feeling that I shouldn't really be laughing at such juvenile humour.
After the very predictable ending, I was quite frankly deflated, having been promised but denied a belly-quivering rom-com. The soundtrack however, was awesome, featuring some great nostalgic 80's hits and prompting me to search itunes for some of my favourites.
Summary: Great soundtrack but disappointing film.