May 16, 2011 No Comments

by Jolyn Wagner

Comedy is not easy.  Comedy requires all of the elements of drama(originality,depth and daring,emotional truth) and the timing has to  be exact. It reminds me of Ginger Roger’s lament that she had to do everything that Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in heels. Kristin Wiig’s Bridesmaids achieves in heels.  Judd Apatow produced this “Hangover for chicks”, but it is Wiig’s sensitivity to the rauchy with an authentic feminine translation that works.  The film does not sacrifice its heart in the tale of a not so quite young woman who keeps falling behind  her dream…professionally and personally.  She is locked into a masochistic relationship with a self-serving stud(Mad Man’s John Hamm) and her very best friend is engaged to be married to the man of her dreams.  Can she fulfill her role as maid of honor as her own life is sinking fast?  Not so easy…..she encounters stiff competition from a new best friend wannabe who really covet’s the maid of honor designation(see, this is girl territory)…the race is on for the approval of the bride…..this may be the first film to combine diarrhea and couture(spoiler alert!)…women of all sizes are key to this film and even the svelte and beautiful find no free passes.  And the movie is funny.  Really, really funny.  The bridesmaid’s trip to Las Vegas is no doubt an homage to Hangover, but Wiig provides its unique journey.  You are all formally invited to attend.  And be prepared to laugh.  Heels are optional.

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