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Feig provides comedic near miss

By Jordan Schettle
posted May 26, 2011

Romantic comedies are a man’s worst nightmare. They always feature the same story about an unlucky woman falling for some guy, a huge fight occuring only to be solved in the final moments of the film. Most men avoid them at all costs. Director Paul Feig (The Office, Arrested Development) created Bridesmaids as a solution to the problem of tedious romantic comedies. Featuring a group of women in the central roles, Bridesmaids contains humor to appeal to males and romance for females, achieving a moderate amount of success in its attempt.

Annie (Kristin Wiig, Paul) leads a difficult life. After spending the night with her male friend Ted (Jon Hamm, Sucker Punch), she speaks with her friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph, Away We Go) about how terribly she feels. Apparently, Lillian has guy troubles as well. Though male audience members will likely begin to lose interest at this point, the film suddenly becomes tolerable when Lillian gets engaged and asks her friend to be her Maid of Honor, a position Annie is willing to accept.

At the engagement party, Lillian’s newest friend Helen (Rose Byrne, Get Him to the Greek) upstages Annie during speeches. Thus begins the long-standing feud between the two, which results in hilarity involving them and the rest of the bridesmaids. A necessity for a romantic comedy is the obvious requirement of an awkward relationship, of which Annie is only half. The other half is filled by Officer Nathan Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd, Pirate Radio), who frequently pulls her over for her terrible driving habits. Somehow, perhaps thanks to the Gods of romantic comedy, the two are able to establish a connection.

When the credits roll, no one will be waking from a peaceful slumber brought on by a poor show. The film appeals to women through romance, and to men in the imperative category of humor. Risks were taken by Feig by mixing raunchy with dry wit, creating laughter-inducing scenes, but also yielding seemingly pointless moments as well.

Wiig successfully shines as the lovelorn and financially irresponsible protagonist akin to almost every other lead woman in the genre. However, the show would be stolen by Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) if she was given enough time to do so. Her presence and unusual dialogue is able to warm the coldest hearts and produce a smile on the face of stoics. The other bridesmaids also have their fair share of comedic moments, but are unfortunately resigned to take to the backseat.

Overall, Bridesmaids is a decent film. Wiig performs well, and McCarthy blesses scenes with her presence periodically. The only addition to the film is the adaptation of the humor to fit the current standard. The film can be boring and hilarious, and though it may not deserve a theater viewing, Bridesmaids deserves at least a rental.


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