Bridesmaids Review: A Stretching of the Tale Like A Fat Woman Stretches Pantyhose
Most American women have at some point in their lives experienced being the flower girl, junior bride, hostess, bride, and, yes, even one of the Bridesmaids. For most of us, being a bridesmaid can be a heart-warming, fun, and great time for girl-bonding. Instead of feeling all warm and fuzzy, however, moviegoers left the awkwardly uncomfortable and inappropriately tongue-in-cheek flick feeling like they’d just sat through two hours of watching the Saturday Night Live skit of the kissing family, the Vogelchecks, for which Kristen Wiig is known.
Bridesmaids focuses on the tale of the best friend and maid of honor Anne (Kristen Wiig). Anne, who is unlucky in love, has recently lost her new business, Cake Girl, to the recession; however, she awkwardly tries to put on a brave face for the wedding festivities of her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph). From the onset, during her congratulatory speech at the engagement party, Anne was in competition with Lillian’s cousin, Helen (Rose Byrne), who was jealous of Anne for being chosen as Lillian’s maid of honor. After the engagement party, Helen proceeded to sabotage and/or upstage Anne’s maid-of-honor plans. The ladies met for lunch prior to their dress fittings. While Lillian was in the rest room, Anne took the private time to share with the other maids her idea of throwing Lillian a Parisian-themed bridal shower. Not to be outdone, Helen downplayed Anne’s idea, suggested the idea was trite, and asked the other maids if they had any ideas. At the dress fitting at a posh, upscale bridal shop, Anne couldn’t get in and was told she’d have to call and get on the 7-week waiting list. However, Helen intercepted, and the receptionist, upon recognizing Helen’s voice over the intercom, allowed the ladies in to try on dresses. However, during the fitting, the ladies got food poisoning from the restaurant at which they’d previously dined upon Anne’s suggestion. Then, Helen got all the other bridesmaids on board for an expensive trip to Vegas for another bridesmaid pre-event, which put Anne’s little local, economical suggestion to shame. Once on the plane, Anne, who was afraid of flying, had to sit in coach alone while the other maids sat in first class. To ease her nerves, Helen offered to let Anne finish the rest of her Scotch after she’d suggested that Anne take two of her un-named prescription pills. As anyone with good sense knows, pills and liquor don’t mix, and after Anne’s tirades and her attempts to sneak in first class, she got herself and the other maids thrown off the plane, and they had to take a Greyhound back home to Chicago. Not wanting the rest of her pre-wedding events ruined any further, Lillian suggested that Anne let Helen take the pre-wedding reins so Anne wouldn’t be overwhelmed. Now in charge, Helen implemented Anne’s Parisian-themed bridal shower idea, which pushed Anne over the edge until she finally accused Helen of trying to upstage her and she proceeded to destroy the food and props at the shower. Finally, Lillian un-invited Anne from not only being her maid of honor but also from coming to her wedding.
Throughout her ordeal as she sulked from losing her bakery business, Anne struggled with own her life issues such as being fired from her job as a jewelry sales clerk for being too pessimistic and rude to the customers. She lost her apartment with a brother and sister couple, thus, forcing her to move back home with her mother, and she struggled with settling for a man who didn’t love her and getting to know a man who potentially could as she finally had to acknowledge her own self-sabotaging behavior, emotions, yada-yada-yada.
As one movie patron said while exiting the movie, “It had funny parts, but it wasn’t worth it.” Had she and other audience members known that it would be the same crass banter that we might have missed the night before on SNL, then the theater could have left the intermittent AC fans off and allowed the movie to provide the momentary uncomfortable chill and we would’ve been duly prepared. Not that the movie wasn’t humorous in its own rights, but just as SNL has virtually copy written tongue-in-cheek humor, expect an insincere exaggeration of the classic experience of being a bridesmaid in America.
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