MOVIE: Bridesmaids (2011)

Okay, everyone.  Prepare to hate me.  I am prepared to be hated.

After going to see Tower Heist last weekend and being pretty disappointed, I decided it was time to rent Bridesmaids, which I’d been saving for the right occasion after hearing rave after rave after RAVE about how hilarious it was.  How brilliantly written.  How refreshingly FEMALE.  How perfect in every way!

My reaction?  Are you all on crack?  Hey, that stuff ain’t good!  And neither is this movie!

Bridesmaids is about a desperately single woman, Annie (Kristen Wiig), whose best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged and asks her to be her maid of honor.  Lillian quickly introduces Annie to her fellow attendants, all of whom feature quirky, boring, stereotypical  personalities:  one is sickeningly perfect, one is fat and lacking in manners (must the fat character always be the character that burps and farts and has food on her face? God, I get tired of that), one is ditsy, one is an Old Married desperate to party sans spouse and kids, etc.

And then there’s Annie, the standard lost/seeking 30-something female who can’t keep a boyfriend or a job and doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life.  Okay, realistic.  But still: yawn.

As the wedding planning progresses, a battle begins between Annie and Lillian’s other close friend, the perfect, wealthy Helen (Rose Byrne, the physical manifestation of the flavor of tofu).  Broke Annie wants to keep things true to Lillian’s humble roots; Posh Lillian wants to throw a wedding that costs thousands and is insanely poofy in every way imaginable.  Cue lots of angry glares, cat fights, and sabotage.  End with heart of gold.  Beeyuck.

The highlight of the film’s comedic elements?  The scene in which the girls all get food poisoning and start puking, farting, and pooping all over a bridal showroom.  Really?  This is the hilarious scene everybody was raving about?  The POOP scene?    Ebert seemed pleased to see a chick flick crossed with a typical raunch comedy (“It definitively proves that women are the equal of men in vulgarity, sexual frankness, lust, vulnerability, overdrinking and insecurity,” he wrote in his review), but I say, of course we are.  Duh.  Generally, though, we try to exhibit a bit more class.  I do not think this is a bad thing.

I laughed out loud exactly once during this film, and that was during the airplane scene, in which, credit where credit is due, Wiig proves herself to be a master of physical comedy.  The rest of the time, though, while I was entertained enough to keep watching, I barely even cracked a smile.  I don’t understand why this film got so many raves;  there’s nothing here I haven’t seen ten thousand times before.  Even the love story — Annie falls head-over-heels with a cop; he’s the one character I truly liked, by the way  (in no small part because of his (Irish?) accent) — was predictable and dull.

Tell me, ladies — what gives?  What was it you liked so much about this movie?  The female version of The Hangover, I kept reading.  But the thing I loved the most about The Hangover was that its comedy was grown-up stuff.  I mean, silly too, but in a unique, more adult kind of way.  It was a raunch comedy refreshingly lacking in raunch; there wasn’t a single poop joke in that whole film.  This film, on the other hand, made the poop scene its apex.  And when the POOP scene is your APEX, it’s pretty much guaranteed your movie is going to fail to move me.  Pun intended.

SO DISAPPOINTED!  Is it just me?

IT IS?  Well, hell.  I never said I had good taste.

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Genre:  Comedy
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Jon Hamm


16 Responses to “MOVIE: Bridesmaids (2011)”

  1. Trip Says:

    Now see, it was the POOP scene that made me laugh the hardest. It’s a slapstick masterpiece. I lost it at the words “Look away!” Fart and poop jokes are universally funny, and anyway, wasn’t that a breakthrough moment for women in film? People will still be talking about that scene years from now! Or something.

    I cringed hard and actually had to FF through the dueling one-up maid of honor speeches at the country club, which went on for what felt like a half-hour.

    It was entertaining, but yeah, calling it the female Hangover is a bit too much.

  2. megwood Says:

    Ugh, poop jokes are not universally funny! The fact people keep thinking they are is what’s killed them completely. There’s a stupid poop joke in almost every comedy — boring! At least switch to pee, would you? I’m tired of wind and stool.

    Also: WILSON PHILLIPS. God. Need I say more?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I didn’t think it was the funniest movie I’d ever seen, but I did enjoy it. But I didn’t laugh as much as I expected to, because honestly Kristen Wiig is a very good actress and brought way too much pain to the table to laugh at. The scene at the bridal shower where she totally loses it? I just felt sad for her.

  4. Jo Says:

    Um, that was me, not trying to be Anonymous but succeeding anyway.

  5. RogerBW Says:

    Didn’t do anything for me, but gross-out/body/embarrassment humour isn’t my thing anyway and I didn’t enjoy The Hangover either. Boring, me. (If you say “think of a funny film”, I probably come up with Kind Hearts and Coronets or Some Like It Hot.)

  6. Hokie Thoughts Says:

    THANK YOU! Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou! I am not the only one. Holy cow. I couldn’t stand this movie. Granted, we had a double feature night where I wasted $9.50 on Priest at the request of my friend, but even still this should have been more enjoyable. I did laugh hysterically once, though. At the very end, when Wilson Phillips is singing, 99% of the audience in my theater (all in the target demographic of women, as am I) all started singing along at the top of their lungs. I hated that song in 1989, I’m not a fan of it now, and was laughing at everyone that thought they should have been onscreen with a microphone. Then the girl I was watching the movie with leaned over and said that she had been “this close” at singing along too, then I started laughing. So of course we started laughing even harder. So that was an enjoyable moment for me, but anything that was on screen? Not so much.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I haven’t seen it yet, but I did find Get Him To The Greek hysterical, so sans the poop scene, I might find this movie funny.

  8. Trip Says:

    If I ever open up an Irish-style pub, I’m totally naming it “The Wind and Stool”.

    • Liz Says:

      I know it’s probably too late to reply, but I LOVE your name for a pub. I’m a fan of the “Discworld” books (belatedly!), and your name reminds me of the tavern in Aank-Morpork (sp?), first called “The Broken Drum,” and later called “The Mended Drum.” I would totally consider being a partner in your endeavor (if you wanted me to).

  9. megwood Says:

    I think we should just quit our jobs and make that our Plan A, Trip. I’m totally game.

  10. Liz Says:

    I didn’t like “The Hangover” very much at all – but I did enjoy the recent “Psych”episode where a bunch of the characters run around, trying to piece together “the night before.”(?) But then I was also wondering if they were trying to spoof “Dude, Where’s My Car?” -which might be more likely (witness the doughnut jokes).

    I also really don’t like “poop jokes” etc. -but the campfire scene with the beans in “Blazing Saddles” is pretty funny. But basically, I agree that stooping to “gross-out” humor, just to try to equalize the sexes” is offensive … And stoopid! ( Hah! Stooping to Poop is stoopid!)

  11. internet marketing Says:

    Yet I left the theater with the realization that, in terms of tone at least, this film has Judd Apatow all over it. In fact, if one fed the scripts for The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Superbad into a supercomputer, one would find there’s an Apatow formula that strikes a balance between poop jokes, awkward sex scenes, eccentric secondary figures, and genuinely affecting sentimental moments between the main characters. Am I saying that Bridesmaids is just warmed-over Apatow? Not at all: this film is in many ways a total delight. Placing those elements into a film about the biggest chestnut of all female-oriented plots — the run-up to your best friend’s wedding — seems, to me at least, much better than just a female version of Apatow’s own clichéd plots (high school boys on a quest for alcohol and girls, etc.).

  12. Anonymous Says:

    This movie was worse than Twilight

  13. Julie Says:

    I found this review while googling “I hated the movie Bridesmaids.” I am so glad to find someone else who disliked this. I pretty much hated all the characters, thought the plot and most of the humor was forced, scattered, and predictable, and, like you, I was annoyed that the grossest characters (don’t forget Annie’s inexplicable roommates) were the fat ones. I truly do not understand why this film has gotten so many raves, and I never will.

  14. Says:

    I HATED THIS MOVIE :@ and i can’t find anyone else who hated it, except for my bf. Thanks for this!!! It was the most awkward, passive aggressive movie ever!

  15. Anonymous Says:

    I also thought it was awful. Waited 45 minutes for a chuckle and then the vomiting and pooping which I really dont think was funny.I also thought for the most part it was boring and when not boring it was really dumb. I also love romantic comedies and dramas .

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