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D: Paul Feig
Universal/Relativity (Judd Apatow, Clayton Townsend & Barry Mendel)
USA 🇺🇸 2011
125 mins


W: Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
DP: Robert Yeoman
Ed: William Kerr & Mike Sale
Mus: Michael Andrews
PD: Jefferson Sage
Cos: Leesa Evans

Kristen Wiig (Annie Walker), Maya Rudolph (Lillian Donovan), Rose Byrne (Helen Harris III), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Rita), Ellie Kemper (Becca), Melissa McCarthy (Megan Price), Chris O'Dowd (Officer Nathan Rhodes)

From the cover of the DVD and the first five minutes I thought I was going to absolutely detest this film but I actually thought it was rather good and some bits really did make me laugh out loud.
I was expecting a cross between Sex & The City and The Hangover and I suppose that would be an easy way to describe it, but there's really more to it than that.
I really liked Kristen Wiig's character and empathised with her a lot. Down on her luck with her best friends wedding looming, she finds her maid of honour position under threat by her best friends richer, more vainglorious acquaintance and there's a bitchy battle between them as they try to usurp each other.
I was actually genuinely impressed with how well this movie was written, especially with a cute little romance between Kristen Wiig & Chris O'Dowd.  I also thought I was going to hate Melissa McCarthy in this, she's rather like Zach Galifianakis' character in The Hangover, but the truth is she was very good.  Nevertheless, this is definitely Wiig's movie. She's like a young Meg Ryan.
A refreshingly feel good rom-com for both women and men to have a chuckle at.
Unfortunately, the same group of actresses haven't quite made a film of the same quality since, while the huge success went a little too much to the director's head.

The cast of Bridesmaids
The cast of Bridesmaids