As a red meat eating male, going to a feel good movie on a beautiful day may seem counterintuitive.

Bridesmaids – 2011

As a red meat eating male, going to a feel good movie on a beautiful day may seem counterintuitive. 

Yet there was something about the movie Bridesmaids pulling me in.  I was not in the mood for an action thriller, or sci-fi, instead looking for something more “real.”

Bridesmaids didn’t disappoint. 

The movie follows the travails of Annie (played by Kristen Wig of Saturday Night Live fame, who also co-wrote the screenplay) as she fulfills maid of honor duties for her best childhood friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph). Annie is hitting a low spot in her life…she doesn’t have a steady male in her life, her Milwaukee custom cake company has closed, and she is struggling to make ends meet. Lillian is marrying “up” (actually, Lillian is marrying “way up”), and the fun begins. The dichotomy of a maid of honor without funds and the “capital S” Society wedding planning is where the tension arrives.

Bridesmaids is laugh-out-loud funny, a female equivalent of the first in The Hangover series (including the trip to Vegas), and one where the laughs come from the story and not ever increasing amounts of “over the top” shock.

In one of the funnier scenes, the bridesmaids go shopping for bridesmaids’ outfits in a nearly all white bridal shop after enjoying a full yet tainted Brazilian barbeque. Anyone ever feeling discomfort trying to get to the facilities (in any venue) immediately relates to the scene, played by the ensemble cast. 

The only unfortunate part of the film is having the late Jill Clayburgh play Annie’s mom. Jill Clayburgh is a fabulous actress, who misses in the role of mother. Unlike Katherine Hepburn who displayed a mother’s wisdom in On Golden Pond, Annie’s mom comes off rather clueless, subtracting from the plot and not adding to the story.

At 125 minutes, Bridesmaids is long, and I felt a little disappointed at the end. I wanted to movie to continue. A nice, lighthearted summer feel good movie.

Bridesmaids gets a

       Green Light – Go and enjoy


About the scale

       Green Light – Go and enjoy

       Yellow Light – Use caution

       Red Light – Save your time and money


The Author

Gary Kelley has lived in Westborough since 1994.  His reviews are what he would tell friends, and are not an academic analysis.

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