Attempts at adapting the ever popular gross-out lad-com genre for the female market have been largely woeful, as anyone who has suffered through Knocked Up can attest. But is it just that the films were bad, or does it point to a subtle gender discrepancy when it comes to comedy? Could it be that audiences find the idea of women puking, farting and fighting offputting?

As it turns out, no. Those movies were just rubbish. Get a script stuffed with crackling one-liners, a talented cast and the creative team responsible for the likes of The 40 Year Old Virgin (producer Judd Apatow), and the result can be every bit as enjoyable.

Bridesmaids is the brainchild of Saturday Night Live alumnus Kristen Wiig. She plays Annie, a mid-thirties single woman who finds out that her sole remaining unmarried friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is getting hitched. As maid of honour, Annie takes on the task of wrangling a gang of mismatched bridesmaids through the wedding preparations.

Gamely tackling everything from sly satire to broad slapstick, Wiig’s performance is remarkable. Her scenes with Rudolph are the heart of the film: it’s hard to remember such a warmly convincing depiction of female friendship. It doesn’t all work: some of the more extreme gross-out feel like petty one-upmanship (‘You think The Hangover was bad? Check this out…’). But mostly Bridesmaids is a triumph, an effortless blend of bad taste and good humour with a wholly believable, often very touching emotional core, all centred around one of the finest star-making comic performances in recent memory.


Genre: Comedy
Duration: 125 mintues
Released: Jul 21st
Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Terry Crews, Jessica St. Clair, Tom Yi, Elaine Kao, Michael Hitchcock, Kali Hawk, Joe Nunez, Rebel Wilson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Greg Tuculescu
Language: English
Classification: PG15
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