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On the shelf… Bridesmaids

Borrowed, blue, old and new - ★★★

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s take on the arduous task of being a bridesmaid is original , honest and most importantly funny.
Annie played by Wiig can’t wait to be Lillians maid of honour as they’ve been best friends since childhood. Although this makes her realise how much of a mess her own life is and Helen (Rose Byrne) tries to steal her maid thunder at every opportunity. What ensues is a series of quite believable and hilarious set pieces including food poisoning, airline inebriation and a full scale meltdown making it seem that no matter how she tries Annie can do no right.

I missed this in the cinema some how and then it had been out too long with too much hype for me to feel it warranted a viewing, so it was with trepidation that I sat down to watch it. It is very very funny with Wiig standing head and shoulders above the rest, her years in SNL and the Groundlings served her well as she seems so at home with all the comedic elements of the film. She did co-write the film so it’s not that hard to see why she got the best scenes and lines although from looking at the extras I’d imagine that there wasn’t too much set in stone. The extras are good to watch  as you see alternate takes and totally different set ups for scenes giving you an idea of how the movie took form. A gem is a scene with Paul Rudd that unfortunately had to see the cutting room floor.

The supporting cast are superb, from Chris O’Dowd as the lovable police officer to Melissa McCarthy as a brash, heart on her sleeve security nut. With so many different characters on display though some aren’t really given the room they need to breathe and just disappear into a series of all too familiar cliches especially Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) the mother of three boys whose time on screen is far too short. I’d say that Wiig and Mumolo felt they’d been given the keys to the sweet shop with this writing opportunity and felt they needed to cram everything in for fear of not seeing the like again. Like most recent Apatow-esque films of late it’s too long, most films need not run longer than 100 minutes, comedies no more than 90 so with Bridesmaids clocking in at just over two hours you feel if some of the characters had been cut it would have made for a more solid film.

This isn’t the hangover for girls , it is a grounded and realistic comedy but when it veered off from pure comedy which it does so well into the usual seen it all before montage preachyness it leaves you feeling jilted.

Paul Feig  /  Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo  /  Starring: Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Maya Rudolph & Rose Byrne  /  125 min  /  Comedy  /  Original Release: 13 May 2011 (US/Canada), 23 June 2011 (Irl/UK)