Bridesmaids (2011)

Wedding-related hijinks complicate the lives of a group of bridesmaids.

I haven’t seen this film in a couple of years until it came up on one of the movie channels and it seemed worth watching. It was a great film to revisit despite the fact it is nothing of substance and instead seems to be entirely made up of fluffy nothingness. I found new humour in scenes I didn’t really understand before, and the film was still as fun as I remember.

Of course like every other romantic comedy, the tropes are formulaic but this is one of the more tolerable ones. There is no character development because there doesn’t really need to be. These girls don’t really undergo anything particularly earth-shattering. This film just explores the sisterhood (or not) and its pitfalls with a big dollop of wedding thrown in.

To fully explore the feminist angles this film purveys would probably require an entirely separate blogpost but I don’t really watch these sorts of films for specifics. All the main women brought something to their roles, it seems, in an effort to make the characters more than flimsy caricatures of particular stereotypes (the fat girl, the rich girl, etc).Even when I first saw the film, I wasn’t particularly keen on Kristen Wiig’s portrayal of the central girl, Annie. She was the weakest of the women, portrayal wise.

Watching this movie now (as of July 2016) it would be the second time I’ve seen it. I don’t know how much replay value these sorts of films have. For how long can you find catfights and farts funny?

MY RATING: **.5 / *****



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