Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
|Featuring:||Kristen Wiig … Annie
Rose Byrne … Helen
Terry Crews … Boot Camp Instructor
Jessica St. Clair … Whitney
Maya Rudolph … Lillian
Kristen Wiig … co-producer
“Bridesmaids” tells the story of Annie (Kristen Wiig) and her BFF Lillian (Maya Rudolph). The film starts with a very disturbing depiction of Annie and her “sex buddy” Ted (Jon Hamm) having sex, the two are shown having sex in different positions (sound effects included), but no nudity is overtly shown. Sadly, the opening sets the tone for the entire picture.
Annie is a dispirited woman, who recently lost her bake shop. Her life is a mess, to say the least. She learns that her best friend Lillian is getting married, and she is asked to be her maid of honor. At the engagement party, we are introduced to the bridesmaids, and a rivalry forms between Annie and Lillian’s other friend, Helen (Rose Byrne). From there, we witness a series of lewd, tasteless and obscene events disguised as comedy. From the dress fitting to the bridal shower, nothing is safe from the debauchery. There is an attempt at redeeming value with the introduction of the character of Officer Nathan Rhodes (Chris O'Dowd). He is portrayed as a nice guy who falls for Annie. That redeeming hope is somewhat short lived, as the two have relations outside of marriage.
The story is predictable and unpredictable, at the same time. I was pretty certain of the ending, but unprepared of how gross it would get before I got there.
I counted 50+ swear words including s***, f***—pretty much you name it. Blasphemes are, as usual, unnecessary, but present (around 13). Sexual innuendo and upfront sexuality are on the extreme side, from the opening scene through the credits. There is some drinking, mostly champagne, and minor drug use.
As I watched the film, one verse kept coming back to me.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” Romans 12:2.
We live in a fallen world, and in this world a movie like this is considered funny, and maybe even good. We as Christians should expect this and use discernment in our movie choices. While there are a few humorous parts, I found it hard to laugh. Honestly, I would have left after the first 5 minutes. I cannot recommend this picture.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Extreme
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
“…Bridesmaids deftly navigates the ins and outs of platonic-pal sentimentality while recognizing and reveling in the sublime pleasures of gross-out nastiness, which—via a raunchy food-poisoning sequence set in a bridal gown shop that culminates with a gratuitous vomiting-in-the-hair gag—the film ultimately and effectively claims as not just the province of guys’-guy comedies. …”
—Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
“…Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Extreme… at least 23 “f” words… …Much sexually related dialogue is present, along with one fairly graphic sex sequence in which the main character and her boyfriend make love in numerous positions. …”
“…Obviously intended as a femme version of a rude and crude boys-gone-wild comedy, complete with projectile vomiting, inconvenient defecation and fusillades of F-bombs, ‘Bridesmaids’ sorely lacks the saving grace of being consistently funny. …”
—Joe Leydon, Variety
“…an unexpectedly funny new comedy about women in love, if not of the Sapphic variety, goes where no typical chick flick does: the gutter. … honest laughs with, and not solely about, women. …”
—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“…about a group of women friends who are as unbehaved as the guys in ‘The Hangover.’… The movie does a good job of introducing a large cast and in particular keeping all the members of the bridal party in play. … the movie has a heart. It heals some wounds, restores some hurt feelings, confesses some secrets, and in general, ends happily…” [3½/4]
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“…a movie that is a raunchy hoot, that plays to that demographic and yet doesn’t lose its femininity. …” [3/4]
—Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
“…Kristen Wiig scores in an erratic gross comedy that truthfully connects where it counts. … while there is plenty of sex-oriented humor to follow (some of which feels awkwardly forced), what you actually get is a human comedy with empathetic appeal and a disarmingly candid take on feminine foibles. …”
—Todd McCarthy, Variety
“…testicular teammates like director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow drag the action into some foul territory. But when Wiig, who co-wrote the script with Annie Mumolo, is allowed to swing like a girl, she hits a home run. … Like a good funeral or a bad wedding, ‘Bridesmaids’ will make you laugh until you cry.”
—Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“…more engaging elements are often accompanied with an unsavory blend of Apatow’s sexually charged humor… talk dirty, expletives and frank bedroom discussion… Admittedly, some scenes are so funny that you’ll end up missing the next five minutes of dialogue because the audience is laughing so loud. But like its fellow R-rated comedic counterparts, other moments seriously cross the boundaries of good taste…”
—Christa Banister, Crosswalk