Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
|Featuring:||Kristen Wiig … Annie
Rose Byrne … Helen
Jon Hamm … Ted uncredited)
Terry Crews … Boot Camp Instructor
Jessica St. Clair … Whitney
Maya Rudolph … Lillian
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Kristen Wiig … co-producer
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“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
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