Wiig’s writing, performance impressive in ‘Bridesmaids’
by Bobby Bozeman
Special to The Star
May 13, 2011 | 6115 views |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Audiences have known that Kristen Wiig is funny for a while now. Now they get to find out if she can carry a movie on her own (she can) and if she’s good at writing (she is.)

Some may think of Bridesmaids as a chick flick, but it isn’t. What it is, is a really funny and very smart comedy that lets everyone know that humor knows no gender.

Bridesmaids opens with Annie Walker (Wiig) in the midst of her booty call with a very sleezy but hot Ted (Jon Hamm) who constantly seems like he has better things to be doing than putting up with Walker. The movie then transitions to Walker meeting up with her childhood friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) who asks her to be her maid of honor.

Walker finds herself battling for the title of Lillian’s BFF with trophy wife Helen (played perfectly by Rose Byrne) who always seems to be doing everything right. Helen provides a constant contrast to Walker who is down on her luck after the closing of her bakery and the loss of her job. The competition, along with the loss of her business and the cold shoulder of Ted, proves more than Walker can handle and she just goes a little crazy.

The laughs are based in a world of complex and very human characters with real emotional payoffs, which, paired with the ensemble’s great timing, makes for a riot. And Bridesmaids isn’t afraid to get straight up bawdy either. Some scenes tread a fine line between funny and just lowbrow and gross, but the movie effectively uses the turn of events that spawns said scene to further push Walker to the deep end. The humor and story work very well together, and that is a credit to Wiig’s writing and the direction of Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks).

A Zach Galifianakis-esque Melissa McCarthy threatens to steal a few scenes as the over-the-top role of the groom’s sister. And again McCarthy’s role isn’t solely a humorous one, as she provides some comfort to Wiig’s character in her time of need.

Now, it’s not all roses, fellow bridesmaids Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and Becca (Ellie Kemper) could have used more to do and Walker’s British brother-sister roommates (Matt Lucas and Rebel Wilson) could have used less. And the pacing was kind of to the point to where the movie dragged a bit toward the end, but that’s not uncommon with producer Judd Apatow’s movies.

This movie is also notable as Jill Clayburgh’s final role — the actress died last year of leukemia. Clayburgh played Walker’s mother, who, despite never having drank alcohol, is an AA sponsor.

Bridesmaids strikes a good balance of heart and humor and has a pretty strong story structure to hold it all in place.
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