Sunday, July 3, 2011
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Chris O'Dowd, Jon Hamm.
Bridesmaids was co-written by Saturday Night Live regular Kristen Wigg, who also stars. It was directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, famous for comedies including Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin. The story follows Annie (Kristen Wiig) a single woman in her thirties as she tries to organise her best friend Lil's (Maya Rudolph) Bachelorette Party and deal with the other bridesmaids, in particular, Helen (brilliantly played by Rose Byrne), Lil's rich, up-herself new friend. There are a few hilarious scenes, and although this is a silly, ridiculous comedy, it still manages to have heart.
A standout performance from Melissa McCarthy as Megan (who stars in TV's Mike & Molly), who is so funny, I looked forward to her every scene. *SPOILER ALERT* Interesting bit of trivia; Melissa is actually married to Ben Falcone, who played the Air Marshall in Bridesmaids! *END OF SPOLIER*
Chris O'Dowd is charming and charismatic as Officer Nathan Rhodes. Fellow geeks will recognise him as Roy in TV series The IT Crowd, but he also holds his own in numerous big screen comedies, including Jack Black vehicle Gulliver's Travels and Dinner for Schmucks. Overall, a refreshing female buddy comedy, perfect for a date flick or a day out with your friends.