Bridesmaids Review: Women Actually Are Funny – Allie Kleinman

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Ladies and gentlemen, be prepared to laugh. And I mean really laugh. Bridesmaids, starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rebel Wilson, and Melissa McCarthy, is perhaps the most humorous and engaging movie released in 2011. Most importantly, the film directly undermines the widely held belief that females cannot be funny and, instead, presents comical situations within a stressful wedding atmosphere. Directed by Paul Feig and distributed by Universal Pictures, Bridesmaids centers its plot on penniless Annie (Wiig), and her wild, and at times disastrous, adventures after agreeing to be Lillian’s (Rudolph), maid of honor.

Lillian has a dysfunctional group of bridesmaids, and this makes the film all the more interesting because of her desire for them to bond. Annie ultimately fails at her role as maid of honor, which is not at all shocking due to her personal failures and insecurities. Helen (Rose Byrne), who is responsible for the majority of the drama that occurs, replaces her. Helen takes advantage of Annie, specifically due to jealousy regarding Annie’s close friendship with the bride, and consistently tries to prove that her relationship with Lillian is much stronger and everlasting. Through various scenes, such as fighting for the microphone at the rehearsal dinner, purposely getting Annie drunk on the plane, stealing Annie’s idea for a Parisian-themed bridal shower, and consistently reinforcing Annie’s unworthiness for being poor and single, the audience gets a sense of Helen’s two-faced personality.

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In particular, Megan (McCarthy), the groom’s sister, is quite possibly the funniest character throughout the entirety of the film because of her outlandish, and at times nauseating, remarks. Her newsboy cap and unappealing outfits also illustrate her humorous personality. Quite interestingly, she is also portrayed as one of the most kindhearted characters throughout the film. I would argue that, regardless of her previous appearances in hit shows and movies, McCarthy’s role in Bridesmaids, ultimately, put her on America’s radar. I assure you, after watching the bathroom scene, you will never think of a wedding dress shop in the same way ever again. This part of the film was one of the most hilarious scenes, and it was surprisingly not in the original script until production had already begun. To read more about this scene, check out Gregory Wakeman’s article, The Funniest Scene in Bridesmaids Wasn’t Even In The Script.

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McCarthy and Wiig serve as the perfect comedic duo; both females challenge the unrealistic concept existing within society that women are not funny. This damaging idea has existed since the earliest sitcoms, and it is about time that a movie disrupts the notion. The film effectively and efficiently overrides the viewpoint that only men can exist within the comedic sphere. Bridesmaids also exemplifies the incredible talent of Wiig, not only due to her acting abilities, but also because of her ability to co-write the script. I believe that its ability to succeed by using sexual comedy and inappropriate remarks ultimately laid the framework for future films, such as Trainwreck, desiring to provide groundbreaking storylines.

-Allie Kleinman

Citations:

Wakeman, Gregory. “The Funniest Scene In Bridesmaids Wasn’t Even In The Script.

CINEMABLEND.” Cinema Blend. N.p., 2015. Web. 01 Nov. 2016.

 

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14 Responses to Bridesmaids Review: Women Actually Are Funny – Allie Kleinman

  1. mediaphiles says:

    Bridesmaids is one of my guilty pleasures as well, so it was a joy reading this review! I completely agree with your point about Wig and McCarthy being an unstoppable duo- I think that some movie character dynamics can be either very hit or miss. In this film, however, it was a complete hit. Their humor balanced perfectly and carried the rest of the film.
    -Courteney

  2. mediaphiles says:

    Cool discussion of the female presence in Hollywood. Wig has definitely changed the game for young female comedians and opened countless doors. Not only showing that they can be funny, but also that they can carry an entire big-budget picture

    Alex

  3. mediaphiles says:

    It’s so great to see a virtually all female cast in a movie! And they are funny! I really love that they can carry a film, just like a group of men can! – Katie N

  4. Bridesmaids certainly is great comedic relief! I like that you really focused on Annie and Megan’s characters because they do drive the plot. Nice discussion about women and comedy. Best part is, it passes the Bechdel test!!

  5. Stephanie Albrecht says:

    I liked this review! I agree that this put Melissa McCarthy on the map because her role in Gilmore Girls was beyond underrated. I think another aspect that makes this so successful in terms of proving women are funny is the diversity in shapes, sizes, personalities, and race between all the women. Each of them were beyond funny and I could not imagine the film with different actresses! – Steph Albrecht

  6. mediaphiles says:

    I love how you endorse the movie right from the beginning. It makes the readers want to continue to find out why and then go see the movie! I like your emphasis on the actresses and also how you compared it to other films! You also made very interesting observations throughout such as how characters’ personalities and their humor coincide.
    -Maddie Dickens

  7. mediaphiles says:

    I love this movie. Melissa McCarthy is purely something else. The scene in which she is talking about how kids used to bully her but now it is okay because she knows where all the nukes are hidden, makes me laugh and cry at the same time.
    -A.P. Brothers

  8. mediaphiles says:

    I have always LOVED this movie–I’ve watched it several times. Your introduction is loud and grabs the reader’s attention, and your discussion delves deeper than just the comedy on the surface, but the significance of that comedy coming from a woman. Your discussion of Wiig and McCarthy’s dynamic duo is on point, and your reference to previous depictions of women in sitcoms shows the film as a break in the mould. Very good!

    -Meg Schmit

  9. mediaphiles says:

    I think Melissa McCarthy is brilliant in this movie. She really puts herself on the map and makes her the presence she is in Hollywood today. This movie as you said really enhances the reputation of female comedians in Hollywood. -Paul McBride

  10. mediaphiles says:

    This movie is hysterical and never gets old. Your review does a really good job describing the characters. I also like how you mention the misconception about women and comedy, and how this movie completely disproves it.

    -Walker Rise

  11. mediaphiles says:

    As a huge fan of comedy, I love this analysis on women and their rise to the highest thrones in the comedy world. I really think that Amy Pohler and Tina Fey set the standard and other female comedians are following in their footsteps to show a lot of talent in that field. I look forward to whatever they do next.

    -Samuel Ederle

  12. mediaphiles says:

    I love love love Melissa McCarthy, and I think this movie is amazing. And speaking as a Gilmore Girls fan I would also agree that this role was definitely her big break. I will always have a soft spot for Sookie Saint James, but Melissa McCarthy was born to be a comedic superstar. I thought it was really interesting how you related this movie to women’s presence in film, specifically comedy, and it really added a lot of depth to your review.
    -Sam Yezerski

  13. mediaphiles says:

    I have seen this movie and absolutely love it, and each and every time I see it, it is funnier than before. I really like how you framed your review on women, and their presence and expectations often seen in Hollywood films. You made some really strong points about how the women in this movie challenge some of these notions, and it was really well written!

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