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