'Bridesmaids' Review: Funny Women Make Us LOL!

Sally Mercedes
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When you think of director Judd Apatow, you don't generally think about women and you certainly don't think about weddings, but that's what you get in the new comedy Bridesmaids. It stars SNL fave Kristen Wiig, who also co-wrote the movie with Annie Mumolo. The movie is about a woman whose life is coming undone just as her best friend gets engaged. She puts on a brave face, but everything that can go wrong, does. Add a mismatched group of bridesmaids, and you've got comedy gold.

Here's the good, the bad, and the disgusting about Bridesmaids.

**SOME SPOILERS BELOW**

A few scenes in, I was already a fan of this film. The laughs start with the opening scene when Wiig's character is having awful sex with a really hot guy (isn't that often how it goes?). Her escape from his gated residence is quite funny, but it's the next scene with her BFF Maya Rudolph that totally won me over. In it, they joke about oral sex in such a hilarious and honest way, I could totally picture me and my best friends having the same conversation.

The rest of the movie unfolds similarly, with scenes that could be out of your life, except magnified for effect ... and with a funnier version of yourself. Plus, it's not all sex jokes and slapstick comedy, it's also about what happens when you feel like you've lost your best friend and when you think you're at rock bottom.

But ...

There's one scene that sticks out like a sore thumb. After the bridal party has a questionable lunch, they go dress shopping and food poisoning strikes. I watched the grossness unfold, laughing along with everybody else, but once the movie was over, I realized my problem with the scene was that it didn't fit. It seemed unnecessary and out of style with the rest of the film.

It wasn't until a couple of days later that I learned the scene felt that way because it didn't belong in the film. Judd Apatow added it. Now, I'm not opposed to being disgusted -- vomit totally worked in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, for example, but it doesn't really work here.

Anyway, it actually makes me feel better to know the scene wasn't in the original script because it makes me even more excited about movies this great being written by women and starring women. Leave it to a dude to screw up a perfectly good script.

So go watch Bridesmaids not only to support a cast of talented women and awesome ladywriters (hey, money talks), but because it's simply too funny to miss.

Are you going to watch Bridesmaids this weekend?

 

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