This movie is hilarious.
Director Peter Feig (Freaks and Geeks), and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked
Up, Superbad, 40 Year Old Virgin) deliver an unexpected comical hit for 2011. I don’t remember a comedy where I’ve laughed at every joke. In fact, I don’t ever remember a female ensemble cast that has been so successful at being funny! Annie (Kristen Wiig), the “Maid of Dishonor” and the best friend of the bride-to-be Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is slowing being squeezed out by the rich sister of the groom Helen (Rose Byrne). Already down and out from a failed business venture “Cake Baby”, the slow loss of her friendship to the Helen takes starts to degenerate her psyche. This could have easily turned into a toilet joke laden movie that would have had me running to the hills (and it does for one scene in a good way). I predict the dress shopping scene to become a film classic that many will try to repeat but never succeed in duplicating!
Megan (played by Melissa McCarthy) is the odd bridesmaid out in terms of looks, however her over-the-top physical comedic timing gives the movie the added punch of being just a funny movie to an outrageously funny movie. Where Annie’s humor is driven from angst, Megan is derived from her strength and assuredly of who she is – she gets what she wants.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a sequel – there shouldn’t be one, but I doubt Hollywood would be able to resist the money this movie is making. Even in its 3rd week running, the theater I went to was still packed.
This movie is a good one to see on the big screen, but well worth renting when it comes out on DVD/BlueRay.