Bridesmaids is a raunchy comedy with heart. Its apart of Judd Apatow’s new wave of adult comedies that try to do more than simply make you laugh at stereotypes. This is by far his riskiest endeavor to date, because there is no sure-fire male lead to sell tickets. Its a film, written by women, about a group of women, and in Hollywood today that already is a handicap. The thing is, this film is braking the mold. Its quite funny, and has some great, well-rounded, fully fleshed out characters. And for a comedy in this day in age, that gives it a huge advantage.
Kristen Wiig is hilarious as the main character, Maya Rudolph’s maid of honor, who is undergoing several personal crisis as she is trying to hold it together and plan her best friend’s wedding. It doesn’t help that another bridesmaid, played by Rose Bryne (who freshly takes on a comedic role), is the epitome of perfection and calm. The rest of the wedding party are a first rate character actor’s dream and are all played well. The standout is Melissa McCarthy. Her character is the most outlandish, but also the most fleshed out, and in the end, the one with the most heart.
There are several very uncomfortable scenes that you aren’t sure if you should be cringing or laughing at. There are also several scenes that need to be instituted into the canon of classic comedy immediately, including an airplane scene that shows exactly why Kristen Wiig is America’s top funny woman.