- Genre: Comedy
- Director: Paul Feig
- Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne
- Rate: ***
The surprise summer hit Bridesmaids is smart, funny and frequently gross, three things that movies aimed at women supposedly aren’t — or so the boys all think, anyway.
The fact is that the gals can be every bit as riotous and rude as the guys, but they aren’t always given a chance to.
It’s directed by a man, TV’s Paul Feig, and men obviously enjoy it, but it’s women who run away with the show.
SNL’s bright light Kristen Wiig stars (and also co-writes with Annie Mumolo) as terminal failure Annie, a woman on the verge of a marital meltdown not of her making. Unlucky in love herself, and a recent failure in the bakery business, Annie is pulled into the mine field of wedding planning when her childhood BFF Lillian (Maya Rudolph) asks her to be her maid of honour.
Lillian neglects to tell her that she’s also asked her new BFF Helen (Rose Byrne, deliciously bitchy) to do much the same job, which the affluent Helen is all too eager and capable to do. The inevitable friction between the two and the other brides (including a hilarious Melissa McCarthy from TV’s Mike & Molly) continues on a road trip to Vegas, which will have you thinking of The Hangover, the boys-gone-wild smash of recent times.