Bridesmaids Review, by Lara

9 May

Throughout the history of film there have been two main genres of comedy: the romantic comedy (i.e. the typically not comedic comedy[1]) and the comedy (i.e. funny movies that don’t center around an unlikely romance). Of course there have been other sub-genres, but the two aforementioned were the chief humorous divisions reigning above the others for decades. Then there was the birth of the “bromantic comedy,” a term which bloggers and interviewers have been throwing around as if it were original for the past five years to describe movies with two male leads who bond together, break-up, and then kiss and make up by the end. So, basically, a comedy, because, let’s face it, most just-plain-comedies over the years have had humorous male leads overcoming obstacles together and every thing else is labeled as a “chick flick”. Until now. Ladies and gentlemen I give you the revolution of the ovantic comedy[2], that is Bridesmaids.


Ok, I’ve gotten ahead of myself with all this lady language, let’s take a step back and look at this film purely as a comedy. No genders attached. Bridesmaids is a very funny movie. It is cheeky, it’s crude, and it fits in perfectly with the other Judd Apatow-produced pieces of gold.  The mostly-female cast all bring their own comic elements into a harmonious jambalaya of hilarity, with Kristen Wiig stirring the pot[3]. Of course, as with all comedies there are some instances of brainless jokes: pooping and barfing and there was a character who, at the start of the movie, vexed me to no end. Megan, played by the usually beautiful Melissa McCarthy, is overweight and plain and dense. The audience roared with laughter simply at the sight of her—making me see red. And, for the first thirty minutes or so, I thought that was her main function; to be dumpy and dumb. However, as the movie went on, I discovered she was basically the Jonah Hill equivalent. Sure some people may chuckle at her weight and looks, but she was also hysterical and had more heart than any of her fellow bridesmaids. Naturally I would love for her to have played the same character without any focus being on her appearance, but weight and attractiveness will have to be tackled another day. For now, let’s look at what this movie is going to help revolutionize.

Bridesmaids is a funny movie with women. I’ll let that sink in for a minute. All right, got it? Women star in it and they are funny. Seems like a simple concept? It is. Seems like that should be old news? It does. Sadly, that is not the case. This is one of the first, if not THE first, movies to have a mostly-female cast who swear and fart and make sex-jokes (and I’m not talking Sex & the City wine-dipped quips[4]) just as skillfully as guys do. While I was watching Bridesmaids at SXSW, I wasn’t thinking of the Gender Thing, I was just taking it in, happy to see Kristen Wiig as a lead for once. It wasn’t until I went to an extremely interesting panel the next day called, “The Female Funny: Is it Different for Girls?” that I even realized this kind of women-driven comedy had never been done before. Hopefully this movie will change all of that. If it is as successful as its funniness merits, we will begin to see actress-dominated slapstick so much that it will eventually become unnoteworthy. That is my prayer. Because Bridesmaids isn’t a movie for women. It’s not even really ABOUT women. It is a hysterical movie for EVERYONE[5] that just happens to have women in it. Go see it.

wishing I was an SNL girl,

Lara

[1] Unless Nora Ephron is involved.

[2] Registered trademark, Lara Morgan. As are “womantic comedy” and “yonidy”.

[3] Ok, so that analogy was stretching it.

[4] For all three of you out there who actually think those old bats are funny.

[5] “Everyone” is referring to gender. People under the age of 17 and those who do not like vulgar jokes not included.

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4 Responses to “Bridesmaids Review, by Lara”

  1. daniela May 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    You go girl, bend it like Bekham.

  2. Lauren S. White May 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    Thank you for the solid info, Lara! I’ve been thinking about going to see this but was a tiny bit scarred/disappointed after “Whip It,” and was afraid it might be more of the same. (Not that “Whip It” doesn’t have any redeemable qualities; they just don’t ease the pain of paying theater prices.) You’ve not only eased my mind but made me proud of these women for breaking the mold…and you’re sooo right; why has it not happened sooner?? Well done!

    • CintusSuprimus May 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

      Glad to help out, Lauren. Like I said it has some mediocre bits– I don’t think it’s quite on par with Superbad or Knocked Up– but it’s still really hilarious. And! Yes! We need to support it to break the female mold!

  3. carly cram May 17, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    well, I’m just going to have to go and see it then.

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