Bridesmaids





Directed By: Paul Feig

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Chris O'Dowd, and Jill Clayburgh


When a great comedy is released, there's absolutely no denying it.  Just look at some awesome comedies from the last decade like Old School, Wedding Crashers, and The 40 Year Old Virgin.  These are some of the flicks that make you laugh until it hurts.  These are the movies you will stop and watch on TBS anytime you see them.  Finally, I can say that we can add a new member to the pantheon of awesome comedies.  Join me in welcoming Bridesmaids to this exclusive group.  You'll certainly be watching it on TBS some day.

Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a wreck.  Her bakery went under, and she lost all her savings.  Her boyfriend left her, and she's in a meaningless sexual relationship with an asshole named Ted (Jon Hamm).  Her mom (Jill Clayburgh) attends AA meetings like her life depends on them even though she's never had a drop of liquor.  There is a bright spot in her life though.  Annie‚Äôs best friend Lilian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married to her boyfriend Doug (Tim Heidecker), and Annie is the maid of honor.

At the engagement party, Annie gets an idea of how crazy this wedding is going to be.  She gets the pleasure of meeting her fellow bridesmaids.  Lilian's cousin Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is a hardened mom with all boys who loves to share her war stories.  Becca (Ellie Kemper) is a wife who married too young and is consequently unfamiliar with the ways of the world.  Megan (Melissa McCarthy) is Lilian's future sister-in-law and a wild chick who knows how to party.  Finally, she meets Helen (Rose Byrne), the manipulative wife of Doug's boss.  What ensues is a raunchy, disastrous journey to Lilian's wedding with Annie and Helen battling to be Lilian's true best friend.

I laughed nonstop.  I cried because I was laughing so hard.  I absolutely loved Bridesmaids.  This raunchy flick is a phenomenal comedy that channels the awesomeness of films like Wedding Crashers and The Hangover and wraps it in a wedding dress.  Bridesmaids shows the world that women can be just as wild, crazy, and hilarious as any guy on the big screen.  As writer and star of the film, Kristen Wiig does an amazing job.  She's one of the great comedians of our time and deserves a toast from STMR for her impressive work on this film.

While Wiig does an amazing job, there are a couple of other standouts worth mentioning.  Melissa McCarthy might just be the funniest woman on the planet.  Her performance as Megan is outlandish, unbelievable, and absolutely lovable. I can't wait to see her in more roles on the big screen.  The other cast member who really rises to the occasion is Jon Hamm.  He leaves the stolid Don Draper in the 60s and shows the world he has some range as an actor. Hamm now has a great future ahead of him after Mad Men.

While Bridesmaids is awesome, I've always believed that just a little alcohol makes a great comedy even more hilarious.  That's the only reason I won't give this tear-jerker a sober rating.  It's the best comedy of 2011.  Have a few wine coolers with this zany comedy.  Imbibe just enough so that you can loosen up, let your guard down, and laugh like hell.  Bridesmaids gets a 0.03% rating.