I am starting to wonder if I have the same sense of humor as “everyone else.” “Everyone” told me that Little Miss Sunshine was the funniest movie they had seen in a long time. So I watched it. I honestly don’t know if I laughed once (note: this is not to say that it was a bad movie, I just didn’t find it to be a comedy). Then, “they” said, “Watch Knocked Up. You will love Knocked Up.” So I did. And while I found it to be funnier than Little Miss Sunshine (though by far not as good of a movie), I was left wanting. Last summer, when Bridesmaids came out, “everyone” again started yakking about how this was the movie to see—the comedy to end all comedies. Heck, I almost went to see it in the theaters because I wanted to not only see a funny movie, but see one with female leads (because, hey, girls can be hilarious too, ya know?).
Long story short, I didn’t see Bridesmaids in the theaters. I decided to wait and get it on Netflix instead. Honestly, I am glad I waited. I would have been upset if I had paid $15 to see this in theaters (all while dealing with people gabbing on their cell phones, texting, and my feet sticking to the floor). Although I didn’t hate Bridesmaids, it was a far cry from being one of “The Best Comedies of the Year” as the poster proclaims (unless it was a bad year for comedies…).
Bridesmaids stars Kristin Wiig as Annie, a woman who has reached a low point in her life. Her business went under, her boyfriend left her, and her roommates are irritating. Soon her bff, Lillian (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged and asks Annie to be her maid of honor. However, one of Lillian’s new friends, the wealthy socialite Helen, starts to compete with Annie for Lillian’s attention. Helen and Annie struggle to give Lillian the best wedding possible, but their competition causes problems at every event they attend. Hilarity ensues (supposedly).
Going in to Bridesmaids, I was actually kind of excited. I was in the mood to laugh and I definitely was rooting for an all-female comedy. The cast was great and had tremendous potential. However, I had a hard time relating to—not to mention liking—most of the characters in the film. The only character that I felt was likeable was the cop (played by Chris O’Dowd), who wasn’t a self-absorbed jerk like the rest of the characters. Trust me, I understand that characters need to have flaws (they can’t all be perfect like us film reviewers), but I really could not root for any of them—which in turn makes it difficult to really care about the movie.
Sure, some of the comedy was funny and I did laugh in a few spots, but it just wasn’t my thing. While I appreciated that it wasn’t just The Hangover with women, it seemed to be missing something. Perhaps this is just as result of my warped sense of humor—where I laugh at someone getting nailed in the crotch with a projectile but won’t even crack a smile when an adult woman gets into a verbal battle with a teenage girl and ends up calling her the “c” word. Hilarious.
I guess I was really disappointed in Bridesmaids. Sure, my expectations going into it were high, but wouldn’t it be nice for a film to actually live up to the hype? I guess I will have to wait for the next “best comedy of the year” to see if it makes me laugh.
Until then, thanks for reading and have an awesome day!
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