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Bridesmaids (2011)

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90

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 242
Fresh: 218 | Rotten: 24

A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star.

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 5

A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star.

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This spring, Universal Pictures and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) invite you to experience Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she

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Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig

Sep 20, 2011

$169.1M

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The star and co-writer of Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig, puts herself and her female co-stars through the comedy wringer.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Bridesmaids is likely to be a hit with both women and men, being half formula chick-flick, half raunchy comedy of humiliation. It's hilarious -- and too bifurcated to be satisfying.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Onetime Saturday Night Live castmates Wiig and Rudolph make Annie and Lillian's friendship believable. Which is why Annie's shenanigans are sad -- and hilarious.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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The movie won't change your life or grab a fistful of Oscar nominations come next winter. But it will make you laugh, hard and often, and it proves that sometimes girls just want to have fun.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: The Wrap | Comments (3)
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An effortless blend of bad taste and good humour with a wholly believable, often very touching emotional core, all centred around one of the finest star-making comic performances in recent memory.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie is uneven and lurching, but it provides many laughs.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (2)
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Kristen Wiig is brilliant.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Over the past couple of years, the R-rated comedy genre seemed to stale a bit, suffering a slight affliction of monotony. Seems all it needed was a woman's touch.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

A terrific comedy, zany, ribald and fearless in just about every way you'd want a comedy to be.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Bridesmaids is a reminder that fresh content is still alive and well, especially when it's delivered by a group of talented actresses.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This is "Her Hangover," a smarter and sweeter stumble to the altar that never quite gets to Vegas, and doesn't seem to mind.

January 11, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

There's a full spectrum of emotions on show: how many comedies with a gag involving projectile vomit and diarrhoea can say that?

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

El humor de Damas en guerra se parece por momentos al de la comedia masculina más guarra, escatología incluida, aunque también hay lugar para los sentimientos y hasta el romanticismo.

March 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

It shows the dark side of people to a surprising extent for a comedy. It isn't exactly a black comedy or a dark comedy, but it does explore the way that friends can sometimes become jealous and sabotage each other.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Kristen Wiig, between her screenplay and fearlessly funny performance, gives nothing less than a tour de force.

February 4, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Bridesmaids is a very funny movie, with interesting characters and great performances, but the film's pacing issues make it more of a chore to get through than expected.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

I like that Bridesmaids aspires to be more than just a dumb comedy, but that doesn't mean it needs to belabor its point for what feels like eons.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Comment (1)
Film and Felt

Paul Feig's Bridesmaids ends up living in the memory like most weddings do; you went, you had a pleasant time, and unless somebody mentions the happy couple, you never think about the experience again.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

I laughed almost without pause; at several points I made horselike snorting sounds that hurt the insides of my nose.

December 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Whether it says something incisive about female friends and their inability to truly feel comfortable and rise above petty jealousies and competition, Bridesmaids never achieves the wolf pack camaraderie that The Hangover executes so naturally.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Comments (4)
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There are things to like here and the idea is a noble one. But in execution, "Bridesmaids" is a typical chick flick just with some extra rude words and vomit.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times

At 125 minutes, 'Bridesmaids' is long for a comedy, but it earns its running time by fully developing its characters and their relationships ...

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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Audience Reviews for Bridesmaids

This is the first guy (or should I say dude) film with an (almost) all-female cast. So that's something. That being said, I don't really care for guy films. But if you're into films about bachelor(ette) parties gone horribly awry or losers turning their life around with the help of the "Girl" Next Door that suddenly pops into their life, then you might enjoy this.
February 16, 2014
vierasesine

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This is an okay comedy. Much of the humor revolves around back and forth passive-aggression and random situations that don't develop the story, but it has its moments nonetheless. I really thought it would be more about all of the bridesmaids rather than just Wiig's character, but regardless she does a good job. An okay, but massively overrated film.
August 26, 2013
Sanjay Rema

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This might feature a mostly female cast and involve the road to a wedding as the main plot, but this is most certainly not a chick flick. It is instead a very funny, terrifically acted story about female companionship, and all the wacky shenanigans that can happen when a diverse bunch of women get together to try to make a friend's special day very special. It's also quite vulgar, but not overbearingly so.

The film follows Annie, whose life is not going well. She used to have her own bakery, but the recession killed that, so she's near broke, working a dead end job, has a crappy car, an awkward living situation, and an equally awkward romantic life. When her childhood best friend Lillian announces her engagement and makes her the maid of honor, Annie finds her life getting even more complicated and messy, especially when she starts butting heads with Helen- Lillian's new best friend and the mother of all bridesmaidzillas.

When I first heard about this film, I shrugged it off as being The Hangover, but with women, and didn't have much high hopes for it. As I began to hear more about it, I started to change my mind. Now that I've seen it, I'm so glad I gave it a chance. It's gotten so much buzz, a lot of it earned, but even though this isn't that great or the masterpiece a lot of people make it out to be, it's still a really good and highly entertaining piece of work.

I've enjoyed Kristen Wiig for a few years now, but this one really seals the deal for her being a comedic force that needs to be reckoned with. She and her co-write deliver a sharp and witty script, and she really shows her range and chops here as Annie, doing a wonderful job being drunk, playing a sad sack, and selling the more dramatic and emotional parts of the story as well. Yes, that;s right, the film isn't all outrageousness and raunch. It tries pulling at the heart as well, and mostly succeeds there, too.

Wiig is great, but it's some of the supporters who really steal the show here, especially Melissa McCarthy as Megan- the groom's sister who is basically the Zach Galifianakis here, and Jon Hamm as Ted- Annie's amazingly sleazy friend with benefits. Chris O'Dowd is good as a friendly cop who rather manages to avoid most rom com cliches, and I just really appreciated the amazing chemistry between all of the women. The really sell their relationships here.

The film is quite good, but, as I alluded to, it's not perfect, and even a tad overrated. For one thing, it's overlong and just drags on with just a whiff of fumes by the time the end credits roll. The film starts to take chances and I was hoping it would surprise me and be original, but no, it basically ends how you figure it will. I was surprised though that it didn't at times play out like I thought it would, even though it does so by the end. Also, it's not nearly as raunchy and envelope pushing as it could have been (or that I was anticipating). It's rather awkward and uncomfortable on occasion, but that's actually a pro, not a con, even though it makes some of it difficult to sit through.

All in all, this is a very funny, very strong effort that set a lot of things right, but unfortunately doesn't have enough steam to keep it flying high all the way through. You should see it though, and here's to hoping that Wiig will both pen and star in more films to come.
May 23, 2013
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    1. Megan: Because you are the problem, Annie. And you are the solution.
    – Submitted by Chaein L (14 months ago)
    1. Annie: Help me I'm poor...
    – Submitted by Caleigh B (15 months ago)
    1. Megan: This is some classy sh-... [burp]
    2. Megan: I want to apologize. I'm not even confident on which end that came out of.
    – Submitted by Nadya N (16 months ago)
    1. Annie's Mistaken Fella: Do you wanna go for a walk later?
    2. Annie: Oh! I can't.
    – Submitted by Amanda C (16 months ago)
    1. Brynn: Ohh.. that's prickly.
    – Submitted by Mandy H (18 months ago)
    1. Annie's Mistaken Fella: Boom. What's up fuck buddy?
    – Submitted by Nej L (19 months ago)
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