The Movie: 8/10
I don’t compare movies to each other when I come up with that unsavory number score. I think about the experience of watching the movie and rate it accordingly. Bridesmaids was a really fun movie that I totally identified with so it ranks pretty high. I am not a “30 something and my business just failed and I’m having a shitty time with men and I’m not sure what to do with my life” kind of gal, which is our leading lady. I do completely get the whole “my best friend has found a new friend and I’m feeling left out” theme. I do not know if it’s a woman thing or a person thing, but in my life I have gone through the thing where my best friends have grown up and we don’t live near each other so we all make other friends. Sometimes I have heard the term “best friend” fly around when they weren’t talking about me and when I was younger it was hard to process.
Annie is in a relationship with a total asshole. She’s looking for someone to love and love her back, but not in a sappy way. She just wants someone who doesn’t call her f***buddy and tells her to leave after having sex. What more can a woman want? She has a failed bakery and it’s knocked the wind out of her. She’s pretty much got her childhood best friend and that’s about it. Now her best friend has found another best friend to be in her wedding and Annie is not going to share her without a fight, or several awkward hilarious adventures in bridesmaidery.
As the maid of honor in her friend’s wedding, Annie now has to face things like paying for an expensive dress, organizing a bridal shower, a bachelorette party, and other wedding planning stresses. All of this in direct competition with the new friend who is super rich, beautiful, organized, creative, and clingy. I don’t want to spoil the best moments, just trust me that when Annie kicks into competition mode for her friend’s attention or affections she is not just determined but so funny my face hurt from laughing every five minutes.
The cast is amazing. Kristen Wiig is, as always, so funny it makes me smile just thinking about some of her crazy wonderful moments. The bridesmaids are all exactly right for their parts. A sexpot mom who’s sick of her kids, an innocent Disney loving young woman who has not experienced much in this life, and a woman who is herself and to hell with the world, oh and the super rich new best friend of the bride. They are all fantastic to watch, to listen to, to soak up all their comic genius as they populate Annie’s world.
There are scenes in this movie that should go down in comedy history. There is a chocolate fountain, a giant cookie, bridesmaid rivarly, food poisoning in a bridal shop, the list goes on and on. I’m not always one for the gross humor but this time I was busting out laughing and for good reason.
The love interest in the story is a very groovy actor who I had not seen before but after this I want to see more. The relationship between Annie and Rhodes builds in a nice way without too much pressure from the story to hurry things along. His character is a nice change of pace for dudes in Romantic Comedies. I hope we see more of this type of character, calm, not taking any bullshit, not manipulative, not a sad sack, just a normal nice guy without any apparent issues to deal with.
I would watch this movie again and again if the opportunity came up. It’s fun to watch with friends and then discuss the whole “but I’M your best friend!!” thing:)
- Unrated & Theatrical Versions – Both versions of the movie for your enjoyment, the Unrated version is 6 minutes longer.
- Deleted Scenes – Almost 10 minutes of deleted scenes.
- Extended & Alternate Scenes – A full 50 minutes of extended scenes, including an epic endurance sex scene between Wiig and Hamm.
- Gag Reel – Funny stuff from the girls, some of the stuff here is funnier than the movie.
- Roommates – I hated the roommates in the film so these extended scenes were not on my radar. They are here if you want them though.
- Cholodecki’s – A bunch of scenes that take place in the jewlery store in the movie. Also a funny mock commerical for the store.
- Made Of Honor: Behind The Scenes Of Bridesmaids – A great 30 minute behind the scenes look at the making if the film, including a look a the best dressed director in Hollywood.
- Annie Vs Helen – 8 Minutes of Annie & Helen trying to win over the Bride.
- Drunk-O-Rama – Tons of outtakes from the drunk plane scene, the Blu-Ray is worth the price for this extra alone.
- Annie’s Blind Date With Dave – A whole subplot was removed from the movie which involved Annie having a Date with Dave played by Paul Rudd. Personally I would have left this in and taken the roommates out if I was editing the film.
- Tennis Pep Talk – Lots of alternate takes of the pep talk before the tennis scene.
- Feature Commentary With Filmmakers & Cast – An amazing commentary with just about everybody involved in the movie. Things get a bit hectic at times but you can tell everyone involved loved this project.
- DVD & Digital Copy – Lots of options for those of you on the go.
Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
Do you know what I actually like about this cover? Well, let me tell you. First, my husband was complaining that I never like the covers and I always say the same thing about the value of movies week after week. Well Ascully, as your wife I would like to inform you that you are not correct. I wouldn’t have it as a poster, I’ll get that out of the way, but I do like one thing about this cover, even if it’s a little blah if I’m honest. It doesn’t have the names of the cast or a chosen few names slapped on the front. I dig it when they realize the movie is an ensemble effort and just because you might have one or two more known names you don’t have to shove them on the cover and outshine the rest of the cast. The menu is kind of fun, lots of pictures of the bridesmaids in their dresses and it changes for each feature you choose. I’m not in love with the menus, let’s face it, it’s navigation to what you want to see. However, when they make an effort it doesn’t go unnoticed.
Audio & Video: 8/10
The cover of Bridesmaids announced that it is the best comedy of the year and I usually disagree but this time I think they are right. Universal have a very tight sharp looking Blu-Ray to go along with the high praise the movie is getting. If you are looking for a filmic image that really does the movie justice you have come to the right place, Bridesmaids is a colorful movie and the colors here are simply perfect. The only thing that saves me giving it full marks are some of the nightime scenes are a little crushed.
The DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is quite outstanding for a comedy, the rear speakers are used A LOT (listen to the girls stomach growls during the fitting scene). Most of the dialog is kept front and center though and when Wilson Phillips start singing things really move to all the speakers. You might not expect such a bombastic audio affair from a comedy but that is exactly what you get here.
If you can find this movie for around $15 I say go for it. It’s a fun one to share with your good friends, to watch at a wedding shower, to have around after the bachelorette party for the wind down period after wine and before sleep. There are tons of extras to laugh at and for a whole evening of fun it’s worth the price.
Overall Score 8/10