BRIDESMAIDS--Directed by Paul Feig. Starring Kristen Wiig, Terry Crews, Jessica St. Clair,Maya Rudolf,written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo/rated R/2hr5min
Bifocal Review by Barbara and Gordon Richiusa
(B) BRIDESMAIDS gives an all new meaning to “chick flick.” I got a lot of belly laughs out of this film. It was real funny, by that I mean real as in true funny. Ask any girl, stuff like this really happens. The only criticism for me was, I thought the relationship between the character played by Wiig and her male cop should have been strictly comedy with no serious overtones. I also would liked to have seen more comedy situations with the other bridesmaids like the ones on board the flight to Vegas. Let’s hear it for the girls. I recommend this movie and give it 2 and half binocs.
(G) I liked this one, but not as much as the hype that it was given. In the end, I found the script to be shallow. There were too many opportunities that were wasted and some of the subplots were forced and out of place. The story starts off great and the fast pace of the funny situations and dialogue made me feel like I was on may way to a four binocular review. There is an establishing scene where Maya Rudolf and Kristen Wiig discuss the male sexual member that will go down in comedy history along with Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm in When Harry Met Sally. That said, however it was slightly disappointing from that point onward for me. I could not but help compare this as the ladies version of The Hangover, but where Wiig and Crews tried to make it different, BRIDESMAIDS comes apart. That’s not to say that Bridesmaids is a waste of time, far from it. I just think that the heavy-handed attempt to write a movie for and about Kristen Wiig’s character prevented some comedic opportunities that were wasted. When I got through, it was as if I was already looking for the sequel so that the “secondary characters” (everyone except Wiig) could be developed and a better story could be told. I have to give this one 2 and ½ binocs.