Bridesmaids review

When fast-approaching-middle-age Annie lands the coveted role of maid of honour for her best friend’s wedding, her fragile world crumbles around her as one disaster leads to another.

From the producers of the likes of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Superbad, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find that Bridesmaids is full of truly hilarious moments. I challenge anyone not to cringe at the I’m-a-better-best-friend-than-you battle or at least titter at the toilet scene that follows a mass food poisoning (that’s right, ladies and gentlemen; poo jokes). But there is also an entirely unexpected element in that, amongst the jollies, there is a deeper dramatic angle in writer and lead actor Kristin Wiig’s character as we witness a confused person experiencing a gradual breakdown as she realises how empty and unfulfilling her life is. Wiig has created an adorable, flawed character that she plays superbly, mixing emotional subtlety with excellent comic timing. She is helped along by a strong cast with a revelatory Chris O’Dowd worthy of special note.

It may have a group of women in big poofy pink dresses on the poster and, I know, I know, we’re just not used to that much oestrogen in one film, but this is a quality comedy worthy of a punt by the most sexist of sceptics.

4 out of 5

30th Jun 2011 | Official site | On IMDb