Bridesmaids plays like a series of extended Kristen Wiig SNL skits, only much funnier and with more heart. From the plane ride in which her character Annie gets drunk and subsequently forces the authorities to land the plane and ruin their bachelorette party, to the scene in which she keeps driving by a cop, trying to get noticed, increasing ridiculous behavior, to throwing a tantrum at her best friend Lillian’s bridal shower.
That’s meant in the best way possible. However, don’t think you’ll only be getting classic Wiig SNL, because what you’re really getting, is a somewhat groundbreaking gut wrenchingly hilarious yet touching film about a woman who sees her best friend from childhood going in the completely opposite direction from her. Lillian is getting married, getting money and making new friends who Annie doesn’t necessarily approve of. Her life is settling down. While Annie has had a failed business, is forced to move back in with her mother, and the closest thing she has to a boyfriend is her “friend” with benefits, played by Jon Hamm.
From the opening scene in which Annie is stuck pathetically on a moving fence, bringing the walk of shame to a whole new level, the viewer knows they’re getting something completely different from the usual Kate Hudson/Katherine Heigl rom com. Bridesmaids is the reason we give Hudson and Heigl such a hard time. Their movies are one-note, contrived and everyone in them is a stereotype. Here, we have a film that knows its characters, respects them, and doesn’t paint anyone as a stereotype. Even Annie’s so-called enemy Helen (played by the wonderful Rose Byrne), Lillian’s new friend, has some depth and is never portrayed as over-the-top-evil.
Bridesmaids works on so many levels. It is, hands down, the best comedy of the year so far, and if any comedy coming after thinks they can do better, they have some major shoes to fill. Wiig has, without a doubt, solidified herself as one of the funniest actresses of our time, and she has proven that, in a comedy world dominated by men, women can do it just as well, if not better. In another world, comedy actresses would be nominated for Oscars, because Wiig deserves to throw her hat into the ring. Her acting here is brilliant.
Bridesmaids is comedy perfection, with a flawless supporting cast and a charming final act Wilson Phillips cherry on top. It might just be one of the best comedies you’ll ever see.