Bridesmaids (2011)

dir. Paul Feig

Bridesmaids gets a lot of kudos; many places even call it one of the best films of 2011. It makes one wonder whether anyone actually sat down and watched it. Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig’s story of a group of bridesmaids, centred mostly on maid of honour Annie (Kristen Wiig), is hailed for allowing women to do comedy just like the men do. Ooooh! But where is the comedy, exactly? Is it Annie behaving so selfishly from start to finish that it’s a wonder she has friends at all? Is it Chris O’Dowd’s chronic levels of patience with a woman he seems to have no spark with whatsoever? Is it Melissa McCarthy taking a dump in the street? Presumably, it’s Melissa McCarthy taking a dump in the street. Bridesmaids is meant to be a giant leap for feminism, because the women are finally doing the stuff formerly reserved for men in movies. It’s a shame no one told Bridesmaids that it wasn’t funny when the men were doing it, either.

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