You may get scared by the title, but in reality Bridesmates is mostly not about drinking, vomiting and male strippers, it is mostly about friendship. Bridesmates cast Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Elli Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris O’Dowd.
The script was written by Wiig and fellow comedienne Amanda Mumolo, and the producer of the comedy is Judd Apatow (Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin). Wiig plays Annie, a down-on-her-luck baker who is appointed maid-of-honour by her oldest friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph).
Annie is to be maid of honour but rich girl Helen (Rose Byrne) emerges as a rival for Lillian’s affections and the dominant role in planning the wedding, locking the pair into a titanic battle that threatens not just the nuptials but a friendship that goes back to childhood.
The film is very funny in places. The much-discussed signature scene involving the onset of food poisoning during a dress fitting is disgustingly hilarious, with full points going to the cast for being willing to go as far as they do in the name of gross-out comedy.
It is also a surprisingly touching celebration of female friendship, a woman-centred comedy that’s not solely about men and marriage – Annie is single and struggling but she’s not desperate for a relationship – and treats the whole wedding thing with a lovely mix of cynicism and joy.
Kirsten Smith, who wrote the excellent Legally Blonde and The House Bunny, inspired by Bridesmaids sent a missive to her friends that went like this: “I know you get a lot of emails about donating money to worthy causes, but I’d like to draw your attention to one in particular: The Chick Flick. It is currently on the Motion Picture Association of America’s list of Endangered Species and it faces extinction if we don’t act now.”
When Wiig was asked by Telegraph about Apatow and his films which are produced mostly for men, she said: “I really don’t side with that whole argument that his [Apatow’s] films are overly masculine. Judd has two daughters and women all around him. If you look at his movies, the men in them actually tend to end up getting pretty emotional about things towards the end.”
Recently Wiig was named the funniest woman on the planet. It’s a tag that has been handed out to Tina Fey and Sarah Silverman, as if in surprise that a female could intentionally make us laugh. Wiig says she finds the furore over the film’s humour “deeply patronising. I am surprised when I find myself having conversations with people about whether women can be funny or not. Women have been funny since the dawn of time. I hope we have got to the point where girls cracking jokes isn’t a massive issue.” [via The Telegraph (UK) and The Standard]