From the opening scene of Bridesmaid, it’s a fair assumption to make that you’ll be in for a hilarious ride. “I want you to leave but I can’t think of a way to tell you without sounding like a dick,” is the (approximate) line from Ted (Jon Hamm), Annie Walker’s (Kristin Wigg) sex friend. From there, we see a scene between her and best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) having some girl talk in a coffee shop that shows one of the few scenes in which Annie isn’t experiencing some sort of a set-back. Instead, she’s getting advice from Lillian to stop hanging out with Ted. For the rest of the film, Annie is meant to play the role of the planner as Lillian’s Maid of Honour but instead plays back-seat to Helen (Rose Byrne) while everything around her spirals out of control.
In this film, directed by Paul Feig and written by Kristin Wigg and Annie Mumolo, the unfortunate situations surrounding Annie aren’t the main focus as much as the insignificant aspects of the overall storyline. There isn’t much focus on the fact that she loses her job at a jewelry store, it’s why she loses her job that the attention goes to. Being a comedy, the actual storyline is really just here to provide a baseline for the film that wins because of the laughs it provides. I’ve never laughed as hard in a theatre as I did when seeing Bridesmaids for the first time. There are three key scenes that brought out the most laughter from the audience. Each one differs in how it wins you over but each one is a one-two-punch of hilarity over and over.
Kristen Wigg is obviously the star of the film. There are obvious signs of her incorporating aspects of her SNL characters into the role of Annie, such as the Surprise Lady and Penelope but unlike her SNL personas, Bridesmaids also focuses on a much more humanistic perspective of Annie. We get to see her reactions to Lillian favouring Helen for various reasons when it comes to their respective relationships. When things continue to come down and Annie tells her mother that she’s hit rock bottom, you can’t help but put aside the laughter to feel bad for her. Of course, this isn’t a pity party and the laughs soon follow when Megan (Melissa McCarthy) steals the show, as with every scene she’s in, and literally forces Annie to stop feeling bad for herself.
Without telling what one should find the funniest, I personally found the airplane scene to be the height of my laughter, long after it commenced. It felt like something out of an SNL skit but unlike said SNL skit, this scene continually builds upon itself and quickly gets funnier with every action.
Bridesmaids is easily the best comedy of the year and should something come along that actually surpasses it, I might just find myself in laughter heaven. Kristin Wigg continues to show her incredible skills as a comedian and writer that surfaced on her SNL skits. Her performance in Bridesmaids showed much more depth than anything she’s done up until now. The future is bright. The remaining cast were excellent, particularly Melissa McCarthy as the plucky sister of the groom. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this movie. Definitely a must-see!