Release Date: 28 April 2011 (USA)
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd
Running Time: 2h 5 min
Milwaukee local, Annie Walker’s life is quickly falling apart. She’s lost her boyfriend, her cake business, her house, all of her money and is now living with British brother-and-sister couple, who are getting ready to kick her out. Although she has a job in a jewelry store, it’s low-paying, and she absolutely hates it. On top of everything, her misogynist one-night-stand boyfriend isn’t giving her the attention or love she deserves.
Despite all of this, there is one light in Annie’s life. Her childhood best friend, Lillian, is getting married, and she’s asked Annie to be her maid of honor. During Lillian’s engagement party, Annie finally meets her other bridesmaids – the excited newlywed Becca, Lillian’s cynical cousin Rita, her fiance’s confident sister Megan, and his boss’s wife Helen, who is wealthy and perfect in every way. But as soon as she meets Helen, they immediately become entwined in a hilarious and intense friend-war to prove they’re Lillian’s best friend.
No matter how hard she tries to pull off the best wedding and bridal shower, Helen consistently overshadows Annie with her money, class, and contacts – and she begins to lose herself and eventually drives Lillian away. But just as she hits rock bottom, she meets Irish policeman, Nathan Rhodes. However, just like everything else in her life, Annie expects the worst and pushes him away, even though deep down she knows he’s a good guy who wants the best for her.
As things go from bad to worse, Annie has lost her best friend and a man that actually cares for her – and she moves back in with her mother. But Annie doesn’t realize something… she has made another friend. After an intervention by Megan, Annie realizes what truly matters and apologizes to Lillian and Officer Rhodes.
The men have The Hangover. The women have Bridesmaids. And this movie should be required watching for any bridal parties, potential brides, or any woman (or man) ever that wants a good laugh-out-loud comedy.
As much as we hate to admit it, there’s something incredible warming about watching someone else’s life go to the dogs – and watching Annie Walker’s life go drastically downhill is one of the most entertaining life crises we’ve ever witnessed in a movie. Because as well as being your traditional Bridget Jones-style chick flick, this movie is also a battle. Annie is the true underdog and fails in hilarious fashion, until she realizes she’s worth more and comes out the other side as the champion.
Behind the laugh-out-loud moments and the moment where you just can’t help but cringe (yep, the scene with the wedding dress), this movie offers a backstory that is rarely seen in Hollywood movies. Yes, many of these women are completely bored and unhappy with their status and wealth, and their hard-working husbands – but this is not the main theme. Instead, the story follows the relationships between these powerful women, and shows that with help, women can pull each other up again and make our own life choices.
Co-writer of this hilarious comedy, Kristen Wiig takes on the title role with incredible gusto. She makes herself vulnerable, she shows us what it’s like to have lost everything, she shows us what it’s like to be lost, but she also knows how to put on a bloomin’ good show. This is refreshing, considering Wiig has always starred alongside more prominent actresses and comedians. This movie gives her the opportunity to move away from the ‘always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ phase (although in this movie, she is technically the bridesmaid) and she totally knocked it out of the park.