Bridesmaids. Everyone and their mom was talking about Bridesmaids when it hits theaters. “It’s hilarious!” they all yelled. I knew I would wait til it hit DVD but I was expecting greatness.
I was sadly disappointed.
Here’s what worked: Kristen Wiig hasn’t really had any star vehicles of her own. This is a good chance for her to be the leading lady. She carries it (mostly) well. I’ve always been a sucker for Maya Rudolph, and they were a killer combo.
The brightest star in the cast though is Melissa McCarthy, as the crazy sister-in-law. She steals every scene she’s in and (for me) gave the most memorable moments. I’ve never seen her before, except from a few scenes from a Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago. And she dominated. This scene is especially hilarious: http://www.hulu.com/watch/284927/saturday-night-live-taste-test
The film also gave a surprising deep and poignant insight into the self-destructive nature of romance. I found myself enthralled in these moments and how we can destroy that which we desperately seek.
Here’s what didn’t work: The movie was not funny. It had these fantastic moments but ruined them with incredibly over the top, unrealistic, and lowest-common-denominator scenes. There are two that come to mind that I not only didn’t find funny, but found actually disturbing and ruined what good feelings I had about this movie. One of these scenes involved some food poisoning and the other a mid-flight panic attack on a 747.
The movie didn’t know what it wanted to be. I can appreciate base-line humor. But when the first 45 minutes of the film set you up for a funny and witty (and creative) tale of romance, it’s shocking when it throws all that way for a few fart jokes. It’s horrible and ruined what could have been a solid movie. But this identity crisis lasted throughout. Wiig showed definite potential as the “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” character and she could have succeeded without resorting to the antics that won her fame on SNL. She was onto something and I literally sighed when the movie spiraled into very well-tread territory.
So is it good? It could have been good. And maybe some of you think it’s great. But for me, I was disappointed that this film had major potential to tell a real story and still be funny but it relegated itself to a lower standard. I wasn’t impressed.