Bridesmaids: Don't
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The Kristen Wiig-starring Bridesmaids has been creating a stir since the first screenings were held and with good reason. Bridesmaids is the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. There are more laughs-per-minute in the film than any in eons. The fact that Bridesmaids is from super comedy producer Judd Apatow (40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) is only one spoke in the wheel that is the faultless comedy movie.

Kristen Wiig and her writing partner, Annie Mumolo, channeled years of bridesmaid experiences and perfectly capture the humor, heartache and hysteria that is that iconic wedding role of supporting the bride as seen in Bridesmaids.

The cast of Bridesmaids

Wiig plays Annie, best friend for life with Maya Rudolph's Lillian. When Lillian gets engaged, she immediately asks her BFF to be her maid of honor. Annie quickly meets the rest of Lillian's bridesmaids at an engagement party. There's trouble right off the bat in the form of Helen (Rose Byrne, Get Him to the Greek), Lillian's friend from work who -- we learn early on -- believes she should be maid of honor.

Annie also meets Megan (Melissa McCarthy of Mike and Molly), Lillian's future sister-in-law -- much more of a handful for Annie in very different ways than Helen. Megan possesses a confidence that is as big as her sexual appetite. Then, there are two more, the wife and the new wife. Ellie Kemper (The Office) does the innocent newlywed thing to perfection while Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911) plays Rita, the married mother of boys who cannot wait until the bachelorette party to let loose!

What's so fascinating about Wiig and Mumolo's Bridesmaids world that they've created is the capturing of the unique social circle that is combining a group of great friends who hardly know each other and how each of those individuals responds to the unique challenges of "getting along" for the sake of the bride.

Wiig & Byrne battle in Bridesmaids

Particularly powerful are Wiig and Byrne's back and forth that lies at the heart of Bridesmaids. Each has their own opinion as to what Rudolph's Lillian wants for her big day and its accompanying events. Byrne and Wiig could have a movie spin-off based on their characters' self-created chaos, all while doing what they do, supposedly for the sake of the bride.

Kristen Wiig and Rose Bryne battle in Bridesmaids

There are so many hilarious scenes -- one doesn't even know where to start. There's the food poisoning in the high-end bridal shop where the entire group gets sick, except for the holier than thou Byrne. The airplane scene where they are off to the bachelorette party is pure Wiig wizardry. If Bridesmaids doesn't make Kristen Wiig a full-fledged movie star, it is a high crime. And then there is every scene that features McCarthy. She may be the funniest of the bunch.

The bridal shower segment is pure hilarity and allows the entire cast to flex their comedic muscles while showcasing their years of improv training. Much of the cast trained at the iconic L.A. comedy troupe, the Groundlings, and their expertise shines. When Wiig flips out over Byrne's controlling nature, the audience gets a study in how to brilliantly stage a scripted comedy with improv actors who are the best at what they do.

Director Paul Feig has masterfully handled his cast of female comic greats and a few who are new to the process. The Freaks and Geeks creator and frequent Judd Apatow collaborator is at his best orchestrating the symphony of silliness that is Bridesmaids.

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Bridesmaids stars and is co-written by Kristen Wiig

Humor is a difficult thing to master, especially on screen. There are thousands of failed comedies as opposed to successes. It is through the mastery of Wiig and her writing partner Mumolo that Bridesmaids achieves the latter. We've said it before and will say it again: Bridesmaids is comic perfection embodied.

Bridesmaids review

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Comments on "Bridesmaids movie review: Funniest movie in decades"

Swage April 14, 2012 | 1:31 PM

Watched this film on HBO - did not expect it. This is an excellent, funny,well written movie with a superb cast - This Movie surprised me like I have not been surpised in a long time - MUST SEE - Laugh Your Ass OFF Movie - for sure.

Robert November 18, 2011 | 11:19 AM

What on earth have most of you been drinking? This was without a doubt the dullest, least funny waste of time I have ever sat through in years! Spent $5 on On Demand last night and regretted it from the second scene on. It is no wonder that the bigger stars like Cameron Diaz who would normally love this type of role weren't in it. The screenplay is so vapid and the continuity so bad that the only use for this horrible piece of trash is as a sleeping aid. AVOID! AVOID!

JeffreyScott September 18, 2011 | 3:19 PM

I saw this movie with a friend ...We both had pains from laughing when we left the theater! This is a must have movie in my DVD collection! Run don't walk to see this movie with your best friend.

Ben September 07, 2011 | 8:51 PM

Iv actually decided this is my favorite movie of all time! It's so so so funny! Pure raw comedy . Whoever doesn't like this movie has a very bad sense of humor!!

susanna August 06, 2011 | 10:54 AM

I did not expect much of this movie, and I was wrong. It was hilarious! And I generally dislike comedies. The nuances of rivalry and friendship are handled in a very amusing way. Constance- I would question the intelligence of someone who shouts insults. I certainly wouldn't listen to her opinion.

CONSTANCE GILMORE June 10, 2011 | 8:55 AM

THIS WAS THE WORST MOVIE I EVER SEEN .TOTAL LOW BROW MATERIAL,EVERY CLICHE IS USED, I WOULD QUESTION SOMEONES CHARACTER THAT THOUGHT THIS PIECE OF TRASH HAD ANY REDEEMING QUALITIES.

elipso May 28, 2011 | 11:13 PM

Bridesmaids is the funniest movie you've ever seen? Seriously? You are a disgrace to critics in general and to the world specifically.

Todd May 20, 2011 | 3:15 PM

Wow. Funniest movie in decades. You've got to be kidding. Worst movie of the year. Uneven. Way too long. Jokes that are beaten to death. Awful characters. Lots of slow spots. Critics and many viewers get blinded when they see Apatow is involved. I bet if we took 2 audiences and we told one audience that it was produced by Apatow and another it was done by an unknown person, the Apatow audience would gush and the other one would think it was dribble.

Sharon May 16, 2011 | 9:24 AM

Saw this movie this past weekend. This review is dead-on! I will see it again! Loved it!

Petra May 10, 2011 | 5:06 PM

What a great review! I can't wait to see this movie!

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