Quick Hits on Bridesmaids – Paul Feig (2011)

Film Title: Bridesmaids

-Like I said in my post about Paul, I’m really starting to like Kristin Wiig more and more the farther away from SNL she gets. Whereas in Paul she was completely wasted on nonsensical throwaway jokes, she uses her wit and charm to the hilt in Bridesmaids, which she co-wrote with Annie Mumolo, the Groundlings writer who also played the woman freaking out on the plane. There usually seems to be a little bit of a chip on the shoulder of the female cast members of SNL as they try and live up to the likes of Billy Murray, Adam Sandler and Chris Farley (and even Jane Curtain and Gilda Radner), but it’s something that isn’t evident on Wiig’s shoulder, just as it wasn’t evident on Tina Fey’s shoulders before she broke out. To add on to that thought track, I believe Kristin Wiig to possess greater charm than Tina Fey, though I seem to be in the minority on the charm question as it doesn’t seem to be a big deciding factor to other people.

-The trailer doesn’t do Melissa McCarthy any favors, and at times they do try a little too much to coax every single laugh they can out of her character, but it’s a damn funny role as it plays out in the real time of the movie itself. It’s over the top, but in a good way

-Aside from that, I’m not anywhere close to this movie’s target demographic. I appreciated the humor, and was glad it wasn’t cloying or tiptoeing like female-driven comedies usually are (which even Baby Mama was to an extent). To use a bad phrase, it took a lot of balls to go down the path they went, and I’m glad they did.