Saturday, May 14, 2011

'Bridesmaids' Examiner movie review

'Bridesmaids' Examiner movie review

Written by: Karen Benardello

Weddings are often a time for women friends to bond and celebrate with each other before the bride starts her new life. But as the new Universal Pictures comedy 'Bridesmaids' proves, they can also be a time for laughter, and ultimately jealousy, when the personalities of the bridal party start to clash.

'Bridesmaids' follows Annie Walker (played by New York native Kristen Wiig) as she finds out her best friend since childhood, Lillian Donovan (portrayed by Maya Rudolph), is engaged. Lillian asks Annie to be her maid of honor, and she accepts, despite her own disastrous love life and lack of serious boyfriend. Annie, who had to accept a low-paying job at a jewerly store after her bakery close, most compete for Lillian's attention with one of her rich bridesmaids, Helen Harris (played by Rose Byrne). But Annie's outlook on life starts to change after she meets police officer Nathan (portrayed by Chris O'Dowd), who shows her there are good things in life worth fighting for.

Directed by Paul Feig, who's known for helming such hit television series as 'Mad Men,' '30 Rock' and 'The Office,' and produced by Judd Apatow and his production company, Apatow Productions, 'Bridesmaids' has been rightfully labeled as the woman's version of 'The Hangover.' What makes 'Bridesmaids' so appealling is that all women can relate to at least one of the bridesmaids, whether it be Annie's questioning of her worth against Helen, who's always confident that she knows what's best; Megan (played by Melissa McCarthy) not caring about what people think about her; Becca (portrayed by Ellie Kemper) living a seemingly innocent and worry-free life; and Rita (played by Wendi McLendon-Covey), who just wants a fun break from her mundane, every-day family life.

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