Bridesmaids is the newest Hollywood romcom, but it stands out from it’s competitors in one unusual way: it’s written by women. Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, to be precise. Wiig is well-known Stateside as one of the stars of Saturday Night Live. I’m not sure whether she writes for SNL as well but if she doesn’t, she should.
Wiig stars as Annie, a baker whose bakery closed down in the recession, is chosen to be maid of honour for her best friend Lillian’s wedding. She starts planning along a motley crew of bridesmaids, but is immediately at loggerheads with Helen (Rose Byrne), Lillian’s newest friend. Helen is poised, organised, beautiful and loaded, and Annie feels jealous of her relationship with Lillian. That jealousy creates friction and causes numerous problems.
Annie’s own love life is no match for Lillian’s. There’s Ted, who booty calls her then tells her to leave, and a police officer who is actually decent, but Annie manages to mess that up too.
Most comedies aren’t actually all that funny. You may laugh out loud a few times and chuckle a bit, but this film is hilarious. Though it does stray into the “No, don’t do that!” school of humour, which isn’t my personal preference, but it doesn’t spoil the film.