It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since the release of Bridesmaids, the movie was upheld as the prime example female-led comedies could succeed and boosted its cast into super stardom.
The story sounds pretty cliche in that it follows a single 30-something whose life is not where she imagined have to shape up and become the maid of honour for her childhood friend.
As with any wedding-centric plot, the movie sees the group of ladies from the initial engagement through the many parties, and bridesmaids meetings until the big day, never missing a moment for hilarity in the relatable bridesmaid duties.
The story separates itself from the typical chick flicks through its impressive writing, as co-writer Kristen Wiig crafted an incredibly witty and vulnerable, yet bitter and jealous real-woman, rather than the usual doe-eyed wallflower. Each scene packs a punch, as no moments goes without a chuckle or two. Surprisingly, there are a few standouts of honest and touching moments that helps ground the movie in realism.
The movie featured a cast of recognisable faces that later elevated each of their careers to the next level after an ensemble of pitch perfect performances. Clearly SNL besties Wiig and Maya Rudolph have electric chemistry onscreen, and have both done exceedingly well since. Melissa McCarthy garnered an Oscar-nod since playing her scene-stealing character that she has rehashed in many movies since. Ellie Kemper’s kooky role saw her move from supporting character in The Office to fronting her very own comedy show. Wendi McLendon-Covey’s deadpan role as the cynical mother of young boys also lead to her landing her very own show in The Goldbergs. Aussie Rose Byrne played a more straight woman role but nailed the bitchy, show off role to a tee.
With a few outstanding cameos thrown in from the likes of Rebel Wilson, Matt Lucas and Jon Hamm, each role and performance was perfectly executed to craft the perfect comedy casting. Judd Apathow takes the helm as producer, adding to his lengthly list of successes as he knocks it out of the park with another seminal comedy.
The movie received critical acclaim upon release, and gained $288.4 million in the box office. A string of award nominations followed, including two for academy awards. The movie provided as a statement that proved comedies for women could be successful, leading to a higher stream of female-led blockbusters.
Even now years later, we don’t tire of the jokes, and always relish in seeing our favourite ladies on screen. Bridesmaids is as good on the 10th view as it is on the first. Inelligent, witty, and snarky, this is one to enjoy with your besties any movie night.
Our Verdict Is: While the movie is well-written and created, it’s truly the cast that sell it in some of their best roles to date. A stand out comedy of the past few years that is sure to become a classic.