Annie and Lillian have been best friends since they were kids. After a surprise in Lillian’s life, Annie has now found herself selected to be Lillian’s maid of honor. While she is excited for her best friend, she has fallen into some significantly tough times. Annie lost her business, exists in a loveless relationship and lives with a challenging brother and sister duo. As she meets the other bridesmaids at the engagement party, she begins to see how dynamic this group of women are going to be. In particular, Lillian’s friend Helen seems to want to usurp Annie from the title of best friend. With the dress fitting, wedding shower, bachelorette party and wedding in front of them, it seems unlikely that Annie will be able to take care of her own problems on top of taking care of all of Lillian’s. The best thing to happen to her might be to get pulled over on the highway.
Starring: Kristen Wiig (Annie Walker), Maya Rudolph (Lillian), Melissa McCarthy (Megan), Rose Byrne (Helen), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Rita), Ellie Kemper (Becca), Chris O’Dowd (Rhodes), Jessica St. Clair (Whitney), Terry Crews (Boot Camp Instructor), Kali Hawk (Kahlua), Rebel Wilson (Brynn), Matt Lucas (Gil), Jill Clayburgh (Annie’s mom)
This film has a small spattering of former SNL cast members. Kristen Wiig plays the down and out Annie who just cannot seem to get anything right. She has a hidden sense of positivity and a spark of greatness underneath all of the craziness and insecurity. Interestingly enough, the baking storyline never gets completed but does factor into the development of the plot line. Maya Rudolph is Wiig best friend and the bride. When you expect her to be the crazy bride, Wiig steals nearly all of the crazy, leaving Rudolph to be much more at the whim of Wiig’s off moments. Seemingly serving as Wiig’s rival, Rose Byrne is what one might call a “one-upper.” Byrne combines class and elegance with a competitive edge to steal away Rudolph from Wiig. Melissa McCarthy is the brutish member of the group, who seems to be lacking in social skills but could be seen as having significant confidence. Rounding out the bridesmaids are Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper, who don’t have nearly the same amount of focus but keep the audience wanting more. While Greg Tuculescu is the jerk of a sexual partner, Chris O’Dowd plays the unlikely love interest and all-around good guy that Wiig’s character needs to get out of her rut.
As his first feature film, Paul Feig directed this story to fall into the category of the group themed comedies like The Hangover and Knocked Up. It includes some clever comedic moments but a lot of slapstick and crude humor as well. The dress fitting scene is pretty gross but some of the actions are hidden by the dresses themselves. Similar to other SNL-related films, there are some elements that just do not work well. The relationship between Annie and Rhodes is sweet and entertaining, but her relationship with Kevin lacks timing while attempting to bring humor to loveless relationships. The scenes between Annie and her mother are also lacking in true entertainment value. The movie does not seem to truly get started until after Lillian gets engaged and Annie gets to meet the rest of the bridesmaids.
There are definitely a number of great scenes and is worth a watch but do not expect it to rise to the level of The Hangover.
Dan’s Rating: 3.0/5