May 22, 2011

And then we watch: Bridesmaids

Erica: After seeing Pirates we took a short walk to the AMC Loews 34th Street 14 and caught the 1:20 showing of Bridesmaids. This is one of our go-to theaters because they show everything - unlike Times Square, where the major releases are split between the AMC Empire and the Regal E-Walk (i.e. discount vs. full price). The theater is alright. Goods seats throughout, but it's not very clean. It also attracts a lot of sketchy folks - perhaps because it's so easy to hop from screen to screen. We used one of our Gold passes, which we purchased a while back for $7.50, saving us $5.50. We'll write more about those passes sometime in the future.
When I first saw trailers for Bridesmaids I was torn because I am a big fan of director Paul Feig, but not a fan of romantic comedies. The last Paul Feig/Judd Apatow collaboration was Freaks and Geeks which is one of my favorite shows. Feig also starred in one of my favorite guilty pleasure comedies: Ski Patrol. Check that one out if you can find it.
I still went into the movie with no expectations. What did you thing of Wiig in the lead role?

Mike:  I can't stand Kristen Wiig. Never could have. She's in every single sketch on SNL and she's been there way too long. And she was pretty annoying in this movie, too. This is yet another one of those movies consisting of embarrassing moments that keep escalating. I was cringing more than I was laughing in Bridesmaids. But I don't think it was a bad film and enjoyed it for the most part. For every cringe, there are some solid laughs. John Hamm was great as Wiig's fuck buddy. But I really don't see why it's being praised to the high heavens. It's a decent comedy with plenty of funny moments, but nothing more than that.

Kristen Wiig and Chris O'Dowd
I agree with you 100%. Who I was most surprised with was Chris O'Dowd, the Irish actor who is known more for smaller roles in comedic films and British television. He was funny, pleasant, and I wouldn't be surprised to see more of him soon. Wiig was nothing more than a whiny loser who I could not sympathize with as her character is unbearable and unlikeable. As was Maya Rudolph in the role as the bride and Wiig's best friend from childhood. As a whole, it's very much overrated.

You mentioned Chris O'Dowd... I think it's also worth mentioning that this was Jill Clayburgh's final role. She turned in some great performances in her career - mostly in the 70s, but she worked pretty consistently over the years. My favorite performance of hers is Bertolucci's La Luna - an amazing film and in my opinion one of the great performances. In Bridesmaids, she has a nice part as Wiig's crazy but loving and supporting mother.

I'll add that it shouldn't be watched by the faint of heart as it's filled with gross-out moments, especially a food poisoning scene. I didn't hate the movie, but I say watch it on DVD (there will undoubtedly be some Extended/Unrated Edition with even more gross-out scenes) but don't buy into the hype and go out of your way to watch it.

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