There is a scene in Bridesmaids that is undeniably hilarious:
The setting is an engagement party where Annie, the maid of honor for her longtime friend Lillian, has been asked to make a speech. Annie (played by Kristen Wiig, who co-wrote the script) takes to the stage, glass of champagne in hand, and makes a short toast. But then another bridesmaid grabs the microphone and delivers a moving monologue filled with funny anecdotes and Thai proverbs. The evening rapidly goes down the tube, with each woman famously trying to outdo the other in sentiment and prove they are the better friend.
That is just one of the scenes that had a few friends and I nearly in tears tonight as we gathered to watch the film Bridesmaids which has just been released on Blu Ray/DVD. How could you not crack up at that scene? Who hasn’t been in that situation or something similar?!
Bridesmaids was one of those movies that I made every attempt to see when it was in the theaters, so when I was sent the film and a box of goods to screen it with friends I was excited. Sparkling rose wine from Yellow Tail, streamers, confetti, paper party goods, movie tee shirts and suggestions on what to serve were all provided to make it the ultimate Girl’s Night Out. Little did I know that it would take weeks to have the actual party – kids were sick, Jewish holidays – everything seemed to happen to prevent having the party. But you know what? It was worth the wait. The movie is that good. So good that we all sat after the film had ended and watched the deleted scenes, gag reels, bloopers included on the Blue Ray/DVD after the film. No one rushed home.
Hands down, Bridesmaids is one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy clearly steal the show in this brilliantly written script. Rose Bryne is surprisingly good, too, as I’ve never particularly thought of her as a comedienne. This film is all women – written by, co-produced by, and starring predominantly all women (men are in supporting roles). I’m not saying that this is a clean, heart felt movie. There is plenty of profanity. But at the end of the day, the movie is about friendship, and that’s a topic that women know all too well. Watching the film with two good friends for the first time was a great way to welcome the film into our lives. In the middle of the film, one of my friends actually belted out in excitement, “I have never seen anything like this!” Problem is we laughed so hard, I have to watch it again to see what I missed. You could call that a good thing.
Just to give you a glimpse of how clever the script is, get a load of some of the one-liners. I leave you with these:
Annie: You’re a little cunt!
Nervous Woman on Plane: I had a dream last night that we went down. You were in it.
Megan: I’m glad he’s single because I’m going to climb that like a tree.
Annie’s Roommate: I read your diary. At first I did not know it was your diary. I thought it was a very sad handwritten book.
[Megan taking a dump in the sink]: It’s coming out like lava!
[After having sex] Guy to Annie: This is really awkward. I really want you to leave but I don’t know how to tell you
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You can buy Bridesmaids on DVD for $15.99 and/or Bridesmaids (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy in Blu-ray Packaging) for $21.99 at Amazon.com
Disclosure: I received samples for the purpose of reviewing, opinions expressed are my own.