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Bridesmaids Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

Redeeming the words "chick" and "flick." Read full review

4.5

Grae Drake Profile

Taffeta + Digestive trouble + Feelings = Everyone Wins! Read full review

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  • 4.0
    75

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    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    She's an Everywoman you can believe in, showcased in the kind of deft comedy of feminine passion - where deep despair meets Wilson Phillips - that a great many people have been waiting for. Now that Wiig and company have built it, will they come?

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Through it all -- the free-form conversations, the brilliant set pieces, the preposterous gross-outs, the flawless performances -- Kristen Wiig's forlorn maid of honor, Annie, seeks her own destiny with a wrenchingly cockeyed passion.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    For longtime Wiig fans, this uneven, overlong, emotionally involving and discreetly ambitious film will represent a welcome and overdue step up from her popular sketch work on "Saturday Night Live" to something sustained and searching, not to mention pretty funny.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Those looking to get a raucous laugh should say "I do" to Bridesmaids.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Crude but sincere comedy about friendship and confidence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this hilarious yet affecting R-rated comedy shows how two friends, Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Lillian (Maya Rudolph), cope when their lives are upended by Lillian's impending wedding. Produced by Judd Apatow, Bridesmaids has all the hallmarks of an Apatow vehicle, including risque humor (there's no nudity, but expect plenty of sex talk and a couple scenes with moaning and groaning), over-the-top scatological comedy (the consequences of some unintentional food poisoning are beyond raunchy), zany adventures, crude language (including "f--k" and "c--t"), immature behavior (some of which is fueled by drinking) ... and surprising insight into friendships and adult relationships. It's not age appropriate for tweens and young teens, but it's definitely worth viewing for older moviegoers interested in a fresh spin on the "chick flick" formula.

  • Families can talk about how this movie (which some have called "the female Hangover") compares to similar films starring men. Is this kind of humor any less funny when women are the instigators? Do you think it appeals to the same audience?
  • How does this movie compare to others about weddings? What role does the media play in making us think that the wedding is as important as the marriage? Is it important to have a big, fancy, expensive wedding/shower/bachelorette party?
  • How does the movie portray female friendships? Does it seem realistic? Teens: Have you ever gotten caught up in a friendship drama like the one between Annie, Lillian, and Helen? What happened?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The road to the movie's "lesson" is hilarious and often raunchy, but the message is earnest: Good friendships don't come often, so cherish them. And also this: Your life is what you make of it. So if you're down, get on your feet.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Though they lose sight of what's important for a bit, Annie and Lillian ultimately have each other's backs. For most of the movie, Annie is very hard on herself and lets life get her down, but she finds her way back to a positive attitude -- which is very relatable journey. Megan is a strong, can-do woman with a great attitude; she's crude, but she's also the most self-confident character of the bunch. There's some cattiness among the women, but much of it is ultimately addressed maturely. The two main male characters are polar opposites; one is a shallow, callous jerk (and is clearly intended to be seen that way), while the other is sweet and supportive.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A woman goes berserk at a bridal shower and attacks the decorations and the cake and upends tables. A medicated airplane passenger causes a commotion that drives a federal marshal to action. Some discussion about where to stash a gun.

  • sex false3

    Sex: The movie opens with an energetic, often loud sex scene; no sensitive body parts are shown, but nudity is implied (you can see down the whole side of the man's body at one point), and the woman is wearing a bra and underwear. Lots of moaning and groaning. A man squeezes a woman's breast through her bra and talks about having "f--k buddies." A couple is shown making out and trying to rip each other's clothes off; later, she wakes up in bed covered by a sheet (nudity is implied). Another character propositions strangers, sometimes crudely. A woman takes off her top to get a man's attention (shoulders shown, but not breasts). Plenty of sexual innuendo/talk; a woman does an impression of a penis.

  • language false4

    Language: Strong, frequent language includes "f--k" (and many permutations of it), "s--t," "d--k," "c--k," "c--t," "ass," "a--hole," "goddamn," "damn," "oh my God," "hell," and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Some glimpses of labels, but the bigger issue here is the commercialization of weddings and the "bigger is better" ethos that has pervaded the whole engagement-to-nuptials journey.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of champagne- and wine-swilling at events, sometimes to excess. A woman gives a friend prescription drugs to calm her nerves during a flight, which she combines with hard alcohol -- to detrimental effect.

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