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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
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.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
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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I'm a pirate! You're a pirate! by TeresaFaulk
Two words: extremely hilarious. I was totally not expecting to laugh that hard!!! If you havent seen, you can watch it free at [BLOCKED WEBSITE] *
no. by Victor187
I went to this movie to satisfy my girlfriend at the time. It was horrible, makes you see a side of women that us men really do not care to see. The acting was average, a little too overacted by some people on the cast but generally average acting. I would not recommend it.
My thoughts! by sefishe
The movie Bridesmaids was perhaps one of the best movies I have ever seen. It was one of those movies that kept you laughing throughout the whole thing. It was mainly about these two best friends and one got proposed to. The other was going to be the maid of honor until some other brides mate stepped in and tried to steal the show of maid of honor. They got into a fight but in the end it turned out great. I really recommend it because of the random funny parts throughout! This is definitely for an adult audience because it includes adult content. I recommend you see it with a group of your best friends. I advise that no young children watch this.
A+ by GooberSmooch458
While the beginning may be a bit uneasy, I decided to stay for the duration of the movie. And, boy, am I glad I did. With a mix of witty humor and passive-aggressive eny, the stellar cast succeeded in belting out an extremely hilarious flick. Kristen Wiig has such a natural flow to her acting abilities that make you feel like her characters are more than just artifically scripted. Her genuine power to simoltaneously portray both insecurity and hilarity make this film what it is. If you haven't seen Bridesmaids yet, trust me, this is one boquet that's worth catching.
Loved it!! by harrington.savannah
?Bridesmaids? was hilarious. Kristen Wiig did an amazing job, as always. I couldn?t stop laughing. From the dirty humor, to the friendship between Wiig and Rudolf, it was on screen chemistry. All the actresses were awesome. It definitely is an adult/mature audience film. It touches on some risqué topics. If you like Saturday Night Live with Kristen Wiig or Maya Rudolf you?re going to love this film. I have not laughed so hard from a movie in a while. Melissa McCarthy was hilarious in this one too. Great break out film for her. Definitely recommend it!!
Pure gold! by Punk_Kanellis
Think of ?The Hangover?, ?Due Date?, ?Pineapple Express?, etc. All those movies feature guys as the main role. The girls in those movies are usually either in the background or really uptight. So, I want to thank Universal for making a comedy that has girls in the main role! Girl Power!
I thought ?Bridesmaids? was pure gold. It was absolutely hilarious! Mostly because of Kristen Wiig. I?ve been a huge fan of her for a couple of years now. I always thought her SNL skits were hilarious. Those only lasted about 3 minutes, while the movie lasted about 2 hours. She was beyond funny! I wished they would have showcased more of Maya Rudolph?s funny side, and I wished they showed more of Jon Hamm, because he?s, well?Jon Hamm. Standout for me would have to be Melissa McCarthy. She didn?t look her best, but was too damn funny! I can?t really say anything without giving part of it away.
haf good haf sucked by imax3d dude
this was a bad movie at some parts and at some parts they where funny. there was one funny part in the movie and the resst of the movie was $@#!
Bridesmaids review by Alleybug333
Insanely hilarious! I would definately see it again (and again)!
A scream! by Professor1
This is the funniest movie I've seen in a long, long time. My adult daughter and I screamed and snorted throughout--it is absolutely hysterical!