Don’t call it a chick flick. There’s nothing “chicky” about it. Bridesmaids is for anyone with a sense of humor.
What’s different about the latest Judd Apatow-produced film, Bridesmaids? For one, it was written by two extremely talented ladies, SNL’s Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and it’s central cast is a band of women. But calling it “The Hangover for girls” is unnecessary and misguided. It’s not a movie just for women, just as male-centric films in the Apatow universe are not just for men. Sure, male fans played a role in the success of Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and Superbad, but there’s no denying that a large percentage of Apatow’s fans are females like me who simply appreciate an intelligent and hilarious comedy. So with a whip-smart script, likable but flawed characters, and superb direction by the always amazing Paul Feig, why were so many of the early reviewers “surprised” at how good Bridesmaids was? Well, because somehow people are under the impression that women aren’t funny.
I’m not going to turn this into a post showing how funny women have been and are. That argument’s a waste of time, because any reasonable person with awareness of the world knows that gender doesn’t have anything to do with how funny a person is. I’m simply telling you to go see this movie if you haven’t already, because it is hilarious. Wedding talk has been infiltrating my life for the past several years (I recently helped plan and served in my sister’s bridal party, and several family friends have recently gotten married/are in the planning stages) so I certainly have a special appreciation for Bridesmaids. In fact, while the film does go to extremes for the sake of comedy, most aspects of the movie will ring true for anyone who has played a hand in planning or participating in a wedding. Bridesmaids definitely has captured the realities of what it entails to plan a wedding , from the awkwardness that inevitably results when you force a bunch of strangers with one mutual friend to hang out and make decisions, to the absurd but realistic truth of how wedding-planning can make a normal person go insane. But it’s not all wedding humor. The jokes are very well written, the actors are tremendously talented with impeccable comedic timing, and the film is relatable to both men and women. I went to the movie with my mom and her boyfriend, and he laughed just as much as I did.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a comedy as well written (and well-rounded) as Bridesmaids. So well done Wiig, Mumolo, Apatow and Feig. Well done, I say! And if this movie inspires young women to pursue writing comedy, then extra bonus points.
Many of the commentaries and reviews of Bridesmaids (including this one) include an obligatory paragraph about the “gender issue.” And I said earlier that we seriously should not be having a conversation about the fact that a “female” comedy is funny in the year 2011. Tina Fey was the head writer of SNL several years ago, and two of the funniest shows on TV right now are either starring, written by, created by, or produced by women (30 Rock and Parks and Recreation being the two prime examples). So let’s not go there. Although, if you want to go there, check out these articles here, here, and a Gawker article mocking the whole idea that OMG women can be funny, here.
The point is, this is a great comedy that deserves to be seen. So go see it! Oh yeah, and it was written by two women so suck on that.