Bridesmaids

A female Hangover, but funnier. Annie (Kristen Wiig, who’s also the wriiiter) lost her busiiiiness and boyfriiiiiend (I’ll stop now) in the GFC, and is barely getting by in a dead-end job, having empty sex with a rich tool (John Hamm) and sharing a house with an English tool (Matt Lucas). Then her best friend Lillian gets engaged and Annie is forced to be happy for her – and help organise her wedding. But Annie has bff competition from wealthy and pristine Helen (Rose Byrne). Will Annie lose Lillian as well as everything else?

This surprising comedy swings from puerile (but still funny) ensemble set pieces to touching, naturalistic moments as Annie hits rock bottom, then a lower, rockier bottom. The cast is great – especially Melissa McCarthy (the Ricky Gervais lookalike from Mike & Molly), and Chris O’Dowd (the Irish nerd from The IT Guys) as Annie’s surprisingly believable romantic interest. 8/10

Released June 30, 2011.

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