Bridesmaids (R) 125 minutes B+
Hold On, Break Free From the Chains
Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Chris O'Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jill Clayburgh and Jon Hamm.
When I think of Kristen Wiig I think of her SNL character, "Penelope". But after seeing Bridesmaids I might start thinking she's the next Tina Fey. Wiig is terrific in this BFF comedy and it doesn't hurt that she has a whip-smart script and killer co-star in Melissa McCarthy. As a matter of fact, if the Academy had an award for Best Comedic Performance in a Supporting Role, McCarthy would be a shoo-in.
Bridesmaids centers around Annie (Wiig), a down-on-her-luck, former bakery shop owner who seems destined to be alone forever. On the heels of losing her boyfriend, her business and all her money, Annie's longtime friend (Maya Rudolph) announces her engagement. The news is bittersweet, yet meshing with a rival bridesmaid will prove to be hilariously more bitter than sweet.
The film is funny and surprisingly sincere. I, for one, was reminded that you can't get anywhere by sitting around feeling sorry for yourself. Bridesmaids is the best comedy to hit theaters so far this year and there is already talk of a sequel in 2013.