Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I just watched Bridesmaids with my darling and talented niece. I really really liked it. We laughed really really hard, but I also liked the fact that I felt a little verklempt more than a few times in the movie.

I really related to Annie. I know that awful feeling of not being able to afford to do what everyone else can and feeling like the least successful one in the room. I know the feeling of watching a friend leave me behind for greener pastures. As funny as the scene on the airplane was, I think the real reason people like this movie is that everyone has had that sinking feeling in their chest that those moments create.

Oh, we suck it up. We plaster smiles on our faces, but hasn't their been a moment when you wanted to splash the chocolate out of someone's fountain and wrestle their giant love cookie to the ground?

If the movie had been an endless parade of women having diarrhea in the middle of the street while wearing wedding gowns, I don't think it would have been that big of a hit. It was, as my brilliant niece said, how relatable it was. I know Annie. I've been Annie. I knew the other bridesmaids, too. I may also be a little bit of the blonde bridesmaid raising three boys. I am the same kind of drunk as the sweet newlywed bridesmaid. And I've run for a buffet just like Melissa McCarthy did.

So did you see it? Did you like it? Did you relate to Annie? Or anyone else?


Stephanie Doyle said...

I saw it. I loved it too.

Of course I kept asking myself... "How come I don't ever get pulled over by cute late 30ish Irish Cops who are kind and funny and instantly want me..."

Why does that only ever happen in the movies!!!!

Anonymous said...

Saw it, loved it, plan to watch it again, maybe this weekend...

And you're so right, it was the mixture of the gross out moments with the real, lovely and sweet moments of friendship that made the movie so great.

Maureen McGowan said...

I loved that movie. Molly and I were just talking about it on the weekend and said the same things. (She and her hubby watched this weekend.) We must all have ESP.

Sure, there were some hilarious and gross moments, but mostly it was a really heart felt movie about female friendships. So many comedies pit female characters against each other (like Bride Wars or You Again or a gazillion others) and act as if women turn into raging psychopaths at the least provocation, turning on their best friends.

I LOVED how real the Kristen Wiig's character's jealousy and sadness was depicted. Awesome. Sure, she goes berserk in that shower scene... but by that time it's so well motivated it doesn't come out of the blue.

Eileen said...

I dunno, Steph, maybe you should dismantle your taillights . . . ;-)

Molly O'Keefe said...

I loved that movie - got a little teary at parts. The scene when she bakes herself that cupcake...and Jon Hamm? Nothing not to love and what's her name the Mike and Molly actress? Awesome. Kristin Wiig - tender and real while at the same time over the top ridiculous. And the Irish Cop -- SWEETHEART!

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