Title: Bridesmaids Director: Paul Feig Year: 2011 Run time: 2hrs 5
My background knowledge on this film was threefold: 1) it was billed as the female Hangover, 2) there’s a scene with some rather disturbing throwing up, and 3) many people listed it as one of their top films of 2011. So, I was partly reluctant to watch it because I really liked the Hangover, I don’t like throwing up, and I usually am the opposite of most top lists.
1:10 - That’s Don Draper! 4:30 - Climbing a moving gate looks like fun. 6:43 - An adult sleepover, that’s what they’re calling it these days. 9:22 - It’s an interesting sales approach, better than “Can I help you?” 13:48 - You just get someone else to plan your wedding for you? That’s weird. 17:11 - I just wouldn’t want anyone else driving my car, valet parking or not. 20:31 - Helen is beautiful and it looks like she’s floating in that dress. Scary. 27:12 - “I’m sure you like her,” is the best way to say you really don’t. 28:49 - Lots of appearances from British comedians! Well, two so far. 32:36 - I know she is sad and lonely but I do applaud making just one cupcake. 37:39 - Whenever there is a toast, we’re panicking they’re going to get competitive again. 45:37 - I knew it was coming but still… 49:10 - I am scarred for life. Turns out just one scene can ruin a movie!! 51:06 - It’s weird how he has tuned down the Irish for the American audience. 53:53 - “People are on their way to work, why ruin their day?” He’s awesome. 1:01:34 - Wow, downing Scotch is a party trick. Must be iced tea in reality. 1:07:34 - He was an air marshal!! 1:10:11 - I wonder if she has her brake lights fixed yet. 1:12:08 - “There’s something about you that sticks.” Cute chat up line. 1:17:24 - How did that butterfly survive in there? 1:20:17 - Netflix reference! Actually, “the Netflix.” 1:26:11 - She’s having a food fight all by herself. 1:27:48 - What kind of party gives away a dog? That’s awful! 1:33:48 - You can’t show that bit of Cast Away within a film, no fair. 1:37:17 - “You’re your problem, and you’re also your solution.” 1:46:21 - The policeman is actually lovely. 1:54:10 - Air drums!
Overall, I liked it. I thought the naturalistic dialogue was great, Chris O’Dowd was lovely, and I really found Kristen Wiig delightful. Of course it was Melissa McCarthy who stole most of the scenes, but they were a good ensemble really. The story was a bit of a surprise to me, I had thought it would be more Hangover than rom com, but it wasn’t so much. The dress fitting was flipping awful, and the start of the movie dragged a bit. Once the engagement ring was on the finger, and the cop showed up, it all got going nicely.
I’m curious why Don Draper is an uncredited role, when it’s actually quite big - as bit parts go.