REAMER THEATER PREVIEWS: ‘Bridesmaids’ fuels a renewal of faith in female comedy

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By Lane Roberts

Last spring, blockbuster comedy producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin), released Bridesmaids: a groundbreaking female-fronted comedy about a woman whose life unravels as she helps lead her best friend down the aisle.

Kristen Wiig stars as Annie, a thirty-something entrepreneur who wakes up one day and realizes she is a failure.  The bakery—in which she invested all her money—has gone broke, she lives with two awful roommates (Rebel Wilson and Matt Lucas), and she is in a “relationship” with a man (Jon Hamm) who frequently asks her to leave before the night is over.

When Lillian (Maya Rudolph), her best friend since childhood, asks Annie to be her maid-of-honor, she eagerly accepts. But soon into the ordeal, she finds herself in competition with Lillian’s new, wealthy friend Helen (Rose Byrne). As Annie tries to maintain control of the bridal party, she finds that all of her decisions lead to disaster, while Helen attempts to undermine her at every turn.

Contrary to Christopher Hitchens’ 2007 statement that “women aren’t funny,” this movie provides irrefutable proof that women can go head-to-head with the boys. Wiig, Rudolph, and standout Melissa McCarthy are raunchy and over-the-top, but play characters that are still relateable and feel real.

Through all of its bawdy humor, the film still retains its heart (and, unfortunately, some cheesiness associated with chick flicks), while accurately portraying the importance of female friendships.

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