Bridesmaids Directed by: Paul Feig Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne Rating: R Release Date: May 13, 2011
TRAILER SCORE: 8/10
Thoughts by TSR: Can I just say, even as a male, how refreshing it is to find a female-centric comedy that isn't relegated to the romantic comedy genre? And if anybody has the comedic prowess to pull off a comedy like this, it's certainly these women.
Sure, the trailer spends a bit too long detailing the "pathetic" nature of single life, but Kristen Wiig sells desperate and alone like nobody's business. I'd like to note, that's not a reflection on the actress herself, just her dedication to the bit. But I confess, Wiig is just one of the many reasons I'm excited for this movie.
Rose Byrne, who some of you may know from Damages, has constantly proven herself to be a great asset to the legal drama, but she's barely touched her toes into the comedy waters. She was great in last year's Get Him to the Greek but her passive aggressive routine, which is on full display in this trailer, is absolutely priceless. It's not just the jokes itself, but the fact that, if you've ever been in a wedding, you've met that woman before... and if you're anything like me, you were afraid to go up against her.
Some people are writing this off as a girl's version of The Hangover, which I guess I could see from the way that the trailer is put together, but I can't say I share the fear. I'm confident that with this capable cast of comediennes, they'll have plenty of material of their own that The Hangover wouldn't touch. Sure, it's got a couple of the essential, lowest common denominator jokes (Really? We're still doing fart gags?) but the promise of the cast and some of the finer moments of the trailer are more than enough to give me hope.