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Bridesmaids: Film Review

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by Carrie Tong (subscribe)
Carrie Tong studied the Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at the University of Sydney, and is currently seeking employment.
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Bridesmaids is not your typical chick flick. In fact, let's just get it out into the open and say that it's not really a chick flick at all. I mistakenly thought it was a film targeted at girls and their girlfriends, so that they could all go out for a nice film and a good time. But I think that if it had been that kind of girly film, perhaps there wouldn't have been: 1) frequent coarse language, and 2) a scene involving an exaggerated amount of toilet humour (vomit and diarrhoea, to be exact). The film was a comedy, but the type of comedy that it exhibits is decidedly masculine (and I think everyone who has watched this film will agree).

Copyright Universal Pictures and Apatow Productions

Don't get me wrong, I did not think Bridesmaids was a bad film. Not in the least. It's done pretty well according to Rotten Tomatoes, and it's easy to see why. Bridesmaids is different. It explores female relationships in a realistic way, and not in a way where everything is perfect and lovey dovey (because female relationships are definitely not always like that in everyday life). It's also different because it takes an interesting post-modern stance when it comes to interpreting this post-modern world that we live in (for example, for much of the film, the main character Annie is stuck in a masochistic relationship with a chauvinist). However, somehow, I think it spins this post-modern perspective back into a unified whole by the end of the film. At the end of the film, all the problems are solved, as in any other film in the traditional Classical Hollywood genre.

There are some great jokes in Bridesmaids as well: but I don't want to spoil them for you. There are some exaggerated scenes, one of which could have been played down a bit (I'll give you a hint: it involves a chocolate fountain and a giant biscuit). There is also a sense of artistry about the film (even though it displays a ridiculous amount of crude humour for a film that is ultimately centred around the idea of weddings). For example, an interesting choice must have been made in the film's production when someone said that the film should have minimal music. Instead of music, then, the acting and the mise-en-scene dictate what the audience feels. Another example of surprising artistry in the film is the scene where Annie goes to all sorts of trouble to make one individual and beautifully luxurious cupcake (to demonstrate both her talent and her feeling of loneliness).

In summation, if you're a gal who's not afraid of toilet humour (and in fact welcome it), do see this film. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. As for you guys, well, I have a feeling most guys like toilet humour so I'm sure you'll enjoy it too. Also a note for the guys: you don't have to worry about Bridesmaids being too much of a girly film because it certainly isn't.
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Why? Something different, gross and touching
When: From 13 May 2011 (USA), 16 June 2011 (Australia) and 24 June 2011 (UK)
Where: In cinemas now
Cost: Check with local cinema
I really enjoyed this movie. Sure, there are some parts that you wouldn't want your grandmother to see but I saw it with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and we all laughed until we cried.
It may not be pretty but there is plently to laugh at and it certainly isn't a chick flick.
By Karen - senior reviewer
Saturday, 6th of August @ 05:50 am
Agreed! There haven't been many movies like this with women in it (though The Sweetest Thing comes to mind), and I think there should be more of them :)
By Sarah Han - senior reviewer
Monday, 15th of August @ 01:26 pm
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