2011 Certificate: 15

Synopsis

Kristen Wiig gives herself the star-making vehicle she's always deserved as co-writer of this uproarious comedy which shows the girls can slap the schtick as well as the guys. Wiig gets the gig of Maid of Honour at best buddy Maya Rudolph's wedding... and job of marshalling a feisty gang of bridesmaids - including devil-may-care Melissa McCarthy and competitive snoot Rose Byrne - as her own personal life collapses around her. Produced by Hollywood mirth machine Judd Apatow, this is a laugh-out-loud must-see.

Director

  • Paul Feig

Cast

  • Kristen Wiig

  • Maya Rudolph

  • Rose Byrne

  • Melissa McCarthy

  • Chris O'Dowd

Review

Last time I checked, I did not - in fact - possess any lady parts.

So you'd think that with Bridesmaids championing an all-female cast and the posters declaring it the best chick flick since time and oestrogen began, it's going to be a hard sell for the lads.

Remarkably, Bridesmaids single-handedly eradicates the schmaltzy taboo surrounding the genre, offering a comedy that's broad, relatable and amusing irrespective of your gender.

Wiig is a delight, finally snagging the headliner role she's deserved for so long, and one that allows her to show off her diverse range; from brilliant physical comedy and always amusing improv (a drive-by attempt to woo her ex is a particular highlight), to utilising actual acting chops as a leading woman to provide the movie's self-destructive heart.

The supporting cast are just as strong, with Rose Byrne proving a frostily perfect nemesis, Melissa McCarthy all but stealing the show as off-the-wall groom's sister Megan, and Chris O'Dowd cementing his quiet ascendance to Hollywood's go-to guy for 'charming background player'.

The 'Hangover with Girls' comparisons are woefully wayward too. While there are a few decent and appropriately disgusting gross-out gags, it's not the core of the comedy.

Admittedly, there's a whole dress-fitting gone beyond-wrong that stands as the hilarity highlight (from the sounds of the blokes' laughter in the audience anyway), but the majority of the humour comes from the character interaction - and it's all the more involving and funny for it.

My testosterone brethren, listen up. If you're a fan of good comedy, attractive ladies, and the occasional poop joke, you'll enjoy Bridesmaids. And when was the last time you heard a guy say that about a chick flick?

Matt Risley