Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

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Director: Paul Feig

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph

     
 

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Director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow team up again for this comedy that stars Kristen Wiig as Annie, a romantically unattached failed bakery owner who fears she's losing her BFF, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), the best thing in her life, when LillianSee more details below

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Director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow team up again for this comedy that stars Kristen Wiig as Annie, a romantically unattached failed bakery owner who fears she's losing her BFF, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), the best thing in her life, when Lillian announces she's gotten engaged. Annie's anxieties deepen as Lillian grows close to Helen (Rose Byrne), a wealthy and beautiful new friend who quickly assumes control of planning all the pre-wedding festivities. On top of the main storyline of a female friendship being torn apart, the movie adds a romantic storyline for Annie, who starts the film answering a booty call from the casually cruel yet undeniably handsome Ted (Jon Hamm), but develops a lovely flirtation with an Irish cop named Rhodes (Chris O'Dowd) after he pulls Annie over one night thinking she's driving drunk. As the low-self-esteem Annie sabotages this new possibility for love, she also feels the most important friendship in her life slipping away.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Paul Feig's Bridesmaids ends up living in the memory like most weddings do; you went, you had a pleasant time, and unless somebody mentions the happy couple, you never think about the experience again. Kristen Wiig stars as Annie, a romantically unattached failed bakery owner who fears she's losing her BFF, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), the best thing in her life, when Lillian announces she's gotten engaged. Annie's anxieties deepen as Lillian grows close to Helen (Rose Byrne), a wealthy and beautiful new friend who quickly assumes control of planning all the pre-wedding festivities. On top of the main storyline of a female friendship being torn apart, the movie adds a romantic storyline for Annie, who starts the film answering a booty call from the casually cruel yet undeniably handsome Ted (Jon Hamm), but develops a lovely flirtation with an Irish cop named Rhodes (Chris O'Dowd) after he pulls Annie over one night thinking she's driving drunk. As the low-self-esteem Annie sabotages this new possibility for love, she also feels the most important friendship in her life slipping away. Feig has directed over a dozen episodes of The Office, and he's shown a flair for doing the specific kind of comedy that sitcom specializes in -- deriving humor from personal embarrassments and awkward pauses. The problem comes when you try to do that kind of comedy for two hours rather than 30 minutes, because a big-screen R-rated comedy comes with the built-in expectation that it's going to have the comedic and narrative momentum of the train in Unstoppable. There are big laughs in the movie coming from both small moments (Ted's throwaway observation about Rhodes' accent, the most innocent of Annie's friends ordering "a glass of alcohol" during their first-class plane ride to Vegas for the bachelorette party) and lengthy comedic set pieces (an explosive visit to a bridal shop). The two styles never quite mesh, though, and the movie starts to feel Frankensteinish; it's partly a female buddy movie, it's partly a romantic comedy, it's partly a Superbad-style R-rated comedy, and partly a tender character study of a woman whose life is falling apart around her. Each of these elements is fine, but they never cohere into an organic, unified whole. However, the movie's cast is certainly appealing. Wiig communicates heartbreak and loneliness quite well with just a hangdog look -- there's a touching sequence set to Fiona Apple's "Paper Bag" where she bakes an ornate cupcake just for herself. Maya Rudolph shares an easy chemistry with Wiig; the opening sequence where they bond over coffee -- discussing their sex lives -- firmly establishes how much these two women mean to each other. Everybody gets to make a good impression: O'Dowd gives nice guys (arguably the least attractive stereotype in romantic comedies) a good name and offers the perfect counterpoint to the scathingly funny Jon Hamm, who turns Ted into a hilariously shallow, low-key monster. Ellie Kemper charms as the naïve Becca, especially during an eye-opening conversation with fellow bridesmaid Rita (former Reno 911 star Wendi McLendon-Covey), the crass mother of three boys. Melissa McCarthy (best known as Molly on the sitcom Mike & Molly) uses her ample girth to maximum comedic effect -- she's a very good physical comedian, a talent that shines during a wrestling match with Wiig's character. Even if you didn't know Judd Apatow was a producer on Bridesmaids, you'd recognize his fingerprints all over the finished product -- despite the fact that it was directed by Apatow's longtime associate Paul Feig. Namely, it tries to mix sentiment and raunch, it isn't afraid to run over two hours, and it only feels too long because it tries to do too many things at once.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2011
UPC:
0025192112317
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
4:16:00
Sales rank:
29,309

Special Features

Delted scenes; Extended & alternate scenes; Gag reel; Roomates; Cholodecki's; Made of honor: behind the scenes of Bridesmaids; Annie vs. Helen; Drunk-o-rama; Annie's blind date with Dave; Tennis pep talk; Line-o-rama; Cholodecki's commercial; Feature commentary with filmmakers and cast

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kristen Wiig Annie
Maya Rudolph Lillian
Rose Byrne Actor,Helen
Melissa McCarthy Actor,Megan
Wendi McLendon-Covey Actor,Rita
Ellie Kemper Actor,Becca
Jill Clayburgh Actor,Annie's Mom
Chris O'Dowd Actor,Rhodes
Rebel Wilson Actor,Brynn
Michael Hitchcock Actor,Don Cholodecki
Matt Lucas Actor,Gil
Tim Heidecker Dougie
Terry Crews Boot Camp Instructor
Tom Yi Jewelry Store Couple
Elaine Kao Jewelry Store Couple
Kali Hawk Kahlua
Joseph A. Nuñez Oscar the Security Guard
Greg Tuculescu Kevin
Steve Bannos Annie's Mistaken Husband
Hugh Dane Annie's Mistaken Fella
Franklyn Ajaye Lillian's Dad .
Lynne Marie Stewart Lillian's Mom
Andy Buckley Helen's Husband
Molly Buffington Helen's Stepdaughter
Matt Bennett Helen's Stepson
Nancy Carell Helen's Tennis Partner
Melanie Hutsell Annie's Tennis Partner
Eloy Casados Churra Chi Waiter
Jessica St. Clair Whitney
Dana Powell Flight Attendant Claire
Mitch Silpa Flight Attendant Steve
Annie Mumolo Nervous Woman on Plane
Ben Falcone Air Marshall Jon
Angelica Acedo Flight Attendant in Coach
David Hoffman Doorman at Shower
Jillian Bell Girl at Shower
Ariane Price Girls at Shower
Frederik Hamel Shower Waiter
Richard Riehle Bill Cozbi
Jimmy Brogan Minister
Carnie Wilson Herself
Chynna Phillips Herself
Wendy Wilson Herself

Technical Credits
Paul Feig Director,Executive Producer
Michael Andrews Score Composer
Judd Apatow Producer
Steve Arnold Set Decoration/Design
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Keith P. Cunningham Art Director
Leesa Evans Costumes/Costume Designer
Allison Jones Casting
Jonathan Karp Musical Direction/Supervision
William Kerr Editor
Kenneth McLaughlin Sound Mixer
Barry Mendel Producer
Annie Mumolo Co-producer,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Matt Rebenkoff Asst. Director
Jefferson Sage Production Designer
Mike Sale Editor
Melanie Tooker Makeup
Clayton Townsend Producer,Production Manager
Christine Wada Costumes/Costume Designer
Kristen Wiig Co-producer,Screenwriter
Lisa Yadavaia Associate Producer
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bridesmaids
1. Cup My Balls [8:35]
2. Cholodecki's [3:36]
3. I'm Engaged [3:57]
4. Meet the Bridesmaids [:10]
5. Dueling Toasts [:03]
6. Officer Rhodes [5:14]
7. Tennis With Helen [5:38]
8. Belle en Blanc [5:52]
9. George Glass [4:05]
10. Vegas? [1:36]
11. Relaxed [1:40]
12. Churning Butter [7:03]
13. Good Morning [:20]
14. Best Friends Forever [:46]
15. The Shower [5:37]
16. C'mon! [7:40]
17. New Best Friend [4:41]
18. Where's Lillian? [5:48]
19. Wedding [4:31]
20. Your Ride's Here [4:35]

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