BILLED as the female version of The Hangover, Bridesmaids stars Saturday Night Live’s Wiig as Annie. She’s single, her business closed down and her best friend has found a fiance (and a new best friend it seems). Her life might fail, but does the film?
First things first, this film is funny. While gross-out scenes are sprinkled throughout, it’s the rivalry between Wiig and Aussie Rose Byrne (who knew she was so funny?) that are highlights – their plane trip to Vegas will have you crying with laughter (and that’s without mentioning Wiig’s impression of a penis).
The IT Crowd’s Chris O’Dowd pops up as a love interest but, rest assured, while the ladies will swoon he’s the catalyst for more humour than sappy romance.
Funnier than The Hangover, Bridesmaids succeeds when so many comedies fail. By balancing the laughs, gross-out moments and the charm, Wiig and friends manage to produce the funniest comedy of 2011 (so far).
4.5 stars, Reviewed by Ben Harlum.
Bridesmaids hits cinemas on June 16th.