Whether it's "Step Brothers," "I Love You, Man" or "Borat," guys have laughed long and loudest over the last decade in cinema. So much so that they have spawned a new epithet, the "bromance," while their wives and girlfriends have mostly looked on from the sidelines.
"Bridesmaids" does something to redress that imbalance.
If "Bridesmaids" isn't the funniest film of the year, we're in for a treat. The bar has been raised.
By Tom Charity, from CNN
"Bridesmaids" has other things going for it, including some fresh Wisconsin locations, a not-unbearable romantic subplot and a good soundtrack. But audiences should be warned — this is a raunchy comedy, not a cute little rom-com. (In fact, almost as if to sound the alarm early, the movie starts with a long scene of comically graphic sex.)
It's not a movie for people looking for a decorous night at the movies. It is a film, though, for folks eager for some good dirty jokes, some refreshingly real female characters — and, just maybe, a new comic voice.
By Stephen Whitty, from The Star-Ledger
I love how the women of Bridesmaids — direct descendants of the neurotics in the black comedies of Nicole Holofcener (Please Give) and Tamara Jenkins (The Savages) — take ownership of female aggression and competition, of our radical insecurities and the predicaments of being female in a post-feminist world. I love how the movie walks its crazy line between satire and realist drama. Most of all, I love seeing a bunch of talented female performers come together to do physical comedy their way.
By Ella Taylor, from NPR