Usually, when I hear about a movie, or see an ad on tv for a movie I think I might want to see, I usually just say, “I’ll catch it on on demand/cable/netflix [before I cancelled my subscription].” When I lived alone, I never went to the movies. Mr. strivingcynic and sc teen are more into movies, so in the last year, I’ve gone with them a few times, usually on their initiation. This week, after all the ads, discussion, and feeling that I was missing out on something really good, I asked mr. sc if he’d like to see Bridesmaids this weekend. I’m happy to say if I was going to initiate a movie excursion, this was the right one to pick.
Bridesmaids was (to me) pure fun. It was a Saturday night show, so the theater was pretty full with people who seemed to be enjoying themselves (oh, and there were previews for two movies that looked pretty funny Horrible Bosses [mr. sc did not recognize Jennifer Aniston, who looks amazing as a brunette), and The Change Up [both with Jason Bateman, no less]). I don’t remember laughing so hard at a movie for a really long time (if ever).
I’m not going to get too into the plot (if you’ve seen it, you know it, if you haven’t…well, go see it!), but I felt I could relate to Annie (Kristen Wiig) so well, since until relatively recently, I was always the late 30something “singleton” at weddings and other events. I’ve only ever been a bridesmaid once (which is plenty in my book…). I found her character really empathetic (if a bit self-centered) as she watched her best friend moving on to another life she didn’t necessarily have a place in. And the 80s nostalgia was perfect for me!
And, I’m calling it now…I think Melissa McCarthy needs to be nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar (Golden Globe, etc.) for her work in this movie. Her tough, no-nonsense character, Megan, had me laughing until I had to wipe tears away. Gilmore Girls was one of my favorite shows ever (two fictional tv towns I’ve wanted to live in are Cicely, Alaska, and Stars Hollow, Connecticut), and I could not believe that this was the same woman who played the sweet, kitchen accident-prone Sookie. She was unbelievable! I would love for Kristen Wiig to get some nominations too, but McCarthy just really stood out in her role.
Again, if you’ve seen it, or read the reviews, you know the movie has some raunchy/gross out moments (all the “this is the female Hangover” talk), which is true. I suppose in part it’s to draw in the male audience, but I’m not going to deny finding them hysterical myself (and, women can be raunchy and most of us have had some less-than-pretty moment in our lives).
Have you seen Bridesmaids and what did you think? If you have, what do you think about award nomination possibilities? Have you ever bridesmaided?