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Thursday, May 12, 2011


Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A lonely, single woman (Kristen Wiig) is asked to be the maid of honor in her childhood best friend’s (Maya Rudolf) wedding. It’s all good until her childhood best friend’s new best friend (Rose Byrne) tries to usurp the lead role in every aspect of the wedding and the friendship.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolf, Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Jon Hamm, Jill Clayburgh, Matt Lucas, Rebel Wilson, Michael Hitchcock, Kali Hawk, Annie Mumolo, Ben Falcone

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketGo! F-U. Chicks are funny!

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Melissa McCarthy, as a fat lesbionic-seeming outcast, who is actually the most self-assured and heterosexual dame of the bunch, is so hilarious that I’m actually considering checking her out on Mike & Molly.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but rarely have I wanted so badly to reach through a movie screen and punch a character in the face. And you will, too.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Jon Hamm gets the biggest Dick Award. And since this isn’t the AVN’s, I’m obviously talking about his personality.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Kristen Wiig is the new Lucille Ball. She can tackle the broad and farcical, and still bring it back for the sad and dramatic moments. Rose Byrne is proving to be a lot more versatile than I ever would have guessed from all the boring dramatic work she’s done-- in fact, she's quickly making her way to the top of my list of comedic leading ladies. And Jill Clayburgh is dead. Try not to think about how weird that is while you watch her walking and talking for her last time on film. Now that I’ve mentioned it, you will be able to think of nothing else.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: The comic scenes are pretty perfect, but there are a few parts that need to be paced up, especially in the emotional sequences.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: You can tell without knowing it that Kristen Wiig is a co-writer because in certain scenes, other people start talking like her… with the weird awkward pauses… followed by some additional piece of information they didn’t really need to divulge. I’m in favor. More people should talk like Kristen Wiig.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: It’s such a relief to see female characters acting like real women, who are funny and goofy and have a banter and language all their own. Women who can speak to each other openly and candidly, if for no other reason than to hit their necessary daily quota of words. Oh, and the trouble with weddings, don’t get me started on how true this story really is. Women have it rough. And that’s why we’re funny. So why are our stories so blatantly missing from our multiplexes?… Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, and Jane Lynch are not the exceptions, they are the rule. Get used to it.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?

A: Bridesmaids Trailer

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Lisa said...

great review Monique!

ArtsBeatLA said...

Yes, nice review -- I almost wanna see it! I thought Rose Byrne's version of a vacuous pop-tart was one of the best things in Get Him To the Greek. LOVE her.

Monique said...

Get rid of that "almost" and just Go! I have a friend who's seen it twice!

JoeC said...

Agreed. This movie was hilarious.

It was somewhat odd to be in a theater full of women (and a lot of them, I think, batting for the other team). But the movie is easily the funniest of 2011.