It is a firmly Apatovian movie, but with ladies. It is just as vulgar, for better or for worse (the sex bits were amazing, but why oh why do all of these movies have to have a scene of, um, gastro-intestinal distress?) Basically, I didn’t realize how much I needed to see a crude, hilarious lady movie until it happened. But of course, at its heart it’s about friends who are afraid of losing each other. Aw!
It’s also the rare movie that tackles the class issues that come up when you’re asked to be a member of a bridal party. To be a bridesmaid is fucking expensive, and it was a relief to have that acknowledged.
Kristen Wiig (who co-wrote the film with Annie Mumolo) stars as Annie, who is already going through a rough patch, when her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) asks her to be her maid of honor. At the engagement party she meets the other bridesmaids, including Helen (Rose Byrne) who promptly begins elbowing her way in between the BFFs. Hijinks ensue, through all the ridiculous trappings of Getting Married in America.
It’s a movie all about the ladies, but I did appreciate a few things about the guys. First, that Lillian’s fiance was relegated to the sidelines and none of the drama had anything to do with whether or not they should get married. He was a pudgy, affable guy named Dougie (for the love) played by Tim Heidecker of Tim and Eric Awesome Show (she says as if that means anything to her).
As far as fellows for Annie, she has, let us be frank, a fuckbuddy in Jon Hamm. He achieves an epic degree of asshole, even for him. It’s pretty impressive, and I love that the one traditionally hot guy in the film is the one you really really hate.
She also meets a cop, the ridiculously charming Chris O’Dowd, who pulls her over after she swerves all over the road. Not from alcohol, mind you, but from epic solo mocking of Helen after the very painful engagement party. I’m a fan of O’Dowd from “The IT Crowd”, and I very much enjoyed watching him steal every single scene as the Really Very Nice But Not Perfect Either guy.
In a lot of ways, it is a formula movie. But it’s the raunchy-friendship formula with a little rom-com on the side, and that is a formula of which I approve. More please, thank you!