Nothing is at it seems in BRIDESMAIDS, a genre busting, side-splitting, and irresistibly charming breakout film for Kristen Wiig, whose starmaking lead role here is long overdue, but most welcome. 

Wiig and Maya Rudolph play inseparable childhood friends who face the ultimate test when one of them is set to be married, and the other becoming the maid of honor. For Wiig's case though, her character Annie is the "maid of dishonor", wreaking havoc to the whole wedding process. To complicate matters, Annie is torn between men (but not that cliched love triangle conflict you are thinking of) and she has to battle with the "It girl" (Rose Byrne) who competes for the attention of the bride. Think Paris Hilton cum Tessa Prieto-Valdes.

Like what I said, nothing is what it seems. The obvious lesbian actually isn't. The straight gals make out. Then there's that monstrous cookie. 

Amidst all the laughs, BRIDESMAIDS actually does have a big heart, emphasizing friendship over anything else, and showcasing that planning a wedding is always a great way to discover truths about the people around you. Marriage changes everything.

BRIDESMAIDS can be compared to SEX AND THE CITY, but without all the grown-up, middle age complaints about life and privilege. BRIDESMAIDS is straightforward and sarcastic, but still deliciously enjoyable.

RATING: 4/5 


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