"Maid of Dishonor"
What You Need To Know:
The characters in BRIDESMAIDS are well developed, but there’s a tremendous amount of crude and lewd situations and language. The movie also goes on too long. Kristen Wiig is hilarious when she comes unglued, but the crude parts in BRIDESMAIDS turn out to be the movie’s undoing. Also, BRIDESMAIDS only has the slightest sense concerning the biblical, godly foundations of marriage and family.
(RoRo, Pa, LLL, V, SS, N, AA, DD, MM) Strong Romantic worldview with pagan elements; 79 obscenities (including “f” words), five strong profanities and 12 light profanities, plus vomiting scene and implied diarrhea in middle of street and in sink when women get food poisoning; light comic violence includes angry vandalism, character tackled, and pushing; lengthy depicted fornication in opening scene, implied fornication in a couple other scenes, and crude sexual comments and references; upper male nudity, woman in bra and female cleavage; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking and woman mixes a drug with alcohol to get over air sickness; and, jealousy, resentment, vandalism, uncontrolled anger.
BRIDESMAIDS is a raucous, raunchy, excessive comedy with a sweet but not entirely chaste romance in the middle. It should have stuck with the sweetness, because, when the movie is clean, it’s very funny and even contains some really good writing and character development.
The movie stars Kristen Wiig of SATURDAY NIGHT LIFE as Annie, a single gal past 30 who goes crazy when her best friend, Lillian, finally decides to tie the knot. The movie opens with Annie having a lengthy one-stand stand with a very handsome but totally callous man. Lillian chastises Annie for stooping to that level, but Annie brushes her off.
As Lillian plans the wedding, Annie tries to set up the pre-wedding events as Lillian’s maid of honor. Annie clashes, however, with another bridesmaid named Helen, a snobbish rich girl who tries to upstage Annie at every turn. Things go from bad to worse for Annie, who can’t seem to do anything right and just recently lost her boyfriend and her bakery business.
As Annie comes more and more unglued, she accidentally meets a kind, generous policeman with an appealing Irish accent named Rhodes. In his own charming, witty way, Rhodes tries to woo Annie, but Annie’s fear of commitment and her poor self-image keep getting in the way. Meanwhile, her attempt to be the perfect maid of honor goes from one disaster to another. Making matters worse is the fact that Annie is jealous and resentful of the rich bridesmaid’s superficial charm and overcompensating super-confidence.
The characters in BRIDESMAIDS are very well developed, but there’s a tremendous amount of crude and lewd situations and language. The movie also goes on too long. Though Kristen Wieg is hilarious when she comes unglued, the best scenes are when she’s with the policeman, who’s extremely appealing and a really nice guy. Regrettably, Annie and the policeman do go to bed together at one point, but it’s implied rather than depicted.
Ultimately, the crude parts in BRIDESMAIDS turn out to be the movie’s undoing. Also, BRIDESMAIDS only has the slightest sense concerning the biblical, godly foundations of marriage and family.