I had 3, but fell asleep about halfway through, so I'm not really sure how I did.
@alicegroznyi Oh my god we went to the same school, how weird! What year? I'm 2010 but just finished this past winter, on account of the transferring.
@alicegroznyi It WAS in Virginia! How about that.
@Bittersweet Well everyone is different, but yeah, I was pretty unhappy there. Annoyingly rich, annoyingly beautiful, annoyingly self-absorbed kids plunked in the middle of a very lackluster, occasionally violent town (sorry if anyone is from there). I transferred to a notoriously good public school in my home state and never looked back. It was also less than a quarter of the price.
I don't know if this is why Emma Watson left Brown, but it's definitely why I left Vassar. (Also, props, cause this was really good.)
awesome interview. "you oozin' out your oozey, she's oozin' out her oozey." GOLD.
@keanesian I agree. The analogy equating McCarthy's character with Zach Galifianakis' part in The Hangover is fairly accurate. The same themes of weight and undesirability underlie a lot of his performances, whether they've been written for him or if he's written them himself. It's unfortunate that in both instances the overweight actor is typecast as the oddball, but I think it's pretty even across genders. I don't want to say anything is "good enough," but I was happy to see an overweight woman cast in a big-budget movie at all. I can't remember the last time someone built like McCarthy was given as big a role as she had.
As for the article's other gripes, I'm not sure I totally agree. As other commenters have said, I'm not sure Annie's crisis boils down to simply being about men. I actually appreciated that her character had other issues (like her failed business, being fired, potentially losing a friend, etc.). And I think the movie did a decent job of skewering the absurdity of modern weddings via Helen's character. As far as the ritual of marriage goes, it seemed to be making the point that fairytale scenarios are ultimately improbable and silly to pursue. Plan all you want, but you'll usually get a reality check in one way or another.
I enjoyed Bridesmaids a lot, but I think it may have helped that I consciously avoided reviews before going to see it. (Some of the quotes up there really are atrocious.) I do feel like Apatow & Co. are "letting" women have this movie, but as far as women getting more of a space in comedy, I'll take what I can get-- sad as that is.
@melis I just watched that the other day, because I liked him so much on Buzzcocks (which is definitely a lot lamer in his absence- Noel Fielding is really the only reason I still watch it (adore him!)). Really bleak, yeah, and totally not what I was expecting, but I loved it. I thought it went beyond comedy in a really gripping way.