@Rachel B@twitter Bwahaha, this is definitely my favorite entry.
Troy Patterson must have seen this coming, right? Or he spent all weekend reading Wharton before watching "Girls" and lost his goddamn mind?
@t_birdo Ugh, me too. I even went through most of her imdb photo album, which has over 400 pictures. I need to fucking see this asap.
@MichelleDean I fail to see, even with what was admittedly pretty bad editing, how Annie's financial situation and its relation to her ability to be a "proper" maid of honor is not made very, very clear. If I recall, we are actually shown the amount of her very meager paycheck right before everyone insists upon Vegas. The scene in the dress shop begins with Annie trying desperately to avoid an $800 dress. She rolls up to an unexpectedly swank party in a car that is on the verge of collapse, which she is clearly embarrassed to valet park.
There was a suspension of disbelief that she could afford any of this, but come one. Assume that she has a credit card she decided to max out, or her mother floated her a loan. The things people do to keep up with the ridiculous demands of weddings. And the ridiculous demands of this wedding are made quite clear, as pointed out by other commenters.
Furthermore, I thought the air marshal was very sexy. Fuck, he was an AIR MARSHAL. Annie gets a Wisconsin state cop. Megan gets a guy who has the gun on the plane. I would say this is at least a comparable result for both women, and Megan seems much more comfortable with her sexuality.
@shelven Personally, I think the movie lampooned the wedding industry/weddings as talking point of women from ages 22 to 42 idea much more than the author of this post realized or acknowledged. Everything is completely over the top and we laugh at it. I suspect the author thought she was the only one smirking? But not by far.
@preservingdisorder I just want to say that I did not really see the "disgust" on the part of the other bridesmaids, either. If anything, the blonde one seemed preoccupied with/grossed out by the fact that Ellie Kempler's character had only had sex with her husband.
I am really starting to think that everyone saw what they wanted to/expected to see in this movie. I'm not totally exempting myself from this suggestion, either. But I feel like you miss so many things in this review, and honestly your dislike of Judd Apatow kind of seems to be the root of this.
First, let me say that I don't fully understand the Judd Apatow hate. I did find Superbad kind of awful in places, but I loved 40-year-old Virgin, Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up... if this means my opinion is invalid or my feminist card is revoked, so be it. I did not find any of these works to be offensive on a misogynist level.
Bridesmaids: how did you totally miss a) the class issue, which I thought was major, realistic, and a way of commenting on the over-the-top ridiculousness of weddings, and b) that Wiig's romantic troubles were absolutely not the main source of conflict here; rather, it was her jealousy of Rudolph's new friendship?
So we have a movie about one female friend getting married, and it's actually not that the other is jealous of the romantic aspect (seriously, I did not see that at all), but that she is worried about her bond with her lady friend. I dunno. I don't think I've seen that in a movie full of ladies before.
Then there is the fact that Wiig and Rudolph are not classified as, say, "HOT" women, or "SMART" women, but are really rather three-dimensional and sexy, smart, funny. Compare this to Something Borrowed - the other "chick flick" in theaters - which seems to be maintaining the very firm divide between Smart and Sexy ladies.
Now, I guess we're going to have to agree to disagree on the Megan thing. Here is what I saw: we begin with the movie seemingly embracing the Fat Woman as Horny but Gross stereotype, and then we gradually see that she is the happiest, most self-aware character in the film. I thought the scene between Megan and Annie was touching and not played for laughs. And (SPOILER ALERT), she gets the guy, just like Annie. I found her plotline rather subversive in terms of the usual fat lady trope.
Finally, I am sick of reviews like this that mention and then dismiss the current crappy status of female comedians. I guess that's easy to dismiss if you are not a female comedian, or a woman who loves comedy and is looking for, I don't know, a few people of her gender to laugh at/with. But the fact of the matter is, getting a lot of people in the theater to see a female-driven comedy that is not a traditional rom-com -- and getting men in those seats too -- is a big fucking deal. It is. So despite some flaws (and I'll admit this film has them, though I think we disagree as to what they are, precisely), I'm gonna go with "baby steps. YAY."