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Bridesmaids: A Movie Review by Iris Beard

I like to think I know a thing or two about what’s funny. And I have to tell you, the movie Bridesmaids is, without a doubt, the funniest movie I have ever seen in my entire life. Really. I’m not exaggerating this time.

Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne.

Now granted, I’m partial to physical comedy and bathroom humor, so if that isn’t your bag, well, this movie might not rock your world as hard as it’s rocked mine.

But honest to God, there is one scene, no kidding, that had me laughing so hard I was shrieking like a banshee. And then the shrieking morphed into uncontrollable tears. Weeping, actually, but in a good way. I had to take my glasses off and wipe my eyes and face with my greasy popcorn napkin. I was THAT gone.

And here’s something you need to know about me… I’m a tough crowd. It takes A LOT to make me laugh out loud. And not just because I’m one of those people with a silent but convulsing laugh, which I am. No, it’s also because my tolerance is so high… like a lush who requires an extra big glass to get buzzed.

When my date Tammie and and I were leaving the theater, I was still giggling about the scene where Maya Rudolph’s character is leaving the bridal boutique. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I was acting it out in front of the theater when two women sitting on a bench nearby said out loud, “Oh, you must be the ladies who were laughing so hard! Wasn’t that movie hilarious?!” And that was AFTER a woman had stopped us in the ladies room to ask what movie we had just seen, because then too, we were giggling our asses off.

And I can’t stop thinking about it. In fact Tammie just called me a few minutes ago to rehash some of our favorite scenes, and she was still cackling like a hyena. She also asked me to research the topic of asshole bleaching because neither of us had ever heard of it. Christ, I’m so glad I’m an old married lady and not dating anymore… the crazy shit the young girls do today! I mean really?! Who cares what color your butthole is? I thought you couldn’t get any more extreme than Brazilian bikini waxes, but apparently you can. Damn. Imma have to ask my husband about this one. Can’t you just hear me, Hon? Will you watch the kids Saturday morning so I can run up to the salon? I made an appointment for a mani/pedi. Oh by the way, while I’m there… should I make my chocolate starfish vanilla?  What. The. Fuck.

Anyhooo, I told Tammie I want to watch Bridesmaids about 20 more times and study it to learn how to write a successful {romantic} comedy screenplay. I really think there could be a college level film class based on this movie and why it works. But I’m looking forward to speaking with some of my film buff and movie making friends to see if they agree.

It wasn’t just the writing though, which I just read Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo completed in six days. The casting was absolutely magical. The way the women play off each other is a sight to behold. I have to say my favorite was probably Wendi McLendon-Covey, who plays Rita, the exasperated mother (go figure.) And it’s not just the ladies… the guy who plays the romantic lead, Chris O’Dowd, is flat-out adorable. And Jon Hamm as the booty-calling dickwad? Perfect.

I was shocked to learn that the “explosive” bridal boutique scene wasn’t part of the original screenplay but rather was something Judd Apatow convinced them to add during the filming. He’s the wickedly funny producer of Superbad (one of my favorites!), Knocked Up, and The 40 Year Old Virgin. I was kind of hoping that Kristen Wiig had written this scene because I think it’s about time we ladies claimed a share of the bathroom humor action. We’ve seen it a million times before from the menfolk: Dumb and Dumber, Along Came Polly, Austin Powers, etc. But kudos to Apatow for recognizing that it’s EVEN FUNNIER coming from women. And major props to the cast for absolutely nailing this scene. Unexpected and brilliant. Truly.

My only issue is that after watching this movie, I am afraid for the future of comedy. The bar has been set so high now – I can’t imagine it getting any better. And also, now that the barrier of anal bleaching has been breached, what else is there? Shoot, remember when Charlie Chaplan was funny? And then Jack Lemmon? And then Mel Brooks movies? After Bridesmaids, what else is there? And based on this trend, how much more will it take to make our kids laugh when they’re our age? {Sigh.} Take my word for it, movies are just going to get grosser and grosser from here on out. And personally, I say bring it!

Just go see it. Then we’ll discuss.



© Copyright 2011, The Bearded Iris.


  1. Amanda A

    My gal pal and I are going to see this tomorrow. I can’t wait!

  2. Deanne

    First order of business, I must comment on one particular line from your review: “like a lush” – what the heck is this about? LIKE a lush? Coming from the lady who gave up the sauce for Lent and promptly hit it as soon as possible? I think you get my meaning. 😉

    And secondly, I definitely am going to have to make a date with my girlfriend to go see this movie. Because after the night we had last night, she says that she is swearing off drinking forever. Not my fault I hold my liquor better than she does. And that I metabolize it faster too. Apparently, she just needs more practice…

    • Deanne

      Oh wait – maybe that makes me a lush? Yup, I’m luscious. I’ll admit it.

      • The Bearded Iris

        Good for you honey. Admitting it is the first step to recovery… or getting your glass refilled.

        • Deanne

          You crack me up! That was one thought that came to my mind when adding my own reply to my comment! Probably will be a little bit before I drink again. Not sure my thigh muscles can take another night of drinking so soon.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Ha! Oh Deanne – you know me, I just calls it like I sees it. Oh, and it takes one to know one! 🙂

      • Deanne

        Raisin’ my glass to you! Cheers honey!

  3. Rebekah

    I love Kristen Wiig but couldn’t tell if this would be FUNNY funny or just “eh.” I think YOU are FUNNY funny so I’ll heed your advice and see it. I too am a fan of bathroom humor. I know my husband counts his blessings when he thinks about the frat boy he’s married to.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Rebekah – thank you for the awesome vote of confidence! I love your “frat boy” image… my poor husband is married to one too.

      I know what you mean… sometimes the SNL movies aren’t as good as we think they’ll be. But this isn’t an SNL spinoff, it’s just written by and stars some of the SNL cast and alum… and the Judd Apatow influence is like a seal of approval in my book! Go. YOU will frickin’ LURVE it.

  4. Megan

    chocolate starfish!

  5. Merrilymarylee

    I saw it with a friend and I’m sure that the two of us were the most obnoxious in the place. Daughter-in-law had recommended it.

  6. Heidi

    Hmmmm. See, I had myself so dead set against seeing this that I even wrote (and got paid for) an article for Yahoo! Movies called “Why ‘Bridesmaids’ Won’t Catch Any Bouquets from Moviegoers.” Based on your opinion and two others I trust, all who have LOVED this, I am going to have to re-evaluate.

    Because, as you know, I’m currently in film school, and you just can’t throw down a gauntlet like you just did about screenwriting, and expect me not to notice and begin twiddling my thumbs deviously like Montgomery Burns. So, it’s on, sister. Oh yes, it is. I’ll let you know once I’ve seen this.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Oh PLEASE do! You will love it, or I will eat my hat. I say it with confidence because I’ve never actually eaten a hat. Besides, any girl who likes Han over Luke (as I do) has to like the same movies I like. Has to. ‘Nuff said.

      Now I have to read your Yahoo article.

  7. FiveOGrrl

    Kristen Wiig makes me pee my pants. Have you seen her “lawrence welk” character with the small hands? I cannot even breathe from laughing at her….
    make sure you see the one with betty white too…i cannot stop laughing now..dee dee deeeeeeeeee

    • The Bearded Iris

      I just peed myself. Is that bad? Do-do-do-do-do-do-dooooooo.

  8. beth

    I will be watching this movie. Hunny, YOU are SO funny… that laughter you described? Shreiking, with the tears? and, in my case, snorting (repeatedly)? Thats the kind of 5star roll you had me on with your DIY Fem hygeine blog. oh Christ. and “chocolate starfish”? right up there sweets. you should be doing scripts if you want more movies this funny. whew! you just saved me from a very expensive therapy session, for sure.

  9. kitty

    this totally funny..The stuff these days women are ocd over is mind boggling..Great blog!

  10. Sarah Nava

    I am just catching wind of your blog. Hi-larious!! I have to ask if you have seen The Sweetest Thing. With Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair. The uncut version is a riot and has a different kind of bathroom humor and a penis song!! Funniest movie I have EVER seen!! Check it out if you get a chance. 🙂

    • The Bearded Iris

      No! I haven’t! Thank you for the recommendation – I’m always up for a good funny gal movie! I will definitely check it out. Thanks for stopping by. Stick around. There’s fake poop AND candy that looks like vulvas.

      • Sarah Nava

        Awesome! You’ve inspired me! Lol.

  11. HouseTalkN

    I opened this with caution. I was so afraid that you weren’t going to like it and our friendship would be over.
    Not that it takes much, but I almost wet my pants watching this!

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