Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Bridesmaids Set to Be Best Comedy of the Year

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Bridesmaids Set to Be Best Comedy of the Year

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UNIQUE, intelligent and downright funny, Bridesmaids is already strongly placed as one of the best comedies to come out of Hollywood this year.

Screenwriters Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo have veered away from the traditional sappy wedding movie and predictable rom-com to deliver a ballsy comedy with real relatable characters.

Directed by Paul Feig, Bridesmaids is a Judd Apatow-produced film with a twist because unlike male-driven comedies, such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Superbad, it has seven superb female actors fuelling the gags.

These women are led by Wiig, who stars as Annie, a thirty-something -year-old who finds her life unravelling before her eyes - her cake business went under in the GFC, her boyfriend left her and her bank account is practically empty.

But just when she thinks she's hit rock bottom, her life-long friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged and asks her to be the maid of honour.

Tasked with working out a hen's night, bridal shower and bridesmaid dresses, Annie also faces competition from another bridesmaid keen to nudge her from the top job - the wealthy and seemingly perfect Helen (Rose Byrne).

Byrne is, quite frankly, hysterical.

It's a huge surprise coming from an actor well-known for dramatic roles, such as her performance in the TV series Damages.

Sure, she was funny in the Apatow-produced Get Him To the Greek, but Byrne steps it up a notch as the elegant and manipulative Helen, who tries to both upstage Annie and jeopardise her and Lillian's friendship.

Byrne also holds her own against seasoned improvisational comedy veterans like Wiig, Rudolph and the other bridesmaids - Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911!) and Ellie Kemper (The Office).

Meanwhile Wiig, whose unique brand of comedy has been showcased on Saturday Night Live and in films such as Paul, Whip It and Knocked Up, finally gets the starring role she deserves.

When Annie snaps, Wiig gets the chance to let loose with her physical comedy, with a particularly memorable scene that involves her lapping melted chocolate from a fountain and having a scuffle with a giant cookie. …

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