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Don't let the title dissuade you: it's much less about being a bridesmaid or about a wedding or getting married, even than it is about being a woman and being a friend. Wiig is brilliant and smart and funny.

KMI, I also got married at the courthouse (and then went to work afterwards) and am not into big, over the top weddings. This is less about the wedding or the bridal portion of it than it is about showcasing relationships between women, including new vs old friends, with the stress of planning a wedding shining its bright, harsh light on all of the cracks and soft spots. Rose Byrne is really good as Helen, the Perfect Woman, who is married to an older, completely absent, very wealthy husband and has two adolescent step kids who detest her for unnamed reasons other than: she's Helen. Helen pretty much takes over the wedding.

It was smart and funny. Lots of crude humor which normally would make it not so much my kind of movie. But I did think it was a smart movie about women and their friendships and how our insecurities lead us into making some pretty stupid decisions. To be honest, there was some gross humor that is so not my thing. And I could sit and pick apart some bits of it quite a bit. But I thought Kristen Wiig did a brilliant job with her character. She's all of us, really, who feel insecure and settle for far less than we deserve--until at some point, maybe we decide we won't.

Also, if I am not mistaken, this was Jill Clayburg's last film (must have been close to it: she passed away Nov 2010. She was one of my very least favorite actresses, ever. In this film, she looked much older than her years and frankly, she looked like hell, but she was dying. I thought she did a good job with the role of Annie's (Wiig's) mother, a not particularly likeable, but very identifiable character (I so hope I am not like her, even a little bit.)


KMI, I also got married at the courthouse (and then went to work afterwards) and am not into big, over the top weddings. This is less about the wedding or the bridal portion of it than it is about showcasing relationships between women, including new vs old friends, with the stress of planning a wedding shining its bright, harsh light on all of the cracks and soft spots.

Rose Byrne is really good as Helen, the Perfect Woman, who is married to an older, completely absent, very wealthy husband and has two adolescent step kids who detest her for unnamed reasons other than: she's Helen. Helen pretty much takes over the wedding.

Also has Jon Hamm as Annie's creepy 'boyfriend'. Melissa McCarthy ( of Mike and Molly, which, btw, is really funny and Gilmore Girls) plays a friend of Maya Rudolph's character. I think her character was too much a caricature and I wish they had made some different choices about how to present Megan, but enjoyable none the less.

Edited by tgir, Jun 10 2011, 08:56 PM.
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