30 June 2011

Heartbroken and on the verge of unemployment, Annie tries to organize the perfect wedding for her best friend whilst simultaneously battling to work her way up from Rock Bottom. We cringe and laugh in equal measure as a combination of public humiliation, bad mistakes and embarrassing situations unfold.

When I first started watching Bridesmaids, I didn’t expect to enjoy it. Although I had heard great things about it, I am always quite wary of comedies, as I usually find them mildly entertaining but painfully average. However, Bridesmaids was a total breath of fresh air from the generic, over-the-top, ridiculous comedy we are usually subjected to. I barely stopped laughing throughout the whole thing, and the antics of the girls came across very natural and believable. It really felt like I was there with them, and their personal jokes were things that I could imagine coming from me and my friends.

Another thing that I really enjoyed about this film is that it was central to females. We are used to seeing male characters with a female “sidekick” and it was refreshing to see a film with no central male characters. Bridesmaids has been cited as “The Female Hangover”, and I personally think this is justified.

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I did find the plot a bit predictable, and I pretty much had the plot predicted (correctly) in my head after the first 15 minutes. But I think the point of this film was not in the plot, but in the behaviour of the women. The acting was superb and I could see that the cast really enjoyed doing it. When they have fun, it comes across to the audience too and makes the acting seem really natural.

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It was an absolute hoot from start to finish; definitely a must-see and I would recommend it to comedy fans and comedy sceptics alike.

Niloo Shafari (Work Experience at FACT) 

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Bridesmaids is currently showing at FACT. You can book tickets online here, in person at the Box Office or by calling 0871 902 5737.

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