Movie: Bridesmaids

[Possible spoiler - though I think everything here is in the trailer.]

So regarding Bridesmaids:  reality check me here.  A bride and her bridesmaids go to a high-class dress shop.  They all get food poisoning and vomit and have diarrhea over everything.  Is that a funny idea?  Am I missing something?  I mean, I get that it’s funny if you’re two 9-year-old boys trading jokes in the back seat of Mom’s mini-van, but I mean for the rest of us?  I thought Super-Bad and Knocked-Up were pretty funny because they were essentially about 9-year-old boys or men who behave like them, but in a story about a wedding, the raunch doesn’t seem truly to communicate the characters or situation.  Plus, did I mention it’s not funny?

And by the way, I saw this in the theater and the audience, many of whom seemed to be the college kids for whom it was made, chuckled, but didn’t erupt with any really big laughs.  As for me, I admired Melissa McCarthy, who worked hard to get the humor and humanity out of every scene she was in, and I smiled at the scenes in the jewelry store and the ones with Jon Hamm, which seemed to me approximately as amusing as a lesser episode of Friends.  Other than that, I found the whole thing drab, predictable and flat.

So assuming for a moment that it’s not me, that the film really isn’t very good (despite the undeniable talents of many of the performers involved), what accounts for some of the smashing reviews from venues on both the right, (Wall Street Journal ) and left (Los Angeles Times and New York Times)?  Could it be that reviewers, most of whom are much older than college students, have been so intimidated by the fear of their own priggishness or irrelevance that they’ve lost the courage to state the obvious -  ie. the movie’s not very funny?

Most of the reviews I read celebrate that at last women on screen can be as raunchy as men.  But why is that good per se?  If anything, it seems to point to the fact that any move toward “fairness” tends to downgrade everyone.  Soon animal rights advocates will be able to celebrate that, at last, humans are as stupid as dogs, while socialists will be able to say, at last, rich people are as poor as poor people…

What was I saying?  Oh yeah – it’s not a funny movie.  But like I say, maybe it’s me.  Go judge for yourself.

 

 

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  • http://twitter.com/LibertarianArts LibertarianArts

    I remember thinking the vomit scene was nicely ironic… never bothered to decide if it was funny or not. But Rita’s character – swearing at her kids and demanding “balls” in her face – definitely not funny.

  • EssEm

    Too much “comedy” these days is designed not to provoke the laughter of recognition or even satire, but rank contempt. Take Barat. When I finally saw it, I felt as demeaned as the characters. There’s a comedy of nihilism which is far too prevalent. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.camp1 Jonathan Camp

    I’d say that overall I enjoyed the film, but there were definitely parts that made go “wth were they thinking?” as well.  Could have been so much better than it was.

  • http://17272dorsetave.tumblr.com/ Saint716

    Hollywood has been trying to make women equal to men for years. Not
    genuinely equal as in “All men were created equal, that they are endowed
    by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” but liberal equal.
    Their idea of equality is replicating the behavior of men, so they
    define feminism as empowerment by monkey see monkey do. But the behavior, not the gender, must be reversed to truly empower. I only wish that was their goal.

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    I guess I’m just too old….the premise was funny, but I’ve outgrown bathroom humor.