Movie of the Week: Bridesmaids (2011)

 Bridesmaids

Released yesterday on DVD and Blu-ray, I had little choice for this week’s pick… Bridesmaids.  I have very little to say regarding the movie itself beyond what I already wrote about it in my review, other than to say it holds up quite well upon its second viewing.

Mrs. Blahg and I managed a little while ago to get the kids out of the house for a night and I suggested we go and see Bridesmaids in the theater while we still could.  Yes, I had already seen it, but she was waiting to see it with a friend of hers… and I managed to pester her into going with me.  Humorously enough, it was still playing in the theater near my home up until last Thursday.

Mrs. Blahg didn’t care for it as much as I did… and yes, it is supposed to be a “chick-flick”… and no, we don’t fit into stereotypes when it comes to gender roles… and no, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  That’s not to say she didn’t like it… she was mildly disappointed that it wasn’t raunchier and that it actually has a warm, fuzzy aspect to it.  She was thinking this was going to be in the same vein as The Hangover.  Can’t really blame her, that was how it was marketed.  Allow me to clarify, it is not like The Hangover.  It is not a female version of The Hangover.  It does contain women being a bit rude and pukey, but there are no prostitutes, no infantile man-children and no tigers.  It has some warm fuzzies.  Me?  I’m good with the warm fuzzies.  I’m also good with the raunch.

With a second viewing I can say this… at those moments that were uncomfortable the first time you watched it, now it’s just hilarious.  At the hilarious moments the first time you watched it, now it’s side splitting.  At the romantic aspects… meh.  I suppose they had to be there.

What I am most excited about digging into are the extras on both the DVD and Blu-ray (fortunately a whole lot more on Blu-ray).  Tons of deleted and extended scenes.  If you have seen the trailers for this movie you may have noticed that most of what is in the trailer is either not in the film, in a different scene or altered somehow… which tells me that much of this movie was a group of funny women riffing off of one another, and if we are lucky, much of that is on film.  Hopefully I will get to that this evening… I am very much looking forward is an excised scene of Kristin Wiig on a blind date with Paul Rudd.  Pure gold.

So, if you need a laugh, or feel the need to get in touch with your inner pathetic woman, or you want to find out why in the hell Melissa McCarthy won an Emmy (hint:  I think it had more to do with her performance in this as opposed to her TV show), than I can’t recommend Bridesmaids more highly.  It is a funny movie, (pounding chest) with a heart of gold.

Auf wiedersehen asshole,
Cornelius J. Blahg

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