Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig has finally found the vehicle that will catapult her into the cinematic stratosphere: “Bridesmaids.” And, it doesn’t hurt that she co-wrote the female equivalent of all the armies of male-arrested-development party-hardy films.
Co-produced by Judd Apatow (responsible for many of the aforementioned “guy” movies), “Bridesmaids” includes the prerequisite “grossout” material, but keeps the yucky stuff off camera, while still milking the laughs. Case in point is a riotous scene, where the six girls (Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, and Wiig) try on expensive gowns at a posh, exclusive boutique. Unfortunately for the snooty storeowner, this is after they gorged on bad Brazilian food. The sole toilet unable to accommodate the on-rush of multiple and immediate bodily functions, five of the girls must find other means to un-load. The bride herself, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), winds up desecrating her elegant white bridal gown in the middle of the road. All we see is her sitting there in a big puff of white, looking relieved, humiliated and miserable. Our collective imagination does the rest (Farrelly Brothers, take note.)
While she receives perfect support from Rudolph and, particularly, the hilarious McCarthy (TV’s “Mike and Molly”), Wiig is the central schlemiel here. Much like TV’s Lucy Ricardo-Lucille Ball, her Annie as the initial maid of honor leads the girls down every wrong path to the altar and messes up the ones proposed by her rival, the picture perfect Helen (Byrne).
In fact, the girls never even make it to the Vegas bachelorette party. Intoxicated and out of control, Annie gets arrested on the plane.
Lucyesque loser that she is, Annie is the heart and soul of the film, though she learns a few lessons about friendship along the way.
“Bridesmaids” is a break-through film for Wiig, the newest SNL member to make the big time.