Bridesmaids is what would happen if Bridezillas was about the maid of honor and not the bride. This brilliant and highly improvisational comedy from the collective (and slightly warped) imaginations of The Groundlings comedy veterans Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig (who also stars in the film), director Paul Feig (Nurse Jackie, Arrested Development), and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year Old Virgin), is now available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Universal.
Thirty-something Annie (Wiig) has a problem. Actually several of them. Best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married, and she has asked Annie to be her maid of honor. Now, normally that wouldn’t be such a problem; it would be a huge honor an occasion for much glee. But for Annie, this isn’t exactly a “normal time.”
Her business (a trendy bakery) has gone down the tubes and her “friend with benefits” Ted (Mad Men’s John Hamm) is a jerk of the nth degree. Even Annie's job at a jewelry store has tanked and she may have to move back home to live with her mother (the late Jill Clayburgh, who died last November). And that’s not even the worst of it.
Possessively (and almost maliciously, at least to Annie) hovering over Lillian is Helen (Rose Byrne, Get Him to the Greek, X-Men First Class) her new friend (and poseur BFF). She is rich (with a budget way above Annie's meager means), overbearing, and seems to do everything in her power to embarrass and overshadow Annie in Lillian's eyes.
Way over her head in oh so many ways, Annie tries her best to compete with the glamorous Helen, but it’s pretty hopeless. Even her car gets her into trouble with a local police officer (Chris O’Dowd, Pirate Radio)—at least for awhile. But Officer Nathan Rhodes may be a white knight in cop's clothing and pave the road to Annie's salvation.
It’s a really rocky road with many pitfalls (and a few pitstops) along the way, but for us, the rocks are rare minerals. From a truly nauseating shopping adventure to select bridal attire and a nightmarish flight to Las Vegas, to a glitzy, over-the-top bridal shower that finally puts the frosting on the cake for poor Annie, each situation becomes a goldmine for this talented group of comic actors.
I think everyone can relate to Annie’s plight in one way or another, and setting the down on her luck Annie against the bridesmaid from hell (and a few situations from hell) Helen, sets up some insane funny comedy situations.