My Rating: 4 stars
I actually liked this movie quite a bit. This is another story about bridesmaids behaving badly (in the same vein as Bridesmaids). And, this film is a comedy as well, but the humor in this one is a lot darker and grittier than the raunchy jokes in Kristen Wiig’s film. All the critics that I read didn’t seem to like the movie much because they said it was too mean-spirited. But, I didn’t really find that to be the case at all. I think this was more a case of a film featuring unsympathetic protagonists. Just because the main characters aren’t likeable, and engage in destructive behavior doesn’t mean a film is too cruel to enjoy.
Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan are the story’s protagonists. They are beautiful, yet insecure girls, and they will be serving as bridesmaids in their fat friend’s wedding. They can’t believe that their chubby friend (the amazing Rebel Wilson) is getting hitched before they are. These ladies were already pretty self-destructive to start out with, but this extra insult to their pride was all they needed to start really acting out. And you know what that means—indiscriminate sex, booze, cocaine, catty jokes at the bride’s expense. Oh yeah, and trashing her wedding dress the night before the big day. These are some really awesome friends. But, the thing is, they aren’t actually as terrible as the critics made them out to be. These girls don’t actually hate their friend. They all legitimately like each other. They’re just so insecure because they aren’t in good relationships and they’ve never managed to make their own lives amount to anything. And, all the jokes in the story aren’t made at Rebel Wilson’s expense. In fact, she’s the only one in the film that comes out looking good. She’s got her act together, and she’s got plenty of self-confidence to spare. It’s her pretty friends who are a mess, and who are the miserable ones.
All this sounds like a movie that is really painful to watch, but I assure you that it’s not. Well, it wasn’t for me, anyway. I was actually able to understand the plight of all these girls. They’re not really villains, and the movie doesn’t present them as such. They each have their own unique demons to overcome, but they all make a good amount of progress by the end of the story (but not so much that it’s unrealistic or corny). It may even make you feel pretty good by the end. This movie is definitely worth a watch if you’re in the mood for a little bit of dark, trashy, (adult) fun.