The setup is truly asking for it to be a traditional chick flick — and in some ways it is. But the humor quickly sails right off the bow into raunchy territory that producer Judd Aptow is so familiar with. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Its been a long time coming simply because women get stereotyped as not being funny — at least not in a crude “guy” way. But anyone who has spent any time with a gaggle of women know that they are many times more crude than men — they just don’t generally share it with us. Perhaps because of the need to maintain that stereotype. It’s unladylike.
But comediennes Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo let it all hang out, and you know what? Its pretty darn funny.
Launching off with a montage of sexual positions with booty call Ted (Jon Hamm), we find out shortly after that Annie (Wiig) is a 30-something women who can’t quite land the right guy, has failed in business, and whose best friend for many years Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is going to get married. Things start to get messy when Annie runs up against Helen (Rose Byrne) who has only been in Lillian’s life for a few months and is vying for the coveted role of Maid of Honor. The film basically falls into a back and forth of one-up-manship with Annie usually failing and Helen creating the ultimate bride experience — like a Bridal Shower at a palatial estate where every guest walks away from the French themed party with a puppy wearing a beret.
In the midst of all the bridal tomfoolery, Annie falls for a nice guy cop who continues to pull her over for broken taillights, but in typical dysfunctional female way she rejects the nice guy.
One standout scene for me is Annie hanging out in first class on a flight to Las Vegas after taking some Helen-provided muscle relaxers and a couple drinks. The scene doesn’t get crude or dirty — its just Wiig doing some amazing physical comedy.
And a standout role goes to recent Emmy winner (Mike & Molly) Melissa McCarthy for her part as Megan, the sister of the groom, who sits so comfortably in a thick, masculine role that she’s downright intimidating.
As I said before, this movie falls squarely in the realm of Judd Aptow and Todd Phillips film, so one can expect a fair share of embarrassment, anxiety, and poop.