The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

When Brides­maids hit cinemas in 2011, a cav­al­cade of crit­ics quickly po­si­tioned them­selves on ei­ther side of the “can women be funny?” fence. More to the point, they asked, “can women be funny do­ing gross-out hu­mour?”. Leap­ing right over this fence, we an­swer a re­sound­ing “yes”. Pro­duced by Judd Apa­tow ( KnockedUp, ThisIs40) and co-writ­ten by Satur­dayNightLive alumni Kristen Wiig, Brides­maids fuses chick flick and raunch com­edy and wraps it up with the drama of im­pend­ing vows. An­nie (Wiig), a 30-some­thing sin­gle­ton whose best friend Lil­lian (Maya Ru­dolph) is get­ting mar­ried, finds a ri­val in rich and over­con­fi­dent tro­phy wife Helen (Rose Byrne) for maid of hon­our du­ties. So be­gins a game of one-up­man­ship cul­mi­nat­ing in a French-themed bri­dal shower and a spec­tac­u­lar break­down by Wiig that would win the re­spect of Lu­cille Ball for its phys­i­cal com­edy. There are so many bit­ing one-lin­ers and out­ra­geous sup­port­ing cast per­for­mances (Melissa McCarthy even scored an Os­car nom­i­na­tion) you’ll be dou­bling over in laugh­ter and hop­ing for an in­vite to the next one. ★★★★

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