Rating: 4 ½ / 5 stars
By Sally Burgess, Technical Manager 

Annie (Kristen Wiig) has been best friends with Lillian (Maya Rudolph) since childhood. One night, Lillian announces that she is engaged and she asks Annie to be the maid of honour. 

However, Annie becomes jealous of Lillian’s other friend Helen (a brilliant Rose Byrne)…a rich, beautiful woman seemingly with the perfect life whose life is the complete opposite of Annie’s. Pretty soon there is an intense rivalry that threatens to overshadow not only the wedding, but Annie and Lillian’s lifelong friendship. .. 

This was a brilliant, funny movie with a heart. There will be comparisons to The Hangover, but in my opinion, even though Hangover was funny, Bridesmaids is the better movie. There are moments that will make you cringe, and there is a gross-out scene when the ladies get a bout of food poisoning at their bridal fitting which was hysterical. 

The performances are brilliant. A few of the cast are Saturday Night Live regulars. Rose Byrne is fantastic as Helen, whose closeness to Lillian sets off Annie’s insecurities, and Melissa McCarthy nearly steals the show as Megan. 

But the real star is Kristen Wiig, who will surely now be near the top of the comedy A list after having had only smallish parts in Ghost Town, Knocked Up, and more recently, the sci-fi comedy Paul. 

I would have given Bridesmaids five stars if not for two minor gripes. One, that it is a little overlong and a teensy bit flabby in the middle; and two, that a couple of the other bridesmaids are virtually overlooked. But this is still the funniest comedy I’ve seen in quite some time. Bridesmaids 2 cannot be far away. 

Highly recommended. 

Standout Performance: Kristen Wiig
This movie is now showing at Reading Cinemas in Queenstown. This review has been written and rated by Sally Burgess of Reading Cinemas Queenstown. 

Rated: R16- offensive language, sexual material & other content that may offend
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne
Genre: Comedy
Running time: 135 mins