Over the weekend, PJ and I finally watched Bridesmaids, starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. We’ve been looking forward to seeing this movie since we missed it at the theater.

Wiig plays Annie, a down-on-her-luck woman who’s dating a jerk and recently lost her bakery due to the bad economy. When her best friend Lillian, played by Rudolph, announces her engagement, Annie accepts her role as maid of honor with mixed feelings: while happy for her friend, she’s also jealous of how everything in her life is so perfect. As Annie copes with these feelings and ineptly takes up her wedding duties, she also has to tangle with Helen, played by Rose Byrne, who seems wedding planning as a competitive sport.

Surprisingly, I didn’t really care much for this movie. Everyone has talked up its gross out humor, with the big twist being that its women being gross this time rather than men. But I didn’t think the movie was all that funny. I love Wiig and Rudolph, and I was ready to laugh and enjoy the jokes, but Bridesmaids just doesn’t add up to much. It’s entirely predictable, and I don’t think it really has much to say today’s woman, weddings, relationships, or anything else.

Wiig is really good in this role. She’s immediately sympathetic, and I think Wiig does a good job at keeping Annie likable. As she gets blamed for a series of increasingly over the top mishaps and disruptions to the various pre-wedding festivities, it’s important that we stay on her side. One problem I had with the movie, however, was that we’re never led to really hate her nemesis Helen. In an effort to avoid the cliché of girl-on-girl bitchiness, the movie fails to mine the humor of Helen’s “issues,” leaving the entire burden of being mildly psychotic to Annie. I think this was a mistake: Annie needs a nemesis as crazy as she is, and we never really see Helen in that light. The movie also comes really close to making Annie so pathetic that it’s not funny any more. A stronger foil might have helped avoid this.

The other advance buzz that I had read and heard about the film was that Melissa McCarthy was the breakout star for her role as Megan, the farting, belching, loud, overly self-confident bridesmaid with the heart of gold. McCarthy is fine in this part, but I think the only reason she’s gotten so much press for this role is that our culture is so unused to a woman who’s large and willing to be gross that it exaggerates her impact in this movie. Much of her behavior here is simply unexplained–like when she takes more than her fair share of gift dogs. What’s so funny about that?

I think the real high point of the movie is Annie’s relationship with Nathan Rhodes, played by Chris O’Dowd, a police officer that takes a shine to Annie. Although the movie’s inexplicable inclusion of foreign characters with no explanation of how they got here is weird, O’Dowd is great as the earnest policeman who Annie can’t allow herself to love. He’s the Joe Average that we know Annie belongs with.

And finally, when the movie reaches its predictable climax, it all just seems silly and far too quickly resolved. On the bright side, though, Wilson Phillips makes an appearance to sing (and lead the audience to sing along to) their biggest hit.

All in all, this movie fine but nothing special. I’m sure there will be a sequel, and I will certainly check it out — maybe a second try will fine tune everything.

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