Did Anyone Else in the World Not Like Bridesmaids?

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The ladies of the Bridesmaids movie just keep racking up the accolades. Last week during the SAG awards, they stole the evening with a Martin Scorsese-based drinking game (every time the iconic director's name was said during the evening, the crowd had to drink). The girls also have two Oscar nominations for their flick, Best Original Screenplay for Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo and Best Supporting Actress for scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy. These recent scores are on top of the fact that Bridesmaids was a massive box office sensation, pulling in almost $300 million worldwide. The film has shown up on numerous accredited critics top ten lists and currently boasts a 90 percent overall rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Everyone just looooves Bridesmaids.

Except me.

I will admit that I came to the Bridesmaids table slightly after the dinner bell had rung, waiting until it was released on Netflix to view it. That being said, maybe my impression of just how "amazingly hilarious" the movie was going to be was already overinflated. This fact may account for a twinge of disappointment, but my complete lack of interest in the movie has nothing to do with the hype.

I genuinely do not understand the overwhelming approval of this movie, and I would not be surprised to find others in my camp. Was Bridesmaids really that funny? Is there an emperor's clothes thing going on here?

Oh yes, there were funny moments. I especially liked when Wiig told off the teenager in her jewelry shop. Overall, I found the movie, in many senses, to be unbelievable, which was a turnoff. How in the course of several months did Maya Rudolph's character completely change her personality and ditch her BFF? How horrible could Kristen Wiig's life become?

When Bridesmaids was released, it was mistakenly being touted as The Hangover from the female perspective (and many fought this notion). It is obvious that it is not. While both movies similarly develop the more depressing lives of their characters, The Hangover does not pretend to be anything other than a movie about a bunch of drunk dudes that have an absurd adventure. Bridesmaids was just absurd.

Maybe it's because Bridesmaids is about women that I feel it could have done better for our sex. Raunchy jokes are certainly funny, but why do women feel that they have to go blue to get anywhere in comedy? Wiig is a phenomenally funny person and her NBC constraints don't allow her to get particularly dirty, but she also doesn't need it.

Being dirty as a comedian can be a crutch, and Wiig has never leaned that way before.
If Bridesmaids paved the way for female-centric comedy and brought attention to an all-woman cast, more power to them! We need more funny females getting the spotlight. However, we also need women that can crack you up without making you watch them have diarrhea.

I was trying to think of some hilarious women-only movies that stayed the course, and will admit it's tough! Steel Magnolias came to mind, in which potty humor was never an issue, but other than a few, most ensemble comedies star men.

We need to change the playing field, and if Bridesmaids has started the conversation, I will back it; I just can't say I found it to be all that good.

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ans504girl1
ans504girl1

i thought this movie was raunchy and disgusting, women do not behave that way. The defecation scene was terrible, and the constant sex shaming was horrible as well 

Murphyslaw
Murphyslaw

I completely agree. I also waited a while after it came out before watching it, so maybe my expectations were also overinflated based on all of the hubabaloo about this movie. Totally didn't think it was funny. The entire time I was watching it, I laughed one time. That was it. And I'm seriously talking one laugh; it's not like I was laughing uncontrollably at that one moment. I do not see what the appeal was. Maybe I just have no sense of humor? A friend posted on FB a week later that she happened to watch it and that she loved it. I think the most likely scenario is that we're not used to seeing a bunch of female comediennes leading a comedy together, and that people were excited about women doing the same dirty-funny scenes that they usually see men doing. But that doesn't mean it was funny. I thought it was a huge let-down.

roeslerwilliam
roeslerwilliam

I went to the movies and paid to see this offensive disgraceful production that set women (or at least the women I know) about ten years. When you cannot write a funny script that has a flow, you resort to "potty" humor. If you compare this movie to classics like "Annie Hall" or the magnificent "A Fish Called Wanda", it is frightening to think that their is anything that is "off limits". I felt like an alien sitting in the theater. I can honestly say that I felt women in comedy were getting the freedom to be "blue", just like male comics could do if they chose. I do not consider myself a comic prude by any means, but it was not like it was just a bad movie, because I was the only one not laughing. If taking a bowel movement in the middle of Madison Avenue makes a movie funny and capable of getting Oscar nominations, we, as a society, are all victims to the "dumming down of America" 

jbme
jbme

I just finished watching this and googled to find out if I was the only one who felt this way. I had to force myself to finish this movie. The whole story seemed pretty cookie cutter, especially with her meeting the cop, just because I was really expecting this movie to challenge the norm and not have her meet a perfect guy halfway through that would make her realize the guy she was with before was a jerk. Seen it a million times, along with the "someone comes between 2 best friends and they grow apart but in the end everyones friends". I'm glad so many people loved this but I just couldn't see the appeal.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I wanted to like it but I just couldn't. Kristen Wiig just played her one and only character from SNL, the annoying asshole.It was tame comedy at best. The biggest letdown was the inclusion of Chris O'Dowd and Matt Lucas. They deserve to be in better movies than this.

Seasincarnadine
Seasincarnadine

Women don't need to delve into dirty humor.  This movie just happened to do so.  If you want non-dirty, female-dominated comedy, there are a million romcoms out there.  Just google "Katherine Heigl".  If you want a clean comedy, go find one.  Just don't knock this one for what it isn't and appreciate it for what it is...A female-dominated comedy that crosses the blue line for once. 

JP Risky
JP Risky

Most of the comedies I love would probably qualify as unbelievable. So I don't agree with that as a general criticism. Was Wedding Crashers any more believable than Bridesmaids? Really? Two dudes hitting up all of the engagement, marriage, and bachelor events around town never get caught as imposters and arrested? Or how about Hot Tub Time Machine... Oh right, they didn't even try for believable. But they did dodge any bullets being shot at them for being crass because, what, they were dudes? That is my other criticism of your criticism: Why is Melissa McCarthy any less funny for having diarrhea on screen than Steve Martin pretending to take a deuce at dinner in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? Gross-out humor has long been a man's game, and thank you to the commenter who mentioned The Sweetest Thing, another dirty female ensemble-comedy that never really was given its due. Nor was Dirty Candy with the other McCarthy...Jenny. I'm so sick of people thinking dudes are hilarious for being disgusting, but when girls are it's too much. That's just sexist.

cinemachic
cinemachic

THANK YOU ABBY! I am an open-minded, sometimes crass, female who loves to laugh and I thought this movie was absolutely horrible. Yes, I heard good things about it as well, but could never seem to find the desire to watch it as the previews looked horrible. After 30 minutes I texted my friend who loved it and asked if it was going to get better....unfortunately it didn't. I will be honest and admit there were 3 (yes THREE) very funny moments, but overall, I think the storyline, plot, and characters were horrible.

Tracy
Tracy

Now you know how I felt about The Hangover! But I enjoyed Bridesmaids, only after suspending all disbelief and taking it for the most part, at comic-silly face value. Kinda like Overboard.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

I liked it when it was called The Sweetest Thing.

Bobsanders
Bobsanders

You said the movie was "unbelievable"? To me, that's not a bad thing in most comedies. I also saw this movie on DVD rental and it was the funniest movie I've seen in a long time. I lost my shit numerous times!

Kejo
Kejo

oops, I mean Abby.

Kejo
Kejo

No Abbey, you're wrong,  it was good.  A good quality comedy is difficult to pull off, but Bridesmaids did IMO. That being said and to ruin my credibility, I've been quoting more from Hall Pass lately.

Honcho
Honcho

Seems like your preconceptions of the film and the hype contributed to your letdown. I enjoyed the movie at the theater. That said, it was by no means a "classic" comedy. Chances are it won't age too well. And what's with Maya Rudolph? I guess she's perceived as groovy b/c she's bi-racial and born from famous stock, but I'm sorry – she is NOT an attractive woman.

That was the film's biggest stumbling block for me.

Melissa McCarthy is very talented, but her performance seemed based on shock value for appeal most to the lowest common denominator of movie-goers. Thereby garnering an Oscar nomination.

Murphyslaw
Murphyslaw

@Seasincarnadine I have no problem with women doing dirty humor. It can be really funny.. This just.... wasn't. It was predictable and didn't push the envelope at all. I wish it was a little more dirty/inappropriate, actually. Then it might have at least been a little funny. But it was just blah. I barely laughed. And Katherine Heigl movies are also terrible. But thanks for the tip, LOL.

Murphyslaw
Murphyslaw

@JP Risky I think you're missing the point of the article. I also think you're being a little sensitive. I'm a woman, and I certainly didn't think it was over the top or "too much" that there was raunchiness in this movie (or that women were delivering the raunchiness). I also didn't think it was funny, AT ALL! Maybe if they made it raunchier, it would have been! The article isn't about criticizing the actresses for not being funny, or able to pull of raunchiness. They are both. It's about how unremarkable this movie really was, despite all the abundant praise. Melissa McCarthy is probably the funniest one in the movie, and is a seriously funny woman. The story-line/dialogue, however, was not funny. Come on, you didn't honestly laugh hysterically when you watched it, did you? I would find it hard to believe, as I barely laughed. It was mildly amusing to me, at best. Mostly just a bunch of cliches, though. Hot Tub Time Machine was an awful movie as well, but we're not talking about that movie. The Sweetest Thing is a raunchy, funny movie, and I actually think it was a lot more successful at getting the laughs than this one was (at least it made me laugh a lot more). It's not about men vs. women. I think the author of this article was just noting that this movie was not nearly as funny as everybody made it out to be. 

kj
kj

your overuse of the word horrible is horrible.

Abby
Abby

I agree comedies are unbelievable, The Hangover, totally unbelievable, right. For some reason with Bridesmaids I felt it was trying to be believable and that's what threw me on it. Glad this sparked a good debate though!

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