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Bridesmaids

comedy, romance


From the producer of Knocked Up, Bridesmaids takes Maid of Honor, Annie (Kristen Wiig), and four wild bridesmaids on a hilarious ride to their friend's wedding.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    90%
  • Audience Score
    76%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5

Crude but sincere comedy about friendship and confidence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this hilarious yet affecting R-rated comedy shows how two friends, Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Lillian (Maya Rudolph), cope when their lives are upended by Lillian's impending wedding. Produced by Judd Apatow, Bridesmaids has all the hallmarks of an Apatow vehicle, including risque humor (there's no nudity, but expect plenty of sex talk and a couple scenes with moaning and groaning), over-the-top scatological comedy (the consequences of some unintentional food poisoning are beyond raunchy), zany adventures, crude language (including "f--k" and "c--t"), immature behavior (some of which is fueled by drinking) ... and surprising insight into friendships and adult relationships. It's not age appropriate for tweens and young teens, but it's definitely worth viewing for older moviegoers interested in a fresh spin on the "chick flick" formula.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this movie (which some have called "the female Hangover") compares to similar films starring men. Is this kind of humor any less funny when women are the instigators? Do you think it appeals to the same audience?
  • How does this movie compare to others about weddings? What role does the media play in making us think that the wedding is as important as the marriage? Is it important to have a big, fancy, expensive wedding/shower/bachelorette party?
  • How does the movie portray female friendships? Does it seem realistic? Teens: Have you ever gotten caught up in a friendship drama like the one between Annie, Lillian, and Helen? What happened?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    90%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Bridesmaids reviews
  • Audience

    76%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A film of great hilarity, humanity, idiosyncrasy and grade-A, eyebrow-singeing raunch.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fresh: It's the smaller, more observant moments in "Bridesmaids" that make it worth savoring.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, May 13, 2011

Fresh: That rarest of treats: an R-rated romantic comedy from the Venus point of view.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, May 12, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Good comedy - just the scene in the bridal shop alone is worth watching it for, I couldn't stop laughing, and I'm not someone who generally laughs hysterically during a movie. On the downside, it is a little too long, and bits of it don't work, but it's still vastly superior to many chick flicks. Cast are good - Melissa McCarthy is a bit gross here (I really do like her, don't get me wrong), but the character is icky - I think she is meant to be mind you! Rose Byrne didn't overly convince me either - she is also a bit yucky here. (Again, I don't mind her, but not convinced this is her best role). Maya Rudolph is a little meh. Kristen Wiig steals the show here as Annie. Really the most pathetic female rom com lead in a while - would feel sorry for her if I wasn't so busy cringing at some of the stuff she does! Surprisingly, Chris O'Dowd makes a decent romantic lead in a dorky kind of way and Jill Clayburgh works well as Annie's mum. They really look a bit alike too! Worth a look, might even be a chick flick you can get a guy to watch with you!

- romy861, Saturday, December 1, 2012

3 stars

I surprisingly found this a lot funnier than I expected despite all the good reviews. There are plenty of very funny scenes with a funny cast assembled. It also has a slight feel-good factor to it by the end as well with out being to Rom-comy!

- Deano78, Monday, August 6, 2012

3 stars

I use to claim this as one of the best comedies of 2011, but the way too high critical acclaim and immense popularity has made it quite overrated. I mean come on, Best Original Screenplay and Supporting Actress nominees for the Oscars? Puh-lease.

- fb100001592288964, Thursday, August 2, 2012