BlueRay: Bridesmaids – (2011)

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BlueRay: Bridesmaids - (2011) Genre: Comedy, Romance, Release Date: 2011-09-20 Duration: 125 Min Director: Paul Feig Annie Walker (Kriste...

BlueRay: Bridesmaids – (2011)

BlueRay: Bridesmaids - (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Romance,
Release Date: 2011-09-20
Duration: 125 Min

  • Paul Feig

Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman in her mid 30s, living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After her bakery failed, she lost her boyfriend and all of her savings, and now works in a jewelers store selling engagement rings. Although her flaky mother (Jill Clayburgh) encourages her to return home, Annie rents a bedroom from British immigrant Gil (Matt Lucas) and his lazy overweight sister Brynn (Rebel Wilson). She has a sexual no-strings-attached relationship with the self-absorbed Ted (Jon Hamm) but hopes for something more. Only her friendship with Lillian Donovan (Maya Rudolph) keeps her sane.

Lillian becomes engaged to a wealthy banker living in Chicago and asks Annie to be her maid of honor. At the engagement party at Lillian’s house, Annie independent meets her fellow bridesmaids: Lillian’s cynical cousin Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), idealistic friend Becca (Ellie Kemper), raunchy future sister-in-law Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and Helen Harris, III (Rose Byrne), the beautiful but vain wife of Lillian’s fiance’s boss. Helen and Annie take an instant dislike to each other as they are both become immediately jealous of the other’s friendship with Lillian, but Lillian persuades them to spend time together. During a game of doubles tennis, Annie and Helen are both hyper independent competitive, deliberately hitting each other with their volleys multiple times.

A few days later, Annie takes Lillian and the bridesmaids to a Brazilian restaurant for lunch before going to a chic bridal gown studio. While Lillian is in the restroom, Annie suggests a Parisian themed bridal shower, but Helen thinks this is a bad idea. At the bridal gown studio they choose wedding dresses, Helen again uses her influence to gain them access because Annie did not realize that reservations were needed. However, everyone except Helen (who did not eat the meat at the restaurant) becomes ill with food poisoning. While everyone else becomes ill, Helen orders for everyone the bridesmaids dress that she liked the best.

Worried about her finances, Annie suggests a bachelorette party at Lillian’s parents’ beach house. Helen overrules her and books a trip to Las Vegas. Due to her pride and ego, Annie refuses to allow Helen to buy a first class ticket for her and sits in coach. Because Annie is afraid to fly, Helen gives her sedatives and alcohol. This makes Annie inebriated and paranoid, and her outbursts cause the plane to land in Caspar, Wyoming, where she, Lillian and the bridesmaids are escorted off the plane and the bachelorette party plans are thus canceled. On the bus trip back to Milwaukee, Annie tries to apologize but Lillian announces that she wants Helen to take over planning the shower and wedding.

Annie continues to hope for a relationship with Ted, but begins flirting with Officer Nathan Rhoads (Chris O’Dowd), a friendly traffic cop who earlier had let her off without a ticket for broken taillights. Nathan encourages her to open a new bakery, but Annie refuses; her business’s failure was so painful that she has given up baking entirely. After spending the night together, Nathan buys baking supplies so Annie can make them a delicious breakfast. Offended, Annie leaves. At her apartment, Gil and Brynn tell her she has to move out. With nowhere else to go, she moves back in with her mother.

Annie travels back to Chicago for the bridal shower at Helen’s house. Helen has created an elaborate version of Annie’s Parisian theme, then upstages Annie’s heartfelt, handmade shower gift by giving Lillian a trip to Paris to be fitted for her wedding gown by one of the world’s top designers. Enraged that Helen has taken credit for the Parisian theme, Annie throws a temper tantrum and is kicked out of the shower. Lillian tells her not to come to the wedding either. On the way home, Annie’s car breaks down. Nathan answers the emergency call and tells Annie how much she hurt him and not to contact him again. Ted comes to pick Annie up but, when he expects her to perform oral sex on him on the way home, she breaks off the relationship and walks home.

Over the next several days, Annie becomes reclusive, refusing to leave her mother’s house and watching television obsessively. Megan finds her and tells her to stop feeling sorry for herself. Annie realizes her errors and tries to make amends with Nathan by baking him a cake. But he appears to leave it on his doorstep for raccoons to eat.

On the day of the wedding, which Annie doesn’t intend to attend, Helen appears on the doorstep, begging for help in finding Lillian who has gone missing. Helen tearfully explains how lonely she feels and apologizes for all she has done to hurt Annie out of jealousy. They pull up alongside Nathan in his police car and after some persuasion, he begrudgingly helps Annie and Helen find Lillian at her own apartment. Lillian had gone there distressed by the micromanaging Helen had done in planning everything and her fear that Annie will have no one to be with. Annie tells her everything will be fine and helps her get ready for the wedding.

Annie resumes her place as maid of honor at the wedding, which Helen has arranged to include neon signs, fireworks, wedding dresses  and an appearance by Wilson Phillips. After the wedding, Helen again apologizes to Annie and hopes they can be friends in the future. Realizing that Annie and Nathan were falling in love, Helen arranged for him to pick Annie up after the wedding. He takes her home in his squad car, lights flashing and siren wailing.


Kristen Wiig

Maya Rudolph

Rose Byrne

Terry Crews

Price: $ 34.98

2 responses to “BlueRay: Bridesmaids – (2011)”

  1. Miranda McCloud...not a critc says:
    138 of 170 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I laughed so much my cheeks were hurting, May 16, 2011
    Miranda McCloud…not a critc (Fort Worth, TX) –

    This review is from: Bridesmaids (DVD)

    Oh…my…goodness…this movie was the funniest thing I’ve seen IN the theater in a long time. I usually wait for movies to come out on DVD, but this looked pretty interesting, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was hilarious! Finally, a film that shows women are funny too. Kristen Wiggs is stellar, her character is so messed up, but you know there is hope for her. I was sort of expecting a rom-com, but no, this was Sex in the City meets the Hangover. There is a part where they’re going to Vegas, but don’t quit make it, I would of LOVED to see them all go to Vegas. I don’t think that place would be the same. I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for entertainment that just makes you laugh. And do keep an eye on the actress playing Megan, she is hysterical. I’ve seen her in other movies, as a supporting character looking completely different and much more subdued; in bridesmaids she is unfiltered and funny as hell! Go see this movie, you’ll be glad you did.

  2. H. Bala "Me Too Can Read" says:
    92 of 119 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “You’re no longer my number three!”, June 26, 2011
    H. Bala “Me Too Can Read” (Just moved to posh Marina Del Rey, CA – where if you drop a quarter, why, you just keep on walking) – (TOP 100 REVIEWER)

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    This review is from: Bridesmaids (DVD)

    Here, I’ll say it, BRIDESMAIDS is better than THE HANGOVER. The tipping point is that BRIDESMAIDS comes with a core of emotional truth whereas if you lift that sense of mystery from THE HANGOVER, what’s left is a series of skits. BRIDESMAIDS comes with more heart. It passes the smell test, demonstrates staying power. Odds are, it won’t be long before other films are being lauded as “the next BRIDESMAIDS.” And, based on that comparison, I might check out that other film, too.Our self-destructive lead character Annie (Kristen Wiig) is informed that “hitting bottom is a good thing,” but I think we all know that’s a bunch of baloney, a heap of hooey. Character building can go fudge itself if it means one has to go thru what Annie does just to learn valuable life lessons. Annie’s had a bad time of it. Her bakery shop went south. Her boyfriend is this self-absorbed, belittling, non-committing assclown. She rooms with an odd and portly British brother and sister whose presence, let’s face it, can’t possibly make anyone feel comfortable. Her current job as sales clerk at a jewelry store is as fulfilling as it sounds. And, to point out the cherry on her misery cake, Annie’s best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is getting married, with Annie tapped as the maid of honor.Oh, does Annie have issues. She’s one of life’s self-saboteurs; she can be blamed for much of the bad joss what’s befallen her. She loves her best friend dearly, but the cheap, pathetic side of her can’t help but be resentful that their lives are going opposite ways. And since the hits keep on coming, why not now introduce the magnificent Helen (a very good Rose Byrne). Helen is the gorgeous trophy wife of Lillian’s fiance’s boss, and she’s struck up a friendship with Lillian. Helen, wealthy as Croesus, supernaturally efficient at organizing weddings, and determined not to be upstaged. Helen and Annie immediately get on like houses on fire. Annie senses that Helen is poaching her best friend. Out comes the competitive streak. Except that Annie isn’t as straight-faced sneaky as Helen. Watch Annie fall apart.The theater I went to became sheer bedlam, rocking with belly laughs so raucous that entire chunks of dialogue went unheard. So that means something. Unless you’re a friggin’ recluse, you must have some down-to-earth women friends. These bridesmaids are drawn from stereotypes, but these actresses are all so funny. I can point out several of my women pals who fit several of these molds to a damn T. The fantastic cast works so well together. I haven’t laughed so hard in years as when the bridal shop disaster went down. Anyway, this shouldn’t come as a shock: Women sleep around, and often exercise the right to be vulgar when in comfortable company, and they certainly engage in scatological humor. Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Rita”) is one of the bridesmaids, a discontented housewife with unruly kids, and although she’s not in the movie a lot, she makes an impression (especially with that “crack the blanket in half” line). But it’s the unfiltered Melissa McCarthy (“Megan”), built like a pugnacious fire hydrant, who ends up stealing the scenes.Not having watched SNL in forever long, I didn’t know Kristen Wiig from Shatner’s wig. But now she’s fixed on my radar, and now I expect this same level of funny out of her. Kristen Wiig is amazing in BRIDESMAIDS, co-writing it, performing in it. Her character is at turns petty and self-pitying and abusive, and yet there’s a pained vulnerability and an innate likability that makes you invest in her. She’s so sad sack. You long for her to get her sh– together, and you pull for her to get with that charming highway patrol cop with the unexpected Irish accent. But she’s so resistant, so stuck in her rut. You pull for her.Setting aside Wiig’s ability to emote (which apparently surprised people left and right), her comic talents are what separate her from the pack. She has exquisite comic timing. What she does in that airplane sequence is spectacular stuff. And she exhibits marvelous chemistry with Maya Rudolph. Their friendship feels real; it helps to ground the story. I think this is a huge turning point for Kristen Wiig’s career, if she rides this good momentum. And BRIDESMAIDS, it’s one of them rare animals, a chick flick that a guy can sit thru without feeling that he’s fulfilling an obligation to the girlfriend or the wife.The DVD gives you the option to watch the Theatrical Version or the Unrated Version, and also the following bonus stuff:- Lively Audio Commentary with director Paul Feig, co-writer Annie Mumolo, and actors Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Ellie Kemper - 3 Deleted Scenes, including Annie on a horrible blind date with Paul Rudd (totaling 00:07:48 minutes) - 5 Extended & Alternate Scenes, including more grossness at the bridal shop (totaling 00:08:38 minutes) - Gag…

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