Making great comedy often means breaking rules. Bridesmaids shattered one of mankind’s most sacred tenets in a scene that will go down in film history: girls don’t poop. That, and Jerry Lewis’ infamous thesis that women can’t be funny.
Truth is, females are hilarious when you don’t treat them like ladies. When Anne(Kristen Wiig) is appointed maid of honor at her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) wedding, only to be challenged by upstart brides maid Helen (Rose Byrne), the feminine rituals of wedding planning turn ugly fast. Bridesmaids announced its unladylike intentions from the opening scene, a hilariously unsexy sex scene with America’s sexiest man, Jon Hamm. What followed could be called the women’s liberation in comedy. They cursed like sailors, made revolting innuendo, got drunk, and shat in haute couture.
In other words, these ladies did everything the American male has been doing on-screen in comedy since Bluto first invited us into Delta House. (Although we never saw John Belushi soil a wedding dress.)
The film did have its slower moments — romance between Annie and Officer Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) ate up more than its fair share of screen time. But any of Bridesmaids’ missteps are easily redeemed the sheer brilliance that was Megan (Melissa McCarthy), reveling in her madness as a lunatic collision of Roseanne Barr and Guy Fieri.
Bridesmaids made its mark in 2011; we will wait to see who catches the bouquet.