Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig in a scene from BridesmaidsIt’s not often an in-your-face comedy is created specifically for women. We are usually meant to settle for romantic comedies or dramas alleviated by humour – it almost always has to have a more serious narrative as the dominant factor versus just relating a string of jokes to which women can relate. These types of movies have been produced for men for decades, but ladies get ready to flock to the theatre because it’s finally playing a comedy made just for you.

Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honour whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colourful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love.

It’s difficult to describe what’s great about a film like this without spoiling some of the best moments. The script has great pace with a new reason to laugh every couple of beats as each situation finds some way to put you in stitches. Plus, a wedding is the perfect backdrop for any number of hilarious disasters – especially when you factor in a couple of bridesmaids willing to go to any extent to outdo each other. Just a couple of teasers to whet your appetite: a trip to a bridal shop turns it into a biological warzone, a tennis match resembles a death sport and the reward for finally and dramatically hitting bottom is not a puppy.

The cast is hilarious and perfect. Wiig is so normal, for lack of a better word. Her reactions in most cases are entirely plausible – who hasn’t been irrationally jealous when someone important appears to be replacing you with someone else or missed a great opportunity because you were too busy hiding your head in the sand. Moreover, her likability leaps off the screen. Byrne, on the other hand, is irritatingly flawless in almost every way. Most of all, she excels at making Annie and the audience despise her to the point of taking pleasure in her misery. McCarthy is labelled the wildcard for good reason, acting and saying the unpredictable at every turn. Chris O’Dowd is a charming white knight, but remains an accessory to the female protagonists. Conversely, Jon Hamm commands our attention as he boasts about his own sexiness and competes for the title of world class jerk.

Director Paul Feig brings years of comedy expertise to the film. His timing is spot on and it looks like he often allowed the actors to follow their instincts. As a result, none of the performances are forced and the scenes flow seamlessly.

Bridesmaids is sometimes vulgar, foul-mouthed and one of the funniest films I’ve seen in ages. Stealing boot camp classes from Terry Crews is just the beginning.

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