This review of the “Bridesmaids” appears on KTKA-49.
Co-written by and starring “Saturday Night Live” standout Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids” is being marketed as “The Hangover” from a female perspective. It’s a nice shortcut, but there are a couple key differences.
First off, despite a couple scenes with over-the-top and scatological humor, “Bridesmaids” is a little more grounded in reality than “The Hangover.” Wiig stands out in her first lead role as a woman who slowly begins to lose everything in her life that she cares about, least of all her sense of personal pride.
Director Paul Feig, who created the short-lived but classic TV show “Freaks and Geeks,” keeps the story grounded in Wiig’s choices so that when things get worse for her, you really believe her future is at stake.
Secondly, it has more genuine laughs than “The Hangover,” which had a couple big ones, but was pretty uneven. Wiig and company have impeccable comic timing and the humor almost always comes from pain. The worst thing you can say about “Bridesmaids” is that it’s a little long and it wraps up too conveniently. Overall, it’s very funny, has a great cast, and will probably hold up to repeated viewings.