Bridesmaids: The Most Important Female Comedy of All Time? The Gchat Review
Bridesmaids, the Kristen Wiig-penned and Judd Apatow-produced "anti-chick flick," has officially been declared a success. Most reviewers, including our own, seemed to enjoy it. The film beat low expectations and took in nearly $25 million in its opening weekend. This probably means there will be more women-centric comedies! Yay! But we know you're wondering: What do two average bloggers, Myles Tanzer and Rosie Gray, think of Bridesmaids? We took it to Gchat to find out. [Spoiler alert, obviously.]
Rosie: Did you think you were going to like Bridesmaids before you saw it? Myles: Yes! I really do like most of the Apatow-factory films (read: I have a penis, and I like laughing). What about you? Rosie: I assumed I would love it for two reasons: One, despite having a vagina, I am also an Apatow fan; two, the cast was just too good. Also I'm a girl, and there are simply not enough girl comedies (please don't get mad at me for calling it a girl comedy, Internet). Myles: But it WAS a girl comedy! Rosie: True! But as a dude, did you think to yourself at any point that it wasn't as funny as its counterparts, the "dude" Apatow comedies? Myles: I think the difference is that in every Apatow film so far, the first 30 minutes are constant laughs (think Superbad) followed by 45 minutes of plot with huge laugh moments in-between story. This movie was really just the plot-with-laughs kind of comedy (not a bad thing).
Rosie: Another thing about the house of Apatow is that there are always these weirdly affecting emotional bits that make you sad. Except I found that in Bridesmaids, those pull-at-your-heartstrings human moments worked way, way better than they did in Knocked Up or Superbad. But maybe it's because as a woman I can really relate to Annie (Kristen Wiig's character). I don't know. I feel almost guilty saying, "I get this movie because I'm a girl!" because I think everyone gets it, and also part of the backlash to its critical reception has been that we should IGNORE the fact that it's a girl comedy. Which I actually don't get at all. As if it isn't hugely important that this is like the first successful noncondescending comedy with a basically all-female cast in, like, ever. Myles: I don't know, though. That ultimate-best-friend-moment at the end of Superbad always gets to me. Are you mad that you saw the movie with me instead of going "with your gals" on a "GNO" (girls night out)? There were so many ladies doing movie nights at the theater! Rosie: No, because I think it's important that Bridesmaids NOT be considered a "chick flick." Even if it is a girl comedy. That's why I hate that tagline so much: "Chick Flicks Don't Have to Suck." I think it's important that men go see this movie, and it's refreshing that dudes seem to honestly like it. What do you think the male to female ratio was in our audience, btw? Myles: 60 female/39 male/1 girl in a graduation robe! Rosie: She should have been getting drunk, not going to the movies. Or both, I guess.
Rosie: What do you think the funniest scene was?
Myles: The airplane scene was really funny, but I think I laughed the hardest at the "picking the bridesmaid dress" scene when they all get food poisoning. Rosie: We both lost it during that scene. And that one was a big moment in feminism! Because it showed that women shit sometimes, even in scary, pristine bridal stores. But I really like the plane scene (when Rose Byrne's character gives Kristen Wiig weird muscle relaxers or something while they're flying to Vegas) because Kristen Wiig is so fucking awesome. "There's a small colonial woman on the wing!" Myles: I love how belligerent she got on the plane -- it was real! Rosie: That scene owed a lot to I Love Lucy. Lucille Ball is the OG Kristen Wiig. Also what the fuck were those pills Helen (Rose Byrne) gave her? Valium or something? Jesus, Helen was the worst. Those beautiful country club princesses are specifically designed to make regular gals feel awful about themselves. Myles: Yeah, Helen sucked, but we all know a "Helen" so we loved it. Also, how stupid was Annie to not just MARRY the cop? (She gets pulled over by a cop at one point and he turns out to be Mr. Nice Guy, so they date, but of course she gets scared off, but then they get back together, etc. ). Rosie: Ugh, I got sick of the cop subplot. Even though I totally wanted them to get together. You know what would have been cooler? If at the end of the movie, Annie had gotten her failed bakery business up and going again instead of Getting The Guy. That would have been rad. But as Michelle Dean at the Awl pointed out, while the movie itself is a big step for women in comedy, the plotline actually ISN'T -- it still perpetuates the cultural myth that marriage is the most important thing ever to women. Paging Jen Doll. However, baby steps, you know? I"m just happy this movie got made.
Myles: Yes, I'm happy it got made too. It was fun! Rosie: And it means there will be more girl comedies. Which is awesome. Myles: Yes, I want to see Anna Faris and Mindy Kaling do a movie together. #funnyladies Rosie: I'm obsessed with Mindy Kaling. You know, it sucks that women being funny even had to be "proven" at all. But now I guess we can put that issue to bed. I was just saying this to someone -- I feel like Hollywood finally made a movie just for ME. Myles, you already know all about that because you are a male between the ages of 18 and 30. Myles: But there are no movies about young male bloggers (yet!). Rosie: Pretty sure Mark Zuckerberg had a blog for like five minutes in The Social Network. Myles, do you think you would have liked the movie as much if the women in it weren't as hot? Tell the truth.
Myles: Who was hot in that movie? I don't really think any of them are supposed to be "hot girls."
Rosie: I guess that answers it! Your answer is actually refreshing. Because I was worried that dudes would go see this movie because, like, it has a bunch of chicks in it, to gawk at them. Rosie: So, final thoughts? On the importance of Bridesmaids, or just on the funniness of the movie in general? Myles: I thought it was a funny movie. That's really all that needs to be said. I don't think its an "important cultural touchstone" or anything. It's a B+/A- comedy that starred some funny women. Kudos to them! Rosie: I actually do think it's important. It means that the question of whether or not people will go see funny women being funny has been answered. That's big! As a girl who isn't into rom-coms, it meant a lot to me to see a movie that was aimed at me, not at teenage boys who play Call of Duty.
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