December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

December 4, 2011

Bridesmaids (2011)

When it's over, this was one raunchy comedy that actually had some heart.  Annie's (Kristin Wiig) best friend is getting married, and although Annie's overjoyed by the prospect of her friend's happiness, she can't help but feel inadequate by her own misfortunes and another bridesmaid's attempt at stealing her role as Maid of Honour.  Although the film is a romantic comedy, and there's plenty over the top laughs, I think the film offers a lot more than meets the eye.  I think it addresses a lot of issues women struggle with in today's fast-paced world of relationships, friendships, and the allure of what money can and cannot buy.  The theme of finding Mr. Right and when you do find Mr. Right, are you willing to take a leap of faith and put yourself on the line, as Annie struggles to answer when she meets Officer Nathan Rhodes?  Or the theme of  jealousy of what you desire but do not have and the envy of other people's good fortune, as Annie and Helen struggle with.  Insecurity is another theme that underlies the film.  The insecurity of losing a best friend, the insecurity of not having any friends, and the insecurity of being left behind when you feel life isn't going the way you had expected, as each character feels in their own personal way.  I think the character of Megan (played by Melissa McCarthy) said it best when she told Annie that Annie was the creator of her own problems, and it was Annie who had the power to fix them.  Forgiveness, Acceptance, Courage round out the themes that make Bridesmaids a fun, feel-good journey. 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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