Bridesmaids (2011 film)
|Directed by||Paul Feig|
|Produced by||Judd Apatow |
|Written by||Annie Mumolo |
|Starring||Kristen Wiig |
|Music by||Michael Andrews|
|Cinematography||Robert D. Yeoman|
|Editing by||William Kerr |
Michael L. Sale
|Studio||Relativity Media |
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)|| |
|Running time||125 minutes|
Bridesmaids is a 2011 American comedy film written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, and Clayton Townsend. The plot centers on Annie (Wiig), who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend Lillian (played by Maya Rudolph). Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey co-star as Annie's fellow bridesmaids, with Chris O'Dowd and Jill Clayburgh—who died of leukemia in November 2010 before the film was released—playing key supporting roles.
Bridesmaids was both critically and commercially successful upon its opening release on May 13, 2011, in the United States and Canada. The film grossed $26 million in its opening weekend, eventually grossing over $288 million worldwide, and surpassed Knocked Up (2007) to become the top-grossing Apatow production to date. The film received a 90 percent overall approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and served as a touchpoint for a discussion about women in comedy.
It was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and received multiple other accolades. On January 24, 2012, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Melissa McCarthy and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. This made it the first Apatow film to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Annie (Kristin Wiig) is a woman in her late 30's living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her dream bakery, Cake Baby, failed, she lost all of her savings, and now works in a jewelry store. She rents a room in a house with an English brother and sister. Her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) tells her that she is getting married and asks her to be maid of honor, which Annie accepts, despite her visible jealousy.
During her hiatus as maid of honor, Annie gets close to Nathan (Chris O'Dowd), a nice cop who she previously befriended during a traffic stop. When he tries to encourage her to give her dreams of owning a bakery a second chance, Annie feels he has crossed a line and they have a falling out. Meanwhile her life continues to fall apart, culminating in having to move back in with her mother (Jill Clayburgh). At the bridal shower, Annie discovers that Helen appropriated most of her ideas. Helen also continues to try to upstage her at all turns. Seeing red, Annie throws a fit in front of all the attendees which culminates in a fight with Lillian, who bans her from her wedding. As a result of this and other mishaps on her way home from the shower, Annie gets in a funk and hides out in her mom's house.
Megan reaches out to Annie, and after Annie takes her tough love advice under consideration, she tries to make amends with Nathan, but he rebuffs her attempts to ask for forgiveness. A few days later, Helen appears on Annie's doorstep, telling her Lillian has gone missing just before the wedding, and asking for Annie's help. Annie begrudgingly agrees to help. A reluctant Nathan helps them find out that Lillian is hiding out in her old apartment. Lillian then reveals that she has gotten cold feet about the wedding, partly because with Helen planning it, the whole thing has totally gotten out of her control. Annie manages to calm Lillian down, and the two childhood friends patch things up.
After the wedding, Annie and Helen try to reach out to one another, too. Annie makes a heartfelt offer to hang out with Helen sometimes, while Helen has a surprise of her own: she has managed to convince Nathan to give Annie a ride home from the wedding, and perhaps even a second chance. Annie and Nathan make up, and then depart on a police call.
- Kristen Wiig as Annie Walker, the insecure and down-on-her-luck maid of honor
- Maya Rudolph as Lillian Donovan, the bride and Annie's best friend
- Rose Byrne as Helen Harris III, A wealthy friend of Lillian's, and Annie's rival
- Melissa McCarthy as Megan Price, Lillian's abrasive and comical future sister-in-law
- Wendi McLendon-Covey as Rita, Lillian's foul-mouthed cousin. Frustrated with parenthood and married life.
- Ellie Kemper as Becca, Lillian's soft-spoken co-worker and friend. Forms a friendship with Rita
- Chris O'Dowd as Officer Nathan Rhodes, A police officer who falls in love with Annie
- Jill Clayburgh as Ms. Walker, Annie's mother
- Franklyn Ajaye as Mr. Donovan, Lillian's father
- Jon Hamm as Ted, Annie's rude and arrogant sex buddy
- Matt Lucas as Gil, Annie's British roommate.
- Rebel Wilson as Brynn as Gil's sister, and also roommate.
- Andy Buckley as Perry Harris
- Jessica St. Clair as Whitney
- Melanie Hutsell as Carol
- Michael Hitchcock as Don
- Tim Heidecker as Doug Price, the groom
- Mia Rose Frampton as the 13-year-old girl in the jewelry store
- Terry Crews as Boot Camp Instructor
- Kali Hawk as Kahlua
- Ben Falcone as John, the Air Marshal
- Matt Bennett as Helen's stepson
- Wilson Phillips as Themselves
- Paul Rudd as Dave (Uncredited DVD Deleted Scene)
The script, originally titled Maid of Honor, was written by Kristen Wiig and fellow actress and screenwriter Annie Mumolo. Friends for years, both had met each other at The Groundlings, a Los Angeles-based improvisational comedy troupe where they wrote sketches with one another, in the early 2000s. The basic premise for the film originated in 2006, shortly after Wiig was cast in the supporting role of a passive-aggressive cable television executive in producer Judd Apatow's comedy film Knocked Up (2007). Recognizing her comedic talent, Apatow asked Wiig if she had any ideas for a screenplay herself – a practice which had previously led to Steve Carell's idea for The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) – and she and Mumolo soon came up with Bridesmaids. Over the following years, writing commenced, with Wiig working on Saturday Night Live in New York City and Mumolo grinding out the script in Los Angeles. The two would meet on weekends and conduct semi-regular table reads of drafts for Apatow to get his suggestions and notes.
Bridesmaids was budgeted at $32.5 million. Though primarily set in both cities, Milwaukee and Chicago, principal photography actually took place in Los Angeles, California. Production designer Jefferson Sage, who has worked with Apatow and Paul Feig since their Freaks and Geeks days, noted that the first fact that appealed to him about the project "was that you had these two disparate worlds: There was Annie's world in Milwaukee, and then there was Helen's world in Chicago. It immediately drew this dichotomy between the rivalry that developed between them." However, Sage acknowledged that it was a challenge to find "architecture that would give us those Midwestern worlds. Chicago is a beautiful, distinctive city architecturally, and restricted views of downtown L.A. feel like Chicago." The production decided to use the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden as the location for Lillian and Dougie's wedding. Additional scenes where Annie meets Officer Rhodes on the highways between Milwaukee and Chicago were filmed in Oxnard, California, which Sage described as a "broad, flat, green area away from mountains."
Bridesmaids has received critical acclaim; review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 90 percent of critics have given the film a positive review based on 228 reviews, with an average score of 7.6/10. The critical consensus is: "A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star". Metacritic, which assigns a standardized score out of 100, rated the movie 76 based on 37 critics. Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 stars of out 4. Jeff Bayer said that Bridesmaids is "The best female-driven R-rated comedy of all time".
Ms. magazine noted, to its "enduring surprise", that despite the involvement of Apatow, and "done and done and done" themes, the film passed the Bechdel test of female-driven storylines.
Critic Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly pointed out the significance of Bridesmaids success as follows: "So far, the message that Hollywood seems to have taken from the incredible success of Bridesmaids is a predictably reductive one, something along the lines of: Hey, look! Raunchy comedies for women with awesome grossout scenes in the middle of them can be big box office too!! The message that Hollywood should be taking is: A comedy that's raunchy and fearless, and also brilliantly written and shrewdly honest about what's really going on in women's lives, may actually connect with the fabled non-teenage audience (remember them?)."
Melissa McCarthy was nominated[when?] for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.. The film itself also got a SAG nomination for best ensemble, considered by many to be a surprise due to the fact that Bridesmaids got nominated at the expense of the likes of more traditional fare like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Hugo among others.
Top ten lists
The film has appeared on many critics' top ten lists for the best films of 2011. Some include:
|Lisa Schwarzbaum||Entertainment Weekly||2nd|
|Owen Gleiberman||Entertainment Weekly||3rd|
|Kyle Smith||New York Post||3rd|
|Peter Paras||E! Online||3rd|
|Robbie Collin||The Telegraph||5th|
|Satya Nagendra Padala||International Business Times||6th|
|Simon Kinnear||Total Film||9th|
|Christy Lemire||Associated Press||10th|
Bridesmaids surpassed Knocked Up to become the top-grossing Judd Apatow production yet,[when?] grossing an "impressive" $26,247,410 on its opening weekend, the No. 1 opening comedy and settling for a strong second place behind Thor.
Bridesmaids grossed $169,106,725 domestically and $118,325,199 in foreign markets, totalling $287,692,941.
It was reported that males made up 33 percent of the movie's audience and that 63 percent of the audience was over the age of 30.
|Academy Awards||Best Writing (Original Screenplay)||Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|American Film Institute||Movies of the Year||Shortlisted|
|Art Directors Guild||Contemporary Film||Jefferson Sage (Production Design)||Nominated|
|BAFTA Awards||Best Original Screenplay||Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|Detroit Film Critics Society||Breakthrough Performance||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
|Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Kristen Wiig||Nominated|
|Las Vegas Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Melissa McCarthy||Won|
|New York Film Critics Online||Best Ensemble Cast||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Melissa McCarthy||Won|
|MTV Movie Awards||Movie of the Year||Bridesmaids||Pending|
|Best Female Performance||Kristen Wiig||Pending|
|Best Comedic Performance||Kristen Wiig||Pending|
|Best Comedic Performance||Melissa McCarthy||Pending|
|Best Breakthrough Performance||Melissa McCarthy||Pending|
|Best Gut-Wrenching Performance||Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper||Pending|
|Best On-Screen Dirt Bag||Jon Hamm||Pending|
|NewNowNext Awards||Next Must-See Movie||Won|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Comedy Movie||Won|
|Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast||Nominated|
|Producers Guild of America Award||Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures||Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie – Comedy||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actress – Comedy||Kristen Wiig||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actress – Comedy||Maya Rudolph||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Hissy Fit||Kristen Wiig||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Scene Stealer – Female||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Acting Ensemble||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|Best Original Screenplay||Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig||Nominated|
Bridesmaids was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in theatrical (125 minutes) and unrated (131 minutes) versions on September 20, 2011. The DVD includes an audio commentary by director Paul Feig, co-writer Annie Mumolo, and cast members Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Ellie Kemper, as well as deleted, extended, and alternate scenes, a gag reel, Line-O-Rama (a typical Apatow-release extra), and a "commercial" from Annie's jewelry employer. The Blu-ray Disc features the same DVD content with additional deleted and extended scenes, a Made of Honor: Behind the Scenes of Bridesmaids featurette, a full song performance of Wilson Phillips' "Hold On", and a digital copy. iTunes Extras include Line-O-Rama, Deleted Scenes, Extended & Alternate Scenes & Cholodecki's Commercial.
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