Family-Faith Review of the movie Bridesmaids
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting
Bridesmaids: Ill-tempered comedy in which a failed bakery owner (Kristen Wiig) finds the downward spiral of her fortunes accelerating after her lifelong best friend (Maya Rudolph) becomes engaged and asks her to serve as maid of honor. What follows — amid her frantic rivalry with another of the attendants (Rose Byrne) — is a series of disastrous misadventures for the titular ensemble as a whole (which also includes Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey) as well as a potentially winning but prematurely physical romance pairing the heroine with a local policeman (Chris O’Dowd). As written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo, director Paul Feig’s stumble toward the altar starts with a graphic, commitment-free bedroom scene and proceeds to lift the veil, to supposedly humorous effect, on other uninviting matters such as the symptoms of food poisoning. Explicit nonmarital sexual activity, much sexual and scatological humor, a same-gender kiss, at least a half-dozen uses of profanity and pervasive rough and crude language. O — morally offensive. (R) 2011
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