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Bridesmaids (2011)

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Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

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Paul Feig
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Wiig ... Annie
Terry Crews ... Boot Camp Instructor
Maya Rudolph ... Lillian
Tom Yi ... Jewelry Store Couple
Elaine Kao ... Jewelry Store Couple
Michael Hitchcock ... Don Cholodecki
Kali Hawk ... Kahlua
Joe Nunez ... Oscar the Security Guard (as Joseph A. Nunez)
Rebel Wilson ... Brynn
Matt Lucas ... Gil
Jill Clayburgh ... Annie's Mom
Wendi McLendon-Covey ... Rita
Ellie Kemper ... Becca
Greg Tuculescu ... Kevin
Steve Bannos ... Annie's Mistaken Husband
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Storyline

Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bridesmaids See more »

Filming Locations:

Orange, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,247,410, 15 May 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$169,106,725

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$288,383,523
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

In the dress-fitting scene, the vomit is made of oatmeal and food coloring. See more »

Goofs

When Officer Rhodes is talking to Annie and Helen on the side of the road in the shot looking into the car (from Rhodes' POV) his hand is on the frame of the car. But from Annie's perspective (looking at Rhodes) his hands are by his side. This happens numerous times throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Annie: [having sex] I'm glad you called.
Ted: I'm so glad you were free.
Annie: I love your eyes.
Ted: Cup my balls.
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Alternate Versions

The 131-minute unrated version contains several additional scenes as follows:
  • The conversation between Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Mother (Jill Clayburgh) is slightly longer with Mother telling her about Father's "chicken coop" sex act, and it also reveals that Annie's father grew up in a farm.
  • Becca (Ellie Kemper) mocks Annie for being single and offers to arrange a date for her.
  • The car ride with Lillian (Maya Rudolph) and Annie after the bridal store fiasco is longer and different than the theatrical version. In the new cut, after Lilian admits crapping her wedding dress, Annie starts to feel uncomfortable, gets out of the car and throws up.
  • When Annie is at the bathroom, Gil (Matt Lucas) and his sister were in the bathtub together. He asks Annie to hand her the disposable shaver and shaves his sister's armpits.
  • There's a new 5-minute scene where Annie has a date with a guy called Pete. While waiting at the living room for Pete to get ready, she has a very uncomfortable conversation with his son Taylor (he's talking about "fear of dying", asking about Annie replacing his mother, etc..). After Annie goes upstairs, she overhears Pete talking on the phone telling his wife how he missed her and describes Annie as unattractive. Shocked by that, she went back downstairs and saw Taylor taking some contraceptive pills before leaving the house hastily.
  • The home video of Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and Jon (Ben Falcone) is slightly longer. She sticks a slice of ham on his chest and eats them. However, Jon's reaction doesn't tell whether he likes it or not.
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Soundtracks

It's Raining
Written by Allen Toussaint
Performed by Inara George
Courtesy of Elgin Park Recordings
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Love Hurts
26 December 2012 | by piratecannonSee all my reviews

Let's be honest: when we saw the first trailer for Bridesmaids, who among us didn't think it looked like a dismal rehash of The Hangover (only this one, of course, features a "ratpack" of women)? Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that Bridesmaids is better than The Hangover. I have yet to see The Hangover Part 2, so I can't comment on any similarities/differences that might or might not exist. But one thing is for sure: Kristen Wiig has proved her worth as a female lead with a serious amount of comedic clout.

The story isn't revolutionary: one of two best friends is getting married, and everything involved with said nuptials is threatening to tear their lifelong friendship apart. At the center of this battle is Helen, a newly acquired "friend"—via the merging of two exclusive social circles—who begins taking over the wedding plans for Lillian (Rudolph). Annie (Wiig) makes it her mission to take out this she-devil, and what follows is the setup for one of the more memorable meltdowns (among a plethora of other things) to come along in quite some time. Bridesmaids is also peppered with the sort of humor that made movies like Superbad and Knocked Up so funny—it's observant and kitschy in that it rightly jabs several other films that have braved similar issues. In fact, the previously mentioned Hangover is, in at least a very minute way, one of these movies. In what initially appears to be a sad "bow" to The Hangover as king of the pre-wedding funnies, the girls decide to go to Vegas for Lillian's bachelorette party. This ends up being a perfectly welcome curve ball, though, as screenwriters Wiig and Mumolo brilliantly utilize the length of the plane trip to said destination to further flesh out their characters and create an impressively humorous string of in-flight mishaps.

There are a number of other contributors who make Bridesmaids work extraordinarily well, but, as is the case with any solid piece of cinema, it's best if you set aside some time to take in the whole thing in one fell swoop and let it unravel of its own volition. Sure, it's extraordinarily raunchy from time to time, but the nuanced, perfectly- timed moments of comedic genius make it a very worthwhile trip.


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