A delightful and funny bust-out comedy, with the director Paul Fieg ("The Office", "Arrested Development" and played Mr. Eugene Pool in "Sabrina the Teenage Witch") with a script written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo. Kristen Wiig plays Annie, who has the task of being her childhood friend Lillian's (Maya Rudolph) maid of honor. We barely see Lillian's groom to be Dougie (Tim Heidecker of Tim and Eric). My best friend says she feels something is missing without Eric around. Tim barely speaks. Anyway, Annie lost all her money in her dream bakery and lost her boyfriend and is now living with two fat weirdo siblings and working at a jewelry store, having to see happy couples. She butts heads with Lillian's new friend Helen (Rose Byrne) who seems to be perfect at everything. She meets Officer Nathan (Chris O'Dowd) who is Irish but they never mention it, just about his accent. Of course when we first meet him, we know that they are going to get involved but the journey is interesting, he is an interesting and fully fleshed out character.
The men don't get much talking. Most of the roles are filled by comedians in this movie. Other than Tim Heidecker, Andy Buckley (David Wallace of "The Office") plays Helen's husband but gets zero lines. Supposedly he is Dougie's employer. Anyway, that's not important. What is important are the scene stealing Bridesmaids, a good mix: Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911) as Rita, Lillian's cousin; Elie Kemper (The Office) as Becca, Lillian's young newlywed co-worker and the super talented Melissa McCarthy as Megan, Dougie's sister. Everything manages to go wrong for Annie, to not say much: the engagement party speech outranking, bridesmaid dress fitting becomes a diarrhea-laugh-o-rama, bacholerette party airplane trip to Las Vegas gone awry because of Annie's plane-obia and Helen's backstabbing one-upswomanship.
At 2 hours and 5 minutes, the movie is really a heart-felt movie, also with laugh-out-loud gross-out scenes and lots of cursing, but it has well-written dialogue that you must listen to but also has a lot of sympathy. Annie is really at a crossroads, when she thinks that things can't go bad, they do and sadness does become dark but like any heroine, she gets out of her funk. By the end of the movie, not all her problems are solved and the end does make one believe that this world will continue and she will find happiness and fulfill her dreams, like all of us. Ah yes and I must mention Jon Hamm as her fuck buddy who is a jerk. I know people find him hot, but to me and my friend, not much. Shirtless, he is pale and full of birthmarks and kind of chubby. The movie opens up with her and him fucking around and then her doing the walk of shame.
She wears heart earrings in the movie, I pay attention so much to props and details. She wears heart earrings in the normal and devastating moments of the movie. In some pivotal scenes, she wears round circle earrings. In the scene where she has sex with Nathan, where she makes up with Lillian and in the final wedding scene where she wears pearl earrings.