The brilliant Saturday Night Live
player Kristen Wiig finally gets the big-screen vehicle she deserves. This raucous comedy was produced by Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin
, Knocked Up
) and successfully transposes his "bromance" formula to the world of women: Wiig plays a depressed loser whose lifelong friendship with pal Maya Rudolph is threatened when the latter gets engaged and another of the bridesmaids starts angling to be maid of honor. The gags are often rowdy, yet they spring from a genuinely female perspective; aside from a big scatological set piece inside a chic dress salon, the movie maintains a surefooted balance between the sentimentality of most chick flicks and the crudity of most dick flicks. Paul Feig, creator of the cult TV series Freaks and Geeks
, directed; with Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, and, in her last screen role, Jill Clayburgh.
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With Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig and company crash the boys' club of big-screen comedy