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I totally agree with Korey, Cyrus and Co-Host on this one. This movie just wasn't good AT all. Yet people keep making this flagship achievement with a film that really isn't very good. When guys make fart jokes and poop jokes they get yelled at for using low brow humor. These people make an entire movie of those jokes and it's considered a theatrical revolution. The Hell man!
U claim Annie's unlikable, yet I like her because she felt real. I'm a dude, and all i know is that if my life went the way her's did, I would be a dick too! This movie was hilarious and I liked it better than the Hangover. High full price.
I just watched this movie at a friends house and she wanted to watch all the extended scenes, bloopers, deleted scenes etc. After watching those I realized that this movie is 90% ad libbed with a loose basis on a plot. There were a bunch of funny moments that I laughed out loud at, but in the end I didn't care so much about the characters themselves. Sad Days, (especially since this movie was really hyped up by my friends)
I have listened to every audio review available on this site and can i just say this one is one of the best. Cyrus & CoHost couldn't have said it better, sorry Leon. "the structure" my ass nothing forgives the terrible editing in this movie. There was a scene on the airplane where the guys laughs on camera. I couldn't believe I was seeing such bad editing on a dvd. (i finally was forced to watch this crappy movie by family)Quote of the review Co Host 3000: "but with some of those jokes...those laughs turned to shrieks."Atta boy Chris O'Dowd; representing the IT crowd. And to the snide at Death Proof that dialogue was incredible it is just plain moronic to compare a writer like QT's work to this some ole bullshit.
Leon, don't let these guys give you a hard time. I agree with your viewpoints on this one, finding the character of Annie to be interesting for her flaws, as opposed to the sort of Cinderella-type female lead that often appears in romantic comedies. I think further that you fellows had your perceptions tainted by the trailers, advance publicity, and editing re-cuts. I had no knowledge of any of those things going into this movie, and I had an enjoyable time. Maybe this movie was sold poorly and was doomed to miss audience expectations. I had no expectations.
Korey and Cyrus had some valid points to make, however. The movie did drag out its jokes too long in places, and the scene in the airplane went on way too long given the weak material in the scene. The parts where Annie was calling the flight attendant "Stove" instead of "Steve" and asking him "What kind of a name is that? Are you an appliance?" and raving about seeing a colonial woman churning butter on the wing of the plane instead of seeing gremlins should have been cut out of the movie.
I would give this a RENTAL, but I watched it as a rental. There's nothing here that justifies seeing this on a big screeen, unless of course you're a big Wilson-Phillips fan. Having said that, I have seen both the theatrical cut of this movie and the "Unrated Version" that's available on the DVD. If you rent this movie, relax, enjoy yourself, but stick with the theatrical cut. "Unrated" usually means the addition of objectionable material, so for a gross-out comedy like this, you may be tempted to view that version, thinking you'll get the material the MPAA doesn't want you to see. That isn't the case here. This unrated version doesn't add much other than more meandering and a scenes that isn't particularly gross, dumb, or funny to begin with.
I would have to say a High Matinee, maybe a Full Price. I laughed constantly throughout, but I agree the pacing of it was off with some scenes just being too long. Maybe it was just a result of a rushed editing job though if what you say about the various cuts is true. I do think most of Cyrus, Korey and Co-Host's criticisms are kind of invalid otherwise. I mean, the fact that it's been so long since you saw it probably contributed to your forgetting bits and pieces of plot etc. but I agree with bloody_black_valentine down below in that you're missing things that were explained in the film. What Wiig's character comes down to is Annie lost her business and boyfriend before the film and now just lets life kick her, and actively works against herself, as some sort of punishment for her perceived failure. Everything she does to hurt herself (essentially everything she does in the first three quarters), like running away from nice, sweet Rhodes, shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone watching the film.
And I think the idea that they should have gone to Vegas and turned the film into a literal Hangover for women is terrible. What's the point of seeing the same story twice with some superficial changes. Didn't you learn your lesson from The Hangover Part 2??
Now I don't love this movie, it shouldn't present itself at the female hangover when this is just a romantic comedy. But you guys said some thing's that weren't true about this movie. Now lemme google some name so this is more organized.
Like Helen (the rich girl) "out of no where" getting to plan the wedding. The main character Annie had been under so much stress and messing things up lately so her best friend Lillian wanted to pass on the responsibility. Annie needed to stop being a jealous bitch and just tell her best friend her feelings from the start, but then no movie.
Also about Annie being totally unlikable, what's so unlikable about fighting to keep one's spot as best friend, about being dejected when someone you love replaces you with another. Then there's her bakery business going down. With how irresponsible she is it probably had to relate to her business closing, but that couldn't be all. Also from the sounds of it, people did come to her bakery and loved her cakes, like the cop mentioned. Now that's not enough to excuse her for the horrible bitch she acts like, but it's enough to know there is somewhat of a good person inside and that they're worth a second chance. Fuck her for stay hanging around with that douche bag, that's 100% her fault, try dating next time bitch.
Lillian was very nice throughout the whole movie, she didn't hold a grudge when Annie's mistake in food lead to shit in her wedding dress in public. She even handled it quite well when Annie point blank ruined her bachelorette party. A fight totally avoidable, there were so many better options but I won't cramp this comment with that nonsense.
Some better criticism is their waste in characters. Like where the hell did Rita (child hating mother) and Becca (docile housewife) suddenly go? They get high and randomly makeout "ohhh, look how crazy we are" and we don't see them for the rest of the movie.
Why not have a funny revenge scene on the asshole Annie was sleeping with.
What the hell was the deal with not going to Vegas.
I did enjoy this movie, but not as much as I expected to because there were very few scenes in which we really see the bridesmaids interact with each other beyond a truly superficial level (i.e., farting, complaining about adolescent boys staining everything with semen, etc.). In fact, the only TRULY dynamic characters are Kristen Wiig and Rose Byrne. Sure many of the other characters show a range of emotions, but we only see changes in those two characters, making the other characters appear as though their only purpose is to help the plot move along (it is, after all, called "Bridesmaids," not "Maid of Honor, Competitive Bridesmaid, and Bride").
HOWEVER, I think that Wiig's character was largely misunderstood. I agree with Kathleen; Wiig is in limbo for most of the movie, mourning the loss of her business, sleeping with a total douche who doesn't appreciate her (played exceptionally well by Jon Hamm, I might add), and working a job she absolutely hates. I do not agree that she was a bad friend who was trying to plan a "Walmart wedding" because of her financial situation (although I laughed at the comment). Wiig's character's ideas for both the shower and the bachelorette party were based on things that she KNEW her best friend loved (having the bachelorette at her parents' lake house because that was her favorite place when she was a child, or having a Paris-themed bridal shower because she had always wanted to go there).
I thought Paul Feig successfully captured the competitiveness, jealousy, and rivalry between women (because we ARE, and it's something not so often depicted in films -- at least not outside of a romantic context), and loneliness in love.
Although it could've been funnier, it was a movie about friendship that actually squeezed a few tears out of me (and I NEVER cry during movies). It showed that friendships between women can last, and that we are capable of forgiving people who hurt us if we love them. I thought of my best friend (the best person I know), and I cried like a baby. Goddamnit.
You guys (except for Leon - hooray for Leon!) completely missed the point of the movie. Maybe it's because you are guys, but you seemed to misinterpret nearly everything in the movie. The Kristen Wiig character is SUPPOSED to act like a bitch, but she's not a real bitch. She's hit bottom and she's acting like she has nothing left to lose and is acting out her despair by being bitch. But she learns that she has to take responsibility and pull herself up and stop blaming everyone but herself. We ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO LIKE HER when she acts like a bitch, but to understand where she's coming from. I loved how the movie didn't hold back on the bitchiness but totally owned it with all its ugly flaws. Also, the Melissa McCarthy character is NOT A FOOL AT ALL but is VERY SMART and very admirable. That you missed it is unbelievable to me. I loved how the friendship in the movie was very believable and I loved how the huge gap between rich and poor is very real, unlike in trash like Sex and the City 2.
But apparently, this movie just doesn't appeal to you. To each his own.
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