I don’t know about y’all, but we’ve been having a miraculous week of warm weather and sunshine here in Chicago. Luckily, it’s going to be rainy and cold this weekend, lest we get too confused about where we’re living and start advertising the city as a spring break destination or something. This means that it’s a good weekend to see a movie without any feelings of guilt for not enjoying the outdoors! May I recommend you go see Bridesmaids in droves.
I haven’t even seen the movie yet, but I’ve read all the build-up to it. And people are putting a whole lotta pressure on this movie; it’s supposed to be the one that proves that not only are women funny, but they’re bankable. Putting aside the inherent ridiculousness of even pretending that women aren’t funny and that no one wants to spend money watching them be funny in movies, and also putting aside the fact that it took a big-name male producer (Judd Apatow) and established male director (Paul Feig) to get this female-penned screenplay (Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo) made, I say that since the movie has already been built up as a litmus test for what kinds of comedies studios will be greenlighting for the next decade, it is worth it to speak up.
And how do we speak up in this country? If you guessed “vote in elections,” nice try! The correct answer is “with money, baby.” So vote with your dollars for a funny, raunchy movie written by and starring women. If you can make it, go see it this weekend, since studios rely heavily on opening-weekend box office numbers when they make decisions for future projects.
Many reviewers liked the movie, including Manohla Dargis at NYT, Dustin Rowles at Pajiba, Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon, Dana Stevens at Slate, Scott Tobias at The AV Club, etc. I doubt the movie will show me a Headly Surprise, but it just might pass the Bechdel Test, and at the very least a movie about how exhausting weddings can be for single people is welcome in this, my year of seven and counting wedding invitations. And perhaps most importantly, this movie’s going to be hilarious.
UPDATE: It was hilarious!