Bridesmaids (and a new era for funny women in film)

I just got back from watching Bridesmaids, and as far as the depiction of women in the film goes, I think it’s one that female moviegoers can be happy with and proud of, unlike a lot of other so-called “chick flicks” or movies aimed at women (e.g. Sex and the City, Bride Wars, 27 Dresses and other crap like them.)

It’s also brilliantly hilarious, crass and just plain awesome.

Given Bridesmaids‘ success (the film grossed $26 million during its opening weekend and managed to pull in another $20 million during its second weekend of release), one would hope that Hollywood execs take this film as an example of how gals and guys want to see people behave in movies. Bridesmaids never seems like it’s mocking its audience or playing tricks on them. Bridesmaids is respectful of its characters and its audience, and I think that ultimately, that is what made me enjoy it so damn much.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the film was directed by Paul Feig, who directed episodes of some of my favorite shows, like 30 Rock, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation and The Office, produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad, among many, many others) and co-written by Kristen Wiig (who also stars in the film).

Wiig has made a name of herself playing zany, off-the-wall characters on Saturday Night Live for years. She often appears in multiple sketches every night, and her characters are easily some of the best SNL has had in the last few years (see Two A-Holes, Penelope, Judy Grimes, Target Lady, Sexy Shana, and her amazing impressions of Suze Orman, Kathie Lee Gifford and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.)

Bridesmaids proves that she can carry a film, and that she may become a new comedy powerhouse, potentially writing more amazing roles for herself. Why wouldn’t she?

Here are some memorable quotes from the film, which also stars Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne:

“I am not an air marshall.”

After Wiig’s character’s roommate admits to having read her diary: “At first I did not know it was your diary… I thought it was a very sad handwritten book.”

The police officer in the film, sarcastically, on why he became a cop: “Missing girl found in her apartment. It’s adrenaline-pinching.”

One of the best scenes of the film is when Wiig’s character, who works at a jewelry store, asks a teenage girl if she’s sure she wants to get matching necklaces for her and her BFF that say ‘Best Friends Forever.’ It turns into an absurd argument, and ends with Wiig’s Annie simply yelling at the teen: “You’re a cunt!”

Melissa McCarthy’s character burps (or farts…): “I wanna apologize. I’m not even confident of which end that came out of.”

Check out the trailer below.

I hope that Bridesmaids will usher in a new era for funny women in film. If producers won’t do it for the love of movies, then they should do it for the money. Sex and The City 2 and Something Borrowed bombed. Bridesmaids has been out for less than two weeks and has already grossed more than $60 million. Do the right thing.

For a post on funny lady Tina Fey’s book Bossypants, go to: http://chrishanna88.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/tina-fey-bossypants/

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