I caught the dress shop scene in Bridesmaids a couple times on TV, and laughed enough to add the movie to my queue. I had been led to believe — by that scene and all the film’s marketing — that this was going to be an ensemble comedy, but it’s not. It’s the Kristen Wiig story. And it’s not very funny, as it attempts to balance its humor with a more serious romantic story in the vein of Enough Said, Trainwreck, or The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Ms. Wiig also co-wrote the movie, which is part of the problem. When it comes to comedy writing — at least of the feature-length variety, Kristen Wigg is no Judd Apatow, and she’s not even half-way to Amy Schumer.
As far as Ms. Wiig’s performance: I like her in supporting roles — her tiny stint in Knocked Up was hilarious. But she can’t carry a film by herself. More ensemble work on screen was desperately needed here. A little more Melissa McCarthy and a lot more Rebel Wilson would have improved the end product immensely.
As we learned from The Other Woman, comedy is tough. I didn’t hate Bridesmaids, but it is a broken film. My initial reaction was a marginal thumbs-down, but after a few days my thoughts have soured. 4/10