It used to be that raunchy, rude comedies were primarily dominated by (and for) the men. You know, the Judd Apatow variety like "The 40 Year-Old Virgin", "Knocked Up" or "Superbad". Men behaving badly.
But hey now, what is this? Judd Apatow for women? Equal opportunity vulgarity?
I've probably said this before, but I do not tolerate all comedies gladly. There better be more than cheap jokes and bathroom humor and predictable sap or I am going to climb up on something high up and yell righteously "thou art wasting my TIME!".
But goodness, we all heard so much about this one. EW was nearly writhing in ecstasy, the critics LOVED it. Melissa McCarthy was nominated for an OSCAR! In a bawdy romp! I had to see this for myself.
Turns out, yeah, it is pretty darned funny. Melissa McCarthy well-earned that Oscar nom because she was HILARIOUS. She nearly made the entire movie. I can't even begin to describe her character Megan, so I will quote GQ by describing her as "a self-made woman of great machismo, voracious sexual appetites, mysterious financial resources, and a truly atrocious wardrobe." They also called her performance "the bravest, most bat-shit, most balls-out performance". Yep, that about covers it. So if you are going to watch this movie, do it for her.
But equally as entertaining is the movie's co-writer (screenplay nominated for an Oscar) and leading lady Kristen Wiig. Kristen plays 30-something Annie whose bakery has gone under, shares an apartment with a creepy British brother and sister duo with an ambiguous relationship, gets an occasional booty call from a good-looking guy that never wants her to spend the night, and is in a dead-end job that she hates. Things go from bad to worse when her BFF gets engaged, and the perfect, rich and beautiful wife of the fiancé's boss takes over, claiming full control of the wedding and the BFF. Thus throwing Annie into a complete tailspin. Good thing a bumbling and adorable cop with an Irish accent casts his eye on the hapless woman.
Some of the funnier moments include a violent attack of food poisoning while trying on pricey, French-designed bridesmaids dresses, a hedonistic trip to Vegas that goes awry, and a Provence-inspired bridal shower where puppies in berets are offered as party favors.
It is completely, 100% predictable. But it is in the execution that it stands out above the masses. The movie has language and sex scenes sans body parts (in fact, there is one that lasts the first 10 minutes of the movie) so I'll just throw that out there. In case your 14 year-old daughter should go to a friend's house where they are a little lax in the supervisory arena, you should just probably tell her that she is not allowed to watch this SPECIFIC movie. Just sayin'.