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WEEKENDER / Entertainment

December 7, 2012

Too much of ‘Bridesmaids’ goes nowhere, can be cut


“Bridesmaids” was billed as the female equivalent of “The Hangover” and  “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”

Sometimes the movie evokes a belly laugh, often scenes go on too long without much funny going on.

Directed by Paul  Feig,  star Kristen Wiig also happens to be one of the writers.

Wiig plays a woman whose life is a mess. She opened a bakery that bombed and  works in a jewelry store. She got the job because the owner’s Alcoholic Anonymous’ sponsor happens to be her mother, played by Jill Clayburgh.

Clayburgh is one of many zany characters in this film. She’s a long-time member of AA. The only difference between her and the other members is she’s never drank.

Wiig’s character, Annie Walker, lives in an apartment she shares with a brother and sister, a very weird brother and sister. Like, they bathe together.

She regularly  sleeps with  her sort-of boyfriend, played by Jon Hamm. The film opens with a hilarious scene of the two trying different sexual  positions.

In her twisted mind, he’s a nice guy because he levels with her. There’s no future. He wants sex and when he’s done, he wants her out of there. And she accepts this situation.

We learn her childhood friend, played by Maya Rudolph, is getting married and Annie is made of honor. Except one of the bridesmaids, played by sorority type Rosey Byrne, is stiff competition to garner the limelight.

At the party announcing the upcoming nuptials, the Wiig and Byrne characters try to one-up each other on how important the bride is to each other. One is forever grabbing the microphone from the other to get the last word in. The whole sequence isn’t funny, runs too long and adds nothing to the story.

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