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Annie: Kristen Wiig
Lillian: Maya Rudolph
Megan: Melissa McCarthy
Becca: Ellie Kemper
Helen: Rose Byrne
Rita: Wendi McLendon-Covey
Review May 2011

Truth be told, there are plenty of wedding based comedies to fill the Smithsonian. But what makes Bridesmaids different is that it plays against the so-called 'chick flick' mindset. After her best friend Lillian gets engaged, Annie becomes her maid of honor, an obligation that only seems to accelerate her midlife crisis. Broke and broken down, she finds herself going to extremes with a misfit cast of bridesmaids to put on the perfect wedding. In addition to starring in the film, Kristen Wiig co-wrote Bridesmaids with longtime friend, Annie Mumolo. And the film definitely showcases all of her skills. Playing out like a typical Judd Apatow film, Bridesmaids foregoes fantasy and instead, chooses the actions, language, and attitudes of real women. As a result, the laughs are bigger and better. And the formula less contrived.

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