movie review: bridesmaids

just how funny is the new judd apatow comedy?

by liza darwin

If you love screwball comedies like Superbad, Knocked Up, or The 40 Year Old Virgin, get excited- there's more where those came from with Bridesmaids. Judd Apatow, the man behind these guy-centric flicks, is trying his hand at a laugh-out-loud ridiculous adventure aimed specifically at the girls.

Kristen Wiig is Annie, a 30-something broke ex-baker who thinks she's hit rock bottom both socially (she's single and lives with two strangers) and professionally (her bake shop just went under). But little does she know that when her best friend Lilian (fellow SNL cast member Maya Rudolph) gets engaged, things will go from bad to worse.

Lilian's new friend Helen (played by Rose Byrne) is so pretty, chic, and all-around perfect that she's threatening to sabotage Annie and Lilian's relationship and Annie's role as Maid of Honor. In a series of showers, parties, and one epic bachelorette trip, the two girls go head-to-head to find out who really is the ultimate bridesmaid.

Sure, the script might not be the most original, but with Wiig and Rudolph's spot-on chemistry and a great ensemble cast (like Jon Hamm, as Annie's super douchey boy-toy) the movie manages to stay interesting.

A warning: given this is Apatow, prepare for some of his signature crude humor moments- including one unfortunate food poisoning incident. But with more than a few laugh-out-loud moments and a surprisingly sweet storyline, this new kind of chick flick is worth seeing- with all your best friends, of course.

Bridesmaids opens today nationwide.