‘Bridesmaids’ Is One of SXSW’s Best-Reviewed Films (Updated: New Trailer)
Despite a trailer that elicited groans from our readers, the Judd Apatow-produced Kristen Wiig vehicle Bridemaids premiered a work-in-progress print at the South By Southwest Festival to glowing reviews.
The film is being described as a female spin on Apatow’s R-Rated brand (equally heartfelt and raunchy), with Wiig delivering what could be a career-catapulting performance. It’s sounding like director Paul Feig (co-creator of Freaks and Geeks, in addition to helming episodes of The Office, Arrested Development and 30 Rock) may also be on the verge of a breakthrough, overseeing what’s looking to be the year’s best-reviewed comedy.
We’ll have to wait another two months to see what the critics are glowing about: Bridesmaids opens May 13th in theaters nationwide.
Here is a sample of reviews pouring in throughout the web.
Fresh and funny, with the right blend of sweet and wicked.
With the setup of wedding planning and events-go-wrong style humor, Bridesmaids sounds like a female equivalent of The Hangover — yet it’s anything but. Producer Judd Apatow and director Paul Feig (creator of Freaks and Geeks) have whipped up a character-driven story with charmingly perverse humor, something we haven’t seen since The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Wiig delivers a career-best performance that proves she can do much more above and beyond the sketch comedy and funny characters we’re use to. I would be shocked if Wiig isn’t nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical at next year’s Golden Globes (ala Emma Stone/Easy A).
Wiig’s performance brings to mind two particularly distinct turns by very different actors. In her moments of manic comic invention, Wiig approaches the overlooked work of Jim Carrey in “Liar, Liar.”
Bridesmaids likes to get dirty. There’s one scene - and I sure as hell won’t tell you what it is - that had me laughing and gagging at the same time. It’s the biggest “I can’t believe I’m seeing this” shocker since the hair gel in There’s Something About Mary. But this picture will pull on your heartstrings, too.
It’s great, adult writing, and it’s very observant about what it’s like to be the last one to get married, the last one to be a grown-up, the one who is failing while others succeed.
Bridesmaids isn’t just the smart and grounded antidote to the shrill chick flicks we all hate; it’s the most raunchy, sweet and wonderfully vulgar R-rated comedy in recent memory. Bring it, Hangover 2.
As commenter Chris pointed out there is a new trailer for the film: