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Unpopular Opinion: Bridesmaids

Oct. 14, 2011by:

Written by:Bobby Lepire

[Ed. note: THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!]

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BRIDESMAIDS was a massive success. I saw it in theaters, and was let down. Most of the jokes are too damn long, the main relationship rings false, and female bonding is conspicuously absent.

The jokes are poorly edited and dont flow well. The opening with Annie at Teds is three minutes of awkward flailing. I laughed for the first minute, then I got tried of it. The infamous microphone fight lasts four minutes. Overkill! The ending of that sequence is awful, with Annie and Helen trying to out-sing each other.

None of these can compete with the worst scene: Annies three freakouts on the plane. The first one is amusing, and lasts two minutes. Then there is a jump cut, I believe to show the passing of time, but I am confused by it. Annie comes back to first class, in a scene that mirrors the previous one. It lasts a minute and a half. The third is different from the first two. However, by that point, I was over the whole thing. Altogether, the freakouts last five minutes.

I respectfully disagree with the sentiment that BRIDESMAIDS represents female empowerment. Roughly 97% of Annies characterization doesnt come from her interactions with women. They come from her interaction with Rhodes and Ted. After every crisis, Annie is with a man in the following scene. She gets kicked out of the wedding, she goes to a bar with Rhodes. She gets food poisoning, shes in bed with Ted. Annie never calls up any females for comfort after each snafu. For a movie being trumpeted as relatable for featuring real women, it lacks female interaction that doesnt involve the wedding.

The food poisoning brings up a technical issue. After they all crap themselves, we see Annie drive Lillian home. The next scene is Annie at Teds. WTF? Is this the same day? A few days later? Having had food poisoning earlier this year, Im 100% certain, if its the same day, shed feel lousy, and not up for the jostling. If its meant to be a day or two later, then the movie does a crap job of showing that.

After being pulled over, Annie is in her apartment looking at framed items from her bakery. We then see a minute and a half long sequence of Annie baking a cupcake. Heres the bloody problem: When shes looking at her framed items, she has already changed out of what she wore to the engagement party. In the baking scene, shes wearing something different. Is this a flashback? If so, establish it as such. If not, then why did she change into nicer clothes to bake? Aside from being confusing, this scene destroys the impact of her baking later on. The reason shes hostile to Rhodes after they hook-up is because he wants her to bake. Were told shes not really baking anymore. Why then does she make that single cupcake? Isnt she not baking?

Helens entire schtick is to tear down and steal every idea Annie has. How does she justify this? Her husband travels. Thats the entire explanation. Im more okay with her being a bitch because some people just are. My husband is never home, poor me, is a cop out, and reinforces the stereotype that all women intrinsically need a man. More importantly, while Annie gets her much deserved apology, guess who Helen never comes clean to. The person she desperately needed to apologize to for demolishing her relationship with her best friend: The bride! At the end of this movie, Lillian has no idea what the pills were, or that Helen constantly tried to steal Annies thunder at every turn. Due to this lack of sincere remorse, Helen and Annies reconciliation after the wedding is unfathomable.

This leads to the movies biggest problem: Lillian is the worst friend ever! During the engagement party it seemed Lillian never told Annie about any of the bridesmaids. They are best friends, so did Lillian never bring up Helen, whom she now plays tennis with and regularly accompanies for sushi? Or that they, and their respective SOs, went on a trip to Florida? Does Lillian tell Annie anything?

We have arrived at the worst scene again!

During takeoff, Annies nervous, and goes to first class to talk to Lillian. In the window seat next to her is Helen, who gives Annie pills. Lillian encourages this, saying Itll be okay. Time passes, and Helen, not Lillian, goes back to economy to check on Annie. Annie is still nervous, and the pills arent working. Helen coerces an idiotic Annie to drink alcohol to help. Then bam! The three freakouts happen.

During the first, Lillian asks Helen, Holy shit! What did you give her? Helens response is a whatever do you mean? face, as if shes insulted that her pills could be the culprit. So the content of the pills is never addressed. Given what we know about Helen, it is fair and logical to presume Helen was specifically trying to fuck with Annie. Lillian blames getting kicked off the plane entirely on Annie and excludes her from the wedding. The fact that Lillian has the audacity to blame Annie, despite evidence that its not entirely Annies fault, makes Lillian a bitch. That the movie drops this subplot makes it stupid.

There are funny moments, and most of the actresses do their best, but the awkward editing, awful characterizations, and inexplicable time lapses hurt those moments. Then the one thing that the movie supposedly has going for it, relatable real women that genuinely care for each other, is a fallacy. Based upon what we are shown, despite the two leads compelling chemistry, the writing fails to show authentic friendship. There is very little here to convince me that Lillian cares for Annie, and given that their relationship is what the film hinges on, the movie flounders.

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9:35AM on 10/14/2011

Good Opinion

Didn't hate the movie as much as you did, but I see where you're coming from. Definitely gonna have a skeptical eye if I do see this movie again, which, honestly, I don't see happening too soon.
Didn't hate the movie as much as you did, but I see where you're coming from. Definitely gonna have a skeptical eye if I do see this movie again, which, honestly, I don't see happening too soon.
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9:45AM on 10/14/2011
Sorry buddy, this review is WAY to nitpicky for a comedy. Just gotta go with the flow and try to enjoy it. I would say to not over analyze it but I guess that's the job of a reviewer.
Sorry buddy, this review is WAY to nitpicky for a comedy. Just gotta go with the flow and try to enjoy it. I would say to not over analyze it but I guess that's the job of a reviewer.
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9:47AM on 10/14/2011

Delving a little deep on this one

I think your main problem is that you just didn't find it funny instead of the deeper issues you delve in, if you were laughing and having a good time with it I'm sure you wouldn't have been as concerned with what the character is wearing from scene to scene or the exact length of each joke. Don't get me wrong I think the film is a bit overrated but regardless I had a fun time with it and it seems like your main issues with the plot are things that have been occuring in most of the Apatow
I think your main problem is that you just didn't find it funny instead of the deeper issues you delve in, if you were laughing and having a good time with it I'm sure you wouldn't have been as concerned with what the character is wearing from scene to scene or the exact length of each joke. Don't get me wrong I think the film is a bit overrated but regardless I had a fun time with it and it seems like your main issues with the plot are things that have been occuring in most of the Apatow produced or directed movies, so nothing new to see her. The emphasis is usually placed on funny people in a scene improvsing and can give the films a jarring structure at times but lets face it the main purpose is to have laughs and enjoyable characters which this flick definetly succeded at.
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11:27PM on 10/14/2011
In my (much, much) longer original version, I do discuss, briefly, my issues with most of Apatow's films, and how this falls into those same traps. However, I barely laughed, mainly because of the 'length of the jokes', which is a problem I had. Also, continuity is basic filmmaking, and failing at that in such a big way is just sad.
In my (much, much) longer original version, I do discuss, briefly, my issues with most of Apatow's films, and how this falls into those same traps. However, I barely laughed, mainly because of the 'length of the jokes', which is a problem I had. Also, continuity is basic filmmaking, and failing at that in such a big way is just sad.
10:06AM on 10/14/2011
I found it a bit long and uneven at times, and there are a few good points raised here, although you are way too nitpicky.

The main focus isn't on friendship as much as it is on Annie and her personal crisis. She needs Lillian more than Lillian needs her. When she doesn't have Lillian she has Ted, and Ted is an asshole.

And this isn't a movie about female "empowerment." It's about female comedy. Apatow himself admits a certain reluctance to delve into certain areas with regard to women. A
I found it a bit long and uneven at times, and there are a few good points raised here, although you are way too nitpicky.

The main focus isn't on friendship as much as it is on Annie and her personal crisis. She needs Lillian more than Lillian needs her. When she doesn't have Lillian she has Ted, and Ted is an asshole.

And this isn't a movie about female "empowerment." It's about female comedy. Apatow himself admits a certain reluctance to delve into certain areas with regard to women. A man probably wouldn't write the food-poisoning gag in there, because most of us don't know jack about shopping for bridal gowns. And whether or not there's accurate follow-up on the symptoms of food-poisoning, I do think that's arguably the funniest part of the movie. Then again, if I had suffered food poisoning recently, I might disagree.

Helen isn't a conniving bitch. She's a wealthy woman who buys friends because she has none of her own, and wants nothing more than to be in charge of planning everything. If Annie weren't so desperate she wouldn't even think Helen was such a threat. But like I say, she needs Lillian, and Lillian is moving on with her life.
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11:31PM on 10/14/2011
I must disagree with you. The story might be about Annie's life spiraling out of control, but the emotional heart of the film is Lillian and Annie. It's false, and they never seem like best friends. Thus ruining any emotional investment.

It's not so much about being an 'accurate follow-up' to the food poisoning, is just that, I literally have no idea how long after that it takes place. I can suspend some disbelief, but the movie is awful at establishing the timing for most events; ie- cupcake
I must disagree with you. The story might be about Annie's life spiraling out of control, but the emotional heart of the film is Lillian and Annie. It's false, and they never seem like best friends. Thus ruining any emotional investment.

It's not so much about being an 'accurate follow-up' to the food poisoning, is just that, I literally have no idea how long after that it takes place. I can suspend some disbelief, but the movie is awful at establishing the timing for most events; ie- cupcake scene.
3:44PM on 10/14/2011
have you read other reviews & articles about the movie. Some were saying it will change how women are represented in movies & will pave the way for how Hollywood markets movies aimed at the female audience. Even calling it The Hangover for females. Funny how people think one movie will change lives lol
have you read other reviews & articles about the movie. Some were saying it will change how women are represented in movies & will pave the way for how Hollywood markets movies aimed at the female audience. Even calling it The Hangover for females. Funny how people think one movie will change lives lol
10:07AM on 10/14/2011

you nailed it...

Waaaaay overrated, and leans more on the "thumbs down" for me.
Waaaaay overrated, and leans more on the "thumbs down" for me.
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10:27AM on 10/14/2011
I couldn't agree with this more. The film is very uneven and the characters are extremely unlikable. They constantly self sabotage and are not at all good friends to each other. I'm glad I'm not alone on this. The amazing reviews for this baffled me.
I couldn't agree with this more. The film is very uneven and the characters are extremely unlikable. They constantly self sabotage and are not at all good friends to each other. I'm glad I'm not alone on this. The amazing reviews for this baffled me.
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10:31AM on 10/14/2011
You were just way too nitpicky. I'm totally fine with people having their own opinions and not enjoying the film, but your reasons for not enjoying it kind of make no sense. Like someone said below me, the story is not about Lilian and Annie's friendship, it's about Annie being in limbo in her life. Failed career-check. Failed relationships-check. And now she's losing her best friend to her husband leaving her behind to be the single loser friend. That's why when something goes wrong with the
You were just way too nitpicky. I'm totally fine with people having their own opinions and not enjoying the film, but your reasons for not enjoying it kind of make no sense. Like someone said below me, the story is not about Lilian and Annie's friendship, it's about Annie being in limbo in her life. Failed career-check. Failed relationships-check. And now she's losing her best friend to her husband leaving her behind to be the single loser friend. That's why when something goes wrong with the wedding she runs to a man.

I dont know why you care so much about what the characters are wearing, ive seen this done TONS of times in movies becuase of editing, its a comedy, lighten up! Also, how exactly was the movie supposed to show the food poisoning realistically? Should they have showed the characters laying in bed for 3 days? Obvioulsy this is a comedy and they skipped over that bullshit and went to the good stuff.

I usually agree with your unpopular opinions but i feel like you were really grasping for problems that just werent there in this one, sorry.
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11:37PM on 10/14/2011
The emotional core, not the story, is centered around Lillian and Annie's relationship, if it wasn't, then they wouldn't have reconciled near the end. That emotional investment wasn't worth, so I just started hating one half of that, which is a problem.

OMG! Someone would like some continuity, the world is coming to an end. I fail to see how just wanting something to make sense in context is too much to ask. As for the food poisoning stuff- yeah, add a scene of Lillian, Annie, and the other
The emotional core, not the story, is centered around Lillian and Annie's relationship, if it wasn't, then they wouldn't have reconciled near the end. That emotional investment wasn't worth, so I just started hating one half of that, which is a problem.

OMG! Someone would like some continuity, the world is coming to an end. I fail to see how just wanting something to make sense in context is too much to ask. As for the food poisoning stuff- yeah, add a scene of Lillian, Annie, and the other bridesmaids (excluding Helen) are at home, making each other feel better. It would help solidify the friendship aspect, explain how she got better, and give a sense of time for when Annie was back at Ted's (the night after). I just fixed the movie, and only added a 2 minute scene. The writers were lazy, or stupid. You can take your pick.
10:35AM on 10/14/2011
While I may not agree with everything written here I also found the movie to be a little overblown. What bothered me the most about the film was the seemingly infinite wallets of our characters. I've seen plenty of movie weddings and parties before but this film pushed it way over the line. We never really got to find out what each of them had been doing for a living yet everyone but Annie was ready and willing to plunk down thousands for the activities that went along with the wedding
While I may not agree with everything written here I also found the movie to be a little overblown. What bothered me the most about the film was the seemingly infinite wallets of our characters. I've seen plenty of movie weddings and parties before but this film pushed it way over the line. We never really got to find out what each of them had been doing for a living yet everyone but Annie was ready and willing to plunk down thousands for the activities that went along with the wedding preparations. It just struck me as rather odd.
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11:38PM on 10/14/2011
I do concur. In the original 7 page version of this, I do discuss that.
I do concur. In the original 7 page version of this, I do discuss that.
10:58AM on 10/14/2011

Go easy...

I don't think ya'll should be so dismissive of Sampson's points here. Not all of them, anyway. Sure, it's nitpicky to worry about what the characters wear from scene to scene, etc, but the stuff about Lillian being a shit friend is a valid point.
I liked the movie, but I didn't love it. And mostly because I find things like this frustrating. I, too, was bothered by the fact that Lillian blamed Annie entirely for the flying incident. It would have been obvious to a best friend that
I don't think ya'll should be so dismissive of Sampson's points here. Not all of them, anyway. Sure, it's nitpicky to worry about what the characters wear from scene to scene, etc, but the stuff about Lillian being a shit friend is a valid point.
I liked the movie, but I didn't love it. And mostly because I find things like this frustrating. I, too, was bothered by the fact that Lillian blamed Annie entirely for the flying incident. It would have been obvious to a best friend that something was off (seeing as how they should be able to recognize characters traits), so it would've been obvious that the pills would have something to do with it.
I'm quite sure I'd've loved the movie more if I hadn't heard about how "awesome" it was prior to seeing it, but it fell short of my expectations after such boisterously positive reviews from everyone.
So yeah, for the first time ever, I'm with you on this one Mike.
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11:24PM on 10/14/2011
I am pleased to hear you agree, but how is nitpicky to ask for clarification or continuity?
I am pleased to hear you agree, but how is nitpicky to ask for clarification or continuity?
1:28PM on 10/14/2011
Yeah Sampson is the reason I watched this in the first place. I didn't think he wrote like this either.
Yeah Sampson is the reason I watched this in the first place. I didn't think he wrote like this either.
11:56AM on 10/14/2011
@adamjohnfloyd - Man, you're right! I just looked at the top. Didn't even notice there was another author's name on there... my bad.
@adamjohnfloyd - Man, you're right! I just looked at the top. Didn't even notice there was another author's name on there... my bad.
11:49AM on 10/14/2011
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Holy shit, I just realized that. I was thinking Sampson had been singing the praises of this movie prior to this. Now it makes sense.
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Holy shit, I just realized that. I was thinking Sampson had been singing the praises of this movie prior to this. Now it makes sense.
11:41AM on 10/14/2011
Sampson didn't write this.
Sampson didn't write this.
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11:04AM on 10/14/2011
I laughed about 3 times during this movie, as did my wife. Horrible movie...
I laughed about 3 times during this movie, as did my wife. Horrible movie...
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11:28AM on 10/14/2011
The movie was a chore to sit through but i didn't pay to see it, i snuck in after paying to see and watching something else, i still wanted my money back.

If their intention was to assemble seome of the most annoying people imaginable, then they succeeded, godawful.

Only positive, the chick from 28 Weeks Later is in this and i kept on thinking one of the infected was going to pop out, it may have made the experience bearable
The movie was a chore to sit through but i didn't pay to see it, i snuck in after paying to see and watching something else, i still wanted my money back.

If their intention was to assemble seome of the most annoying people imaginable, then they succeeded, godawful.

Only positive, the chick from 28 Weeks Later is in this and i kept on thinking one of the infected was going to pop out, it may have made the experience bearable
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12:30PM on 10/14/2011
The whole thing felt like a girl version of a Dane Cook joke; long, arduous, with no actual punchlines, just kind of funny things that happened.
The whole thing felt like a girl version of a Dane Cook joke; long, arduous, with no actual punchlines, just kind of funny things that happened.
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1:07PM on 10/14/2011
I haven't seen Bridesmaids (not my type of movie), but this was a great article. One of my issues with Unpopular opinion is some of the writers just nitpick little things or bash a movie for kind of dumb reasons.

I loved how you actually had a legit argument and everything you said about how this wasn't a female empowerment film was backed up by good evidence =]

Great article.
I haven't seen Bridesmaids (not my type of movie), but this was a great article. One of my issues with Unpopular opinion is some of the writers just nitpick little things or bash a movie for kind of dumb reasons.

I loved how you actually had a legit argument and everything you said about how this wasn't a female empowerment film was backed up by good evidence =]

Great article.
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11:22PM on 10/14/2011
@ Gonads, it pleases me to hear you say that, so thank you!
@ Gonads, it pleases me to hear you say that, so thank you!
3:40PM on 10/14/2011
I have this seen movie, and read previous Unpopular Opinion articles (and enjoy the Hell out of them) and couldnt disagree with you more. I'm not a big fan of the movie, seen it twice, laughed a few times each viewing. But the reasoning in this article is completely off.
I have this seen movie, and read previous Unpopular Opinion articles (and enjoy the Hell out of them) and couldnt disagree with you more. I'm not a big fan of the movie, seen it twice, laughed a few times each viewing. But the reasoning in this article is completely off.
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1:25PM on 10/14/2011
I can get behind some of the main points here. I was definitely in the "meh" camp after my girlfriend and I watched it. I feel it started strong, held a lot of promise, and then lost steam in the late 2nd/early 3rd act, and never really recovered.
I can get behind some of the main points here. I was definitely in the "meh" camp after my girlfriend and I watched it. I feel it started strong, held a lot of promise, and then lost steam in the late 2nd/early 3rd act, and never really recovered.
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1:31PM on 10/14/2011

cool

i am glad i am not the only one who thought this movie sucked.
i am glad i am not the only one who thought this movie sucked.
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1:58PM on 10/14/2011
Same here man, I haven't been as disappointed in a new comedy in a long damn time.
Same here man, I haven't been as disappointed in a new comedy in a long damn time.
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2:06PM on 10/14/2011
I can see your view and thankfully this is one of the better written articles of this column. Here's the thing though, its only bad if you take it so seriously. Its just supposed to be witty and charming. I had fun when I saw it. Its not GREAT, but its very fun. Good quality article.
I can see your view and thankfully this is one of the better written articles of this column. Here's the thing though, its only bad if you take it so seriously. Its just supposed to be witty and charming. I had fun when I saw it. Its not GREAT, but its very fun. Good quality article.
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2:12PM on 10/14/2011

seriously...

i don't think it was the best comedy in years, but it was a good solid one. i mean jesus christ, can you just sit back and enjoy a comedy without being that cynical.
i don't think it was the best comedy in years, but it was a good solid one. i mean jesus christ, can you just sit back and enjoy a comedy without being that cynical.
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11:21PM on 10/14/2011
No cynicism is meant here. Just a critical eye toward something that had very few laughs and was poorly constructed.
No cynicism is meant here. Just a critical eye toward something that had very few laughs and was poorly constructed.
3:07PM on 10/14/2011

Kristen Wiig

is not that funny (let the thumbs come down)
is not that funny (let the thumbs come down)
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3:40PM on 10/14/2011
I agree with you. She was the low point in Paul for me.
I agree with you. She was the low point in Paul for me.
3:32PM on 10/14/2011

Thank you for this!

I saw this film at SXSW and I have to tell you that I have no idea why people liked this so much. It was below average at best. Check out my review here: [link]
I saw this film at SXSW and I have to tell you that I have no idea why people liked this so much. It was below average at best. Check out my review here: [link]
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3:34PM on 10/14/2011
This site cracks me up sometimes since a lil over a month ago called Bridesmaids the NUMBER ONE movie of the summer. Guess Mr. Sampson didn't think so & ya i agree with him, I normally hate to use the word overrated, but this movie is the definition of it. I probably laughed like 3 times the whole movie & yes I do think Kristen Wiig is funny & even cute. I also think her character is very disturbing at times & to call this movie an empowerment for women is a total exxageration
This site cracks me up sometimes since a lil over a month ago called Bridesmaids the NUMBER ONE movie of the summer. Guess Mr. Sampson didn't think so & ya i agree with him, I normally hate to use the word overrated, but this movie is the definition of it. I probably laughed like 3 times the whole movie & yes I do think Kristen Wiig is funny & even cute. I also think her character is very disturbing at times & to call this movie an empowerment for women is a total exxageration
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3:46PM on 10/14/2011
ya i just noticed that from the other posts on here. Well my opinion still stands.
ya i just noticed that from the other posts on here. Well my opinion still stands.
3:40PM on 10/14/2011
Mike Sampson didn't write it.
Mike Sampson didn't write it.
4:10PM on 10/14/2011
They needed to pick one of the airplane scenes, edit 20 minutes out and put all the funny parts of the redband trailer back in.
They needed to pick one of the airplane scenes, edit 20 minutes out and put all the funny parts of the redband trailer back in.
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4:20PM on 10/14/2011
I never even really thought about all the technical story telling aspects that this movie fails at, I just thought the movie wasn't very funny, which is all I ask for in a comedy! Even if the movie made zero sense and had plot holes out the ass... if it made me laugh, it succeeded! But this movie, just had a few chuckle moments (Mostly due to Melissa McCarthy's excellent line delivery).

I also feel the same way about The Hangover, although it was better than Bridesmaids, it still wasn't the
I never even really thought about all the technical story telling aspects that this movie fails at, I just thought the movie wasn't very funny, which is all I ask for in a comedy! Even if the movie made zero sense and had plot holes out the ass... if it made me laugh, it succeeded! But this movie, just had a few chuckle moments (Mostly due to Melissa McCarthy's excellent line delivery).

I also feel the same way about The Hangover, although it was better than Bridesmaids, it still wasn't the funniest movie ever, that many have billed it as, and the sequel was just the exact same and kind of shitty!
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11:20PM on 10/14/2011
If it were funnier, I would have been less harsh, but asking for continuity from scene to scene is just asking for filmmaking 101.
If it were funnier, I would have been less harsh, but asking for continuity from scene to scene is just asking for filmmaking 101.
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5:03PM on 10/14/2011

Wholeheartedly agree...

This is probably the worst film I've seen this year. Me and my wife laughed twice - the shitting scene and then at the end when the big chick tells her about the gun.

That microphone scene was so painful to watch. This film needed 30+ minutes editing out, with most of the "jokes" lingering like a rotten fart.
This is probably the worst film I've seen this year. Me and my wife laughed twice - the shitting scene and then at the end when the big chick tells her about the gun.

That microphone scene was so painful to watch. This film needed 30+ minutes editing out, with most of the "jokes" lingering like a rotten fart.
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5:52PM on 10/14/2011

Here, here

I agree. I really didn't think it was anything fantastic like people hyped it up to be. Judd's slapstick humour is totally lost on me lately. I can only see the same jokes so many times. Thisis the last Apatow film I'll watch.
I agree. I really didn't think it was anything fantastic like people hyped it up to be. Judd's slapstick humour is totally lost on me lately. I can only see the same jokes so many times. Thisis the last Apatow film I'll watch.
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6:45PM on 10/14/2011

Meh

Why does a a movie with a female cast have to be about female empowerment? Why can't characters have flawed friendships without us over analyzing it. The friend in the Hangover weren't the best people for each other to hang around but that was not even anyone focus.

Everything else - what Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Jim Carrey doesn't have these same flaws?
Why does a a movie with a female cast have to be about female empowerment? Why can't characters have flawed friendships without us over analyzing it. The friend in the Hangover weren't the best people for each other to hang around but that was not even anyone focus.

Everything else - what Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Jim Carrey doesn't have these same flaws?
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11:18PM on 10/14/2011
The friends in "The Hangover" actually liked each other, and helped each other out. The emotional core of this film though, is that of Lillian and Annie. As such, the emotional core falls flat on it's ass.
The friends in "The Hangover" actually liked each other, and helped each other out. The emotional core of this film though, is that of Lillian and Annie. As such, the emotional core falls flat on it's ass.
8:56PM on 10/14/2011

Well spoken

I bought this for my wife based on all the hype thinking it was an estrogen-filled version of The Hangover she would enjoy. And here is why I love her. She looked at me after 30 minutes and asked if I could take it back and get her Fast Five instead.
I bought this for my wife based on all the hype thinking it was an estrogen-filled version of The Hangover she would enjoy. And here is why I love her. She looked at me after 30 minutes and asked if I could take it back and get her Fast Five instead.
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8:25PM on 10/16/2011
well she's a keeeper.
well she's a keeeper.
10:20PM on 10/14/2011
I thought it was better than most comedies and I did not go into this movie thinking it had anything to do with "female empowerment". I think anyone that said this film portrays that is just full of shit and think because the main cast is female that it must be about women being strong. It would be like saying Friday is about black empowerment. It's just a comedy dammit and comedies are not meant to be overanalyzed.
I thought it was better than most comedies and I did not go into this movie thinking it had anything to do with "female empowerment". I think anyone that said this film portrays that is just full of shit and think because the main cast is female that it must be about women being strong. It would be like saying Friday is about black empowerment. It's just a comedy dammit and comedies are not meant to be overanalyzed.
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11:36PM on 10/14/2011
I didn't read the reviews. If thats what they said tho then I guess I can agree that it was not realistic. I don't feel like any comedy really depicts realism completely for that matter, whether headlined by males or females.
I didn't read the reviews. If thats what they said tho then I guess I can agree that it was not realistic. I don't feel like any comedy really depicts realism completely for that matter, whether headlined by males or females.
11:17PM on 10/14/2011
Your point is lost on me. A lot, not all mind you, of the reviews were saying that this is how Hollywood should show females, and that they were realistic, etc., but my argument is that line of thought is bull. It's bull because there's no way any of these women care about each other.
Your point is lost on me. A lot, not all mind you, of the reviews were saying that this is how Hollywood should show females, and that they were realistic, etc., but my argument is that line of thought is bull. It's bull because there's no way any of these women care about each other.
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11:38PM on 10/14/2011
I agree with the unpopular opinion. Melissa McCarthy was the best part of the entire flick and I'm a Wiig fan.
One of the things that bothered me the most was that Rhodes spends a good portion of the flick pissed at Annie (and rightfully so) and at the end of the movie makes a complete turnaround for no good reason. The whole ending felt like a cop-out.
I agree with the unpopular opinion. Melissa McCarthy was the best part of the entire flick and I'm a Wiig fan.
One of the things that bothered me the most was that Rhodes spends a good portion of the flick pissed at Annie (and rightfully so) and at the end of the movie makes a complete turnaround for no good reason. The whole ending felt like a cop-out.
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11:49PM on 10/14/2011
I thought this movie was hilarious the first time seeing it, but I couldn't get through a second viewing. The flick doesn't really have any rewatchabilty sadly.
I thought this movie was hilarious the first time seeing it, but I couldn't get through a second viewing. The flick doesn't really have any rewatchabilty sadly.
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12:38AM on 10/15/2011
The laughs were definitely there but the movie was very uneven. I definitely didn't hate it but I felt the same feeling that I did after The Hangover. Good, but little overrated.
The laughs were definitely there but the movie was very uneven. I definitely didn't hate it but I felt the same feeling that I did after The Hangover. Good, but little overrated.
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12:06PM on 10/15/2011
I thought it was funny. I laughed. Not really a concern to me how long the jokes lasted or the time elapsed after food poisoning or the content of pills and I thought the characterization was just fine, we get more here than with most comedies.
I thought it was funny. I laughed. Not really a concern to me how long the jokes lasted or the time elapsed after food poisoning or the content of pills and I thought the characterization was just fine, we get more here than with most comedies.
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3:06PM on 10/15/2011

THANK YOU

This is EXACTLY what I hated about this movie. You hit the nail on the head.
This is EXACTLY what I hated about this movie. You hit the nail on the head.
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6:23PM on 10/15/2011
I can't do these broad, raunch-heavy mainstream comedies anymore because, frankly, they've gotten TOO broad and raunch-filled (not to mention dumber). By today's standards, "Animal House" practically looks like a Truffaut film. : P
I can't do these broad, raunch-heavy mainstream comedies anymore because, frankly, they've gotten TOO broad and raunch-filled (not to mention dumber). By today's standards, "Animal House" practically looks like a Truffaut film. : P
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4:15AM on 10/16/2011
Thank God! I hated Bridesmaids as well. Not only is this thing a typical chick flick, its like chick flick concentrate. Not many men I talked to off the record (away from the wife/girlfriend)enjoyed this film at all. In reality, I don't know how unpopular this opinion is despite the big box office. How this qualifies being called a comedy almost beyond belief.
Thank God! I hated Bridesmaids as well. Not only is this thing a typical chick flick, its like chick flick concentrate. Not many men I talked to off the record (away from the wife/girlfriend)enjoyed this film at all. In reality, I don't know how unpopular this opinion is despite the big box office. How this qualifies being called a comedy almost beyond belief.
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12:48PM on 10/16/2011

Dead On!

Mike, totally agree. I wasted 2 hours of my birthday seeing this crap. Came out of theater totally angry I spent my time. Thank god I snuck into the theater after Hangover 2 or I would have demanded my money back. I thought it was a man thing and that a girl perspective would be different. I rented it the other day for my wife to watch and she actually made me turn it off by the time they hit the airplane scenes. Such a waste of time. Don't know HOW people can be in love with this film. EPIC
Mike, totally agree. I wasted 2 hours of my birthday seeing this crap. Came out of theater totally angry I spent my time. Thank god I snuck into the theater after Hangover 2 or I would have demanded my money back. I thought it was a man thing and that a girl perspective would be different. I rented it the other day for my wife to watch and she actually made me turn it off by the time they hit the airplane scenes. Such a waste of time. Don't know HOW people can be in love with this film. EPIC FAIL!
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5:48PM on 10/16/2011

THANK YOU!!!!

I got lambasted on here opening weekend when I said this film was unfunny, and nowhere near the same league as the Hangover films. Then I see the TV ads saying it's the funniest movie EVER! and I just want to slap someone (Transformers 3 has a similiar ad campaign, saying it is the best action film EVER! which is total BS!) For my wife and I, we got maybe two laughs out of Bridesmaids, and they both came from the chubby chick. And that freakout scene at the party towards the end was just
I got lambasted on here opening weekend when I said this film was unfunny, and nowhere near the same league as the Hangover films. Then I see the TV ads saying it's the funniest movie EVER! and I just want to slap someone (Transformers 3 has a similiar ad campaign, saying it is the best action film EVER! which is total BS!) For my wife and I, we got maybe two laughs out of Bridesmaids, and they both came from the chubby chick. And that freakout scene at the party towards the end was just cringeworthy. This movie does not even warrant a rewatch for me, and I loved Wiig in Walk Hard and Paul.
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2:18PM on 10/17/2011

Everyone has different tastes

but your characterization of the movie is worse than any of the characters'. Maybe Helen is jealous of Annie and wants her best friend for herself. Maybe Annie hasn't completely given up baking, she just doesn't run a goddamned bakery anymore, see the difference? Her cupcake proves that she isn't over baking. Also, don't you see that you are asking this movie to pull a George Lucas and wreck the mythology with science, like which pill she took, jesus christ man, did you watch this movie or
but your characterization of the movie is worse than any of the characters'. Maybe Helen is jealous of Annie and wants her best friend for herself. Maybe Annie hasn't completely given up baking, she just doesn't run a goddamned bakery anymore, see the difference? Her cupcake proves that she isn't over baking. Also, don't you see that you are asking this movie to pull a George Lucas and wreck the mythology with science, like which pill she took, jesus christ man, did you watch this movie or masturbate while it was on in the other room?
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5:29PM on 10/22/2011
Oh trolls, you do suck. However, the movie brings up the pill thing, then drops it, that makes it an unresolved issue. That the issue is a major factor in the emotional core of the film, makes the film poorly made for not following through with what it already does. If Annie still wants to bake, then don't have her say, quite explicitly, that she's not making anymore.As for your take on Helen, that was my exact characterization....
Oh trolls, you do suck. However, the movie brings up the pill thing, then drops it, that makes it an unresolved issue. That the issue is a major factor in the emotional core of the film, makes the film poorly made for not following through with what it already does. If Annie still wants to bake, then don't have her say, quite explicitly, that she's not making anymore.As for your take on Helen, that was my exact characterization....
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2:21PM on 10/17/2011

Also...

And as for long jokes, where the hell do you need to be? Maybe a comedy isn't the right place for you. Grab a ritalin and maybe watch those 30 second bunny movies, those seem better suited for you.
And as for long jokes, where the hell do you need to be? Maybe a comedy isn't the right place for you. Grab a ritalin and maybe watch those 30 second bunny movies, those seem better suited for you.
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5:33PM on 10/22/2011
The jokes being too long is an issue I do have. If you go read the "Johnny English: Reborn" review, you'll see that the reviewer had similar length issues with the jokes there. Jokes can last too long, it's quite possible (ie- any episode of Family Guy). I do not have ADHD, or anything as the sort, and I am quite ok with movies being long, but you need a sense of timing, that's why it's called 'comedic timing', in order to pull off jokes. This movie lacks that in spades.

"OMG! This guy hated a
The jokes being too long is an issue I do have. If you go read the "Johnny English: Reborn" review, you'll see that the reviewer had similar length issues with the jokes there. Jokes can last too long, it's quite possible (ie- any episode of Family Guy). I do not have ADHD, or anything as the sort, and I am quite ok with movies being long, but you need a sense of timing, that's why it's called 'comedic timing', in order to pull off jokes. This movie lacks that in spades.

"OMG! This guy hated a movie I loved, I am just going to senselessly attack him and make myself look like an asshat."

You did that ever well, so bravo.
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12:57AM on 10/23/2011
I agree with your general opinion on the movie, but sorry to say your essay-writing skills need some work. 90% of what you wrote is just recanting the plot. Spend more time talking about the movie, and less about what happens in the movie.
You also seem obsessed with how long every scene lasts. Are you watching movies with a stopwatch in hand?
But yeah, this movie was pretty underwhelming.
I agree with your general opinion on the movie, but sorry to say your essay-writing skills need some work. 90% of what you wrote is just recanting the plot. Spend more time talking about the movie, and less about what happens in the movie.
You also seem obsessed with how long every scene lasts. Are you watching movies with a stopwatch in hand?
But yeah, this movie was pretty underwhelming.
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1:28PM on 10/27/2011
This was cut down from 3000+ words to less than a thousand, as such, I had to focus on my biggest issues. Also, I felt I needed to describe the scenes, for context. Maybe I didn't need to, oh well.

What is with everything having a problem with me saying that the jokes lasted too long? The delivery of a comic line or gag is based on timing (hence the term 'comedic timing'). This movie had none, and for when I rewatched it to write this article- I would let the movie play along, and anytime I
This was cut down from 3000+ words to less than a thousand, as such, I had to focus on my biggest issues. Also, I felt I needed to describe the scenes, for context. Maybe I didn't need to, oh well.

What is with everything having a problem with me saying that the jokes lasted too long? The delivery of a comic line or gag is based on timing (hence the term 'comedic timing'). This movie had none, and for when I rewatched it to write this article- I would let the movie play along, and anytime I felt a joke dragged, which was a lot, I'd restart the scene and time it.
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