Friday night I spent some quality chick flick time with my girls. We watched Bridesmaids, which I ultimately like, but I’m always a little disappointed by it, too.
When Bridesmaids first came out in theaters, it seemed like the X-chromosome answer to The Hangover: a bunch of quirky ladies, impending nuptials, and a bachelorette party with wild shenanigans. I LOVE The Hangover and was completely pumped to love Bridesmaids too, but I just can’t. It may be the closest thing we have to a female Hangover, but they just aren’t equals.
Raunchy, wild, care-free fun is what The Hangover is all about. Bridesmaids has about half the fun, because a bulk of its possible good times were cut out so its creators could add in all this personal drama/downward spiral bs and a moral. Why? Watching its main character suck at life wasn’t funny, it was pathetic and a buzz kill. Women are capable of just wanting to laugh our asses off without needing a moral in the story. The Hangover didn’t get to be so amazingly popular by appealing to just men. I would rather laugh for an hour and a half than cringe at a character pitifully embarrassing herself every 15 minutes.
And, the humor that was in Bridesmaids seemed out of place. Over-the-top humor works in The Hangover because everything about that film is over the top. In Bridesmaids, it shifts between funny and pathetic so often that the over-the-top comedy, like in the bridal shop, just seems contrived and out of place.
Here’s to hoping that Hollywood will finally make a hilarious movie with an all-female cast that I’m able to love.