If you go see one movie in the theaters this weekend, make it “Bridesmaids.” Judging by the title, you’d expect it to reek of chiffon, cake tastings and clusters of pink things male viewers could care less about, but it doesn’t. In fact, I’ve never felt so confident recommending any other seemingly chick-themed film to men, and here’s why…It’s damn funny and it’s real. This is to say, the movie concocts uproariously hilarious situations out of issues we all have to deal with in our lives; such as, losing jobs, keeping up with friends’ spending habits, dodging eviction notices and searching for love. There are a couple bridal showers and a wedding thrown into the mix, but even these scenes focus on deep issues of friendship and loyalty to the point that you forget their settings. Oh, and did I mention that the film features a hearty dose of screwball comedy and a marathon of toilet humor? (It’s from the producer of “Superbad,” “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” after all, so how could it not showcase these kinds of laughs?)
Not only is this film entertaining, but I also think it’s daring. This is because, in case you haven’t noticed, we live in a time when Hollywood simply isn’t making films with female protagonists anymore. (Sure, there’s the “Sex and the City” franchise and several romantic comedies every summer, but I’m talking about flicks with actual women protagonists – not just perfume and hair-dye spokespeople who pass themselves off as movie stars.) For this reason, I believe Kristen Wiig has managed to write and star in a film that could shape the future for women in Movie Town. In addition, I think “Bridesmaids” is able to transcend the gender divide associated with female-driven comedies because of the genuine way it tackles issues of self-worth, friendship and the need to solve your own problems sans Prince/Princess Charming. So, brace yourself for an opening sex scene and some of the grossest toilet humor on record, but by all means go see this film. We owe it to our society (of both males and females) to depict women in movies who do more than lust after shoes and emotionally unavailable men, so you’ll be doing our world a good deed while letting this flick entertain you this weekend. Enjoy!