A veteran of US TV comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig has popped up on the big screen in supporting roles in such films as Adventureland and Paul. Now she is the co-writer and star of the best chick flick to appear in years – the hysterically funny but heartfelt Bridesmaids.
Asked to be maid of honour at the wedding of her childhood best friend, (Maya Rudolph), Wiig’s thirtysomething single gal Annie soon develops a rivalry with one of her fellow bridesmaids, rich and beautiful Helen (Rose Byrne from Damages). Determined to match her classy rival, envious Annie becomes neurotically competitive – with increasingly farcical consequences.
Co-produced by Knocked Up filmmaker Judd Apatow, Bridesmaids strives a little too hard in places to show that women can do outrageous gross-out comedy too – most notably when food poisoning strikes during a dress fitting in a snooty bridal boutique – but underpinning the laughs is genuine insight into what makes female friendships tick.
On general release from 24th June.