Weddings are obviously a hot topic these days. There was just a pretty big one two weeks ago, remember? And just in time for wedding season, there are this season’s wedding movie releases.
Bridesmaids, the Judd Apatow-produced gross-out chick flick, hits theaters today. I got to see it last week at a screening, and was asked to watch it with an eye on the fashion.
Before I get to that, a bit of background on the movie. Kristen Wiig stars as Annie, who has been BFF’s with Lilian (Maya Rudolph) since they were kids. Lilian got engaged and Annie is the maid of honor. The rest of the bridal party is made up of a ragtag group of Lilian’s friends, and hilarity ensues.
And this movie really is hilarious. Any film whose first line of dialogue is Jon Hamm saying, “Cup my balls” gets my vote. It does a really brilliant job of mixing absolutely disgusting scenes (without spoilers I will just say–wait for the bridal shop scene), clever dialogue, and some truly touching moments. The ending was a tribute to Sixteen Candles that made me want to weep with happiness.
Throughout the film I was reminded of Sex and the City a bit, because the women’s friendships are the focus. But that’s where the similarity ends. After a while I forgot that I was supposed to be noticing the fashion, because unlike SATC, the fashion isn’t a “character.” It actually disappeared into the movie perfectly. It defined every character without overwhelming her.
Helen (played by Rose Byrne) is the rich prissy one in her Chanel-lite suits and headbands. Rita is the MILF-y frustrated wife and mother in leopard print and bleached hair. You get the idea. I spotted a random Balenciaga and Valentino bag (or at least convincing rip-offs) and Kristen Wiig wears some great little dresses, but it’s not the focus of the movie. There’s one scary wedding gown scene, but it’s played for laughs. I think it’s a testament to the skill of the costume designers that you notice the fashion enough to understand the characters, but it’s not distracting.
It was also refreshing to see a cast of women not afraid to show off wrinkles and less-than-perfect bodies on the big screen. This natural quality of the beauty looks just added to the authenticity of some really absurd moments.
Anyway, don’t go see Bridesmaids for the fashion. Go because it’s a damn funny movie.