Written & Directed by: Leslye Headland
Three irresponsible and emotionally unstable bridesmaids reunite for the wedding of their high school friend Becky (Rebel Wilson). Becky, who happens to be overweight, was dubbed “pig face” in high school. Her three so-called friends haven’t outgrown making jokes at her expense. It is in that spirit that they pull a prank that leads to inadvertently tearing Becky’s wedding gown. The rest of the night is a combination of a drinking- and drug-fest and a mad scramble to repair the dress in time for the wedding the next morning.
This movie has been hailed as an entertaining comedy and an interesting character study, but I didn’t see it.
I often enjoy over-the-top, deplorably immoral characters — I thoroughly enjoyed Jennifer Aniston’s character in Horrible Bosses (“I want that dong, Dale!”) But I honestly didn’t find this trio of skanky, emotionally unstable, grown-up mean girls funny. If anything, I found them sad. Nor was I amused by the bachelors in the film, one of whom saw nothing wrong with having sex with a woman who was falling-down drunk. Rape is never funny.
I think we’re supposed to observe character growth in Becky’s three bridesmaids, but I didn’t see it. Gena (Lizzy Caplan) reunites with her ex-boyfriend, with whom she’d broken up after he failed to come through for her during a sad, painful episode in their relationship. But other than the fact that they finally talked about what had happened, their reunion didn’t feel real to me. And the morning of the wedding finds Katie (Isla Fisher) barely pulling herself together after what appeared to be a histrionic, halfhearted suicide attempt. Regan (Kirsten Dunst) does show a moment of genuine affection and support for Becky right before she walks down the aisle, but it isn’t enough to redeem the movie.
This film is overwhelmingly mean spirited and full of attempts to glean humor from things that aren’t funny: bullying, sexual assault, and suicidal behavior. With enough empathy and artfulness, it’s possible to craft a strong comedy-drama around these topics — but this is definitely not that movie.