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'Bridesmaids' is a memorable comedy

Bridesmaids

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This Friday is Valentine's Day. Chocolates, flowers and relationship movies are the mainstays of Valentine's Day celebrations. "Bridesmaids," which came out in 2011, would be a great selection for those who eschew sentimentality and prefer off-color humor in relationship movies.

In "Bridesmaids," Annie (played by Kristen Wiig) is unhappy with several aspects of her life. She is nearly middle-aged and lives in an apartment with two obnoxious roommates. Annie's career aspirations have recently deteriorated. She had opened her dream bakery, only to have it falter in an economic downturn and now works at an entry level retail job at a jewelry store. Her best friend, Lillian (played by Maya Rudolph), gets engaged and asks Annie to be her maid of honor. Being maid of honor is very stressful for Annie, and she makes several bad decisions. Meanwhile, she meets a cop, Rhodes (played by Chris O'Dowd), who likes her much more than the over-sexed man she covets.

"Bridesmaids" is a very funny movie with a lot of great characters. Among them is Megan (played by Melissa McCarthy), the sister of Lillian's fiancée, who is one of the bridesmaids. She is very over the top. McCarthy's strong performance earned her an Oscar nomination. Earthy humor permeates the escapades of the bridesmaids.

Kristen Wiig is excellent in the lead role. We see that she is not perfect as she is sometimes ill-tempered, yet we still feel sorry for her. Chris O'Dowd is also good as the cop who falls for her. Another strong performance is by Maya Rudolph, whose character has known Annie for many years.

"Bridesmaids" is a very amusing film.