I finally got the opportunity to watch this movie after recommendations from a few friends.
Synopsis: Picked as her best friend’s maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids. (IMDB)
Review: A movie that isn’t entirely boring, with its share of interesting characters and quirky funny moments. I realize that in a lot of movies recently, directors have been trying to portray protagonists that are ‘imperfect’. Perhaps it started with “Ante Vigils” in The Dark Knight. Perhaps its a way of that movie makers feel that they can get audiences to relate to these ‘imperfect’ characters. Well, not so much with our heroine in this movie, I think they made her a bit too flawed that it seemed unrealistic (of course it is a movie). Annie (played by Kristen Wiig) has had a lot of difficulty and struggles financially, romantically, and also as a best friend or bridesmaid. A good portion (too much) of the movie is spent with her in self-pity and spiraling down this path of self-destruction, where at no point is she really in control of her life.
Given the theme of this movie (friendship, bridesmaids), its relatively superficial comedy about responsibilities of a maid of honour, they try to go much deeper but I felt they failed to do so. Perhaps its because I’ve never been in “Annie’s” situation, but I found that rather than empathizing with the character, I found it difficult to relate to her, and to be honest, didn’t really have a lot of respect for the way she reacted in the movie (me asking for some situations, “Do people really do this in real life?”). Perhaps its just a me, I don’t like movies where women are portrayed as having low self-esteem and throwing themselves at any man that will take them (take for instance, the character Gigi from “He’s Not that Into You” (2009)).
Conclusion: A relatively good movie about friendship. Perhaps a good one to see with some girlfriends, but don’t goo too much out of your way.