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Bridesmaids 4 stars
Annie used to own and run her own cake store but she has fallen on hard times. Best friend Lillian reveals she is getting married and she asks Annie to be maid of honour. The forthcoming nuptials are just what Annie needs to rediscover her lust for life. However, without two dimes to rub together, organising a bridal shower to remember will be tricky, especially since one of the bridesmaids is perfect socialite wife Helen, who splashes cash as if it is going out of fashion.
- GenreComedy, Romance
- CastKristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Chris O'Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Jill Clayburgh, Wendi McLendon-Covey.
- DirectorPaul Feig.
- WriterKristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo.
- Duration125 mins
- Official sitewww.bridesmaidsmovie.com
After months if not years of meticulous planning, and agonising decisions about the tiniest details, it's ironic that abiding memories of a wedding can often be completely out of the control of the bride and groom. The dress might be stunning, the cake heavenly and the reception organised with military precision, but the big day can easily become a big disaster thanks to bad weather, unexpected ill health or the rapidly deteriorating sobriety of the best man.
In 2009, cinema audiences shared in the pain of one groom-to-be as he overcame an almighty Hangover to make it to the church on time. Now, we're witnesses to the devastation wrought by a blushing bride, her maid of honour and four bridesmaids in Paul Feig's raucous comedy of errors, which proves that anything the guys can do, the gals can do better.
Bridesmaids is smarter, funnier and emotionally deeper than The Hangover, introducing us to a menagerie of neurotic, self-obsessed yet ultimately lovable ladies, who are one extra spicy Mexican meal away from catastrophe. Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo's script is an embarrassment of hysterical riches, anchored by winning performances from a talented ensemble cast, who throw vanity to the wind and humiliates themselves for our delight. It's hard to imagine a more uproarious and satisfying comedy all summer, perhaps all year.
Annie (Wiig) used to own her own bakery but she has fallen on hard times and now works as a jewellery saleswoman. She assuages the pain with occasional no-strings-attached sex with handsome oaf Ted (Jon Hamm), who clearly has no intention of settling down. Best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) reveals she is getting married and asks a clearly delighted Annie to be maid of honour.
Without two dimes to rub together, organising a bridal shower to remember will be tricky for Annie, especially since one of the bridesmaids is socialite wife Helen (Rose Byrne), who splashes cash as if it is going out of fashion. Fellow bridesmaids Megan (Melissa McCarthy), Becca (Ellie Kemper) and Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) witness the fallout as Annie and Helen vie for Lillian's affections.
Meanwhile, Annie unexpectedly kindles a tender romance with police officer Nathan Rhodes (Chris O'Dowd), who despairs at her antics and correctly surmises, "You're like the Maid Of Dishonour!"
Bridesmaids is two hours of pure, unadulterated, filthy-minded joy that will have you crying with laughter as it gently tugs heartstrings. Wiig is adorable as the architect of her own downfall and on-screen camaraderie between the actresses is completely believable. McCarthy steals every frame as the voluptuous singleton with dubious dress sense, who stares hungrily at one single guy and snarls, "I'm going to climb that like a tree" then wrecks her ladylike image with a sudden outburst of gas.
Wiig's romance with O'Dowd is delightful and Hamm mercilessly lampoons his suave Mad Men image. The running time flies by too quickly, culminating in a feel good finale that transports us back to the dizzy heights of 1990s pop chart nirvana.
Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)
- Thursday 7th August 2014
Ghostbusters 4 stars
University parapsychologists Dr Peter Venkman, Dr Raymond Stantz and Dr Egon Spengler lose their research grant and decide to open their own business, Ghostbusters, containing the spooks and spectres that call Manhattan home. Meanwhile, in an apartment on 55 Central Park West, Dana Barrett becomes possessed by the demonic spirit of Zuul and the Ghostbusters must come together to avert disaster.
- GenreAction, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
- CastBill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Annie Potts.
- DirectorIvan Reitman.
- WriterDan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis.
- Duration105 mins
- Official sitewww.ghostbusters.com
- Release28/10/2011 (selected cinemas)
More than 25 years after it first haunted cinemas, Ivan Reitman's award-winning comedy returns to the big screen for a limited time, looking surprisingly good after gargantuan leaps in digital effects. University parapsychologists Dr Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Dr Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) lose their research grant and decide to open their own business, Ghostbusters, containing the spooks and spectres that call Manhattan home. With receptionist Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts) manning the phones, the Ghostbusters are in high demand and they hire a fourth member Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) to help with the clear up. Meanwhile, in an apartment on 55 Central Park West, Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) becomes possessed by the demonic spirit of Zuul and the Ghostbusters must come together to avert disaster and destroy the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, which is decimating the city.
Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)
- Wednesday 6th August 2014