That said, I am so glad that I didn’t back out of seeing this movie, because it was the funniest thing I have seen in years. The acting was brilliant, and it was the best example of a Bechdel Test-acing movie since Fried Green Tomatoes—perhaps even more so, since it had more than double the number of leading women in the film.
The movie is about what you see in the previews—a pair of best friends struggling to cope with the changes a wedding brings to their relationship. The friends, the hilarious Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, are portrayed with perfection; I could see my best friend and me sitting there doing the same goofy, irreverent stuff these two were doing, from impersonating an erect penis to pretending to propose to one another. Even better, most of what they talked about did not include man tales, but actual relevant stuff about themselves and their lives—from their jobs to their cars, living spaces to whatever else a woman has in her life besides a man (which, by the way, is a lot, Hollywood Guys Who Don’t Usually See That).
The rivalry in the film was not over a man; in fact, most of the men did not have lines, and those who did had lines about women—and they did not speak to one another! This is pretty much the exact opposite of every other Hollywood film, which usually casts women in that light. In fact, the groom is only in two scenes—and has no lines at all.
The humor was raunchy, like I expected, but it was also so hysterically funny I actually cried. A particular scene on an airplane and later, a scene to get a cop’s attention, were so perfect and hilarious that I couldn’t control my laughter. Luckily, nobody else could either, or my echoes in the theater would have really been awkward—but so fitting with the theme of the film.
There were a few things I didn’t like, like how the fat girl was the butt of continuous jokes just because she was fat—she was funny with fantastic characterization too, by the way, but it was often taken for granted that what she did (especially in the last scene of the film) was funny just because she was fat to begin with. Not cool. Like all other fat people, she’s a person too, and her mere existence does not make her funny—or a glutton.
That said, overall I give the movie a solid A-, and commend the makers of the movie for thoroughly and pleasantly surprising me. I can’t wait to see it again.