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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The road to the movie's "lesson" is hilarious and often raunchy, but the message is earnest: Good friendships don't come often, so cherish them. And also this: Your life is what you make of it. So if you're down, get on your feet.
Positive Role Models
Though they lose sight of what's important for a bit, Annie and Lillian ultimately have each other's backs. For most of the movie, Annie is very hard on herself and lets life get her down, but she finds her way back to a positive attitude -- which is very relatable journey. Megan is a strong, can-do woman with a great attitude; she's crude, but she's also the most self-confident character of the bunch. There's some cattiness among the women, but much of it is ultimately addressed maturely. The two main male characters are polar opposites; one is a shallow, callous jerk (and is clearly intended to be seen that way), while the other is sweet and supportive.
Violence & Scariness
A woman goes berserk at a bridal shower and attacks the decorations and the cake and upends tables. A medicated airplane passenger causes a commotion that drives a federal marshal to action. Some discussion about where to stash a gun.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The movie opens with an energetic, often loud sex scene; no sensitive body parts are shown, but nudity is implied (you can see down the whole side of the man's body at one point), and the woman is wearing a bra and underwear. Lots of moaning and groaning. A man squeezes a woman's breast through her bra and talks about having "f--k buddies." A couple is shown making out and trying to rip each other's clothes off; later, she wakes up in bed covered by a sheet (nudity is implied). Another character propositions strangers, sometimes crudely. A woman takes off her top to get a man's attention (shoulders shown, but not breasts). Plenty of sexual innuendo/talk; a woman does an impression of a penis.
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Strong, frequent language includes "f--k" (and many permutations of it), "s--t," "d--k," "c--k," "c--t," "ass," "a--hole," "goddamn," "damn," "oh my God," "hell," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Some glimpses of labels, but the bigger issue here is the commercialization of weddings and the "bigger is better" ethos that has pervaded the whole engagement-to-nuptials journey.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of champagne- and wine-swilling at events, sometimes to excess. A woman gives a friend prescription drugs to calm her nerves during a flight, which she combines with hard alcohol -- to detrimental effect.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this hilarious yet affecting R-rated comedy shows how two friends, Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Lillian (Maya Rudolph), cope when their lives are upended by Lillian's impending wedding. Produced by Judd Apatow, Bridesmaids has all the hallmarks of an Apatow vehicle, including risque humor (there's no nudity, but expect plenty of sex talk and a couple scenes with moaning and groaning), over-the-top scatological comedy (the consequences of some unintentional food poisoning are beyond raunchy), zany adventures, crude language (including "f--k" and "c--t"), immature behavior (some of which is fueled by drinking) ... and surprising insight into friendships and adult relationships. It's not age appropriate for tweens and young teens, but it's definitely worth viewing for older moviegoers interested in a fresh spin on the "chick flick" formula. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
BRIDESMAIDS should be required viewing for bridal parties and book clubs -- and any other group of women, for that matter. Smart, sassy, and seriously funny, it's the female-centric, irreverent buddy comedy we've needed for ages. (Seriously, why did it take so long?) Biting with humor and generous with heart, Bridesmaids reminds us of the value of true, enduring friendships -- and that we have the power to wriggle our way out of the toughest spots if we let others help and, most of all, choose to help ourselves.
Wiig makes an enormously flawed character likable, while Rudolph turns in a grounded, authentic performance. And their chemistry! They share such an easy rapport that it's totally believable that they're friends for life. Big applause to the writers (one of whom was Wiig) and director Paul Feig, as well: While the bachelorette-party-goes-awry subplot is pretty predictable (though it does produce one hilarious airplane scene) and a few of the characterizations are a little one-note (like Annie's boorish sometime-boyfriend, who's played with gleeful abandon by Hamm), Bridesmaids is ultimately a joy to watch.
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