Bridesmaids

 
Crude but sincere comedy about friendship and confidence.
  • Review Date: April 30, 2011
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 124 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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.

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.

What's the story?

Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Lillian (Maya Rudolph) have been friends forever. So when Lillian announces that she's engaged, Annie is happy to serve as her maid of honor. Still, Annie can't help but feel some pain knowing that her best friend is moving in a new direction while she's still single, sharing an apartment with two odd roommates and working a job she doesn't want because her dream bakery went belly up. Even the guy she likes (Jon Hamm) only considers her his "number 3" option. Change needs to happen, and soon -- because if Annie doesn't shape up, she may lose her title as Lillian's bestie to rich, polished Helen (Rose Byrne), who's on the hunt for a new BFF. And the sweet state patrol officer (Chris O'Dowd) who shows Annie that she deserves better in love and life may decide to take a hike, too.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this movie (which some have called "the female Hangover") compares to similar films starring men. Is this kind of humor any less funny when women are the instigators? Do you think it appeals to the same audience?

  • How does this movie compare to others about weddings? What role does the media play in making us think that the wedding is as important as the marriage? Is it important to have a big, fancy, expensive wedding/shower/bachelorette party?

  • How does the movie portray female friendships? Does it seem realistic? Teens: Have you ever gotten caught up in a friendship drama like the one between Annie, Lillian, and Helen? What happened?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 13, 2011
DVD release date:September 20, 2011
Cast:Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy
Director:Paul Feig
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:124 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:some strong sexuality, and language throughout

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Written byAnonymous August 14, 2013
age 14+
 

Bridesmaids is funny but not very funny and touching

3.7/5 7.4/10 Bridesmaids is a funny film but it should have been funnier. Acting is very good but Melissa McCarthy steals the show. Sexual humor loads of swearing and drinking. This movie is also quite touching.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byshooter guru May 10, 2011
age 15+
 

Funny looking film

Seems like the equivalent of the female hangover :p
Adult Written byandyalways May 14, 2011
age 13+
 

very funny-ok for older teens

really,really funny. went w/younger teens. sex scene at the beginning of movie and word c**t were the only really cringe-worthy parts. the other language was stuff they already have heard.the ladies were very funny and we all enjoyed the film.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Educator and Parent Written byjensc213 May 25, 2011
age 18+
 

Great for Girls (adult) night out - but I won't be letting my 16yr old go!

I thought it was absolutely hilarious. However, it would have been just as great without the F-word and C-word. The F-word was used again and again, and again...ridiculous. The opening scene made me very uncomfortable and that doesn't happen very often.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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