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Film (with rating):
Bridesmaids (R)


Studio: Universal
Studios Home Entertainment           


Thirty-something Annie (Kristen Wiig) has hit a rough patch and realizes her
life is just about rock bottom. Her boyfriend is a dolt, she lost her beloved
bakery, she’s living with these creepy roommates, she’s beyond broke and her
current job stinks. But it gets worse. Her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph)
is now engaged, and she wants Annie to be the maid of honor. In way over her
head but determined to succeed, Annie leads a hilarious hodgepodge of
bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie
Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to the big event.


Review:  Oh, where do I start? The airplane
scene? How about the Brazilian restaurant? The slapdown by “Mike and
Molly’s” Melissa McCarthy? I could go on and on. That’s how much I enjoyed
this flick. I couldn’t wait to see “Bridesmaids” in theaters. My
sister and I went, and it was so worth ever minute I waited for it. This is
definitely one to see with your girlfriends. That’s not to say guys won’t enjoy
“Bridesmaids,” too. But it’s just a bit more fun to let loose with
your gal pals and enjoy the ride.


Surprisingly, this film actually lived up to all the hype.
I’m still a bit shocked about that. Never a big fan of Wiig (I couldn’t get
past that crappy “MacGruber” baggage), I did enjoy her for the most
part on “SNL.” But she sold me with her genius stint in
“Bridesmaids.” Paired with Rudolph (who always raises the bar in
whatever she does), Wiig took what could have been a cheap estrogen-fueled
rendition of “The Hangover” and instead turned it into a really
funny, beautifully disgusting, witty film.


While Wiig was brilliant in the main role, it was the
supporting cast that catapulted “Bridesmaids” through the roof.
McLendon-Covey, formerly of the late-“Reno 911″ television show, was
beyond hysterical. Her one-liners left me hurting from all the laughter.


Yes, there are some very gross scenes involving lots of body
fluids. I had to turn away a couple of times, but that’s the beauty of the
film–I couldn’t watch someone pooping in a sink, but the dialog happening
during the disgusting-palooza could still be enjoyed, even with my hands
splayed across my eyes. The screenwriting is just that good.
“Bridesmaids” is so worthy of being the highest-grossing
“R” rated female comedy of all time.


In a (nasty crunchy Jordan almond) nutshell, see it. Grab
some of your besties, crack open the Two-Buck Chuck, tear off the top of a Ben
& Jerry’s and enjoy the show. 


Extra highlight: The
gag reel, or if you have Blu-ray, aim for the “Drunk-O-Rama,” featuring
Kristen Wiig’s greatest moments on the plane.


What to serve for dinner: A big bowl filled to the brim with those glossy, hard-as-stones Jordan
almonds. Kidding, kidding. Wait until you watch the movie. Then you’ll get it.
OK, well, since the gals went to a Brazilian restaurant for lunch, let’s whip
up some
non-meat entrees. Again,
watch the flick and you’ll so catch my drift. Try Brazilian Black Bean Stew


1 tablespoon canola oil

1 medium onion, chopped

cloves garlic, minced

(1 pound) sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

large red bell pepper, diced

(14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice

small hot green chili pepper, diced

1/2 cups water

(16 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

mango – peeled, seeded and diced

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 teaspoon salt


Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place the onion in the
pot, and cook until tender. Stir in garlic, and cook until tender, then mix in
the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, tomatoes with juice, chili pepper, and water.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, until sweet
potatoes are tender. Stir the beans into the pot, and cook uncovered until
heated through. Mix in the mango and cilantro, and season with salt. Serve with
a spinach salad and brown rice.


And for dessert? In honor of Wiig’s “SNL” history,
let’s dish up some of Ben & Jerry’s newest, “SNL” inspired
flavor, “Schweddy Balls.” Eat it right from the carton. No bowls



What to talk about over dinner: What was your favorite scene? Who was your favorite
character? Did you like the ending? Still singing Wilson Phillips? Why are
there not more R-rated female comedies like this one? Why did this movie
succeed where so many others failed? What did you think of the bridal shop
scene? The airplane scene? “Stove,” anyone? Who else really loved
Officer Rhodes? Let’s see more of that Irish cutie Chris O’Dowd, shall we? What
is your favorite “SNL” skit of all time? Who can recite the
“Schweddy Balls” one from heart? How did they get through that skit
without exploding with laughter? Oh, Alec Baldwin, you gave us such good times
with that “delicious dish.” We just can’t resist.