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LRA: Bridesmaids - Theatrical Review

LRA writes: Expectations...they can make or break your impression of a movie or anything in life for that matter. When you are led to believe one thing it is only natural for your mind to fill with all the possibilities that idea can afford so it is almost inevitable that it will never live up to the hype you had built up all on your own. Sometimes that can be a good thing though if what you get is better than what you had initially imagined. But if that something, the film Bridesmaids in this case, goes in a direction that is far below the caliber it had the potential for it can leave a somewhat sour taste in your mouth despite any of its successes. From my initial reactions to the trailer, which can be read here, I had come to the conclusion that this was going to be an ensemble piece, perhaps with all the girls getting crazy preparing for the wedding ala The Hangover or at the very least a procedural about the pains of being the maid of honor and all their responsibilities while poking fun at the position. While a concept like that has been done to death in more male oriented films in the past it had never really been approached from the female perspective and with such a talented actress as Kristen Wiig at the helm (as star, writer and producer this is her baby for sure) I was hopeful I would be in store for something unique. But unfortunately what I got was more along the lines of a competent and often times hilarious cliche-ridden romantic comedy.

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