Creative Loafing: Bridesmaids - Kristen Wiig’s Coming-Out Party

Creative Loafing: The most perfectly realized scene in Bridesmaids is an early one. Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Lillian (Maya Rudolph) have been best friends since early childhood, so when Lillian announces her engagement, it’s no surprise that she chooses Annie as her maid of honor. But in more recent times, Lillian has acquired another close friend, the lovely and wealthy Helen (Rose Byrne), and suddenly Annie feels threatened. This tension plays out at a social engagement in which Annie and Helen keep snatching the microphone out of each other’s hands, in order to one-up the touchy-feely sentiments directed at Lillian. It’s a great sequence, so confident in its ability to convey not only the awkwardness of the situation but also point a laser beam directly at Annie’s insecurity, Helen’s plasticity and Lillian’s bemusement-bordering-on-irrita bility.

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