365 High-Def Days of Oscar: Day 100
Release Year: 2011
Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay
THE PLOT THUS FAR
Picked as her best friend’s maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Annie is a lonely woman who works in a jewellery store and shares casual sex with Ted. She is still reeling after her bakery closed during the recession. Her best friend that she’s known for years is Lillian. Lillian announces that she’s getting married and that she wants Annie to be her maid of honour. Annie is initially excited but then realises that she will be alone again. Worse still is that Lillian is using four other women to help organise the wedding, including the dominating Helen, who she met less than a year ago. Helen and Annie compete furiously to outdo each other on the wedding plans but its Annie and her relationship with Lillian which comes off worse. Adding a little bit of joy to Annie’s life is patrol officer Nathan Rhodes as they start to slowly connect.
It helps that everything falls into place so well. Kristen Wiig is hilarious and this should be her star making film. She carries this with great talent and is at her most hilarious here, while still playing the emotional parts very well. There wasn’t a single moment that brought me out of the film, and that is the sign of a film well done. Her surrounding cast does as great a job, with Melissa McCarthy being the standout as the token obnoxious groupie. Nearly all the scenes featuring her are laugh out loud funny.
The writing also shines here as it’s Apatowian comedy comes through. This is reminiscent of the early Apatow films, like 30 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. The comedy lingers at some moments, and even shoots for being uncomfortable. The dress scene in particular is gross, but probably got the biggest laughs, as I could hear people in the theater barely containing themselves. But again, the film is a constant laugh riot. It certainly does have a very nice emotional backbone and that comes across well with a very relatable story that isn’t so much about any kind of romance but rather someone who is losing their mind.
The DVD comes with the unrated and theatrical cuts of the film. Plus, you get a ton of deleted scenes, extended bits, a gag reel and a faux commercial. Like most Apatow productions, the extra material feels more like a comedic team trying to improve and work out the kinks to get the best material into the film. The same can be said for the Unrated cut, which seems to overextend a lot of the jokes further than they need to go. That being said, it’s an amazing transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 track for a film in standard definition. I just wish I got to see the HD transfer for the flick. It’s a recommended purchase.
The Blu-Ray sports the same materials plus a few bonus featurettes. The 1080p transfer and DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track makes for a solid experience that actually lives up to theatrical exhibiton.
RELEASE DATE: 09/20/2011