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''Bridesmaids'' is a 2011 comedy starring and co-written by Kristen Wiig of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' fame and co-produced by Creator/JuddApatow. Wiig plays Annie, a single, late-thirties woman stuck in a dead-end job and a dead-end relationship. She faces a new source of anxiety when her old friend Lillian (played by fellow SNL alum MayaRudolph) gets engaged to a rich guy and seems poised to leave Annie behind for her rich, fancy new friends, especially Lillian's prospective new best friend, Helen (Rose Byrne).

Designed as something of a DistaffCounterpart to ''Film/TheHangover'' and other films of its ilk, and was a massive success.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* TheAce: How Helen appears most of the time.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Megan is a bit chubby but is ''very'' flexible.
* TheAllegedCar: The sad little vehicle that down-at-the-heels Annie is forced to drive around.
* AlphaBitch [=/=] LovableAlphaBitch: Helen seems like a garden-variety AlphaBitch at first, but is sympathized somewhat later on.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Helen is seemingly this to Annie. She constantly attempts to one-up Annie and is often successful. She is also rich and attractive, and Annie feels threatened by her budding friendship with Lillian. [[spoiler:Played with, in that it's revealed Helen has her own problems in her life and has been overshadowing and muscling in on things more as an (admittedly rather thoughtless) attempt to over-compensate for her own unhappiness rather than maliciousness towards Annie or deliberate attempts at oneupmanship.]]
* AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: Parodied.
--> "And by Megan, I mean myself."
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Annie's rant at the bridal shower starts off being about Helen's ''constant'' one-upmanship and theft of Annie's ideas, goes on to cover the stupidly extravagant shower she is throwing, and ends with a few sentences on the gigantic cookie.
* BadNewsInAGoodWay: "We'd like to invite you to no longer live with us anymore."
* BillingDisplacement: The posters for the film ran with the bridesmaids theme, depicting all five of them (plus the bride) which was why Chris O'Dowd (Officer Rhodes) doesn't appear, despite playing a more important character than Wendi [=McLendon=]-Covey (Rita) or Ellie Kemper (Becca).
* BitterWeddingSpeech
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Annie and Rita (Blondes), Helen, Lillian and Megan (Brunettes) and Becca (Redhead).
* BrokenBird: Annie.
* UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}: The other half of the plot takes place here.
* ChekhovsGun: Annie's car's [[TheAllegedCar busted tail-lights and dodgy ignition]]. [[spoiler:She gets in a fender-bender when the car behind her can't see her braking, and despite the minor bump the car gives up the ghost. This leads to Rhodes chewing her out for her irresponsibility (and he's ''definitely'' not talking about anything other than the lights) and adds to her ongoing HumiliationConga.]]
* ChickFlick: The question of whether or not this film is one is a good way to start an argument.
* TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight: [[spoiler:Despite repeated denials, Megan was right about the guy sitting next to her being an air marshall]]
* ClusterFBomb: During Annie's tantrum at the bridal shower.
--> "Did you think all these women were going to finish ''that'' cookie? Oh, that reminds me, actually, I never got to try that FUCKING COOKIE! *runs outside and starts ''attacking the cookie''* "STUPID FUCKING COOKIE! Oooh, delicious!"
* CountryMatters: Annie calling one of her customers a cunt [[spoiler:is what finally gets her fired]].
* CringeComedy: The bridesmaid's dress fitting, the plane trip to the Las Vegas bachelorette party, the bridal shower. And when the main character is "helping" customers at work.
* DancePartyEnding
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the "Woman who needs to get her life together and does so over the course of the movie" genre (she instead makes it steadily worse up until the last minute), as well as a few wedding film tropes on top.
* TheDitz: Annie's female roommate, in a somewhat ObliviouslyEvil fashion.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Officer Rhodes.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Annie [[InvokedTrope does this on purpose]] to attract Rhodes' attention when he's deliberately ignoring her. He's under the impression she always drives badly, since she was swerving when he first pulled her over and keeps her car in bad condition.
-->"That stuff you were doing would've been dangerous for a GOOD driver!"
* DrowningMySorrows: Rita and Becca getting shitfaced on the plane and swapping horror stories about their marriages. This ends with [[KissingUnderTheInfluence both women awkwardly kissing]].
* EverybodyMustGetStoned: Helen giving Annie tranquilizers ''and'' alcohol to cope with her fear of flying.
* EverythingsPreciousWithPuppies: The wedding shower party favors. With little pink berets.
* FairCop: Annie's roguishly handsome new boyfriend, Officer Rhodes.
* FiveManBand: The bridesmaids fit this, of all things:
** TheHero: Annie
** TheLancer: Helen
** TheSmartGuy: Rita
** TheBigGuy: Megan
** TheChick: Becca
* FriendsWithBenefits: Annie and her fuckbuddy, played by an uncredited JonHamm.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Lillian is delighted with last year's designer dress. So ''this'' year's must be [[SubvertedTrope even more fabulous]], right?
* GenderFlip: Megan is an obvious one of Alan from ''Franchise/TheHangover''.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Played with. After her TheReasonYouSuckSpeech fails, Megan essentially tackles/wrestles with Annie and won't let her up until Annie slaps ''her''. It's the slap that proves to them both that Annie still has some fight left in her and is the catalyst for her [[spoiler:starting to apologize to Rhodes]].
* GilliganCut: When picking up Lillian from her apartment before the wedding, Annie tells her that she's sure the wedding will go perfectly, and that it'll be ''tasteful'' since Helen's planning it. Cut to the wedding, [[spoiler:which includes a really tacky laser light show]].
* GodwinsLaw: Intoxicated Annie versus an ornery flight attendant.
-->"Velcome to Germany! Auf wiedersehen, asshole!"
* GratuitousSpanish: When Annie attempts to continually upstage Helen at the engagement toasts, she eventually runs out of meaningful things to say and tries to tell her something in Spanish, which comes out unintelligible.
* GreenEyedMonster: Annie's jealousy of Helen just makes everything worse for her. [[spoiler:She's surprised to learn that Helen is jealous of ''her'' for her genuinely close relationship with Lillian, and tries to compensate with elaborate gestures because that's what she's good at.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Annie and Lillian.
* HumiliationConga: The movie might as well be called ''Annie's Humiliation Conga''. She's lost all of her money in a failed business venture and been dumped shortly afterwards, is working in a dead-end job, living with a weirdo and his weirdo mooch sister, and is in a Friends-With-Benefits relationship with the aforementioned {{Jerkass}}. [[FromBadToWorse And that's just at the start of the movie]]. [[spoiler:She goes on to lose said job and apartment, move in with her mother, drive away her best friend and a potential love interest...]]
-->"Hey, Mom. You know when you thought I'd hit bottom? That wasn't the bottom."
* HypocriticalHumor: Rita's complaints about her sons badmouthing her turn up to be this.
--> '''Rita''' (''to her sons''): Shut your filthy fucking mouths!
* ImplausibleDeniability: "At first I did not know it was your diary. I thought it was a very sad, handwritten book."
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: Lillian's wedding dress, designed by a famous designer in France, went a little too far.
* IncestSubtext: Annie's roommates, who are brother and sister, are seen bathing each other.
* IncrediblyLameFun: One of the bridesmaids wants to throw Lillian a {{Pixar}}-themed bridal shower.
* TheIngenue: Becca.
** Actually seems to be a subtle Deconstruction of one. She tells Rita she's only had sex with Kevin, but is frustrated by his unwillingness to be open sexually, even saying desperately to Rita, "And after we've showered, sometimes he's too tired, so I say I am too, but I'm not tired! I'm not tired!", and the discussion even ends with her and Rita [[LesYay drunkenly making out.]] During the Brazilian meal, Megan is saying Lillian is probably crying about marrying Dougie, "I love him, he's my brother, but he's a fucking asshole!", Becca is seen ''cheerfully nodding along'' with the statement.
* IntoxicationEnsues: Annie's effort to deal with her fear of flying has unfortunate consequences.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Jon Hamm's character.
** Annie's male roommate
* KarmaHoudini: Helen. Despite the fact that she is the antagonist in the film, she never seems to get called out on anything and continues to upstage Annie at the end of the film. [[spoiler:This is possibly because Helen is gradually revealed to be quite sympathetic herself, and not entirely the antagonist Annie imagines her to be, being more thoughtlessly over-eager rather than actively malicious.]]
** Our [[ChekhovsGun first glimpse]] of Helen's true nature comes when we see how her stepchildren treat her.
-->'''Helen:''' You guys need a ride home later?\\
'''Stepson:''' [[spoiler:Fuck off, Helen.]]
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Once Helen and Annie are left by themselves at the dress shop, Helen, seeing Annie sweating and visibly trying to keep from throwing up, slowly makes her eat a candy-coated almond while taunting her about the entire scenario.
* {{Ladette}}: Megan.
* LastMinuteHookup: Hinted at with Annie's mom and the car mechanic. "Don't I know you from [[TropaholicsAnonymous AA]]?" A surprise hookup is revealed at Lillian's wedding: Megan and [[spoiler:the air marshal]].
* LineOfSightName: Annie's made-up boyfriend, George...Glass.
** Which is also a ShoutOut to ''TheBradyBunch''.
* MileHighClub: Megan attempts to join this on the plane.
* UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}: About half of the plot takes place here.
* ModestyBedsheet: ''A la'' [[Series/SexAndTheCity Carrie Bradshaw]], Annie keeps her bra on for sex.
* NamesTheSame: The name of Lillian's husband-to-be is Doug(ie), like the groom in the first ''[[TheHangover Hangover]]'' movie.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer and ad campaign is all about the bridesmaids as a group despite that not being the case in the movie overall. The [[http://youtu.be/LzsHQCb4Cqo second trailer]] actually portrays the movie much more accurately than the much more shown first trailer. The second trailer chooses to focus more on Annie and Lillian's friendship.
* NobodyPoops: Averted in a scene where the bridesmaids get food poisoning from a Brazilian restaurant.
* NoSocialSkills: [[spoiler:Helen (over-) plans lavish parties to make up for the fact she has very few female friends.]]
* OfficerOHara: Unusual modern example of a DiscreditedTrope with Officer Rhodes, although he's not very stereotypically [[{{Oireland}} Oirish]] outside of the accent. Unusually for the trope, he's mentioned to be an Irish citizen rather than Irish-American.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: A jilted Rhodes snapping at Annie to get her '''her fucking tailights fixed'''! Doesn't she understand how '''badly she can hurt people'''? ...[[LastSecondWordSwap with these... broken lights]]?
* OutOfFocus: After being major supporting characters in the first half of the film Rita and Becca are more or less DemotedToExtra for the second half - they still appear but have very few lines and no plot importance.
* OverlyLongGag:
** Annie and Helen trying to one-up each other on their speeches about Lillian at the engagement party.
** In the gag reel, Megan tosses off around thirty different options for the shower. Eventually it just sounds like [[WordSaladTitle word salad]].
** Annie's many attempts to get Rhodes' attention in the car. Particularly when the car rolls ''veery slowly'' past him with no visible occupants.
* PaperThinDisguise: Annie tries to sneak into First Class wearing a pair of sunglasses. It doesn't work.
* PostersAlwaysLie: The posters (like the one at the top of this page) show the bridemaids in dresses they don't wear in the film. They wear purple, not strapless ones in the film.
* PottyFailure: In the street and in a sink.
* PowerWalk: Boarding the plane to Vegas.
* PrecisionFStrike: Annie at the bridal shower, which then transitions to a ClusterFBomb.
** The CountryMatters scene above fits this as well.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Lillian unveiling her clownish wedding dress. "Don't. You. Dare. Laugh."
* RageBreakingPoint: Helen stealing Annie's idea for a Parisian bridal shower. Annie bites her tongue... until Lillian is presented with a bona fide ''plane ticket to Paris''.
-->'''Annie:''' What woman gives another woman a trip to Paris?! Am I right? Les~bian!♪ We're all thinking it, aren't we?
-->[the guests shake their heads unconvincingly]
-->'''Megan:''' I was.
* RealLifeRelative: Air Marshal John, the man Megan (played by Melissa [=McCarthy=]) hits on during the plane ride and whom later is shown [[spoiler:attending the wedding with Megan and hooking up with her during the credits]], is played by Melissa [=McCarthy's=] husband Ben Falcone.
* RealitySubtext: This was Jill Clayburgh's (Annie's mom) last film, as she was secretly fighting leukemia.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Annie gets one from Megan,[[spoiler:after Annie's meltdown at the bridal shower leads her to get un-invited from the wedding]]. Megan is hoping to inspire Annie to "fight for [her] crappy life" rather than sitting around and feeling sorry for herself.
* RichBitch: Subverted. Turns out Helen is just lonely and desperate for approval and friends.
* RunningGag: People at a party asking Annie "and is this your husband?" only for her to turn around and see various complete strangers standing next to her.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Rhodes.
* SirSwearsALot: Rita.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Taken to the logical extreme -- fiancÚ Dougie has zero characterization and exactly one line: "I do."
* ShoutOut:
** "[[GirlfriendInCanada His name is]] [[TheBradyBunch George...Glass]]."
** Megan's ideal bridal shower is a ''Film/FightClub.''
** On the plane to Las Vegas, Annie [[Series/TheTwilightZone sees a woman on the wing]].
** Lillian's husband's name is [[TheHangover Doug]]ie.
** Rita mentions watching ''Series/TheDailyShow''.
* SignsOfDisrepair: "[-[[GenericGraffiti COCK BABY]]-]."
* StalkingIsLove: Annie repeatedly trying to rouse Rhodes' attention by performing illegal maneuvers in her car. This includes speeding, tossing litter at his window, swigging booze, talking on her cell phone, doing donuts beside his car, blasting gangsta rap, and [[NakedPeopleAreFunny going topless]]. It takes [[spoiler:bumping Rhodes' police car with hers]] to get him to acknowledge her.
* StepfordSmiler: Helen.
* StopHittingYourself: Megan uses this as a [[GetAholdOfYourselfMan motivational technique.]] It works!
* TantrumThrowing: Annie has an epic one at the bridal shower. She slightly overreaches when she attempts to push over an eight foot tall concrete fountain, though.
* ToiletHumor: The first sign that trouble's brewing at the dress shop is when Megan lets an enormous belch/fart, apologizes, and adds "I'm not entirely sure which end that came out of."
* TransparentCloset: Becca's husband, Kevin, is implied to be either gay or asexual, as he insists on having sex in the dark, under the covers, and only after they've showered...''separately'' -- and half the time, he pretends to be too tired afterward.
* TwitchyEye: Annie, when forced to choke down a snack in the midst of food poisoning.
* TheVoiceless: [[SatelliteLoveInterest Dougie]] shows up in two scenes in the movie and despite being mentioned a lot, only has one line: "I do." Perry (Helen's husband) gets none, and neither does the mother of the bride.
* VolleyingInsults: Annie starts one of these fights with a teenage girl at the jewelry store.
-->'''Annie:''' I feel bad for your parents.\\
'''Customer:''' I feel bad [[LameComeback for your face]].\\
'''Annie:''' Okay, well, call me when your boobs come in.\\
'''Customer:''' You call me when [[NoYou yours come in!]]
* VivaLasVegas: Subverted; [[spoiler:the girls get kicked off the plane because of Annie's antics before reaching Vegas.]]
* VomitChainReaction: The infamous ([[ToiletHumour but hilarious]]) food poisoning scene.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Rita sprays vomit on the toilet and wall before she can get the lid up, and then Becca [[{{Squick}} pukes in Rita's hair]].
* WakeUpMakeUp: Both parodied and invoked in the opening scene, when Annie tiptoes into the bathroom to freshen up while her fuckbuddy is asleep. She then makes self-deprecating comments about how she looks first thing in the morning when he wakes up and compliments her.
* WeddingDay

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