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1[[quoteright:350:]]²²''Bridesmaids'' is a 2011 comedy starring and co-written by Creator/KristenWiig of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' fame and co-produced by Creator/JuddApatow, directed by Creator/PaulFeig. 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 Creator/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 (Creator/RoseByrne).²²Designed as something of a DistaffCounterpart to ''Film/TheHangover'' and other films of its ilk, and was a massive success, showing that female-driven buddy comedies could be hits and [[GenreRelaunch launching others in its wake]]. It was also a StarMakingRole for many of its actresses, especially Creator/MelissaMcCarthy.²----²!!This film provides examples of: ²²* TheAce: How Helen appears most of the time.²* {{Acrofatic}}: Megan is rather overweight but is ''very'' flexible.²* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Deconstructed, Annie prefers her jerkass fuck buddy rather than the sweet, loving cop she met, but that's just one of the ways her self-destructive tendencies come to the surface. She's clearly in love with Rhodes, but can't bring herself to be with him, just as much as she can't bring herself to fix up her life, so she'd rather keep herself in a relationship that she knows sucks and is bad for her than go after someone better.²* TheAllegedCar: The sad little vehicle that down-at-the-heels Annie is forced to drive around.²* AlphaBitch [=/=] LovableAlphaBitch: Helen seems like a garden-variety AlphaBitch at first, but is sympathized somewhat later on.²* 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.]]²* AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: Parodied. ²--> "And by Megan, I mean myself."²* 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.²* BadNewsInAGoodWay: "We'd like to invite you to no longer live with us anymore."²* BettyAndVeronica: Rhodes (kind, domestic, sweet police officer) is the Betty to Ted's sneery fratboy grown-up, with Annie as the Archie. ²* BigFun: Megan, who is always behaving in outlandish, bizarre, and funny ways. Played with in that she seems unaware of how a lot of her behaviour is perceived. ²%% * BitterWeddingSpeech²%% * BlatantLies: Several times, especially:²%% ** "Nothing's happening."²%% ** "I think everybody has the flu."²* BrickJoke: Half-averted. During Annie's meltdown at the bridal shower, she sarcastically asks if Lilian and Helen are going to ride around Paris on bikes with baguettes in the front baskets. A deleted scene found on the DVD and Blu-ray release shows a mortified Annie watching an online video them doing just that.²%% * BrokenBird: Annie.²* 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.]]²* ChickFlick: The question of whether or not this film is one is a good way to start an argument.²* TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight: [[spoiler:Despite repeated denials, Megan was right about the guy sitting next to her being an air marshall]].²* ClusterFBomb: During Annie's tantrum at the bridal shower.²--> "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!"²* TheComicallySerious: Megan, despite her status as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, often (though not always) speaks in a serious, oddly formal cadence at odds with her crude, outlandish dialogue.²* CountryMatters: Annie calling one of her customers a cunt [[spoiler:is what finally gets her fired]].²* 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.²* DancePartyEnding²* DeadpanSnarker: a good portion of the cast, but particular mention belongs to Rita.²** SilentSnarker: During Annie’s meltdown at the wedding shower, it’s clear from Rita’s facial expressions that she agrees with everything Annie says.²* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the "Woman who needs to get her life together and does so over the course of the movie" genre; try as she might to come out on top, Annie progressively makes things worse. ²* TheDitz: Annie's female roommate, in a somewhat ObliviouslyEvil fashion.²* DoggedNiceGuy: Officer Rhodes. ²* 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.²-->"That stuff you were doing would've been dangerous for a GOOD driver!"²* DrowningMySorrows: Rita and Becca getting shitfaced on the plane and swapping horror stories about their marriages. This ends with [[KissingUnderTheInfluence both women awkwardly kissing]]. ²* EverybodyMustGetStoned: Helen giving Annie tranquilizers ''and'' alcohol to cope with her fear of flying.²* EverythingsPreciousWithPuppies: The wedding shower party favors. With little pink berets. ²* FairCop: Annie's roguishly handsome new boyfriend, Officer Rhodes. ²* FatIdiot: Annie's roommates. ²* FreudianTrio: In the platonic love triangle at the centre of the film. Annie is the id, Lillian is the ego, Helen is the superego. ²* FriendsWithBenefits: Annie and her fuckbuddy, played by an uncredited Creator/JonHamm.²* FairytaleWeddingDress: Lillian is delighted with last year's designer dress. So ''this'' year's must be [[SubvertedTrope even more fabulous]], right?²* FiveSecondForeshadowing: Megan burps at the beginning of the fitting scene, and Annie wipes sweat away a little later. Initially, this seems to be Megan's HypocriticalHumour and Annie being put under pressure by Helen...then they ''all'' get food poisoning. (Except Helen, who didn't eat any meat.) ²* FoodPorn: Yeah, that is one darned pretty cupcake. ²* GenderFlip: Megan is an obvious one of Alan from ''Film/TheHangover''.²* 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]].²* 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]].²* GodwinsLaw: Intoxicated Annie versus an ornery flight attendant.²* GladIThoughtOfIt: Helen turns down Annie's idea for a Parisian-themed bridal shower, only to actually ending up using the theme for the bridal shower.²-->"Velcome to Germany! Auf wiedersehen, asshole!"²* 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. ²* 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.]]²* TheHecateSisters: Outside of the FreudianTrio of Annie, Lillian, and Helen, the three other bridesmaids form this: Becca is the maiden (of the "naive ditz" variety, Rita is the mother, and Megan is the crone, although Megan takes on the mother's tendency towards plumpness and eccentricity, while Rita is sharper-tongued. ²* HeterosexualLifePartners: Annie and Lillian.²* HollywoodLaw: After the main characters' flight to Las Vegas is diverted to Casper, Wyoming, so Annie can be taken off after her inflight antics, nothing else happens. In real life anyone taken off a plane this way is sent the bill for the diversion by the airline, whose landing fees and fuel costs will usually run into five figures. And given that Annie is seen being escorted by two police officers, she'd likely be facing federal charges of interfering with a flight crew as well ²* 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...]]²-->"Hey, Mom. You know when you thought I'd hit bottom? That wasn't the bottom."²* HypocriticalHumor: Rita's complaints about her sons badmouthing her turn up to be this.²--> '''Rita''' (''to her sons''): Shut your filthy fucking mouths!²* IkeaErotica: Quite a few of Annie's facial expressions with her boyfriend makes it clear she isn't enjoying anything he is doing with her. It's specially noticeable when he grabs and massages her breast and she just looks around confused.²* ImplausibleDeniability: "At first I did not know it was your diary. I thought it was a very sad, handwritten book."²* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: Lillian's wedding dress, designed by a famous designer in France, went a little too far.²* IncestSubtext: Annie's roommates, who are brother and sister, are seen bathing each other.²* IncrediblyLameFun: One of the bridesmaids wants to throw Lillian a {{Creator/Pixar}}-themed bridal shower.²* TheIngenue: Becca, who is extremely naive, sweet, and a huge fan of all things Disney.²* InsultBackfire: Annie's remark that Lillian needs to take her head out of Helen's asshole, "which I'm sure is perfectly bleached!", prompts this.²-->'''Lillian:''' [[spoiler:You know what? It IS! And you know how I know? Because I went to the fucking salon with her, and I got ''MY'' asshole bleached too! AND I ''LOVE'' MY NEW ASSHOLE!!!]]²* IntoxicationEnsues: Annie's effort to deal with her fear of flying has unfortunate consequences.²* {{Jerkass}}:²** Jon Hamm's character Ted.²** Annie's male roommate²* 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.]]²** Our [[ChekhovsGun first glimpse]] of Helen's true nature comes when we see how her stepchildren treat her.²-->'''Helen:''' You guys need a ride home later?\²'''Stepson:''' [[spoiler:Fuck off, Helen.]]²* 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.²* {{Ladette}}: Megan.²* 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]].²* LineOfSightName: Annie's made-up boyfriend, George...Glass.²** Which is also a ShoutOut to ''Series/TheBradyBunch''.²* MileHighClub: Megan attempts to join this on the plane.²* ModestyBedsheet: ''A la'' [[Series/SexAndTheCity Carrie Bradshaw]], Annie keeps her bra on for sex.²* 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 [[ 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.²* NeverMyFault: One of the things Nathan calls Annie out on in his angry "tail-lights" rant is her tendency to fall back on blaming others for what happens to her, which allows her to wallow in depression and victimisation instead of taking any action that might actually help get her life sorted out. He phrases it in terms of a car accident that resulted because her tail-lights weren't working, but it's pretty clear what the subtext is.²-->'''Annie:''' ''[Referring to her car accident]'' I just... Helen just--\²'''Nathan:''' ''[Interrupting, fed-up]'' Agh, don't... this didn't happen because of Helen. This happened because you didn't get your tail-lights fixed. It's pretty simple. ²* NobodyPoops: Averted in a scene where the bridesmaids get food poisoning from a Brazilian restaurant.²* NoSocialSkills: [[spoiler:Helen (over-) plans lavish parties to make up for the fact she has very few female friends.]]²* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Rhodes, whose actor was prepared to put on an American accent but everyone liked his native Irish accent too much, and they told him to just use it.²* 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]]?²* 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.²* OverlyLongGag: ²** Annie and Helen trying to one-up each other on their speeches about Lillian at the engagement party.²** In the gag reel, Megan tosses off around thirty different options for the shower. Eventually it just sounds like [[WordSaladTitle word salad]].²** Annie's many attempts to get Rhodes' attention in the car. Particularly when the car rolls ''veery slowly'' past him with no visible occupants.²* PaperThinDisguise: Annie tries to sneak into First Class wearing a pair of sunglasses. It doesn't work.²* 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.²* PottyFailure: In the street and in a sink.²* PowerWalk: Boarding the plane to Vegas.²* ProperLady: Whitney from Belle en Blanc, right down to the PrimAndProperBun. It only makes the bridesmaids fitting all the more cringeworthy...²** “Don’t you dare ruin that dress!”²* PrecisionFStrike: Annie at the bridal shower, which then transitions to a ClusterFBomb. ²** The CountryMatters scene above fits this as well. ²* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Lillian unveiling her clownish wedding dress. "Don't. You. Dare. Laugh."²* RageBreakingPoint: ²** 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''.²--->'''Annie:''' What woman gives another woman a trip to Paris?! Am I right? Les~bian!♪ We're all thinking it, aren't we?\²''(the guests shake their heads unconvincingly)''\²'''Megan:''' I was.²** Officer Rhodes isn't exactly happy when he delivers his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Annie after her car accident, but he's at least attempting to keep his temper under control... until her ride comes along and its her {{Jerkass}} fuck-buddy Ted, at which point he finally snaps and storms off. ²* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:At the end, it's revealed that Helen's extravagant ideas for the wedding ended up jacking up the price beyond what was predicted, and Lillian ended up letting that happen through complacency, and now her father can't afford the wedding]].²* 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.²** She also gets one from Nathan, which initially starts out as an admonition for not getting her tail-lights fixed after she gets into a car accident, and eventually morphs into a rant about how much she hurt his feelings and her refusal to take responsibility for her life. ²* RichBitch: [[spoiler:Subverted. Turns out Helen is just lonely and desperate for approval and friends.]]²* 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.²* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Rhodes.²* SirSwearsALot: Rita. ²* SatelliteLoveInterest: Taken to the logical extreme -- fiancé Dougie has zero characterization and exactly one line: "I do."²* ShoutOut: ²** "[[GirlfriendInCanada His name is]] [[Series/TheBradyBunch George...Glass]]."²** Megan's ideal bridal shower is a ''Film/FightClub.''²** On the plane to Las Vegas, Annie [[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 sees a woman on the wing]].²** Lillian's husband's name is [[Film/TheHangover Doug]]ie.²** Rita mentions watching ''Series/TheDailyShow''.²* SignsOfDisrepair: "[-[[GenericGraffiti COCK BABY]]-]."²* SourOutsideSadInside: Annie, who is still deeply depressed by the breakdown of her marriage and the loss of her cupcake shop, is ''very'' snarky and rude, even to people who are trying to help her. ²* 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.²* StepfordSmiler: Helen. ²* StopHittingYourself: Megan uses this as a [[GetAholdOfYourselfMan motivational technique.]] It works!²* 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.²* 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."²* 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. ²* TriangRelations: the HeterosexualLifePartners version of Type 7 where Annie and Helen are both competing to be Lillian's BFF.²* TwitchyEye: Annie, when forced to choke down a snack in the midst of food poisoning.²* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Even though most of what's happening to Annie isn't her fault, some of her reactions just make her look like a jerk, including her behaviour towards Rhodes and completely ruining Lillian's bridal shower.²* 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.²* VolleyingInsults: Annie starts one of these fights with a teenage girl at the jewelry store.²-->'''Annie:''' I feel bad for your parents.\²'''Customer:''' I feel bad [[LameComeback for your face]].\²'''Annie:''' Okay, well, call me when your boobs come in.\²'''Customer:''' You call me when [[NoYou yours come in!]]²* VivaLasVegas: Subverted; [[spoiler:the girls get kicked off the plane because of Annie's antics before reaching Vegas.]]²* VomitChainReaction: The infamous ([[ToiletHumour but hilarious]]) food poisoning scene.²* 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]].²* 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.²* WeddingDay²²----


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