Bridesmaids is a 2011 hilarious comedy directed by Paul Feig and centers on the stresses and strains of being a bridesmaid. Annie’s life is a bit of a mess when she finds out her best friend Lillian is getting married. She agrees to be maid of honor, but quickly discovers the role comes with more than its fair share of drama. From dealing with bridal showers and bachelorette parties to coping with bridesmaids who are more concerned with their own looks than the bride’s happiness, Annie has her work cut out for her. But she’s determined to get through it all and show Lillian just how far she’s willing to go for her friend.
Bridesmaids 10th anniversary: the truth behind “Hold On”
On the 10th anniversary of the beloved film Bridesmaids, director Paul Feig admitted something quite shocking: before working on the film, he had not heard the song Hold On. This revelation came as a surprise to many, given that the scene is one of the most iconic moments in the film. In fact, it was multiple cast and crew members who suggested using the Wilson Phillips song, as they felt it perfectly captured the harsh realities of weddings. Luckily, Feig agreed with their assessment and the rest is history.
The similarities between Kemper’s characters
In the film Bridesmaids, Ellie Kemper’s character Becca asks the hostess for a drink in a very similar way to Erin who asks for a drink in The Office: Christmas Wishes (2011). In Bridesmaids, Becca says “Excuse me, could I have a glass of alcohol, when you get a chance?” and in The Office: Christmas Wishes, Erin says “I would like another alcohol”. This is just one of the many examples of how Kemper’s characters are alike. Both Becca and Erin are naively optimistic, good-natured, and always ready with a smile. However, they are both prone to making awkward social gaffes. It is this combination of innocence and clumsiness that makes them so endearing – and hilarious.
The similarities between Bridesmaids and Clueless
When considering the films Bridesmaids (2011) and Clueless (1995), there are certainly some similarities. Both focus on the relationships of a group of young women, and both end with a heart-warming message about the importance of friendship. However, there is one scene, in particular, that seems to be a direct reference to the other. In Bridesmaids, Annie walks down the street in a red dress as Ted drives slowly by, shouting at her. This is strikingly similar to the scene in Clueless where Cher Horowitz steps out of Elton’s car and walks down the street in her red Alaïa dress. Of course, it’s possible that this is just a coincidence. But given the other similarities between Bridesmaids and Clueless in plot, it seems more likely that the filmmakers were paying homage to one of the most iconic scenes in ’90s cinema.
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s smash hit
Written over the course of several years by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, the script underwent numerous revisions before being brought to the big screen. The project was initially conceived as a way for Wiig and Mumolo to work on their writing skills, but it quickly evolved into something much larger. With the help of producer Judd Apatow, they were able to turn their humble script into a major motion picture. Today, Bridesmaids is widely regarded as one of the best comedies of all time, and its success has cemented Wiig and Mumolo as two of Hollywood’s most talented funny women.
Bridesmaids’ deleted scene with a special guest star
The hit film Bridesmaids may be best known for its hilarious cast and iconic scenes, but there’s one other thing that makes the movie special: Paul Rudd. That’s right, the rom-com king himself appears in a deleted scene as Dave, Annie’s (Kristen Wiig) brief love interest. Despite not having his name on the credits, Rudd’s scene appears in the bonus features of the Bridesmaids’ DVD.
Bridesmaids is a funny, heart-warming film about the power of female friendship. Annie and her bridesmaids learn that they’re better together than apart, and that’s a message we could all stand to remember. Whether you’re planning your own wedding or just looking for a good movie night pick, Bridesmaids is definitely worth watching.