“Bridesmaids” bolstered by strong supporting cast

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: SNL alumni Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolp may be responsible for bringing in crowds to see “Bridesmaids”, but a strong supporting cast will make the movie a success. Minor characters played by Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) and Jill Clayburgh provide unexpected comic relief to the film, in addition to laughs commanded by the protagonist, Annie (played by Wiig).

The plot surrounds bride Lillian (Maya Rudolph) stuck in the middle between her childhood best friend, Annie, and new friend Helen (Rose Byrne) as they vie to play the Maid of Honor to her wedding despite the fact that Annie has been officially asked. Helen (successfully) attempts to sabotage Annie’s efforts to be Lillian’s “bestie”, taking advantage of Annie’s relative lack of success in business and in relationships to upstage her at every turn.

The plot is surprisingly non-linear, following Annie as she struggles to get her life back in order with the help (or not) of strange roommates, an eccentric mother, a new love interest and an ex who would rather be bed buddies than anything else.

Though other films have found their SNL creators packing most of the comedic punch, the ensemble cast (which also includes (Terry Crews (“White Chicks”), John Hamm (“Mad Men”) and the music group Wilson Phillips) comes together to create some great laughs.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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