Bridesmaids is all out, undeniably, unashamadely funny. It breaks the rom-com mold we have become so used to and will make for a cracking evening with your girlfriends.
The American comedy tells the story of thirtysomething Annie, brilliantly played by Kristen Wiig, who has woken to finder herself a bit of a failure. Her bakery business has gone stale, she works in a jewellery shop she hates and is in a glorified non-relationship with Mad Men's Jon Hamm. Her life is plunged deeper into a state of misery when her best friend Lillian (played by Maya Rudolph) tells her she is getting married and that Annie is to be her maid of honour.
Annie pretend to be happy for her friend, but in her heart of hearts she is horrified with the whole affair; making jokes that would have once been appreciated by her now engaged friend, and being coupled with random men at each pompous party she attends. What is more, she finds that bridesmaids are not a group of friends, but rather a gang of enemies, dominated by envy, unhappieness and fear.
Among the other bridesmaids is Rose Byre's character, Helen, a Martha Stewart superwoman and Melissa McCarthy's hillarious Megan prove exceptionally funny. Their comedy breaks the rom-com curse: those sugary sweet and bitterly cheesy films we've become allergic to.
This isn't an average film about happy engagements or fairy tale wedding ceremonies - some have pegged it as a victory for the feminist revolution, championing honesty and genuine comedy - and while we don't deny that all those things might be true, we believe it is simply the best film night you could hope to have.
Bridesmaids is out on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday. © 2011 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.