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Reel Watchers: Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids is a two-hour long, R-rated movie filled with raunchy humor involving sex and bodily functions - so if you don't like this kind of comedy, you might want to skip it.

However, it is basically a funny movie with some very good comedians and humorous writing.

The stars are Kristin Wiig, who plays Annie, and Maya Rudolf, who plays Lillian, both of Saturday Night Live fame. They are joined by some other actresses you may recognize, but my favorite is Melissa McCarthy from the TV series Mike and Molly, who plays Megan, a bridesmaid and sister of Lillian's fiancé.

The plot revolves around Annie (Wiig), who is maid of honor for her best friend, Lillian (Rudolf), as she and Lillian's bridesmaids prepare for the big wedding. Annie wants everything to be wonderful for her best friend, but this is not to be. First, Annie watches as Lillian becomes engaged while she remains involved with a man not interested in commitment. Next, Lillian seems to have a new best friend, Helen (Rose Byrne), who is the wife of her fiance's boss. Annie and Helen soon become rivals for Lillian's attention, and things go crazily wrong from their first meeting.

On top of this, Annie loses her job and later, her apartment, and unintentionally sabotages her budding relationship with Rhodes, a police officer played by Chris O'Dowd. Bizarre things continually occur as the bridesmaids plan wedding festivities for Lillian, but all is wonderfully resolved by the end of the movie.

I laughed often, but I laughed loudest when Melissa McCarthy was on the screen.

All in all, this was a funny movie, although somewhat crude and a little long. I'll give it three out of four marriageable miners!