'Bridesmaids' Feminist Milestone

The new movie proves women are not only funny, but viable in a notoriously sexist industry. Here’s one feminist’s review:

You know what I think is the most radical thing about the movie ‘Bridesmaids’? That we know the names of the writers. (Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, if you somehow missed it.) That they are female writers is a cool bonus. As a writer, and a person who tends to think of herself as an individual who happens to be a woman, the fact that the writers of the screenplay are being talked about and lauded is a big deal.

As for the feminist debate surrounding the film, the state of affairs for women in the movie business must be really rough going (duh) if this movie doing well is causing this kind of fuss. It’s frightening, but if bigotry in Hollywood runs as deep as it appears, I’m not sure one hit flick is going to cause a sea change

Of course, I am rooting for whatever it takes for things to shift if a major way. In the meantime, I vote for seeing the movie because it’s entertaining. The acting is good. The writing is on point. In an early scene between best friends Annie and Lillian in which they are eating breakfast and discussing their love lives, I thought: Yes. They got it! They got what it means to have a best friend.

Also nice: The actors come off as real people; they don’t carry the star personas that interfere with you seeing them as believable in their roles (you know how, when you see a Jennifer Aniston movie all you can see is Jennifer Aniston?)

Oh, and on the whole bathroom humor issue. Of my female friends, I might be the only one who can’t stomach bodily function gags. Diarrhea makes me squirm. I don’t care if it’s a dude in “Dumb and Dumber” or ladies in haute couture. Judd Apatow said those scenes were more about the shame of bringing everyone out for cheap eats because that’s all you can afford. That, I get. I still think it was unnecessary, but my friend Carol, who chose the movie on the grounds that it could provide us with 90 or so minutes of uninterrupted Reese’s Pieces eating and pure escapism from the grind of our very full, but sometimes exhausting lives, thought it was a highlight.  — Joslyn Cassano

More “Bridesmaids” Fodder:

The New York Times interview with Apatow (um, why are they interviewing him and not Kristin Wiig for this movie?)
Alternet’s take.
Maureen Dowd takes it on.


  1. Preston says:

    Oh please!!!! Unless you feminists find that being sexually objectified, derided through sexist humour (such as, her ‘fun’ morning consisting of cooking in the kitchen, being a poor driver or the signage with a spray-painted penis in her hand, etc.), resorting to toilet humour, or the bastardization of wedding ceremonies and surrounding events by characters portrayed as bimbos as fine examples of the progress of females in society, then I highly doubt that this is a feminist milestone at all!!

    The acting in the more ‘serious’ scenes was cringe-worthy, the dialogue between characters was bordering on nauseating in part and the characters, if anything, met sexist stereotypes. This movie was targeted at morons to make money, and if I was a feminist it would concern me that idiots such as the writer of this blog will are going out to sing it’s praises!

    If you really want to watch a movie with a strong pro-female plot see something like A League of Their Own, or The Piano or even Thelma & Louise!. If anything, Bridesmaids is actually a step backwards for feminism. If you think otherwise, to quote the strong, intelligent and independent female character Annie. ‘You’re a c**t!’.

    But as a male viewer, I found the movie and the running commentary by asinine, dimwitted women in the audience absolutely hilarious! And I will be going back for a repeat performance, as I don’t recall laughing so much in a long, long time at the movies, but sadly to say, the laughter was solely at the expense of females – but sure, if you want to say it’s a feminist miilestone, then hey, go for it!

  2. Hazel says:

    Preston The Male Viewer knows what is feminist and what is not feminist, ladies.


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