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Jason Wallis ‘Bridesmaids’ offers twist to typical chick flick

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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 8:39 am

Strange year at the movies thus far. It seems that every film I look forward to, every movie made by an actual filmmaker like Zack Snyder or Kevin MacDonald or David Gordon Green or Kenneth Branagh, spits in my face and stomps on my soul. Meanwhile, random genre flicks seem to be picking up the pieces, and have at least made the build-up to summer somewhat bearable.

This week’s random catch is “Bridesmaids,” which could have slid under the radar as yet another in a long line of worthless “chick flicks” (most of them starring Katherine Heigl or Kate Hudson), but instead succeeds as a consistently funny, dialogue-driven character study that, in some respects, gives similar male-centric movies like “Wedding Crashers” and “The Hangover” a run for their money. It’s not exactly a revolutionary film, but at this point I’ll gladly settle for “slightly out of the ordinary.”

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