I went to see "Bridesmaids" with two funny women friends. It was a great movie for a girls' night out, but there was a date couple sitting right next to me, and the guy seemed to love the movie at least as much as his girlfriend.
I was surprised by how many of the professional reviewers seemed to use this movie as a test of whether women could be funny. I think some of the best comics are women. In this movie, though, the women get all the best laugh lines, which is a refreshing change of pace. It's nice to see a movie about women that isn't completely driven by "Will the girl win the guy's heart?" but instead spotights women's friendships, especially Annie (Kristin Wiig) and Lillian's (Maya Rudolph). There is also a strong focus on Annie's need to find her strength and pull her life together.
Though there was some of the typical "make fun of the fat character" stuff in this movie, the movie was set up in a way that Megan's (Melissa McCarthy) weight wasn't really the punchline, it was her strange personality. The character was a little reminiscent of Walter (John Goodman) in "The Big Lebowski." I didn't love the big gross-out scene as much as everyone else seemed to, but at least it wasn't dragged out too long like some gross gags in movies like this one can be. I would love it if more of the summer blockbuster comedies could be as smart as this one.