Nominated For: Best Original Screenplay (Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig), Best Supporting Actress (Melissa McCarthy)
What's It About: "SNL" breakout Kristen Wiig stars as Annie, a 30-something basket case who struggles to pay rent and keeps hopping into bed with the only vain jerk who is willing to give her the time of day. When her best friend Lillian gets engaged and asks Annie to be her maid of honor, she is forced to finally get her act together, or at least fake it enough for her friend's big day. Soon, Annie is thrown into a new world of well-to-do characters -- including fellow bridesmaid Helen, Liillian's rich, cultured and snobby work-friend who is not afraid to passive-aggressively knock Annie down a peg or two. The two quickly become rivals for wedding ceremony glory and the whole comedic affair involves booze, painkillers and a nasty case of food poisoning.
Why You Should See It: It's the funniest movie of 2011, hands down. It's hard to go into great detail about why "Bridesmaids" is so fantastic because it pulls off the simple joys of filmmaking to near perfection. The female-dominated cast (a rarity for a high-profile blockbuster comedy) hits it out of the park with a hilarious dynamic, and the crude and brassy Megan, played Melissa McCarthy, definitely steals the show. It has the best-written jokes of the year and takes what should seem like a worn-down genre cliche -- the bickering bridal party romantic comedy -- and blows every other similar film out of the water. Give it time, and it will go down as a comedy classic.
It's Kind Of Like: "My Best Friend's Wedding" meets every R-ratedJudd Apatow comedy.
How You Can See It: "Bridesmaids" is currently on DVD, Blu-ray and OnDemand.