Saturday Night Live standout Kristen Wiig hasn't been given a movie role to match her talent, so she tried to write one herself. Bridesmaids (R) won't avoid comparisons - likely unfavorable - to The Hangover, with its prenuptial alibis for raunchy comedy. Yet any script allowing Wiig to explore her daffy neurotic side with a dash of smut is certainly worth a look.
Bridesmaids features Wiig as Annie, a woman whose romantic life consists of being a booty call for a rich jerk (Jon Hamm). Annie is desperate for acceptance on any other level, so she leaps at the chance to be maid of honor for her close friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph). Of course, Annie doesn't know the rigmarole of planning bachelorette parties and such, and a more experienced friend (Rose Byrne) is poised to step in.
The setup sounds like something Jennifer Aniston or Kate Hudson could perform in their sleep, and some will say they have. But the red band trailer for Bridesmaids includes a few gags that Aniston and Hudson wouldn't stoop to deliver. If there's a Zach Galifianakis kind of scene stealer, it's probably Melissa McCarthy (TV's Mike & Molly) as a beefy bridesmaid who would prefer a Fight Club-style bachelorette party, and figures to score with every man at the ceremony.
Bridesmaids screened too late for Weekend. A review is available at tampabay.com/features and will be on Etc, Page 2B.
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Apparently Paul Bettany is the go-to guy for theological horror, after playing an angel of death last year in Legion and now a vampire-hunting Priest (PG-13). Toss in his self-flagellating albino killer prowling cathedrals in The Da Vinci Code and you wonder if Bettany's knuckles were rapped in parochial school once too often.
Priest features Bettany as a nameless clergyman still alive after centuries of war between humans and vampires. After his niece (Lily Collins) is kidnapped by bloodsuckers, the priest breaks his sacred vows to rescue her, with the help of the woman's boyfriend (Cam Gigandet) and a kung fu priestess (Maggie Q).
Priest has more going against it than being based on a series of graphic novels. It's also presented in 3-D but it's converted from 2-D, so don't expect any wow moments. The movie hasn't been shown to many (if any) U.S. critics, which isn't a good sign. You'd think Sony could find at least one horror geek with a blog to provide a flattering blurb.