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May 13, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

Critics are going out of their way to assure their male readers that, despite the title, Bridesmaids is not just a chick flick. Writes Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal: “If this is only a chick flick, then call me a chick.” Calling it “an unexpectedly funny new comedy,” Manohla Dargis remarks in the New York Times that it “goes where no typical chick flick does: the gutter.” And Amy Biancolli proposes in the Houston Chronicle that we “do away with the heinous designation altogether. Let’s try to give ‘chick flick’ the boot; from now on I won’t use it if you won’t. And let no one apply it to Bridesmaids, a film of great hilarity, humanity, idiosyncrasy and grade-A, eyebrow-singeing raunch.” Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times heaps praise on co-star Kristen Wiig, the longtime Saturday Night Live player who also co-wrote the screenplay, particularly applauding her physical-comedy bit in an airplane that he says, “would win the respect of Lucille Ball.” And although he remarks that “it definitively proves that women are the equal of men in vulgarity, sexual frankness, lust, vulnerability, overdrinking and insecurity,” he goes on to say that it “has a heart. It heals some wounds, restores some hurt feelings, confesses some secrets, and in general, ends happily.” Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe is another critic who sees a connection with the classic comedy of Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance. “For much of Bridesmaids,” he writes, “thoughts of ‘This is so ridiculous’ are tempered by thoughts of ‘This is so Lucy and Ethel.’ Which is to say that the movie belongs to a long comedic tradition of women playing up their bodies to bring down the house.” And Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times steps away from her role as objective reviewer to thank Wiig for bringing real women in real situations to the screen. “In fact,” she concludes, “so unusual is this sort of humor in testosterone-driven ha-ha-Hollywood these days, it almost makes me ha-ha-happy that producer Judd Apatow is currently the industry-anointed 800-pound clown prince, since it probably took all 800 pounds of his princely powers to get this film made.” She then writes parenthetically,”(R-rated female-centric, gal-pal entertainments don’t exactly top studio wish lists.)” Claudia Puig in USA Today sums it all up: “Those looking to get a raucous laugh,” she comments, “should say ‘I do’ to Bridesmaids.”