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Janie Wilson
Mr. Newman
English 101: Rhetoric
22 October 2014
Here Comes the Bride
Renoundly known for her mortifyingly funny humor, Kristen Wiig is the star in
Bridesmaids, a comical movie directed by Paul Feig and written by herself and Annie Mumolo.
In Bridesmaids, two women, Annie, who is a 30 year old recently dumped soon- to-be
bridesmaid, and Lillian , who is about the get married, go through trials and tribulations that
range from food poisoning at a Brazilian Steak Restaurant before wedding dress shopping, to
Annie getting drunk on a plane on the way to the bachelorette party in Las Vegas. At the end of
the movie it is known that best friends are going to be there through everything, even if it may
take getting kicked out of your best friend’s wedding and bridal shower for fighting with another
bridesmaid (Helen), only to eventually reunite again. Although Joe Morgenstern and Rafer
Guzman agree that the women of Bridesmaids portray comical effects through their dialogue and
actions, they differ in their style of introducing characters and describing the plot.
Both Joe Morgenstern and Rafer Guzman agree that Bridesmaids is effective in
portraying women to have the most humor in the movie. For example,“Partway through the
gross-out comedy Bridesmaids several women don expensive wedding dresses and, thanks to a
dubious lunch, lose control of their bowels. This scene may not sound like a giant leap for gender
equality in the movies, but it is, and for this reason: It is viscerally, mortifyingly funn y”(
Guzman). Guzman is impressed by the fact that the humor in the movie is contrastingly
portrayed by women instead of men. He paraphrases a sentence from one of the most humourous
scenes of the movie, which is where the women have terrible gas and nausea from the preceding

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lunch at the Brazilian Steakhouse after trying on wedding and bridesmaid dresses. Likewise, Joe
Morgenstern agrees that women display a comical effect throughout the movie.
“...it's a sophisticated comedy of manners, and class, that pits two bridesmaids against
each other for control of the wedding, if not the bride's destiny” (Morgenstern). In this quote
Morgenstern explains that by the comical aspect of the movie, that the bridesmaids make the film
sophisticated --in the most humorous way possible. He also explains in his review that a
woman’s point of view is one of the film’s greatest distinctions. “The screenplay was written by
Ms. Wiig and Annie Mumolo—both women are wise in the ways of improv” (Morgenstern).
Morgenstern proves his point again that he believes that the women of Bridesmaids portray
comical effects through their dialogue and actions.
Even though Morgenstern and Guzman agree that the women in the movie display
comical effects through their dialogue and actions, they differ in their style of introducing
characters and describing the plot. Joe Morgenstern goes for a more thorough effect when
introducing the characters of the movie. He begins describing the writers of the movie, Annie
Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, in full detail. Morgenstern then goes on to outline each character by
providing their main role and key details they display throughout the movie.” I can't resist
describing some of this delicious stuff, but I'm not going to spoil it with details.” By introducing
the characters one by one, Morgenstern shows that he cares more about giving the details of the
characters than giving out a lot specific details that spoil the plot of the movie.
Rafer Guzman goes for an approach where he mentions the plot first, then only describes
the two main characters of the movie; Annie and Lillian. Guzman ends his article with an
interview with Melissa McCarthy who plays Megan in the movie. Guzman describes McCarthy
as one of Hollywood’s most fearfully funny ladies. The interview conducted names the other

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comical pieces that McCarthy has starred in, such as Gilmore Girls. But Rafer Guzman identifies
Bridesmaids as the movie that McCarthy will finally get recognition for. When Guzman
describes the plot, he lightly touches on parts of the movie that are important. In fact, the only
key details about the plot he mentions are that the movie is two hours of gonzo humiliation:
drunkenness, partial nudity, injured breasts, a fondue fountain.“ Unlike Joe Morgenstern, Rafer
Guzman is very bland when it comes to describing the characters and plot of the movie.
Even though Joe Morgenstern and Rafer Guzman concur that the humor in Bridesmaids
is portrayed by women through their dialogue and mannerisms, they address the characters and
plot of the movie in different manners. I agree that Bridesmaids contains hilarious women, and
that it is successful in displaying a woman’s point of view.

Works Cited
Guzman, Rafer. “Bridesmaids Lets the Ladies Run Wild.” Newsday. Newsday, 13 May
2011. Web. 10 Oct. 2014.
Morgenstern, Joe. “Bridesmaids’ Catches the Bouquet.” Wall Street Journal. Wall Street
Journal, 13 May 2011. Web. 10 Oct. 2014.

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