Monday, October 10, 2011

Crazy Stupid Bridesmaids and a Hangover

I’ve watched the first Hangover thrice and I don’t mind introducing new converts to it. It was 100 minutes of pure hilarity.
When I heard Hangover 2 was out. I wondered what new madness could top the previous? I mean pulling your incisor tooth out, stealing Mike Tyson’s pet tiger, marriage to a stripper, naked Chinese men, was mad enough.
I understand that if a recipe worked excellently the first time, one should repeat it faithfully. So Hangover 2 followed the exact recipe of Hangover 1: boys night out, wake up in a strange bed, strange animal in the room, naked Chinese men, missing body parts, a monk. But something just didn’t ring funny this time. Maybe cause it was so predictable?
I have a love/hate relationship with Zach Galifianakis and this time he was as irritating and painful as a sore throat. Shaving his head didn’t make him more endearing. I like Brad Cooper but his good looks couldn’t save this train wreck. Stu (Ed Helms) tattooing his face duh. Guitar playing brother in law chopping his finger off…unbelievable.
I only watched this movie to the end in other to write this review. Do not pass go, do not waste your money. Wait till its free on cable. In fact watch a Nollywood movie instead.
Ginger scores it 2.2/10

I  heard it was the female version of the Hangover so I imagined drunken orgies and cat fights and girls getting facial tattoos or pulling off their teeth. Arghhhh.
Beautiful surprise!! What I saw was a tasteful and almost realistic depiction of female friendships, being a third wheel in your best friend’s life, jealousy, planning a wedding, and settling for less than perfect cause you thought that was all you deserved. There was drunken behavior, shitting in pants, even animals etc but we were always ladies thank you very much.

Annie (Kristen Wiig) was living an under-perfect life. She was broke and barely able to pay her rent cause her fledgling bakery business got hit by the recession. In the romance stakes, she could only boast of a fuck buddy. Then her best friend, Lilian (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged and made her a bridesmaid. Which was all fine and dandy except that Helen (Rose Bryne), Lilian’s Boss spoilt wife was set to usurp her position as best friend and plan a very expensive wedding.
Annie suddenly becomes a third wheel in the planning cause although she loved her best friend and knew her likes, dislikes and dreams, she knew zilch about planning an unforgettable wedding. But it wasn’t just about Helen, Annie needed to fix her life before she can recognize the love and friendships on offer.

I guess this is what we can call an authentic chick flick. It focused on women (mature women at that!), our friendships, money matters, fashion and family and of course men. Yes, there was the requisite romance but it wasn’t the raison d’ atre nor was it the ‘over the top’ type with last minute airport/taxi/bike rides, just a simple ‘I’m sorry’ carrot cake.
Me likey very much!!

Ginger scores it 7.4/10

Crazy Stupid Love
He had been cuckolded by his wife of 25 years, the woman he thought was his soulmate,
He was the ladies man till he met the girl that made him ditch his ways.
and He was a 13 yr old in love with his 17 yr old babysitter who was in lust with his father.
Three intercalating romances with enough twists and turns, humor and great dialogue to keep you glued till the end. and even as the credits roll, though you feel all warm and fuzzy, you cant help but wonder.... 'Will Jacob and Hannah last?', 'Will Emily and Cal make it?'
It’s been a long while since Hollywood gave me a romance I couldn’t second guess. You wished for the best but it was real enough to make you realise that finding your soul mate is no guarantee of forever. How will the past affect their future? 'Will Jacob and Hannah last?', 'Will Emily and Cal make it?', 'Will Robbie's professed love for Jessica survive adulthood?
Who was in it:
Steve Carrell from The Office (hated him there but he has redeemed himself admirably here)
Julianne Moore (regal as ever)
Emma Stone from The Help (This has been a good year for her!)
And the last but the best, Ryan Gosling. He is officially my latest crush. He was the epitome of bad guy turned good. You go from hating his treatment of women to rooting for him to get his love. Did I mention his body??. That guy’s body had me reaching out to touch the screen.
Mr. Right if you are reading this. hint hint. Gym please.
Analeigh Tipton played the teenager in love with an older man with the exact amount of angst.
Marisa Tomei gave great laughs as the scorned woman.
Kevin Bacon. The home wrecker. Why does this guy love playing annoying roles? Pfft.

What more can I say about this movie?
If you love romance, please do yourself a favour and go to the cinema now. I promise you it will be money well spent.

Ginger scores it 8/10


  1. I liked Bridesmaids. I thought it was really funny. Hangover? Didn't quite make it to my list of movies I want to watch again.

  2. Haven't watched any of them yet. should do that one of these days. as for hangover, not sure i'll watch again. i guess that's a typical case of stop/leave when the ovation is loudest

  3. I didn't watch any of them, but I so wanted to see Crazy Stupid Love, it clashed with another must. Waiting for it on Netflix. :)

  4. I havent seen any of them.Maybe will watch it on my next trip to the movies.

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  6. Hopefully I'd get back to movie ways soon...
    Hangover 1 was sure nice... not seen any of these movies yet.

    - LDP

  7. i've watched bridesmaids which was just ok for me and crazy stupid love,i really liked it :D

  8. 1st Hangover was hilarious truly. 1 of the ones i refuse to delete. well, part 2 is one of the 268 so imma just delete den. Seen Bridesmaid and lurved it. wanted to step on Helen's feet most of the time. Stealing Lilian's frech ideas with her perfect lil face and perfect cute dresses *tongue out*
    Now going to look for Crazy Stupid Love...

  9. I have zero interest in seeing Hangover 2. I really wanna see Bridesmaids and Crazystupidlove though. Waiting for them to land at Redbox.

    PS: How have you been my ladyyyy? :-)

  10. Hangover (the first one) I really loved. But I've yet to see a sequel that was as good as the original. Bridesmaids had funny moments, but to me, I think they tried too hard to crude it up. It would have been a better movie without the poop scenes.

    Crazy stupid love I want to see. Now I just have to convince your Dad.

  11. I love reading your reviews! next to watch list ....

  12. You posted my mind with this your review of Hangover 2. Some thing just didnt click. I haven't seen the other 2 movies yet but they are on my list.
    It is good that you are relaxing and watching movies these days o. With all the reviews you post here. Good job

  13. thanks. didn't read the last 2 reviews because i want to watch them, but your rating helped. as for hangover 2, i heard it was an epic fail. lol looks like it just as.

  14. I havent seen any of the movies but i would try to see the ones u recommended.Thanx.

  15. Hangover2 isnt so.... You all must see Crazy StUPID Love, you'lll love it!

  16. Whaaay?! I loved hangover 2!! watched it with my sis some months ago and enjoyed every sec :|
    Havent watched bridesmaid, but my friend has and she said it's a waste and i shouldnt bother seeing it lol
    Crazy stupid love sounds like fun, wld check it out on my illegal movie website :D

  17. I walked out half way into Bridesmaids and I stayed till the end for Hangover and CSL. Different strokes I guess.

  18. Didn't see either Hangover. Probably won't. Just finally say Bridesmaids. LOVED IT!! Saw myself in way too many moments. Laughed anyway. And I want to see Crazy, Stupid Love. Ryan Gosling is one of my very favorite actors. If you haven't seen Lars & The Real Girl, you must. I've seen it 4 times and could watch it again. Thanks for the great reviews.

  19. Ginger Ginger Ginger it has been TOO LONG!

    I thought the first Hangover was hysterical. Haven't seen the second... is it on video yet? I really REALLY want to see it - but I have to wait until my ten year old is asleep! :)

  20. You gave hangover a 2? :o But you know, i haven't seen it yet cause i expected it to be predictably like the first one, just like you said

    Yes, Ryan is some serious eyecandy hehe

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