Bridesmaids (R)

 ★★★★★

Everyone knows that female comedians have been, well, always the bridesmaid, never the bride. But SNL vet Kristen Wiig smashes cake in the face of convention with the hilarious Bridesmaids, which she co-wrote and stars in as Annie, a single woman facing personal crisis as her best friend (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged. Far more than The Hangover in heels, Bridesmaids has raunch, true wit and an emotional core, which should put it up there with any of producer Judd Apatow’s more testosterone-fueled classics.

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