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Never give up.

Bridesmaids (2011, Universal) may be a fluffy comedy film, but it presents us with a choice: accept what the recession has destroyed, or fight back. Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a middle class Wisconsin baker, whose shop goes belly-up in the recession. Invited to be bridesmaid for her bi-racial best friend Lilian (Maya Rudolph), she struggles with aristocratic, controlling bridesmaid Helen (Rose Byrne), has a nervous breakdown and loses her job for expressing her views. Her crass, uncouth (and hilarious) working class friend Megan (Melissa McCarthy) confronts her self-pity, convincing Annie not to give up, but to stand up for herself. This is not exactly a clarion call, but Bridesmaids is both a funny and revealing look at class conflict in the midst of collapse.

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Title Annotation:MIXED MEDIA; Bridesmaids
Author:Ball, David P.
Publication:Canadian Dimension
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Sep 1, 2011
Words:126
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