Warning: The following blog post is written by a third-wave feminist who is not afraid to state her opinion.
This is not a film review, if you’re looking for one you should trust in Roger Ebert.
I’m pretty relieved that mainstream cinema has finally created a film that allows women to be human. In Bridesmaids, the six female characters — Annie (Kristen Wiig), Lilian (Maya Rudolph), Helen (Rose Byrne), Megan (Melissa McCarthy), Rita (Wendy McLendon-Covey) and Becca (Ellie Kemper) — are not afraid to spit, fart, vomit, have sex, overdose, abuse alcohol, tell dirty jokes, want sex, and sweat profusely (not necessarily in that order). In fact, the one woman who doesn’t allow herself to engage in this type of (natural) behaviour isn’t fancied in the film or by the audience. Yes, this is nothing new; there have been several comedies that have featured women in awkward or embarrassing situations–but most of the time they were sexualized characters who were only allowed a certain degree of “ugliness” on screen. The women in the film do wear make-up, high heels, short skirts, and push-up bras, but they also make ugly-funny faces, engage in dirty humour, and show their insecurities. There are no scenes that “objectify” or “sexualize” these women in order to make them seem more desirable and less gross, awkward, or, well, human. Roger Ebert rightfully observes:
It definitively proves that women are the equal of men in vulgarity, sexual frankness, lust, vulnerability, overdrinking and insecurity.
So here’s to funny in high heels–no matter how gross, ugly, sweaty, or awkward it really is.