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Bridesmaids (2011)

  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 80,331 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 13 May 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 125 min | 131 min (unrated version)
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  • IMDb page: Bridesmaids (2011)
  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 80,331 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 13 May 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 125 min | 131 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: Orange, California, USA
  • Budget: $32,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $287,797,912(Worldwide)(29 September 2011)
  • Director: Paul Feig
  • Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne
  • Original Music By: Michael Andrews   
  • Soundtrack: Boogaloo Annie
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Bridesmaid | Maid Of Honor | Best Friend | Cake | Jewelry Store

Writing Credits By:

  • Kristen Wiig (written by) &
  • Annie Mumolo (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Final film of American actress Jill Clayburgh.
  • The cast spent about two weeks improvising with each other, some of which was incorporated into the movie.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Megan) and Ben Falcone (Air Marshall Jon) are real life husband and wife.
  • Before he came to Hollywood, Jon Hamm, who plays Ted, was a high school drama teacher at the John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri; one of his acting students was Ellie Kemper, who plays Becca.
  • Melissa McCarthy told an interviewer for “GQ” Magazine that she based the look and characterization of Megan in part on Guy Fieri, the (male) host of the show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
  • Highest grossing R-rated female comedy of all time, edging out Sex and the City.
  • Several directors were considered for the film including Greg Mottola, Todd Phillips (I), David Gordon Green, David Wain and Jake Kasdan. However, all of them were unavailable. Anne Fletcher was the only female director considered, but they decided against hiring her.
  • Andy Buckley (Helen’s husband), Ellie Kemper (Becca), Nancy Carell (Helen’s Tennis Partner), Hugh Dane (Annie’s Mistaken Fella), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Rita), as well as Paul Feig (Director) have all appeared in The Office.
  • Ted’s house’s exterior is the same one used as Kelly Taylor’s in Beverly Hills, 90210.
  • Two of the actors who appeared in this film, previously appeared in two different versions of “The IT Crowd.” Chris O’Dowd played “Roy” in the original version, The IT Crowd, and Jessica St. Clair played “Jen” in the American remake, The IT Crowd. Chris O’Dowd, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph also later starred together in Friends with Kids.

Goofs: Continuity: When Officer Rhodes is talking to Annie and Helen on the side of the road in the shot looking into the car (from Rhodes' POV) his hand is on the frame of the car. But from Annie's perspective (looking at Rhodes) his hands are by his side. This happens numerous times throughout the scene.

Plot: Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef. Full summary »  »

Story: Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love.Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman in her mid 30s, living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After her bakery failed, she lost her boyfriend and all of her savings, and now works in a jewelers store selling engagement rings. Although her flaky mother (Jill Clayburgh) encourages her to return home, Annie rents a bedroom from British immigrant Gil (Matt Lucas) and his lazy overweight sister Brynn (Rebel Wilson). She has a sexual no-strings-attached relationship with the self-absorbed Ted (Jon Hamm) but hopes for something more. Only her friendship with Lillian Donovan (Maya Rudolph) keeps her sane.

Lillian becomes engaged to a wealthy banker living in Chicago and asks Annie to be her maid of honor. At the engagement party at Lillian’s house, Annie meets her fellow bridesmaids: Lillian’s cynical cousin Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), idealistic friend Becca (Ellie Kemper), raunchy future sister-in-law Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and Helen Harris, III (Rose Byrne), the beautiful but vain wife of Lillian’s fiance’s boss. Helen and Annie take an instant dislike to each other as they are both become immediately jealous of the other’s friendship with Lillian, but Lillian persuades them to spend time together. During a game of doubles tennis, Annie and Helen are both hyper competitive, deliberately hitting each other with their volleys multiple times.

A few days later, Annie takes Lillian and the bridesmaids to a Brazilian restaurant for lunch before going to a chic bridal gown studio. While Lillian is in the restroom, Annie suggests a Parisian themed bridal shower, but Helen thinks this is a bad idea. At the bridal gown studio, Helen again uses her influence to gain them access because Annie did not realize that reservations were needed. However, everyone except Helen (who did not eat the meat at the restaurant) becomes ill with food poisoning. While everyone else becomes ill, Helen orders for everyone the bridesmaids dress that she liked the best.

Worried about her finances, Annie suggests a bachelorette party at Lillian’s parents’ beach house. Helen overrules her and books a trip to Las Vegas. Due to her pride and ego, Annie refuses to allow Helen to buy a first class ticket for her and sits in coach. Because Annie is afraid to fly, Helen gives her sedatives and alcohol. This makes Annie inebriated and paranoid, and her outbursts cause the plane to land in Caspar, Wyoming, where she, Lillian and the bridesmaids are escorted off the plane and the bachelorette party plans are thus canceled. On the bus trip back to Milwaukee, Annie tries to apologize but Lillian announces that she wants Helen to take over planning the shower and wedding.

Annie continues to hope for a relationship with Ted, but begins flirting with Officer Nathan Rhoads (Chris O'Dowd), a friendly traffic cop who earlier had let her off without a ticket for broken taillights. Nathan encourages her to open a new bakery, but Annie refuses; her business’s failure was so painful that she has given up baking entirely. After spending the night together, Nathan buys baking supplies so Annie can make them a delicious breakfast. Offended, Annie leaves. At her apartment, Gil and Brynn tell her she has to move out. With nowhere else to go, she moves back in with her mother.

Annie travels back to Chicago for the bridal shower at Helen’s house. Helen has created an elaborate version of Annie’s Parisian theme, then upstages Annie’s heartfelt, handmade shower gift by giving Lillian a trip to Paris to be fitted for her wedding gown by one of the world’s top designers. Enraged that Helen has taken credit for the Parisian theme, Annie throws a temper tantrum and is kicked out of the shower. Lillian tells her not to come to the wedding either. On the way home, Annie’s car breaks down. Nathan answers the emergency call and tells Annie how much she hurt him and not to contact him again. Ted comes to pick Annie up but, when he expects her to perform oral sex on him on the way home, she breaks off the relationship and walks home.

Over the next several days, Annie becomes reclusive, refusing to leave her mother’s house and watching television obsessively. Megan finds her and tells her to stop feeling sorry for herself. Annie realizes her errors and tries to make amends with Nathan by baking him a cake. But he appears to leave it on his doorstep for raccoons to eat.

On the day of the wedding, which Annie doesn’t intend to attend, Helen appears on the doorstep, begging for help in finding Lillian who has gone missing. Helen tearfully explains how lonely she feels and apologizes for all she has done to hurt Annie out of jealousy. They pull up alongside Nathan in his police car and after some persuasion, he begrudgingly helps Annie and Helen find Lillian at her own apartment. Lillian had gone there distressed by the micromanaging Helen had done in planning everything and her fear that Annie will have no one to be with. Annie tells her everything will be fine and helps her get ready for the wedding.

Annie resumes her place as maid of honor at the wedding, which Helen has arranged to include neon signs, fireworks and an appearance by Wilson Phillips. After the wedding, Helen again apologizes to Annie and hopes they can be friends in the future. Realizing that Annie and Nathan were falling in love, Helen arranged for him to pick Annie up after the wedding. He takes her home in his squad car, lights flashing and siren wailing.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Judd Apatow known as producer
  • Paul Feig known as executive producer
  • Barry Mendel known as producer
  • Annie Mumolo known as co-producer
  • Clayton Townsend known as producer
  • Kristen Wiig known as co-producer
  • Lisa Yadavaia known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Kristen Wiig known as Annie Walker
  • Terry Crews known as Rodney the Boot Camp Instructor
  • Maya Rudolph known as Lillian
  • Tom Yi known as Jewelry Store Couple
  • Elaine Kao known as Jewelry Store Couple
  • Michael Hitchcock known as Don Cholodecki
  • Kali Hawk known as Kahlua
  • Joe Nunez known as Oscar the Security Guard (as Joseph A. Nunez)
  • Rebel Wilson known as Brynn
  • Matt Lucas known as Gil
  • Jill Clayburgh known as Judy, Annie's Mom
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey known as Rita
  • Ellie Kemper known as Becca
  • Greg Tuculescu known as Kevin
  • Steve Bannos known as Annie's Mistaken Husband
  • Melissa McCarthy known as Megan
  • Hugh Dane known as Annie's Mistaken Fella
  • Rose Byrne known as Helen Harris
  • Franklyn Ajaye known as Lillian's Dad
  • Tim Heidecker known as Dougie
  • Lynne Marie Stewart known as Lillian's Mom
  • Andy Buckley known as Helen's Husband
  • Chris O'Dowd known as Officer Nathan Rhodes
  • Molly Buffington known as Helen's Stepdaughter
  • Matt Bennett known as Helen's Stepson
  • Nancy Carell known as Helen's Tennis Partner
  • Melanie Hutsell known as Annie's Tennis Partner
  • Eloy Casados known as Churra Chi Waiter
  • Jessica St. Clair known as Whitney
  • Dana Powell known as Flight Attendant Claire
  • Mitch Silpa known as Flight Attendant Steve
  • Annie Mumolo known as Nervous Woman on Plane
  • Ben Falcone known as Air Marshall Jon
  • Angelica Acedo known as Flight Attendant in Coach
  • Mia Rose Frampton known as 13-Year-Old Girl in Jewelry Store
  • Joel Madison known as 13-Year-Old Girl's Father
  • R.F. Daley known as Butler
  • Jordan Black known as Horseman
  • David Hoffman known as Doorman at Shower
  • Jillian Bell known as Girl at Shower
  • Ariane Price known as Girl at Shower
  • Frederik Hamel known as Shower Waiter
  • Richard Riehle known as Bill Cozbi
  • Jimmy Brogan known as Minister
  • Carnie Wilson known as Herself
  • Chynna Phillips known as Herself
  • Wendy Wilson known as Herself
  • Christine Ames known as Party Attendee (uncredited)
  • Paolo Carascon known as Plane Passenger (uncredited)
  • David Cohen known as Plane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Brennan Crewe known as Cafe Patron (uncredited)
  • Niko El Santo Zavero known as Plane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Michelle Faraone known as Bootcamp Victim (uncredited)
  • Zachary Christopher Fay known as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Paul Feig known as Guy at wedding (uncredited)
  • Kent A. Gallegos known as Wedding guest (uncredited)
  • Blake Garrett known as Tyler (uncredited)
  • Jon Hamm known as Ted (uncredited)
  • Joyce Lakin known as Lillian's Aunt (uncredited)
  • Brian Petsos known as Pete (uncredited)
  • Tony Sagastizado I known as Brazilian Waiter (uncredited)
  • Frank Scozzari known as Parisian Server (uncredited)
  • Alexandra A. Sushkova known as Party Attendee (uncredited)
  • Joanna Theobalds known as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Greg Worswick known as Valet (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • David Danon known as key hair stylist
  • Janine Rath known as hair department head (as Janine Rath-Thompson)
  • Kate Shorter known as key makeup artist
  • Heba Thorisdottir known as makeup department head
  • Melanie Tooker known as makeup artist
  • Jose Zamora known as hair stylist (as Jose L. Zamora)
  • Allan A. Apone known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Veronica Lorenz known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Sherri Simmons known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Sherilyn Stetz known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Teresa Vest known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • K. Troy Zestos known as additional hairstylist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Dale E. Anderson known as gang boss
  • Steve Arnold known as set designer
  • Jonathan Badillo known as location gang boss
  • C. Scott Baker known as set designer
  • Jason Bedig known as leadman
  • Claudia Bonfe known as buyer
  • Nicholas Butcher known as propmaker
  • Javier Carrillo Jr. known as location labor foreman
  • Alex Carrillo known as propmaker gang boss
  • Javier Carrillo known as general foreman
  • Jaime Castellanos known as greensman foreman (as Jaime O. Castllanos)
  • Brad Curry known as drapery foreman
  • Dave DeGaetano known as construction coordinator
  • Darrin Denlinger known as storyboard artist
  • Victor Espinoza known as propmaker gang boss
  • David Falconer known as plaster foreman (as David L. Falconer)
  • Zachary Fannin known as graphic designer
  • Scott Field known as propmaker
  • Marc Figueroa known as greens foreman
  • J. Michael Glynn known as assistant property master (as Michael Glynn)
  • Larry Haney known as set dresser
  • Kevin J. Hill known as propmaker
  • Kirk Hill known as location gang boss
  • Richard Holling known as plasterer gang boss
  • Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt known as stand-by painter (as Bill Kauhane Hoyt)
  • Ari Jacobs known as art department coordinator (as Ari Jacobs Libarkin)
  • Scot Leczel known as propmaker gang boss
  • Sean Mannion known as property master
  • Kimberly Merlin known as assistant set decorator
  • Jim Meyer known as propmaker (as James Meyer)
  • Cesar Orozco known as propmaker
  • Roger Prater known as key greensman
  • Seth Rigamat known as propmaker gang boss
  • Steven Rigamat known as location foreman (as Steven W. Rigamat)
  • Darryl Robertshaw known as propmaker gang boss
  • Nikki Rudloff known as set decorating liaison
  • Brooke Sartorius known as set dresser
  • Craig T. Shordon known as decorator gang boss
  • Scott Shordon known as decorator gang boss (as Scott P. Shordon)
  • Ron Sica known as set dresser (as Ronald Sica)
  • John Snow known as head paint foreman (as John W. Snow)
  • Meg Hyatt Snow known as paint foreman (as Meg Snow)
  • Sarah Snyder known as property assistant
  • Jen Stirling known as art department assistant
  • Bedii Tatar known as propmaker gang boss (as Baehi A. Tatar)
  • Bryan Turk known as propmaker gang boss
  • Jeffry C. Voorhees known as property assistant
  • Renee Lee Alito known as construction buyer (uncredited)
  • Ellen Lampl known as additional graphic designer (uncredited)
  • John Hammer Maxwell known as on-set dresser (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Apatow Productions

Other Companies:

  • Birds & Animals Unlimited  animals (as Birds and Animals Unlimited)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • EMS Payroll  extras payroll
  • For Stars Catering  catering
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Klass Security and Investigations  anti-piracy security
  • Los Angeles Rag House  grip and lighting equipment
  • Nau  main title design (as Nau/Level 256)
  • Red Rhino Trailers  hair and make-up trailers
  • Relativity Music Group  soundtrack
  • Rich King Casting  extras casting
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Scenechronize  production management software
  • Technicolor  post-production
  • Todd-AO Studios  post-production sound services


  • Universal Pictures Canada (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Ro Image 2000 (2011) (Romania) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Slovenia) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Iceland) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Finnkino (2011) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2011) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Solar Entertainment (2011) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Tokyo Theaters Company (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2001) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2011) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2012) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2012) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2012) (USA) (TV)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (DVD) (blu-ray)
  • USA Network (2013) (USA) (TV) (cable)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal Pictures (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Waylen Group (2011) (Taiwan) (video)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Bebee (night lights)
  • Nu-Salt Laser Lights Show (laser effects)
  • Level 256 (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Joshua Bolin known as compositor: Level 256
  • Chris Chappell known as lead compositor: Level 256
  • Scott M. Davids known as visual effects supervisor: Level 256
  • David Edwards known as matte painter: Level 256
  • Anthony Hays known as visual effects coordinator: Level 256
  • Seth Kleinberg known as visual effects producer: Level 256
  • Mark Larranaga known as compositor: Level 256
  • Adam Lima known as compositor: Level 256
  • Anthony Mabin known as compositor: Level 256
  • David Wilson known as digital effects artist
  • David Wilson known as rotoscope artist: Level 256
  • Kevin Del Colle known as digital film scanner (uncredited)
  • Sean Rowe known as digital film scanner (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 28 April 2011 (Westwood, California) (premiere)
  • Canada 13 May 2011
  • Romania 13 May 2011
  • Slovenia 13 May 2011
  • USA 13 May 2011
  • Iceland 8 June 2011
  • Australia 9 June 2011 (limited)
  • Hungary 9 June 2011
  • Australia 16 June 2011
  • France 16 June 2011 (Cabourg Film Festival)
  • Kazakhstan 23 June 2011
  • Russia 23 June 2011
  • Ireland 24 June 2011
  • UK 24 June 2011
  • France 5 July 2011 (Paris Cinéma)
  • Greece 7 July 2011
  • Israel 7 July 2011
  • Malaysia 7 July 2011
  • Netherlands 7 July 2011
  • Norway 7 July 2011
  • Portugal 7 July 2011
  • Estonia 8 July 2011
  • Philippines 20 July 2011
  • Denmark 21 July 2011
  • Germany 21 July 2011
  • Singapore 21 July 2011
  • Finland 22 July 2011
  • Lithuania 22 July 2011
  • Sweden 22 July 2011
  • Poland 29 July 2011
  • Belgium 3 August 2011
  • France 10 August 2011
  • Spain 12 August 2011
  • Italy 19 August 2011
  • South Korea 25 August 2011
  • Thailand 25 August 2011
  • Turkey 2 September 2011
  • Mexico 9 September 2011
  • Panama 9 September 2011
  • Hong Kong 15 September 2011
  • Argentina 22 September 2011
  • Brazil 23 September 2011
  • Uruguay 23 September 2011
  • Chile 3 November 2011
  • Japan 28 March 2012 (Okinawa International Movie Festival)
  • Japan 28 April 2012

MPAA: Rated R for some strong sexuality, and language throughout



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