'Bridesmaids' isn't afraid to be gross, funny and endearing

Funny, funny, funny. That's Bridesmaids in a nutshell. Anybody surprised by this has never seen Kristen Wiig, who co-wrote the script with Annie Mumolo.

In the past few years, the Saturday Night Live regular has been hilarious in a series of supporting roles in comedies — from Knocked Up to Whip It to Paul. She's also pretty enough to play cute and sexy but wild enough to let it all hang out. And that's what Bridesmaids does, a refreshing change after countless bromances and male-bonding road-trip comedies.

In Bridesmaids, Wiig plays Annie, the future maid of honor at the wedding of her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph). But Lillian's coming marriage has come at a bad time for Annie. Not only does it signal a change in their long friendship, but Annie's cake shop has gone under and she has been forced to take a room in the house of a bonkers English brother and sister. Meanwhile, she hates her new job as a saleswoman and has to get around town in a clunker.

Much is made about how Bridesmaids isn't afraid of women showing their gross side, but its strength lies in turning the usual clichés that run through romantic comedies on their head. That flowing bridal gown that's supposed to be beautiful can seem ugly and silly in the right light, especially when the wedding party has been hit by food poisoning while trying on dresses.

And within the hilarity, the film is a story about friendships, where everybody is flawed and nobody has an answer.

When people refer to Bridesmaids as not the usual chick flick, they miss the point. It's a comedy about women that either sex can appreciate and laugh at. All Wiig and Mumolo did was put women in the fore.

The women's liberation movement began more than 40 years ago. In a welcome step forward for movie comedy, Bridesmaids is both liberating and uproarious.

Bridesmaids retails for $29.98 and $34.98 Blu-ray.