Director: Paul Feig. Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy. 125 min. rated R. Comedy.
This comedy makes a dangerous move. It starts out as a very feminine overlong SNL skit, at the risk of losing all its male audience members. But then a turning point occurs: there's an incredibly funny sequence in a bridal gown shop, and after that, the movie pulls itself together and becomes a study of concepts such as honesty, loyalty, and friendship. Kristin Wiig is pleasant and very much at home in her role as the lonely character right out of a Jane Austen novel, but the true star here is Melissa McCarthy, who absolutely steals the show.