"let your boat of life be light, packed with only
what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, someone to love and someone to love you,
enough to eat and enough to wear
and a little more than enough to drink:
for thirst is a dangerous thing"

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

jenny takes on barry

On Monday night my mother, the brother's mother-in-law-to-be, the bride-to-be, the two ugly sisters and Lesley took ourselves off to an early show of "Bridesmaids".  The title was appropriate (although the three bridesmaids are in Glasgow, New York and London) and because Barry Ronge had said that he had thoroughly enjoyed the movie, off we went. Who am I to argue with Barry?  I love his movie reviews.  Now don't get me wrong, I don't pretend to be a film buff and I take no responsibility to refund you the cost of your ticket if you hate it but Barry and I agreed on this one.


We seated ourselves in the movie and poor Lesley ended up sitting next to my mother, who she still sometimes mistakenly calls "Mrs Pay".  My mother has had quite a few name changes since then.  Lesley is that type of very proper friend and no matter how many times my mother asks her to "Please call me Joan", Lesley shows her the respect her age deserves and calls her "Mrs Pay".  (Unlike another friend, who shall remain unnamed, who flashed her boobs at my father (who art in heaven) - okay she did not know he was looking and the flash was not intended for him but he got a full view anyway (RIP Cyril)).  The movie started and within the first 5 minutes we must have seen at least 12 of the Karma Sutra positions (don't ask me how I know that) up close and personal Karma Sutra positions.  Lesley by now had slipped down very low into her seat.

(actually taking a closer look probably 17 of the above)

I was expecting the usual American wedding movie with beautiful airbrushed girls, stunning apartments, lots of shopping and glossy magazine type fashion.  However, this movie was very in-your-face and filmed in more of an Australian Muriel's Wedding kind of way. Kristen Wiig from Saturday Night Live was the lead actress as the main bridesmaid.   Rose Byrne is beautiful and was of course, the nasty, rich bridesmaid.  The whole cast were brilliant comedians and actresses.  The script was great - there was much swearing, lots of toilet noises and humour but it was real (too real at times).   Dalene had to tell me who the other characters were and "the fat one" is from Mike and Molly which is apparently on Channel 101 on Friday nights.  Melissa McCarthy (Molly) was brilliant and I now must make a point of watching or recording the show.


Neurotic One, Fat One, Main One, Pretty but Horrible One, Bride, Married and Frustrated One

I won't tell you too much, in case you want to see it except to say that it was a roller coaster of a movie which took you through the ups and downs of friendships focusing on new versus old friends (rich versus poor friends kind-of-vibe).  It gave you insight into the lives of 30 something single woman who were going through some hard times but still managed to find the humour in the sometimes sad situations. The timing of the comedians was brilliant and director Judd Apatow did very well in allowing the tenderness of the friendships come through in what could have just been a crude movie called "The Hangover for Girls".

The final scene was the best ever and it left you feeling uplifted and happy.  It brought back memories of the early '80's when you did karaoke at Stokers on Newlands station with your friends to Wilson Phillips.

(Me in the middle, with lovely voice and microphone)

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