There's a moment in Paul Feig's Bridesmaids when Annie, played by Kristen Wiig, makes an elaborate cupcake and the audience is shown every step. She bakes the cake then cuts leaves out of fondant, makes a colored frosting, sculpts flowers from it, and creates a small work of art. She stares at the cupcake as it sits on her counter then takes a forlorn bite. Annie had opened her own bakery during the recession and now she's lost everything. It's probable that the cupcake she was creating was something she might have made for her best friend Lilliana's bridal shower. We aren't told this but later, after Annie has lost out on Maid of Honor duties to Lilliana's new (and very rich) friend, there is a contrasting scene where Annie freaks out at the over-the-top bridal shower and literally attacks a giant cookie in the shape of a heart, rolling around on the ground with it and ripping it to shreds. Wiig pulls off both moments perfectly in this heartfelt, profane, and very funny comedy. She's a fully-formed character who can also perform broad comic moments. Best comedy of the year so far, and the only wedding comedy I've seen that deals with the class conflicts that bubble up around weddings.
Writer of crime fiction and poetry. Consumer of TV, movies, genre novels, and scotch. My novel, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, is published by William Morrow. My second novel, The Kind Worth Killing, is forthcoming.