– 4 out of 5 stars

Kristen Wigg stars as Annie Walker, a single woman in her 30s who has recently lost her job, savings and boyfriend when her bakery failed to take off. Her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), announces her engagement and makes Annie her maid of honour. Though broke and lovelorn, Annie tries to make it a wonderful occasion for Lillian and things get tougher when she has to fend off Lillian’s new BFF, Helen, who’s vying for the role of maid of honour.

This is one of the funniest movies I have seen this year! Almost every moment is a laugh-out-loud moment. Personally, I thought the funniest parts were during the bridesmaids’ dress fitting, the airplane scene and when Annie was trying to get Officer Nathan Rhodes’s (the charming Chris O’Dowd) attention by driving “recklessly”. Totally ship Nathan and Annie… and the raccoons are adorable!

The rivalry between Helen (Rose Byrne) and Annie was evident from the start when they toasted Lillian. The staring thing was weird and I hated how Helen hypocritical can be. The bridal shower was the last straw and I can empathize with Annie, though her actions were a little too strong (but funny). I mean, when one is really angry, the f-bombs will definitely come out. Come on, she’s literally at the lowest point of her life and it gets worst? Give her a guy with a packet of carrots!

There’s also Jon Hamm, who plays a jerk version of himself and Wigg is really lucky to have him in it even though he can be such an ass. Melissa McCarthy (Sookie from Gilmore Girls) plays Megan, who doesn’t mince her words and actions. She brings out most of the gags and steals every scene – OMG that toilet sink! Ellie Kemper from The Office also stars as one of the bridesmaids. And surprise surprise, she used to be Jon Hamm’s student when he was teaching drama!

Annie: What kind of a name is ‘Stove’ anyway? What, are you like a kitchen appliance or something?
Flight Attendant Steve: No. My name is Steve and I’m a man.
Annie: You are a flight attendant.



AWAY WE GO (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Away We Go is about a couple trying to find a perfect home for their unborn child. They travel around the States to visit their friends and relatives and also learn parenting tips from them. What they didn’t expect is that they don’t see a “healthy” example of parenting they wish to emulate and eventually, they settle down at a place where they should have long thought of, but wouldn’t have if they didn’t travel all over.

The funniest and most absurd person they would meet was Burt’s (John Krasinski) childhood friend, “LN” (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who has very extreme views about parenting. She doesn’t believe in strollers because she does not believe in pushing her babies away. I guess she doesn’t believe in vowels too cos her name was originally “Ellen”. At the end, the couple might seem a little smug because everyone else is just “weird” but you see how they assure and re-assure each other and they know nothing else matters.