When being an ideal bridesmaid for your frenemy’s wedding is just too much to ask, of course the next best thing is shredding her dress; defacing the ice sculptures, and wrecking general havoc, all while destroying her ideas of the most beautiful wedding ever.
Revenge of the Bridesmaids (2010) TV Film Review
Best friends stick together; friends anticipate the other’s mood. Best friends know the secret crushes each one hides. Since they were little Abigail (Raven-Symone) and Parker (Joanna Garcia) have been this kind of friend to one another, and once they have their diplomas, they leave their small Southern town in the dust.
Now both live in the Big Apple where Abigail is an NY Times bestselling author and Parker is a struggling off (off!) Broadway actress. When an anniversary celebration beckons Parker home, she drags Abigail back home where they encounter another member of their group. Rachel (Chryssie Whitehead) is the sweetheart of the trio. So when they see her heart is breaking, they aren’t about to stand by as she watches the man she loves marry their nemesis!
Movies that revolve around disastrous bridal affairs is a common trope but this one is kind of “different” in the “getting there” part. Despite the kind of women-fighting-women plot, this one feels justified, and is all done in a funny, entertaining kind of way. As a result, it isn’t too difficult to root for a happily-ever-after because the girls aren’t trying to destroy a beautiful childhood dream as is the case in the movie Bride Wars but instead, they plot to ruin someone’s fabricated life. Their “mean girl” is Caitlyn, a wealthy know-it-all who doesn’t care about anyone but her.
Playing this mean girl is Virginia Williams, a popular TV actress that usually plays the annoying ex or character. But really it’s Joanna and Raven who steal the show, especially Raven. She is flat-out hilarious in this role. Her Abigail is so fun, and she isn’t shy about speaking her mind. Casting directors couldn’t have cast two better in these roles; Raven and Joanna are perfect together in a “best bud” capacity, and play off the other really well. I also enjoyed David Clayton Rogers in this, an actor I quite liked in the short-lived Jane by Design. Honestly, this may only be a TV movie, but I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed an on-screen girl-power duo so much. They are adorable and have some of the best lines ever.
Though also slapstick (or corny?) silly, this movie is genuinely funny and cute without being too fluffy when it comes to an over-abundance of gushing romantics. True, its ending will inspire a happy sigh (it is just so darn adorable!), and its lessons of morality may be lacking but with the right group of girlfriends or your mom (mine loves it!), you can watch Revenge of the Bridesmaids, and get just what you anticipate; a fun romantic-comedy.
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Content: References are made to one night stands. Abigail makes a joke that someone sleep with Tony or Caitlyn. Basically, the girls’ attitude towards sex is pretty loose; some crude humor and profanity is thrown into the mix. Characters socially drink. This is likely TV-14
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Originally published 26 July 2012