Netflix Entry #10 - You Again (2010)
I should be ashamed to admit this, yet here I am writing it publicly: I enjoyed the universally panned "You Again" much more than I did "Bridesmaids." For those who might not be aware, I not only find Bridesmaids relatively devoid of humor, I also found it downright depressing. Even more disheartening than the film itself was the championing of the movie by my female peers of the entertainment industry getting women right.
I didn't think that movie got my life right at all. Kristen Whig's life sounded horrible in that movie. No job, no home, and her friends disappearing one by one as they run off to get married. And in the end, she doesn't get a resolution to her downward spiral. She gets some Wilson Phillips (which would rock, granted) and a date with a dude. Still has no job. Still has no income. Still has no friends. Yes, this is hysterical. But because she gets a guy, none of those other things matter apparently anymore. For those of us with no romantic interest in our life, we are just destined to live crappy existences, I guess. Hence, my distaste for Bridesmaids.
Now I am not going to argue that You Again is some amazing piece of feminist filmmaking. However, I was able to find a lot more to relate to in Kristen Bell's Olivia, who does not have much of a love life, but finds fulfillment in her career. I can also relate to how much her life in high school still impacts the way she thinks of herself today. I can even get on board with her vindictive behavior towards her soon to be sister-in-law and former school nemesis Joanna (Odette Yustman), because she feels she is owed an apology and that the mean girl needs to learn that actions have consequences.
Here is the thing though. I would take my appraisal of this flick with a grain of salt. Thanks to a gigantic girl crush on Ms. Bell, I would pay money to watch her braid her hair for two hours. I will also tell you the film isn't particularly funny. They take good advantage of Bell's skills as a physical comedienne, but also drastically underuse Kristin Chenowith as Joanna's wedding planner. Betty White is present too, but not given much material.
It may not be funny or life changing, but I could certainly relate to You Again more than Bridesmaids and found myself reasonably entertained after 90 minutes instead of wanting to find the nearest bridge.