An Asian Moment in “Bridesmaids”

When I saw Bridesmaids last month, I cackled with joy throughout the entire movie. I saw it again earlier this week and it was just as magical. Considering I’ve seen it twice (and will possibly see it a third time — and will probably purchase it on Blu-Ray when the time comes), I think it is safe to say that the movie is worth your time. Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Paul Feig, a lot of people are saying it’s the female answer to The Hangover — but it’s possibly more awesome and more clever than the pleasurable absurdity of America’s favorite bachelor party.

But back to the matter at hand: what is the Asian moment in Bridesmaids? Surprisingly, amidst the hilarious hi-jinks of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, and, my new favorite funny gal, Melissa McCarthy, there are a couple of Asian shout outs.

There is one scene when Annie (Wiig) and Helen (Byrne) have a “battle of bridal shower speeches” and the garish Helen pretentiously recites some sort of ridiculous “inspirational” Thai proverb.

But the one Asian moment that you should keep a lookout for is when Annie, who works at a Jared-esque jewelry store, is helping a very happy Asian couple pick out an engagement ring. Fresh off a one-night stand and feeling completely lonely and disgruntled, Annie starts to burst their bubble, making them feel uncomfortable (Wiig is really good at that). She asks him “Do you really know each other?” and then she asks her, “Do you really know if he is even Asian?”

OK. It’s way funnier if you actually watch it. Nonetheless, thank you Bridesmaids for representing the Asian culture.

Bridesmaids opened in theaters May 13.

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About Dino-Ray

Dino-Ray Ramos is a movie hobbit, social media swaggerist, pop culture junkie, smart-mouthed Asian American warrior, and a well-rounded inhaler of all things entertainment. After uprooting from Texas, he migrated to San Francisco where he shares his irreverent take on high and low brow aspects of culture. In addition to feeding he writes for, Hyphen Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. You can also boost his self-esteem by following his musings on Twitter
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