“12 Angry Men,” “The Godfather,” “Citizen Kane,” “A Streetcar Named Desire”… These movies from the Golden Age are all films that critics and film buffs would consider American classics. Purists in the film business pine for a more refined time; the class, the drama, the pinnacle of cinema. There is some truth to this. When paying $15 to go see a movie, we all wish for a time when 10 cents bought you a movie ticket and a bag of popcorn. Yet, there are also great works to be appreciated from our own time.

 

There is no formula for when a movie is dubbed “classic.” After all, “Pulp Fiction” wasn’t considered a classic until we were well into the 21st century, yet now it is considered an essential work of the now household name, Quentin Tarantino. We don’t have to wait the appropriate amount of time, whether it be 30 years or 70 years, to consider a movie an American treasure. That’s why this week, we honor the movie “Bridesmaids.” Although “Bridesmaids” isn’t exactly the most high brow as far as content goes (there is not a single Shakespearean twist or dead president in the whole thing), “Bridesmaids” is a great, hilarious, dare we say, “classic” movie.

 

This movie is a classic for many reasons. Not only is it a triumph of the comedy genre — the combination of Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph along with other hilarious female comedians, Ellie Kemper and Melissa McCarthy among them — “Bridesmaids” is one of the few successful movies out there that features a predominantly female cast, centers around the lives and friendship of two women, and has still been accepted by the public as a genuinely funny and extremely entertaining and memorable film. It is a sad but true fact that, in general, people will not make an effort to get out of bed to see a movie with an all-female cast. But if we give them the time of day, we realize that films like “Bridesmaids” are among some of the few films we come across today that are not just disposable, see-them-once-maybe movies. This movie, in particular, has quickly become a staple in our film repertoire — our go-to hilarious movies that we watch for the thousandth time and still can’t help but laugh — and is thus dubbed “classic.” It just rolls off the tongue; “Bridesmaids” is such a classic movie. All of this is accomplished in spite of the typical maturation period usually required for most films to don this would-be prestigious title.

 

It is triumphs like these, “Bridesmaids,” dominated by Kristen Wiig (writer and lead role) and Maya Rudolph — or in 2004’s “Mean Girls,” for example, dominated by Lindsey Lohan and Tina Fey — that stand out as benchmark movies over the decade that should be hailed as the best of our time and the some of the best of all time.

 

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