Believe it or not, today marks five years since Bridesmaids first premiered. Yeah, I don’t know where the time went either. But I do know that over the last five years, this movie has been talked about frequently—not only because of its general well-deserved success and assortment of award nominations, but also because it triggered a conversation about women in comedy. And guess what? The women that made this movie such a success are still being talked about it today. Because they’re badass, they’re funny, and they’re here to stay.
Bridesmaids is one of those movies that gets funnier over time. It has an amazing cast of women (Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Rebel Wilson, etc.) and it has some of the funniest one-liners that I can almost guarantee we all say in real life. Over the last five years, Bridesmaids has become one of my all-time favorite movies—and not just because I’m low-key obsessed with Kristen Wiig. If it’s on TV, I keep it on, no matter how many times I’ve seen it or how many times in a row it plays. It’s that good.
So in honor of Bridesmaids’ fifth anniversary and the phenomenally funny women that made it possible, I present to you a list of the movie’s top 12 scenes and the most quotable quotes from each (as picked by yours truly).
12. Opening Bed Scene With Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig deserve about a million awards for their opening sex scene in Bridesmaids—it’s literally a montage of Annie and Ted in different awkward positions making a whole bunch of sex noises. And it’s incredible. Even the morning after is perfectly uncomfortable.
Favorite quote: “I like simple, I’m not like other girls. I’m not like ‘Be my boyfriend!’ Unless you were like, ‘Yeah!’ Then I’d be like, ‘Maybe.’” – Annie
11. Megan Kicking Annie’s Ass
Maybe I’m just a sap, but I love this scene because Megan proves she’s more than just a punch line. She’s one of Annie’s best friends. And Megan understands where Annie is coming from, because she’s been there before herself. She’s struggled too. And as a result, she wants her to realize that she just needs to stand up, stop feeling sorry for herself, and get her shit together.
Favorite quote: “I’m your life Annie, I’m your shitty life.” – Megan
10. Magazine-Wine-Party (I’m Engaged!)
When Annie finds out that Lillian is engaged, it hits her pretty fast that things are going to change and that her love life isn’t anywhere near that stage. I love the way Lillian tells her and the way Annie reacts. I literally reacted the same way when one of my best friends got engaged recently (to be fair, I made her promise that she’d tell me exactly how Lillian tells Annie so that I could react that way—and she did). But when one of your long-time BFFs gets engaged, it really is a “what is happening?!” kind of moment.
Favorite quote: “Oh my God, I just got hot. Yeah, my pits are sweating. My stomach hurts, I don’t know, I’m hot. Oh my God, whaaaaat is happening?” – Annie
9. Annie & Rhodes Hang Out
There are two particular scenes where Annie and Rhodes hang out that I absolutely adore—the first is when they share carrots on the roof of Rhodes’ car in the middle of the night and Rhodes challenges Annie to prove she’s tough enough to be a cop (because he’s so “tough and strong and handsome”). The second is after the airplane drama—Annie and Rhodes are hanging out at a bar and he says, “There’s something about you that sticks.” And then they end up in Rhodes’ bed. I mean. Come on.
Favorite quote: “Come on, hot dogger. Let’s get that f*cker.” – Rhodes
8. The Bridal Shower
Lillian’s bridal shower is a gorgeous Parisian soiree—complete with shit-that’s-fresh pink lemonade, a horseback ride valet, and puppy party favors. Things turn ugly when Helen out-does Annie’s gift (Flights to Paris? Really? Come on, Helen…) and Annie finally snaps. Her blowup is pretty phenomenal.
Favorite quote: “You would know that if you got your beautiful haired head out of your asshole. In fact, out of her asshole, which I’m sure is perfectly bleached.” “You know what? It is! And you know how I know? Because I went to the f*cking salon with her and I got my asshole bleached, too!” – Annie & Lillian
7. The Wedding
After all of Annie’s ups and downs throughout the movie, I can’t lie—I’m all for the happy ending. And I love that, despite the character growth in the movie, everyone has some true-to-character wrap up—Helen gets Wilson Phillips to perform, Annie and Lillian rock out to “Hold On” together like when they were kids, and Megan reveals a hilarious prank she’s played on her brother. And because Helen couldn’t stay completely awful, she clearly had something to do with Rhodes picking Annie up at the wedding (I mean, she SAW how heartbroken Annie looked back when they were getting Rhodes’ attention.) Damn it, Helen. You’re not so bad after all.
Favorite quote: “I put a loaded gun in Dougie’s carry on. The TSA is just gonna rip his ass apart.” – Megan
6. Dress Store Shit Show (Literally)
Even if gross humor isn’t your cup of tea, I’ve got to hand it to the cast on this one—they made food poisoning funny. After going out to a hole in the wall Brazilian restaurant, the ladies get sick while trying on bridesmaid dresses in a swanky, pristine, white-carpeted dress store. It’s ugly and disgusting and well, hilarious.
Favorite quote (two-way tie): “It’s comin’ outta me like lava!” – Megan / “Oh you’re really doin’ it, aren’t ya? You’re shittin’ in the street.” – Annie
5. Getting Pulled Over by Officer Rhodes
Annie’s already got Helen under her skin. As she’s driving home, she’s getting really into imitating her, which of course results in Annie getting pulled over for reckless driving. It’s not exactly a “meet-cute,” but Officer Rhodes makes Annie prove her sobriety and she takes it a step further by dancing. I might be totally biased, but this is one of my absolute favorite scenes because I’m obsessed with Kristen Wiig’s mannerisms and dance moves.
Favorite quote: “Oh hi, I’m Helen. Oh, you live in Milwaukee? Oh, I’m sorry. Oh, have you met Lillian? Oh, she’s my best friend. Yeah, I know. We’ve only known each other for five minutes.” – Annie
4. Annie & Helen Trying to Get Rhodes’ Attention
Annie knows exactly what buttons to push when it comes to Rhodes. This scene delivers on all kinds of hilarious moments—like Helen’s ugly crying and Annie doing every illegal thing possible to get Rhodes’ attention (i.e. speeding, littering, drifting, driving topless—you know, the usual).
Favorite quote: “It’s the first time I’ve ever seen you look ugly. And that makes me kind of happy.” – Annie
3. “Dancing” in the Park and Brunch
Annie and Lillian are too cheap (in their words, “on a budget”) to pay for a Boot Camp class in the park. Of course they get caught, but not without trying to play it off as them dancing in the park. They end up at brunch, where they talk about Annie’s “adult sleepover,” and how scummy the guy she’s dating is. My favorite moment has to be when Annie does an impression of an intrusive penis. Genius.
Favorite quote: “He also told you you need dental work, he’s an asshole.” “I don’t. Need. Dental work.” “You’re right.” “There’s nothing wrong with my teeth.” “You are SO beautiful, will you marry me?” “Yes.” – Annie & Lillian
2. The Engagement Party
Lillian’s engagement party is where we first meet her bridal party consisting of Rita (cousin), Becca (co-worker), Megan (future sister-in-law), Helen (life ruiner/goddess). Just getting a taste of each woman’s personality is funny—then come the speeches. Annie is immediately out-shone by Helen and the speeches turn into a back and forth battle over who knows Lillian best. Inside jokes, Spanglish, and an impromptu “That’s What Friends Are For” duet ensue.
Favorite quote: “I’m glad he’s single, because I’m gonna climb that like a tree.” – Megan
1. Bachelorette Party Flight
What do I love about this scene? Um, all of it. Every single second of it. If I could only watch one scene from this movie—this would be it. From the blossoming love affair between Megan and Air Marshall Jon to Annie’s fear of flying and her twice-as-nervous seat neighbor (and all the drugged up, drunken hilarity that ensues)—the airplane scene is comedic gold.
Favorite quote (or four?): “I just feel like I’m excited, and I feel relaxed, and I am ready to party. Oh with the best of them, and I’m gonna go down to the river!” / “Oh! This is a very strict plane that I’m on. Welcome to Germany. Auf Wiedersehen, Asshole.” / “Help me, I’m poor.” / “I have an announcement too. There is a colonial woman on the wing. There’s a woman on the wing, I saw her. There’s something they’re not telling us! There is a colonial woman, she was churning butter. She is dressed in traditional colonial garb.” – Annie
Honorable Mention: Annie’s Roomie’s Free Tattoo
Rebel Wilson doesn’t play a big role in Bridesmaids, but she’s definitely scene-stealer whenever she’s on screen. This scene is the first time we get to meet her and what a first impression she makes! Not only did she get her new tattoo “fo’ free,” but she also explains that it’s a “Mexican drinking worm. It’s like a Native American symbol meaning ‘wasted’.” Naturally. And what better way to care for your infected, free tattoo than to toss some frozen peas on it?
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