Hens! Unite for Bridesmaids

Gather your hens – past, present and future – and go see Bridesmaids. I urge you.

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Gather your hens – past, present and future – and go see Bridesmaids. I urge you.

I wasn’t too enamoured with the trailer. I thought it was bit hackneyed, a bit poor man’s hangover (2). We’d been burnt so badly by Sex and the City 2, how could female comedy on the big screen recover? How wrong I was.

Last night, a generous smattering of my hens and I went to the opening night of Paul Feig’s comedy. There wasn’t a man in sight as groups of six or more girls crammed through the doors giggling.

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Kristen Wiig’s Annie, Rose Byrne’s Helen, Melissa McCarthy’s Megan and Maya Rudolph’s Lillian make for the motley crew of hens that traditionally make up the bride-to-be’s ghosts of friendships past (not mine, you understand...).

You know where the plot’s going, but it is achieved with such hilarity and affection that you never groan or squirm - well, you do squirm a fair bit but with them, not at them.

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Whatever your role call of chicks – tight friends or eclectic bunch – it's a brilliant excuse to bond some more. We giggled all the way home, desperate for a hen night of our own.

Ps Chris O’Dowd, the Irish actor formerly of the IT Crowd and nice cop Nathan in the film, came in to the office last week for an interview. We didn’t even look around. Had he arrived after the release of Bridesmaids, he would have been mobbed. A character to melt your heart...

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