Friday, February 28, 2014

Bitch of the Week: Helen

What else is there to say?

I think we can pretty much all agree that Bridesmaids is one of the funniest movies of all time. It deserves all the awards and at least two sequels. And while so much about the film is right, one of its strongest points is its ability to create a character like Helen, someone we should all strive to be more like.

The film focuses on Annie, a woe-is-me failed baker who can't keep a friend to save her life. The latest gal pal she's driving out of her life is Lillian, her lifelong BFF who is now engaged. Annie's the maid of honor, but she feels threatened by Lillian's new friend, Helen, who knows more about everything, including how to plan a wedding and what it takes to be the ultimate bitch.

She concocts the perfect recipe to usurp Annie's position as BFF. Step 1: Bond and bond hard. From the moment Annie and Helen meet, it's clear it's a competition to see who's closer to Lillian. Helen has no shortage of ammo, and expertly dishes out fond memory after inside joke to make Annie feel inadequate.

Step 2: Show Lillian that anything Annie can do, Helen can do better. When Annie repeatedly fails with her tasks as a maid of honor, Helen is always there to provide a Plan B, which is so good, it should have been Plan A. I don't have to remind you of the iconic bridal gown store scene, but lest we forget, Annie never schedule a fucking appointment. Helen had to use her connections to get in.

Step 3: Ambush. Whether it's stealing Annie's bridal party idea or encouraging her to sooth her fear of flying with a sedative cocktail on the airplane, Helen knows just how to take someone out.

The most beautiful thing about Helen is how much she grows. She's humble enough to realize she needs Annie's help when Lillian gets cold feet and reflective enough to admit her mistakes. But she does this while still retaining the uptight bitchery that made us fall in love with her in the first place.

1 comment:

Taylor said...

Hahaha! Amen!