Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids was one of the most popular and influential comedies of the 2010s, leading to some of the most iconic and funniest scenes in Bridesmaids. It inspired a wave of female-led R-rated comedies to combat the male-dominated turn the genre had taken throughout the 2000s with films like Wedding Crashers and The Hangover. In true Apatowian fashion, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s Oscar-nominated script perfectly balanced gross-out gags and raunchy jokes with honest meditation on real human emotions.
The Apatow philosophy is getting audiences to watch movies that are smarter and sweeter than they’re expecting, and Bridesmaids stays true to that. While the film is full of crass humor and a few cheap laughs, it has an emotional center and, at the end of the day, is about the complexity of female relationships. The characters, while over-the-top at some points, are wholly relatable in their womanhood, and one would be hard-pressed to find a moment that doesn’t bring about gales of laughter. Here are the 10 funniest scenes in Bridesmaids.
10 Annie And Helen Try To Get Rhodes’ Attention
One of the funniest sense in Bridesmaids sees Annie repeatedly driving her car back and forth in front of a police officer doing illegal things, like flashing him, in order to get his attention. When Lillian is nowhere to be found on her wedding day, Annie decides to ask her jilted love interest, Officer Rhodes, for help.
What makes this Bridesmaids scene so funny is Officer Rhodes reaction. Since ANNIE gave him the cold shoulder, he’s not too pleased to see her. So, she has to break the law a bunch of times to get his attention. Eventually, she does, but only after turning around and driving by at least five times.
9 Megan Overcommits To Raising Puppies
At Lillian’s bridal shower, puppies are being given away as party favors. As she drives away from the bridal shower, Annie sees Megan drive past with nine puppies in her minivan. This is obviously a comically large number of puppies for any single person as is, and alone wouldn’t make for a funniest Bridesmaid scene, but the movie didn’t end the gag there.
In one of the funniest scenes in Bridesmaids, Megan comes to see Annie at her mom’s house. She has all nine dogs with her and admits in one of the funniest Megan Bridesmaids quotes, “I did slightly overcommit to the whole dog thing. It turns out I’m probably more comfortable with six. It’s a lot of energy to deal with.” Melissa McCarthy’s delivery, and the fact that she’s attempting to wrangle nine adorable puppies on leashes, is what makes the scene stick out as one of the most iconic.
8 “You’re A Little C***!”
Annie works at a jewelry store, so she’s constantly faced with customers who are a lot happier and wealthier than herself. In one of the funniest scenes in Bridesmaids, she gets into an argument with a 13-year-old girl — and one of the best uses of in cinema history of one of the worst words in the English language.
They trade some sharp insults, like Annie telling the girl to “have fun having a baby at your prom” and the girl calling Annie “an old, single loser who’s never going to have any friends.” Eventually, the argument becomes so heated that Annie drops a C-bomb and promptly gets herself fired from the store. The fact that Annie can get this riled up by a teenager speaks to her own maturity issue, but the teenager sort of had it coming.
7 Annie’s Meltdown At Lillian’s Bridal Shower
One of the funniest scenes in Bridesmaids happens when Annie finds out that Helen is taking Lillian to Paris, stealing her initial idea from long ago. What results is Annie having an epic meltdown right in the middle of Lillian’s bridal shower. She goes out into the backyard and sabotages the chocolate fountain, hilariously throwing chocolate everywhere.
Annies rampage in Bridesmaids doesn’t stop there though. She also attacks a giant, over-the-top heart-shaped cookie with “Lillian & Dougie” written in icing, punching a hole right through it. It’s a childish display, to say the least, but Kristen Wiig, in one of her best movies, uses every bullet in her physical comedy arsenal to really make the scene work.
6 Megan Confronts The Air Marshal
On the plane ride to Lillian’s bachelorette party, Megan becomes convinced that she’s figured out who the undercover Air Marshal is based on the fact he has no luggage. Throughout one of the funniest scenes in Bridesmaids, Megan gives the passenger the third degree to the point that audiences are convinced he isn’t an Air Marshal, and Megan is just harassing a random passenger.
In a hilarious twist, it turns out that Megan was right after Annie becomes unruly and gets the group kicked off the plane. The Air Marshal was played by Ben Falcone, who’s married to Melissa McCarthy in real life. Their off-screen chemistry translates well to this Bridesmaids scene, and though Ben Falcone’s cameo is short, his appearance arrives during one of Bridesmaid’s most memorable scenes.
5 Brynn Shows Off Her Tattoo
There were a few star-making performances in Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig solidified herself as a leading lady who could carry a movie, while Melissa McCarthy ensured she could make whatever films she wanted for the rest of her career. Rebel Wilson also got her breakout role, playing Annie’s obnoxious and boundary-less roommate, Brynn.
In one of the funniest scenes in Bridesmaids, Brynn shows off a drinking worm tattoo she got in a van in a random parking lot. It looks terribly infected right off the bat, and she pours frozen peas on it instead of just using the bag after wriggling around to make the worm “dance.” In one of Rebel Wilson’s best roles, her deadpan delivery is what truly sells the scene.
4 Annie And Helen’s Competing Toasts
At Lillian and Doug’s engagement party, Annie gives a toast to her best friend, and then Helen gives a toast… and then Annie gives another toast to top her, and then Helen gives another toast to top her. It keeps going back and forth in one of the funniest scenes in Bridesmaids, getting more and more painfully cringeworthy each time someone takes the mic.
Kristen Wiig and Rose Byrne play the scene spectacularly, putting on all the airs that society demands while being hilariously transparent in their motivations. The “two people trying to one-up eachother during a speech” gag has been done before, but Bridesmaids managed to deliver a fresh take on the trope.
3 Megan’s First Appearance
Melissa McCarthy became a huge movie star overnight with her Oscar-nominated performance as Doug’s brash, fearless, loudmouthed sister Megan in Bridesmaids. When Annie first meets Megan, she easily has the funniest character introduction in the movie, and arguably one of the funniest scenes in Bridesmaids.
In one of Melissa McCarthy’s best movies, among other random bits of bizarre information, she tells Annie about how she’s recovering from a recent injury she sustained from falling off a cruise ship, hitting a lot of railings along the way, and how she communicated telepathically with a dolphin who saved her life, saying, “I met a dolphin down there, and I swear to God, that dolphin looked not at me, but into my soul.”
2 Annie Gets The Group Thrown Off The Plane
While Lillian, Helen, and the others all flew to the bachelorette party in first class, Annie can only afford a coach ticket, and she’s too proud to let Helen buy her a first-class seat. She gets nervous about flying, and Helen gives her a couple of pills to calm her down, but what happens is easily one of the funniest scenes in Bridesmaids.
These pills end up being way too strong and get Annie so high that she causes enough of a scene — with one flight attendant in particular called Steve (or “Stove”) — to get the plane grounded and the whole group thrown off. The scene has launched a thousand memes, and by far the most memorable quote is Wiig’s painfully drawn-out “I’m ready to partyyyy!”
1 The Dress Fitting Goes South
One of the funniest scenes in Bridesmaids is simultaneously the grossest. In the movie, Annie takes everybody to a Brazilian steak restaurant for lunch before their dress fitting. However, they all get horrible food poisoning that hits right when they get to the bridal shop.
When they’re all wearing expensive dresses that they have yet to pay for, the floodgates open. Megan hops up on the sink in the bathroom and cries, “It’s coming out of me like lava!”, Lillian ends up in the street, and it’s safe to say that the whole thing is ruined.