Thursday, August 30, 2012

Movie Review: Bachelorette

Bachelorette (Not to be confused with the god-awful reality show) is a new movie starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Cloverfield), Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, ) and Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect) and hits theaters September 7, but you can preview it On Demand and on iTunes before then. Our friend on the site and in real life, Anthony C, previewed the movie and gave us a short review. Check it out below!!


Bachelorette, the stage play-turned-movie written by first-time director Leslye Headland, is less Bridesmaids and more Mean Girls by way of The Hangover. Kirsten Dunst (following up a terrific performance in Melancholia) is dynamite as Regan, the type-A leader of the B Faces, a group of hard-partying friends reunited to be in the wedding of Becky (Rebel Wilson), a plus-sized girl they used to call “Pig Face” back in high school. Regan is the Maid of Honor, furious that she’s not the one getting married first. Lizzy Caplan plays Gena, a ball of cynicism and nicotine, anxious to be reunited with Clyde (Adam Scott), who broke up with her years ago when things got too heavy. Isla Fisher rounds out the group as the vivacious but dim-witted Katie, stuck at a dead-end retail job. 

The night before the wedding, the three girls commiserate over a ton of coke and as a joke, decide to play with Becky’s wedding dress. It accidentally rips. The film takes us over next twelve hours as they begin a debauchery-filled adventure to try and repair it. At its black heart, Bachelorette is a small comedy about the dark side of female friendship. Not feeling deep? Just enjoy the pretty people doing drugs and having mindless sex just to feel something. At a tight 88 minutes, the movie flies by, but Headland loses steam in the third act by trying to change the tone from caustic to heartfelt. Too late, but not too much of a problem. The performances (Fisher steals the show) are enough to coast on. Dunst’s Regan is like meeting up with her Bring It On character Torrance Shipman a decade later, hardened by disappointment and green with envy over not being the bride-to-be. Caplan’s monologue about blowjob is epic. Wilson, who hilariously played one of Kristen Wiig’s oddball roommates in Bridesmaids, is less sure-footed in her role as the straight man. Fun fact: Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) was originally set for the role of Becky, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. That might have worked better. I had a hard time believing Wilson’s Becky would be friends with any of the girls in high school and vice-versa.

The movie can be summed up with one line, although not particularly humorous, belonging to Scott, who says to Caplan about her emotionally stunted behavior: “It’s not cute anymore.”  Maybe not. But that doesn’t mean it’s not funny.

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