Bachelorette

  • Year:2012
  • Rating:MA
  • Director:Leslye Headland
  • Cast:Lizzy Caplan, Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, James Marsden, Adam Scott, Rebel Wilson
  • Release Date:November 01, 2012
  • Distributor:Hopscotch
  • Running time:93 minutes
  • Film Worth:$15.00
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It starts out tough, brittle and sharp so it’s disappointing that it dips into sentimentality in its final act.

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While it’s sure to draw lazy comparisons to last year’s smash hit, Bridesmaids, Bachelorette is refreshingly something very different. It may be wrapped in the pretence of a comedy, but scratch beneath the shiny facade and sharp one-liners, and there’s a dense and dark core.  

Written and directed by Leslye Headland, who adapts her own play, Bachelorette follows three thirty-something lifelong buds (Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher) who reunite for the bachelorette party of their friend, Becky (Rebel Wilson in a nice turn, which happily doesn’t call on her crass comedic instincts), who unexpectedly becomes the first member of their high school clique to walk down the aisle. Clearly not the kindest friends, the disgruntled trio goof off about the size of Becky’s dress the evening before the wedding, only to tear it, and spend the entire night – and majority of the film – racing around New York in a coked-up state trying to repair it.

The three leads are terrific in fleshing out their archetypal characters, beginning with Dunst, who is in top form as the anal maid-of-honour barely managing to conceal her rage that the “ugly friend” is tying the knot before her. Caplan is all sardonic wit and cynicism as the screwed-over “alternative one”, while Fisher smartly turns her irritating ditz of a character into something of a tragic. Suffice to say, the three leading ladies make for an unlikeable trio, though there’s no fault in that when they’re this much fun to watch. The mistake comes, however, when Headland tries to make us care about these characters and root for a happy ending. That said, it’s still a good deal sharper and sassier than the majority of flicks revolving around women and wedding dresses.

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