Proof Review: Bachelorette (2012)

Release Date
September 7, 2012
Director
Leslye Headland
Screenplay
Leslye Headland
Distributed By
The Weinstein Company
Budget
$3 million
Comedy, Romance
Rated R for sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use
88 minutes

Bachelorette

If not for the impressive showing from the leading ladies, “Bachelorette” would be extremely lacking. Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher display female vulgarity at its finest, with an honesty of how manipulative ladies can be, even with their closest “friends”. There’s definitely a lot of inside humor or real-life experiences at play in the film, as the allusions to past events seem extremely close to the chest. “Bachorlette” lands in a middle ground between completely believable and almost too believable at the sake of losing entertainment value, with several dead-end plots, matched evenly with completely telegraphed plot ends.

The story is your standard pre-wedding party. Rebel Wilson nabs yet another role without much merit, playing the bride-to-be, Becky, while the three actual leading ladies play her high school friends and bridesmaids. Of course, the night isn’t without its issues. When Becky’s wedding dress is ripped in half by Regan (Dunst) and Gena (Lizzy), the trio must find a way to repair or replace the dress by morning. Against impossible odds and constant drug-use, the bridesmaids set out on the New York streets to find their fix.

Where the film falls short is in the severity of the night’s events. If you’re going to tout ruckus, then go all out. The plot lines are drawn in the sand and you see the conclusions coming from a mile away. There’s very little sex involved given its “R” rating, with the outrageous portions of the night remaining tame in comparison to the film’s fellow genre members, and overall, there’s nothing we haven’t seen before, save for Kirsten Dunst acting like a “Hannibal Lector” bitch. The only extremely funny moments are self-aware, for example, Isla Fisher’s character stating that she thinks she’s dumb because she doesn’t understand anything anyone ever says.

Somehow placing a serious actress like Kirsten Dunst in the midst of these comedic ladies, while reuniting Lizzy Caplan and Adam Scott (“Party Down”), creates an overall enjoyable comedy, even if it doesn’t quite live up to “The Hangover” or “Bridesmaids”. What future wedding related comedies need to learn is that ever since “The Hangover”, we’re used to a certain caliber of debauchery and if you’re not going to take situations to the extreme, then there’s no use in trying to tell a story we’ve all encountered before. “Bachelorette” brings us a new pairing of actresses but that’s where the film stops being unique.

 

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