Posted by Rande Iaboni on September 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm
Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding for a girl they used to ridicule back in high school in this raunchy comedy that is sure to be compared to last year’s ‘Bridesmaids’ even though it shouldn’t. ‘Bachelorette’ is based off the play of the same name, and is much more similar to ‘The Hangover,’ in that it features three outlandish friends causing mayhem over the course of one night before a wedding.
The three bridesmaids are Regan (Kristen Dunst), Gena (Lizzy Caplan), and Kate (Isla Fisher), and yes, they are absolutely insane. The great thing about this comedy was that the message – don’t care what other people think – fits the film perfectly. The filmmakers don’t hold back one bit, many of these characters have no redeeming qualities at all, and it doesn’t matter because that’s the point. All 3 leads turn in fantastic performances, each having a chance to shine at one point or another. While Lizzy Caplan stole most of the scenes she was in, it was Dunst that really impressed me. While it would’ve been very easy for the character of Regan to appear very one-note, she turned her into a real person, albeit still a crazy one.
The main conflict presents itself after the three friends accidentally rip the bride’s dress the night before the wedding. After that it is a race against time to get the dress fixed, a task that may seem impossible when all three girls are hopped up on cocaine and alcohol. The chemistry between the three leads is electric and the film is at its best when they are together wreaking havoc.
‘The Hangover’ proved to be so successful because of the chemistry between the three leads, and the film capitalized on that by keeping the group intact throughout. That is where this film falls short because somewhere in the second half the three girls get separated and spend the rest of the film with potential love interests. It’s not that the film stops being funny it’s just that it loses some steam towards the end because the plot becomes somewhat disjointed. This is at no fault to the three leads who still give it their all, as well as the three male leads (Adam Scott, James Marsden, and Kyle Bornheimer).
Another small qualm I had was the use of Rebel Wilson who plays the bride in the film. Anyone who has seen a film starring Wilson knows she is a comedic genius and she is under-utilized here, a definite missed opportunity there. It’s also never explained why if the girls ridiculed her in high school why she would choose them to be her bridesmaids.
Overall, ‘Bachelorette’ will probably have mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. It will inevitably be compared to ‘Bridesmaids,’ and if people go into it expecting it to be anything like that they will be disappointed because this is a totally different film. Additionally, the three leads are some of the worst friends to grace the silver screen, and while I found them to be hysterical, others may find them polarizing. I spent the majority of this film laughing out loud, but this type of comedy is not for everyone. It played out like a scripted episode of The Real Housewives, a drunken night out with women acting way too insane for their ages. Count me in! SEE IT.