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Bachelorette - Written and Directed by Leslye Headland

by Melissa Silverstein
September 7, 2012 1:36 PM
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While it might be tempting to compare Bachelorette to Bridesmaids because they are both about women and weddings - you would be doing so at your peril. Whereas Bridesmaids was about the utter collapse and rebirth of a woman, Bachelorette is about a bunch of hedonistic, awful high school friends who convene in NYC for the wedding of a classmate. The women -- played by Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan -- are mortified (though Kirsten Dunst is the most mortified) that the first of their high school friends to get married is overweight Becky played by a restrained Rebel Wilson. To top it off, she's marrying a really hot guy.

Be prepared, these women are some of the most unlikeable women seen in recent memory onscreen. Some folks have found them too abrasive and simply terrible people but clearly this is resonating with an audience since the film has already become a huge hit on demand even before it opened in theaters.

Leslye Headland who wrote and directed the film joins a class of women unafraid to show women with it all hanging out. She shows how connected jealousy and love are.

Be prepared, that the amount of drugs that Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan ingest is more than enough to kill an elephant. And, oh yeah the threesome rip the bride's dress while making fun of her weight.

As they spend the rest of the night, drinking, doing drugs, having sex, and subsequently ODing, they also seem to manage to salvage the dress (how they had any brain cells left I do not know).  Personally, I could have done without the ditzy salesgirl with no self-esteem played by Isla Fisher, but am always happy to see Kirsten Dunst as the type A maid of honor from hell and the always fantastic Lizzy Caplan.

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  • Janet | September 27, 2012 3:28 PMReply

    yeah this movie was straight up horrible

  • Elise | September 14, 2012 11:19 AMReply

    I thought this movie was hilarious, especially Isla Fisher (chacun à son goût). Yeah, the characters are pretty unlikable, but I kind of liked them anyway, as fictional characters that I never have to interact with. There are a few fat jokes, but they come off as being more at the expense of the people making them—they are more about their reactions to their friend and what that reveals about their own insecurities and self-loathing.

    Did it have problems? Most definitely. Would I consider it a feminist movie? Not necessarily. For one thing, all emotional breakthroughs are strictly a male-female affair. But it made me laugh, and any movie that references "My So-Called Life" has an edge with me.

  • Katherine | September 10, 2012 10:39 PMReply

    I liked this movie... a lot. I think it might have benefited from more character development. I got the sense--and maybe I'm filling this in to justify enjoying the movie?--that Katie has sabotaged her education (leaving FIT) and personality because 1) it's what guys have told her to do if she wants their affection and 2) she thinks she's supposed to do that based on society (I know, it's kind of a stretch with the provided material) and everyone around her.

  • Virginie | September 8, 2012 12:26 PMReply

    I'm surprised you saw that much in this movie. It is just a bore! Those women are pathetic and at no point funny. It is definitely impossible to feel empathy for them. So what's left for the viewers?

  • maria | September 8, 2012 11:55 AMReply

    I had the misfortune to rent this on Netflix. Do not waste your time or money.

  • concerned | September 7, 2012 4:02 PMReply

    Is it offensive, though? I'm scared to watch it because it is mean to women. I liked how Bridesmaids didn't resort to fat-shaming Melissa McCarthy and let her shine for the funny, beautiful, scene-stealing woman she is. I want to give Bachelorette a chance and believe it is about the ugly side of a select group of individuals but the truth is it permits fat jokes to women and that hurts my feelings.

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