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Leslye Headland’s

Written by Leslye Headland, based on her play.

With: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson, Hayes MacArthur, James Marsden, Adam Scott and Kyle Bornheimer.

Anchor Bay via The Weinstein Company

Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

Who would have guessed that watching four snarky, hateful bitches could be so bloody entertaining?

Not me, said the guy who didn’t quite get the Bridesmaids magic —especially Melissa McCarthy’s one-note (incredulously Oscar-nominated) turn. Even The Hangover was just okay in my book, so why did I love Bachelorette so much?

Maybe it was the off-beat, nasty humor? But Bridesmaids had that.

Perhaps the talented ensemble? Bridesmaids had that as well.

I believe it was the fact that the writer/director Leslye Headland didn’t feel it was necessary to make us like the characters—as often is the annoying case in films like these. She just let them exist at their own deliciously evil level of (im)maturity.

There’s no great plot to speak of. Basically Becky (a subdued Rebel Wilson), who was and still is called “pig face” by her friends, is the first of the quartet to get married. Horrible mean girl leader, the aptly named Regan (Kirsten Dunst, proving, as she did in Melancholia, that complicated is best), is not happy but proceeds to plan the bachelorette party anyway along with her two messed up galpals: Katie (Isla Fisher) who is a drug addled dolt and Gena (Lizzy Caplan), a self-involved slacker still pining over her high school ex (Adam Scott).

A night of sex, drugs, booze and insanity ensues. What these women do to Becky’s wedding gown is just wrong…and hilarious.

Through the petty and not-so-petty jealousies and horrific remarks, we can see the bond these women have, but it’s never tossed at our faces.

Dunst is the glue holding it all together and she’s just evil personified—I knew this girl in high school and I bet she hasn’t changed much either.

Fisher does the impossible. I’ve never liked her in anything and I liked her a lot in this.

But it’s Kaplan who steals the film giving such nuance to a part that could have been one-note.

And it was a treat to see James Marsden get nasty for a change.

The visual quality of the transfer is very good (1080p/AVC MPEG-4—aspect ratio 2.40: 1) with colors popping nicely.

The sound quality actually sucks at times with music/songs blaring so loud the dialogue becomes impossible to hear. Thank God for subtitles. I’m not sure if this is a transfer issue or was a problem with the film itself as I did not see it in its theatrical run.

The Special Features are a great disappointment.

There’s a silly blooper reel (when will the home entertainment honchos realize the only people who find these things funny are the ones who were involved in the project) as well as a five-minute Featurette on the making of the film. Seriously, five minutes??? Why even bother?

Finally, Headland’s commentary is quite interesting as she speaks about the genesis of the project and how she actually had nice friends growing up and these monsters spawned from her own "personalities." Makes me want to spend some time with her. Or not. I can’t decide.

For viewers who don’t need their female film characters to be cookie-cutter, I recommend Bachelorette.






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