Written by Leslye
Headland, based on her play.
Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson,
Hayes MacArthur, James Marsden, Adam Scott and
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
Maybe it was the
off-beat, nasty humor? But Bridesmaids
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.
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
A night of sex,
drugs, booze and insanity ensues. What these women
do to Becky’s wedding gown is just wrong…and
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.
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
The Special Features
are a great disappointment.
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?
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.