On the night before an old friend’s wedding, three frisky bridesmaids go searching for a little fun but find much more than they bargained for. With lovely Becky (Rebel Wilson) set to marry her handsome sweetheart, Dale (Hayes MacArthur), the remaining members of her high school clique reunite for one last bachelorette bacchanal in the Big Apple.
Regan (Kirsten Dunst) is an overachieving, uber-Maid of Honor who’s secretly smarting over the fact that she’s not the first to marry, while Gena (Lizzy Caplan) is a whip smart sarcastic who’s actually a closet romantic, and Katie (Isla Fisher) is a ditzy beauty who loves the good life. But when Becky insists on keeping the bachelorette party tame, the women proceed with an after-hours celebration of their own.
Things get very wild very quickly, sending the unholy trinity careening across Manhattan with a torn wedding dress in tow, bum-rushing a dry cleaner’s, charming their way into a shuttered tailor’s, and crashing Dale’s bachelor party. It’s there that Regan meets her match in white-collar hedonist Trevor (James Marsden), Katie gets pursued by former classmate, Joe (Kyle Bornheimer) and Gena finds herself drawn to old flame Clyde (Adam Scott). Will the girls get through the night alive? Can they fix the dress, be there for Becky, and get to the ceremony on time? Time is ticking away, but the bachelorettes are only getting started in what proves to be a life changing weekend they will never forget.
Film informationGenre: Comedy
When it comes to movies about brides, bridesmaids, weddings, friends, bachelor parties and bachelorette parties, there are no shortages. When the movie Bachelorette came out, my first response was one of irritable contempt. I was so tired of the genre and nothing new ever coming down the pipe and assumed this was more of the same in the Rom-com genre.
Boy was I wrong on this one.
Bachelorette is not a movie that everyone will view in the same way but I absolutely loved it. It was different in a million ways and in no way resembled any of the movies I was thinking it was aping. While Bridesmaids is somewhat similar, it did not even approach the wistful, evil flavor this movie exudes.
Generally speaking, these types of movies would follow the exact same formula. They would first put an old group of friends together that would each have a role to play. Inevitably one would be the evil one and the rest would be great friends with minor flaws to overcome. There would be hijinks, but they would always be within the sweet context of the movie. Eventually the man and woman would come together and all would be roses and candy canes.
Bachelorette is about four friends but that is where the comparisons pretty much end. Essentially there are four major characters. There is Becky (played by Rebel Wilson), a heavy set girl from high school that finds out she is going to be married to her dream man. She invites three “friends” from high school to be in her wedding party. These friends were not so friendly in high school and viewed Becky as the “outsider” of their little group because of her weight and unattractive status. Don’t you just love these three girls already?
The three friends are played by Kirsten Dunst (Regan), Isla Fisher (Katie) and Lizzy Caplan (Gena) and they make no bones about how shallow they are where life and love is concerned.
Without a doubt, Dunst steals the show as the beautiful, successful and closet miserable Regan. She clearly hates herself and loves herself at varied times in the movie and she loathes the fact that Becky is getting married before her. She is envious, angry and basically very hard to like on the surface. She ironically is chosen as the maid of honor and uses that power over those gals around her at every opportunity.
Katie (Fisher) is the girl from high school that started partying and never stopped. Her loose morals and constant search for empty happiness is sad and at the same time worn with pride by Fisher. It is hard to tell if she wants to change or simply enjoys the life she is leading enough to ignore those impulses. She still comes across as a fairly sweet gal with some major problems.
Gena is the girl that got hurt by her high school love and never recovered. She still pines for him after all these years and now suffers from some substance abuse and drinking problems. It is as though she has become stuck in her growth during high school and never quite made it out mentally.
From here, the movie is awesome and for an unusual reason. This movie is totally made by the characters and the actresses that play them. Although the characters come across as hateful and vindictive at times, and certainly troubled, they still are able to tug at our heartstrings perhaps because they also come across as human. Dunst is at her very best in this film and should win an award in my view.
Because of when it was released, it may slide under the radar. Take the opportunity to grab this gem and see it if you can. It is funny and real all at the same time.