Bridesmaids + More Raunch - Tender Story = Bachelorette
- Friday, September 07, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: September 7 (limited), also available for download on iTunes, Amazon and OnDemand
Rating: R (sexual content, pervasive language and drug use)
Run Time: 91 min.
Director: Leslye Headland
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson, Paul Corning, James Marsden, Horatio Sanz, Adam Scott
When it comes to movies, lightning rarely strikes in the same place twice.
But considering Hollywood’s seemingly incurable case of copycat fever and the unexpected box office success of 2011's Bridesmaids, it’s really no surprise that even the downright horrible Bachelorette was given the green light. After all, since it involves an appealing-enough cast, weddings, and raunchy pre-matrimonial hi-jinx that push it into The Hangover territory, it’s a surefire crowd-pleaser, right?
Already proving to be something of a low-budget wonder, Bachelorette has achieved hit status on iTunes, Amazon and OnDemand before even making its way to theaters this weekend. But as everything from Transformers to recent Nicholas Cage movies to last week’s box office champ The Possession has taught us, just because something’s popular doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good.
And that statement definitely applies to Bachelorette.
Unlike Bridesmaids where the shameless, gross-out humor was at least accompanied by a story with a genuine human connection, Bachelorette is nothing but an hour-and-a-half of insufferable characters engaging in thoroughly insufferable behavior.
In fact, one can’t help wondering why poor Becky (Bridesmaids scene-stealer Rebel Wilson) is so utterly clueless. No one with an ounce of self respect would ask Regan (Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia), Gena (Lizzy Caplan, Cloverfield) and Katie (Isla Fisher, Definitely, Maybe) to be in her bridal party—especially after what Becky (a.k.a. Pig Face) has endured. Not only were the girls (calling them ladies just doesn’t feel right) downright horrible to her in high school, but they continue to talk about her behind her back, mostly taking sophomoric jabs at her weight.
Whatever the reason Becky has recruited these hideous creatures to stand by her side on her big day, the audience isn’t given any choice but to roll with it. Taking control in true Type-A fashion, Regan eventually steps up as the Maid of Honor, despite feeling a little depressed about Becky’s engagement since she was supposed to be the first of her friends getting married. Attempting to rise above it, something she rarely succeeds at, Regan is determined to usher Becky into married life with style.
Trouble is, Becky wants nothing more than a low-key bachelorette party. Even the requisite stripper’s time is cut short when Becky’s mom announces that it’s time for her daughter to get her beauty sleep. Of course her bridesmaids don’t plan on turning in any time soon, and it’s their pursuit of a good time that ends up consuming the rest of the film’s running time.
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