Bachelorette is an American black comedy film. Three twenty-something friends Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Katie (Isla Fisher) and Gena (Lizzy Caplan) are together for their school friend Becky’s (Rebel Wilson) wedding. Seething with resentment and jealousy the girls accidentally ruin Becky’s dress. Now they only have one night to fix the dress and turn up in time for Becky’s wedding.
The film is trying to cash in on the success of Bridesmaids. In theory there are some good ideas and characters here but the execution mostly falls flat. Unlike Bridesmaids the characters are not likeable or funny enough to really root for.The main problem is the film is just not laugh our loud funny. There are parts that make you smile to yourself but not howling with laughter.
The actresses try their best in the roles. Dunst looks like she’s having a ball playing someone as bitchy and insecure as Regan, Fisher has the funniest moments as drugged up and ditzy Katie, while Caplan does show moments of vulnerability behind her character’s bitter and hard exterior. We see hints of what has made them the damaged individuals they are today but it feels wrapped up too quickly by the end and never explored fully enough. Also I can’t forgive a film which casts Rebel Wilson and then sidelines her as extensively as this. However the scenes she is in shows a soft, vulnerable side to her that we haven’t seen much of in her previous films.
The men is this film are also not that interesting. James Marsden looks like he’s having fun as the obnoxious Trevor but he really is a one note character. Kyle Borheimer is the most likeable of the guys as small time dealer Joe who has strong, protective feelings of Katie. The film is also unsure over whether Gena’s ex boyfriend Clyde is a nice guy who just made some bad choices in the past or a real douche that Gena should just forget about.
Bachelorette is not a terrible film, and does have its funny moments, mostly due to the talented cast it somehow assembled but its perhaps one that would be funnier on DVD rather than the cinema.
Rating 2/5-harmless enough but the cast deserve better than this