Sometimes it feels like there’s a chick flick about a group of friends at a wedding released every couple of weeks, so it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. And with Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette being compared to Bridesmaids it had more of a challenge than most.
Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher star as a trio of terrible bridesmaids who end up ruining the bride’s dress the night before the wedding and spend the rest of the night trying to fix it. Throw in their male counterparts from the groom’s side and plenty of high school drama no-one got over and Bachelorette follows the wedding film formula to a T.
Known as the B-faces in high school Regan (Dunst), Gena (Caplan) and Katie (Fisher) are so uncomfortable with their fatter friend Becky getting married before them (especially to the hot and rich Dale) that they go a little wild the night before the wedding. Unsurprisingly this leads to disaster in more ways than one.
Think Means Girls meets Bridesmaids then add a tonne more drugs, sex and swearing and you’ll have some idea of what’s in store for you with this film. Unfortunately Bachelorette fails to reach the heights of both these successful female comedies but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy watching these dirty-mouthed fuck-ups try and save the day.
It might seem like any other chick flick but it still manages to surprise at times and it definitely doesn’t shy away from taboos managing to cover abortions, bulimia and overdoses in its 87 minutes on screen. The soon-to-be married couple are refreshingly happy, despite the obvious joke of their ‘incompatibility’ and thankfully the film steers clear of the usual marriage-in-jeopardy scenarios.
All three of the main actresses pull off their parts as the controlling Regan, violent Gena and drug addled Katie with surprising skill and humour considering what they’ve been given to work with. Sadly Rebel Wilson, who could have helped liven up some of the duller moments of this film, isn’t really utilised, and the men are barely worth mentioning.
By the end of the film the couples have predictable paired off and everything is being wrapped up a bit too perfectly. You can pretty much sleep through the last 10 minutes and not miss anything but you might find you need that time to recover from the fast-paced antics that’s been before.
Between them the B-faces have enough issues to put their therapists in therapy but by the end of the film you'll find yourself wishing you had a group of mates like this to fight your corner, despite the havoc they wreak. This isn't a wedding film where everyone hates the couple and is rooting for their downfall and there are some genuinely funny and heart-warming moments as long as you can live with a little predictability.
We’ve reviewed the UK DVD edition of Bachelorette from Lionsgate UK but it’s also available on Blu-ray. The picture quality is really good and it sounds brilliant on surround sound despite the odd scene where the dialogue starts to get a bit lost due to background music. Optional English subtitles for the hard-of-hearing are also supplied. Unfortunately there are no special features on this DVD.
The storyline’s predictable (except for the occasional surprise), the characters two-dimensional and the comedy too sparse but it still ticks all the right chick flick boxes and as long as you’re not too demanding you’ll enjoy this film.