Saturday, March 23, 2013
Bachelorette - DVD Review
Directed by Leslye Headland.
It'd be very easy to compare this movie to Bridesmaids, but that movie was geared to be more mainstream. This is more like a meaner version of The Hangover, mostly taking place over the 24 hours before a wedding with three maids of honor spending all night trying to emergency-repair their friend's wedding dress that they tore when drunk.
The three rude-and-crude chicks are the tightly-wound Regan (Dunst), the flighty Katie (Fisher) and the jaded Gena (Caplan). This movie doesn't ask you to sympathize with them, as two of them do cocaine in the first few minutes. They were part of a clique in high school, and they're reverting to their old destructive ways when reunited. Imagine the three Heathers coming together at age 30 to be bridesmaids.
The performances are solid all around. Dunst seems invigorated to play Regan, a rhymes-with-witch who believes she's done everything right and can't believe she isn't married yet. Her unhappiness will be felt by those around her in her passive-aggressive best. Caplan's Gena is the tough girl who falls apart when her ex-boyfriend Clyde (Scott) shows up. Fisher has this unending sweetness about her, where her Katie seems to think her never-ending substance abuse is still "cute."
Even though it tries to end on a somewhat positive note, it leaves a nasty aftertaste.