Friday, September 6, 2013

Bachelorette (2012)

Number Rolled: 38
Movie Name/Year: Bachelorette (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Length: 87 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Leslye Headland
Writer: Leslye Headland
Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, Andrew Rannells, Hayes MacArthur, Kyle Bornheimer, James Marsden, Ann Dowd, Adam Scott, Ella Rae Peck, Shauna Miles, Arden Myrin, Candy Buckley

Regan is less than thrilled when she finds out Becky, her friend since high school, is getting married before her. However, she’s forced to choke down the jealousy in order to be the Maid of Honor. The movie skips to six months later, the day before the wedding, and one can see just how much the stress of the day had gotten to her. When two old friends come in for the Bachelorette party, things go from bad to worse.

I’ve thought a lot about this movie. There are some parallels between this and “The Kitchen,” where storyline is concerned. If you remember back to my review for that film, you’ll remember I was less than impressed. I find myself underwhelmed with “Bachelorette” as well. To be honest, after some serious consideration, I think I may just not like this kind of story.

If I put aside the story and just review everything else, however, I still don’t like it. For a comedy, I found myself laughing considerably less than I would have expected. The writer/director seemed to try SO hard to be edgy that she forgot to add any substance to the script or the characters or… anything really. Not only that, but whoever chose the cover for this movie was probably trying to cash in on the concept that wasn’t, because this is the most misleading art for a movie I have ever seen. Add to that a trailer that reveals almost the entire ending and I pretty much consider “Bachelorette” a disaster.

It’s not all bad, though. The actors succeeded in making me care a few times which, in a movie like this, isn’t really all that easy. I also liked the sound track quite a bit and, despite the overall lack of funny, there were a couple of moments that actually made me laugh.

If you are going to attempt to watch the movie, don’t watch the trailer first. There are a ridiculous amount of spoilers.

Overall Opinion – 2/5

P.S. Based on a play with the same name by the same writer.

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