Bachelorette

bachelorette

Last year’s female ensemble comedy, Bachelorette, is basically The Hangover, but instead of the groomsmen losing the groom, the bridal party have a misdemeanor with the bride’s dress and things get craaazy.

You may think my tone here is one of formal comedy snobbery. However, even though the plot of this movie breaks no new ground, and it is as predictable as Swiss cheese, there aren’t too many holes in what actually turned out as quite an enjoyable comedy. The comediennes Rebel Wilson and Lizzy Caplan, joined up with Isla Fisher and the lead, Kirsten Dunst, all play best friends and somewhat cookie-cutter characters (like the rest of the cast), but on evidence here they all have multiple funny bones in their bodies. The standout performance was from Lizzy Caplan, who delivers her coke-addled, wise-cracking yet insecure New York thirty-something with consummate ease.

Sometimes it felt like the humour was verging on tired, especially when one of the running jokes dealt with the mass use of a white class A drug, nevertheless, it was edgy enough at points. And there weren’t myriad dick and ball jokes, and the ones they did include weren’t the punchline of a major scene. There were also moments of genuine darkness that went beyond dark humour, which grounded the lives of these women in some reality, as it dealt with drug abuse, eating disorders and the results of one of life’s most difficult choices. The only real ‘problem’, if one can call it that, I had with this movie was a casting choice that verged heavily into racial stereotype territory, which was pretty awkward to watch.

Obviously, comparisons can be drawn between Bachelorette and Bridesmaids, and as a person with male genitalia that has seen both movies, I think I enjoyed this one more. One could argue that Bridesmaids broke the comedy mold by ushering in an age of strong female ensembles, and while Bachelorette is piggybacking on its success, the question is this; what white, male, conservative, American comedy movies have you seen in the last 5 years that have done anything original?

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4 thoughts on “Bachelorette

  1. I totally agree with you. Nothing special here, but it was fun to watch. I was actually surprised to see Rebel Wilson playing a sort of straight man role. I’m used to her characters being much more oddball.

    1. Damn, I knew I’d forget something! I was think that throughout this movie, that she was the straight one. The chemistry they had together was pretty authentic, too. And Dunst nailed her feisty role well as well.

  2. The mean-streak each one of these characters had was refreshing to see, but once it got all soft and cuddly at the end, I couldn’t quite believe it. Good review.

    1. It was nice seeing the most straight one get her man, regardless of cinematic conventions of beauty, which they played on. But yeah, it all wrapped up a bit too cleanly with the dress. Cheers for dropping by!

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