Movie Review: Bachelorette (2012)

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Katie: “I don’t understand anything anyone is talking about most of the time”

Plot: Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school. (via IMDb)

Rating: 6/10

This movie was awful. I went in knowing that it wouldn’t be great, because when are movies like these ever great? But it sucked. It marginally redeemed itself within the last twenty five minutes, but the rest was a big gnashing of teeth and wishing it could get over with.

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The one thing this movie really does show well is how people make weddings all about them, and never about the happy couple. Kirsten Dunst had the pleasure of portraying a horrendous self righteous woman who couldn’t even be happy the girl that had always protected her was getting a good husband because NO she had dared to get married before her elitist friend.

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Bachelorette had a very common phenomenon in that movies love to have: send out hateable characters then reveal something sad about their past just to make them more lovable in the last few minutes. I’ve often discovered that an ass is an ass even if you put a shiny ribbon on it, and screenwriters can either start writing better characters or keep them hateable to the end.

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The meh factor with Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson was slightly offset by the charm of Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fischer in. I really enjoy Lizzy Caplan although she is not overly famous and Isla Fischer is always predictable but not bad at playing her favourite scatterbrained characters. Bachelorette’s males aren’t much better than the females –  James Marsden as the rogue playboy no one cares enough about to tell to grow up and had Adam Scott in who really seems like a douche forever and always.  I really enjoyed Kyle Bornheimer’s character Joe – perhaps the only person in the wedding party with some resemblance of a soul?

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I liked this more than Bridesmaids, so that is something I guess. I just really wish that there could be a few movies that don’t portray women as nasty, insincere friends who take no accountability for themselves or their actions.

Recommendation: NO (well, maybe if you’re high this might be funny)

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