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Bachelorette - Cinemaholic Movie Reviews
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Directing: B
Acting: B
Writing: B+
Cinematography: B
Editing: A-

It's near impossible not to think of Bachelorette as a retread of last year's barely-superior Bridesmaids. Really this could have been called Bridesmaids Too. This movie would never have existed without the other. And guess what it's about? Bridesmaids! The actual bachelorette, Becky, incidentally played by plus-sized blonde Rebel Wilson, who was Kristen Wiig's insane roommate in Bridesmaids, has the supporting part here.

That said, while Bridesmaids had far better comedic actors and some much funnier sequences, where that movie was lacking is where Bachelorette has its strengths. Bachelorette is more consistently funny. There are no lulls. And perhaps most importantly, for a movie like this, roughly an hour and a half is the perfect length. This movie clocks in at 88 minutes and therefore never outweighs its welcome.

This is good because the characters are such morally corrupt embodiments of self-destruction and debauchery. Writer-director Leslye Headland, here offering her debut feature, infuses enough humanity into them to keep them sympathetic, but only barely. There's a lot more drug usage in this movie. Two of the bridesmaids do a lot of cocaine. I wouldn't exactly say it's glamorized, but it's certainly used for effective comedy. We're not meant to think it's a good thing to do, but the closest we get to moralizing about it is when an ex-boyfriend says plainly, "It's not cute anymore."

But to the point of the story. Becky is getting married. Her close friend Regan (Kirsten Dunst), who is so self-centered it seems bizarre she's remained friends with Becky since high school, is insane with jealousy. For some reason, she still agrees to be the maid of honor. Two other friends, Gena (Lizzy Caplan) and Katie (Isla Fisher), are female versions of the arrested development movies usually put in male characters. These four called themselves the "B-Faces" in high school. Regan is the control freak so in that sense it makes sense she should be doing all the organizing. Gena and Katie certainly wouldn't ever be able to handle it. They're here to party. And they get right to partying hard.

Ninety percent of the movie takes place over the night before the wedding. In a drug-induced stupor, the three girls accidentally rip the wedding dress, and in a panic they spend the night finding ways to get it repaired, only to systematically get it soiled in all manner of disgusting ways. Although there's no point of amnesia, it plays out a little more like a female version of The Hangover -- which, of course, Bridesmaids was relentlessly compared to first.

But here's the thing: it is funny. I had a good time. I laughed about as much as I wanted to. The pacing is excellent: there's never a dull moment, and never once did I wonder when the movie would be over. It's a dubious thing to laugh at people's lack of a moral compass, but in the end, all these characters seem to have one deep inside of them somewhere. There's nothing particularly wholesome about any of them, which is fine because wholesomeness has no place in a movie like this. Comparisons to Heathers, even though that film is still the best of its kind, are finally apropos.

It's still nothing even close to original. Bachelorette is the byproduct of a trend -- female gross-out humor -- rather than the setting of one. The generally mixed reaction from critics makes sense. This is not an exceptional movie. But is it funny? Absolutely yes. When it comes down to it, the truth is if you enjoyed Bridesmaids, you'll enjoy this one. Just maybe barely not quite as much.

Isla Fisher, Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan are debauched bridesmaids in BACHELORETTE.

Overall: B
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