Starring: Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden, Adam Scott
Ever since The Hangover was released in 2009, Hollywood has been trying to come up with as many gross-out R-rated comedies as possible. We had a similar phase aimed at teenagers in the early 2000s after American Pie was released, and now it seems we are being bombarded with films featuring their adult counterparts. According to Tinsel Town we movie lovers enjoy nothing more than seeing guys and girls who should have their s*** together acting like kids again.
One of the latest examples is Bachelorette, from the Will Ferrell/Adam McKay production company, Gary Sanchez Productions.
Starring Rebel Wilson as Becky, a bride who had a hard time in school due to her weight, the story centres on the misadventures of her maid-of-honour Regan (Dunst) and two bridesmaids Katie (Fisher) and Gena (Caplan) on the eve of the wedding. Unfortunately, even though these three girls have been Becky’s best friends all the way back to high school, they are a little unruly and do not see her in quite the same light.
After a drink and drug fueled bachelorette party leads the girls to accidentally damaging Becky’s dress, what follows is a night of debauchery as they attempt to rectify their mistake in late night New York without the bride ever knowing there was a problem. As with all these types of films, along the way the girls learn a little about themselves, and the way they treat each other.
Going into the film, I had not heard particularly glowing reports about it, and within the first 15 minutes, I was worried that everything I had read was true. It was slow, and dull, with overly farcical situations that did not create too many laughs. This looked like nothing more than an attempt to cash in on the success of Bridesmaids which had been so succesful the year before.
But gradually, and rather surprisingly, the film does actually turn into something quite fun.
Dunst, Caplan and in particular Fisher play their roles to perfection. I have never really been a fan of Dunst, but her turn as the uptight New Yorker was an excellent choice. Almost all of her roles up to now have had her as a bit of a goody two shoes, but this was an interesting role for her to take, and in the end it actually kinda works.
She has no time for Becky, and even after all these years kinda looks down on her. The fact that “Pigface” is getting married before Regan leaves her very bitter. In my opinion Dunst excels in this role, and now that she is old enough to shake off the younger roles, I am hoping she tries to stick with these darker performances.
Lizzy Caplan is…..well, Lizzy Caplan. I think every time I have seen her in a film she is pretty much the same: directionless, takes herself a little too seriously, angsty. But then again she does it so well that I can forgive her for that typecasting. She is the perfect foil between Fisher and Dunst, sharing similar characteristics to both, without being a copycat of either.
But arguably the star is Isla Fisher as the unhinged, slightly slow, druggy Katie. Fisher is one of those actresses who has appeared in a ton of supporting roles, and is so versatile she fits almost all of them like a glove. This is no exception. Sure, her character is totally way over the top, but it provides most of the real comedy, both on a slapstick level, and with some great quotes.
Thrown into the mix is Adam Scott and James Marsden, who play Caplan’s ex-boyfriend and a douchebag member of the bachelor party respectively. Scott is a truly underrated actor, whose subtle sense of humour makes a nice addition to the film, whilst Marsden, another actor usually known for his roles as a good guy, really seems to enjoy the bad guy part. The chemistry between Marsden and Dunst is pretty strong, and definitely one of the surprises of the movie.
By no means a modern-day classic, Bachelorette is still a relatively fun alternative to Bridesmaids. The cast do their thing pretty well, and the story is anarchic enough to offer something different. After the slow beginning this has enough laughs later on to not be left waiting at the altar.
Did you know? The film is based on a play of the same name written by director Leslye Headland.