Three New York friends are invited to be maids-of-honour at the wedding of the girl they belittled at high school in this farcical comedy adapted from her own play by director Leslye Headland. When they learn that Becky (Rebel Wilson), the former classmate they called 'Pig Face', wants them to be bridesmaids at her wedding to the hunky Dale (Hayes MacArthur), bitches-about-town Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Katie (Isla Fisher) and Gena (Lizzy Caplan) set out to give her a sending off she'll never forget. When they finally set out on their boozy, drug-induced blowout, however, a mishap with the bridal gown soon derails their plans, forcing them into a riotous night-time odyssey as they desperately try to right the wrong.
When Bridesmaids was released in 2011 people were astounded that a female comedy could be as rude and adventurous as one directed at a male audience as if a comedic film couldn’t be raunchy or offensive if it had women in it. Now that Bachelorette has come along, it makes Bridesmaids look relatively mild and while pushing the envelope is always good, it may have gone slightly too far in the strive to create empowering yet depraved female content.
Bachelorette follows three best friends, bossy wedding planner Regan (Kirsten Dunst), party girl Gena (Lizzy Caplan) and ditzy Katie (Isla Fisher) as they reconnect for old friend Becky’s (Rebel Wilson) wedding. Along the course of one disastrous night they must try to save the wedding, fix their own personal problems and help Becky get down the aisle.
While the film is full of raunchy humour and moments of extreme depravity, it is also an incredibly insightful film, one that understands that the good and bad in someone can be displayed at the same time in vastly different ways. Regan, a control freak to say the least, proves to be both a horrible friend and a godsend as she both ruins and saves the wedding in dramatic form.
However the films weak link proves to be Fisher as she is lumbered with a soulless character, a druggie reduced to being ‘the drunk one’ of the group, an emotionally stunted mess with no character traits besides being incredibly stupid. While both Regan and Gena feel like real human beings, Katie is a plot device and a poor one at that as she doesn’t drive plot all that well either.
The often hilarious Wilson is relegated to the role that Justin Bartha played in The Hangover films as she pops in and out as both the bride from hell and Regan’s best friend. The film deals in duality and it does so in an entertaining way, it’s just too bad that the film devotes a fair amount of its svelte run time to characters that aren’t interesting and don’t add to the films meaning at all.