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‘Bachelorette’ Review: Crappy Characters Make Film Unlikable

The main problem with “Bachelorette” is its foul-mouthed, dirty, unlikable characters. How did such a fantastic group of actors get cast in this dark comedy that is all dark and no fun?

There is seriously not one likable, good-hearted character in this movie. Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Gena (Lizzy Caplan) and Katie (Isla Fisher) are all bridesmaids in their friend Becky’s (Rebel Wilson) wedding. On the night before the wedding (shocker), the girls, (and by girls I mean the stuffy, jealous Regan) plan a bachelorette party for Becky before she sets to marry her sweetheart Dale (Hayes MacArthur).

When the bachelorette fun ends early and Becky goes to bed, Regan, Gena and Katie head out on the town for a fun, binge-drinking night on their own. The former high school clique reunite be doing coke, reminisce on their bulimic days and (shocker) ruin Becky’s beautiful white satin gown just hours before the ceremony. The rest of the film follows the badgering trio as they try to fix the dress, hooking up with guys (James Marsden, Adam Scott and Kyle Bornheimer) along the way.

The last half hour gets a little better, comically, anyway. It’s the morning of the wedding, the dress is M.I.A. and Regan has to deal with a drugged-out Katie, while keeping Becky calm. It’s in these scenes where Dunst’s talent comes out as the crazy-planning Maid of Honor. She really has the only good dialogue in the movie, or maybe it’s just the way she delivers it because she’s an amazing actress. My question is, “How did she go from ‘Melancholia’ to this?” I’d love to see her do something like that again.

I’m not sure why some people are saying this movie is the “female-version of ‘The Hangover.'” “Bachelorette” is nothing like “The Hangover,” because everyone loved watching those three guys run around Las Vegas making a fool of themselves while looking for their buddy, Doug. As an audience, we were rooting for them to find Doug and get him to the wedding because we cared about the characters. I didn’t care about the girls getting the dress fixed because everything they did was so self-absorbed.

It’s such a bummer that this film was not better! We have a perfect cast of females here, drawn from some of the best comedies ever made: Caplan from “Mean Girls,” Dunst from “Bring It On,” Fisher from “The Wedding Crashers” and Wilson from “Bridesmaids.” But it’s not the talent’s fault here, the material written and directed by Leslye Headland is pure crap. How can we root and like three pestering cokeheads who have no interest in being in one of their so-called “best friends” wedding.

The film would have benefited if the annoying trio stuck together, versus splitting up and getting together with the predictable guys. This is supposed to be a “bachelorette” night and not multiple one-night stands and it ends up being too formulaic for its own good.

“Bachelorette” has a promising premise and bits of hilarious dialogue, but when it’s over you’ll wish you could get that hour and a half of your life back.

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