Bachelorette (2012) Directed by Leslye Headland. With Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Adam Scott and James Marsden.
Take The Hangover, cook it in Bridesmaids and season with Sex and the City, what do you get? Unfortunately, something that isn’t even close to being as funny or endearing as any of the aforementioned.
For a first time writer director, Leslye Headland assembles an impressive cast of recognisable faces, fronted by Kirsten Dunst. The familiar premise follows the escapades of three friends, who are asked to be bridesmaids for a woman that they used to pick on at school. As is standard, things don’t go according to plan.
The writing has a distinctly acerbic flavour to it, making hardly anyone in the film likeable, which is only a problem because it’s not half as good as it thinks it is. Given the right film, a few low-rent laughs can work a treat, but Headland’s brand of comedy is a cheap and crude collection of gags that miss far more targets than they hit. Of the group, Lizzy Caplan’s foul mouthed stoner, Gena, is perhaps the film’s best presence, but it’s by no means anything to sing about.
I wish that I could report that hilarity prevailed, but eighty-seven minutes shouldn’t seem to pass this slowly. It seems harsh to lambaste a first time director in such a way, but there’s an unearned attitude about Bachelorette that makes it slightly annoying and leaves a rotten after taste. 2/5