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BACHELORETTE

SYNOPSIS:
Three friends (Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Kaplan, Isla Fisher) are asked to be bridesmaids at the wedding - to a wealthy New Yorker - of Becky (Rebel Wilson) a plus size young woman they used to ridicule back in high school.

Review by Louise Keller:
While The Hangover was about a missing groom, Bachelorette is about a missing wedding dress, ripped and stained with an incongruous mix of blood and semen by the bride's alleged best friends whose cruel, callous bitchiness is unrelenting. Based on her stage play of the same name, Leslye Headland's scorching black comedy offers some laughs through sheer audacity and slick venom coupled with superb performances, although the nastiness that oozes through the wedding lace leaves us with a nasty taste. Performances are outstanding however, with Kristen Dunst, Lizza Kaplan and Isla Fisher gleefully dishing out the dirt.

In the opening scenes we meet the three gorgeous protagonists, who never mince words or offer the oil of niceties. They are vile, spewing hate and envy over their sweet, plump schoolfriend Becky (Rebel Wilson), formerly known as Pig Face, who has (how dare she!) snared a rich, handsome man in Dale (Hayes MacArthur) - and he wants to marry her to boot.

Regan (Kristen Dunst), the female Hannibal Lecter, shrieks shrill commands, bitterly wondering aloud why was she not the first bride of their little group, when she 'did everything right'? Regan is a monstrous creation and Dunst ingests her as an anorexic model would a juicy steak.

Gena (Lizzy Caplan) is loud, brash and knows how to strike a blow where it hurts. Her Achilles heel is her ex boyfriend Clyde (Adam Scott) and through her outrageous and chaotic exterior, Caplan manages to show traces of Gena's softer side.

Katie, in the hands of the irresistible Isla Fisher, is a perpetual good time girl, eager to party and play - with cocaine, marijuana, alcohol or barbiturates - or all at once. Fisher has a sweet, unselfconscious onscreen presence as she almost bursts out of her skimpy, strapless gown. Even the scene in which Katie ends up unconscious in the bath tub with blue lips, we tend to think that she simply does not know better.

Fast paced with an ongoing plethora of expletives, there are many shallow laughs and some of the set ups are genuinely funny. I laughed in the airplane scene when Gena loudly explains her theory about blowjobs to the stranger in the seat next to her and there's a good line comparing the level of difficulty of learning French with the male anatomy that pops out just right.

Bulimia, abortion and obesity are used as tools to taunt and in the final analysis, we view the girls as victims. Regan is a victim of her own expectations; Gena a victim of her broken relationship and Katie is a victim of excess. Only the lovable, emotionally generous Becky (who dreads the thought of walking down the aisle wearing pyjamas) is graced with any redeeming qualities.

Lacking the charm and genuine heart of Bridesmaids, Bachelorette feels like a bouquet of wilted flowers - brittle and less than lovely, outstanding performances notwithstanding.



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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

BACHELORETTE (MA15+)
(US, 2012)

CAST: Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Paul Corning, Isla Fisher, Andrew Rannells, Anna Rose Hopkins

PRODUCER: Brice Dal Farra, Claude Dal Farra, Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Lauren Munsch

DIRECTOR: Lesley Headland

SCRIPT: Lesley Headland

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Doug Emmett

EDITOR: Jeffrey Wolf

MUSIC: Andrew Feltenstein, John Nau

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Richard Hoover

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Hopscotch

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 1, 2012







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