On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: BACHELORETTE (Radius TWC), on demand today and in theaters next month.
What do you call a Bachelorette party without a bride? Friday.
First off: My obsession with weddings and Bachelorette parties is absurd. I frequently pressure my very close friends into marriage because I selfishly want to make drunken toasts and dance to bad 80’s music. I have yet to convince one of my friends that this is a good idea, but that won’t stop me. I’m certain that one day I will be the perfect maid of honor in all of my tulled vodka ridden glory.
BACHELORETTE is everything I want it to be. It’s a hilarious combination of MEAN GIRLS and BRIDESMAIDS, but has a secret understanding of the female psyche that takes you by surprise and solidifies the fact that this film is in a class of it’s own. If you’re in the mood for an action thriller that stars brooding and beautiful men, turn around now. Go see THE BOURNE LEGACY and watch Jeremy Renner kick ass and look gorgeous while an unconscious man bleeds beside him. Now, if you appreciate hilarity and consider yourself a fine judge of comedy stay put. You will not be disappointed.
Starting off as a play BACHELORETTE was written by the fantastic Leslye Headland. As fate would have it kings of comedy, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, saw the potential in Headland’s play and decided that the world needed to see it. Turning it into a feature film Headland wrote the adaptation, and even directed the film herself. It first screened, in all of its inappropriate glory, at the Sundance Film Festival.
When you think Sundance you think artsy and independent. BACHELORETTE is not this. It is one of those rare films that premiered in a festival setting that screams anything but festival. It stars A-List actors that are doing this film because the material is just too good. It reminds me of when I saw SALVATION BOULEVARD at Sundance and thought, “This is exactly what I needed”. It’s films like this that let you take a break from the raw reality of life and immerse you into the hilarious world of hot mess crack whores that you just can’t stop watching.
BACHELORETTE follows three best friends from high school that destroy their “friend’s” wedding dress in a night of bad decisions and regret. Regan, Kirsten Dunst (SPIDER-MAN), Gena, Lizzy Caplan (MEAN GIRLS), and Katie, Isla Fischer (WEDDING CRASHERS), star as the resident plastics of the BACHELORETTE universe: The B-Faces. Becky, Rebel Wilson (BRIDESMAIDS), is their unfortunate overweight friend from high school that exceeded everyone’s expectations by becoming engaged first. Not to mention she bagged a hottie with perfect hair and a pension.
Of course because of Becky’s upcoming nuptials the B-Faces are jealous beyond belief, and try to hide their insecurities behind sarcasm and a truly unhealthy coke addiction. There are magic vagina references, drugged out pool scenes, bathroom trysts, unhappy high school memories, and a truly unfortunate stripping incident. By the end you’ll be humming 500 Miles and thinking, “Man that was fun”.
Now time to break this film down into The Good, The Bad, and The Surprisingly Fantastic.
The girls. Kirsten Dunst seriously needs to play the bitch role more often because she is absolutely perfect. Playing Regan, the Regina George of BACHELORETTE, Dunst is a high-strung neurotic mess that is horrified by the fact that Becky is engaged before her. She is the quintessential bat shit crazy maid of honor that belittles people with profanity and an air of superiority. But it’s her hidden insecurities that complete her character, and make you feel for her despite her horrible nature. Lizzy Caplan plays Gena, the sarcastic, apathetic, druggie that spends the entire time in a state of panic because her ex-boyfriend is at the wedding too. Caplan is absolutely wonderful, and her relationship with Clyde is sweet and unexpected in a film that has Isla Fischer passed out on a bathroom floor.
THE BACHELORETTE (Radius TWC)
Speaking of Isla Fisher her portrayal of Katie is spot on. Playing the stereotypical gorgeous dumb friend Fischer never stops being funny while letting the audience in on her private struggles with drugs and men. I love these women because they were the girls you hated in high school, but you can’t help routing for them to succeed.
The fact that my Bachelorette dreams will never live up to this. I’m also worried that I’m perfectly fine with the amount of drug use in this film. I blame Walter White for this.
The Surprisingly Fantastic:
James Marsden (27 DRESSES), as entitled douchebag Trevor, seduces the self-righteous Regan with such tenacity that you excuse the fact that he slept with a sixteen year old the exact same night. Kyle Bornheimer (YOU AGAIN) plays lovable Joe who is so infatuated with Katie that he doesn’t feel right taking advantage of her despite her intoxication. Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”) plays charming ass hole Clyde that you fall in love with the minute he comes on screen. I honestly didn’t think I could fall more in love with Adam Scott, but you proved me wrong Headland! You proved me wrong.
Seriously you need to go watch BACHELORETTE. Now.
Kate Asche Wilson is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE
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