Film Review : The Bachelorette
● By Justin Buettner
A trio of high school friends are forced to evaluate their lives and don't like what they see when the least likely of their high school friends is the first to be engaged. The night before the wedding the three bridesmaids fight with the bride, rip her wedding dress, and spend the night between partying and finding a miracle to repair the dress before the wedding the next morning.
To say the characters in the Bachelorette are unlikable is a giant understatement. They are deplorable people without a likable trait to them. They are terrible to everyone they come in contact with, and I mean everyone. They are not just mean but foul and not to mention stupid. So despite the meager effort to have the gross out humor featured so successfully in films like Bridesmaids and the Hangover, the characters are so awful nothing they do comes across as funny but just sick and cruel.
The movie is chalked full of comedians that have had successful parts in supporting roles in past hit comedies and are looking for larger parts. None of them do themselves any favors in Bachelorette though because the script prevents anyone from coming across as funny. Lizzy Caplan comes across the best because her character's backstory doesn’t excuse her bad behavior, but at least gives a reason for it. Kirsten Dunst plays her character so cold that it is difficult to even think of the character as human, honestly she makes the Terminator comes across as warm and cuddly.
First time director and writer Leslye Headland's chief concern was trying to cram gross out humor into this story. However the humor feels forced most of the time because it never comes from character development, it just feels shoe-horned in. Additionally the scenes don't feel over the top either, these dirty jokes have either been seen before or are so random that there's nothing original about them. As a director Headland does not have good comic timing. A good comedy director would have been able to squeeze some life from this story, but the film is handled so dryly that it feels as cold as the lead’s performances. There is nothing in the Bachelorette’s style or tone that sets it apart or gives it any energy. This movie is dead on arrival.
There was a reason why this film was a video on demand offering rather than a wide national release, it just is not very good. Even people who love gross out humor will have a hard time sitting through the misadventures of these horrible ladies. It has been a tough year for comedies and it looks like audiences looking for laughs will have to continue waiting. The Bachelorette is not worthy of watching for free let alone paying a rental fee and not to mention two hours of your time, avoid this movie.
Films like the Bachelorette : The Hangover, Wedding Crashers, and That’s My Boy
Justin Buettner is Style's resident movie dude! How did he get this role? Well, he graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Arts in film Production and a duel minor in Animation and Business with an emphasis in the entertainment field. He later went on to work on several independent films in various key roles including writer and later worked in the special effects field as a motion capture artist. He has since relocated to the Sacramento area with his family and continues writing for small independent films in addition to his movie reviews for Style Magazine.