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Bachelorette (2012)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 42

It has its moments, but Bachelorette ultimately plays it too safe with its trio of unlikable leads, betraying them with a predictably sentimental final act that undermines the bracingly honest humor preceding it.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 14

It has its moments, but Bachelorette ultimately plays it too safe with its trio of unlikable leads, betraying them with a predictably sentimental final act that undermines the bracingly honest humor preceding it.



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On the night before an old friend's wedding, three frisky bridesmaids go searching for a little fun but find much more than they bargained for. With lovely Becky (Rebel Wilson) set to marry her handsome sweetheart, Dale (Hayes MacArthur), the remaining members of her high school clique reunite for one last bachelorette bacchanal in the Big Apple. Regan (Kirsten Dunst) is an overachieving, ueber-Maid of Honor who's secretly smarting over the fact that she's not the first to marry, while Gena



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All Critics (96) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (42) | DVD (1)

The women's dialogue is pungently ribald but diffuse; too often, shouting and shrieking and gesticulating take the place of engaged performance.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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A nasty little piece of work -- a phrase I use not with contempt but with grudging admiration.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Slate
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Its actresses - particularly Dunst - are terrific. Headland has a nice feel for music, too, and takes some editing risks.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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I don't see why women being as slobby and gross as the guys is such a feminist breakthrough -- especially since, as in Bachelorette, the slobbiness and grossness is witless.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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As smart and popreferential as Headland's writing is, it's a little underwhelming when it comes to delivering on laughs.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It's a sour, only fitfully funny affair, wasting the abilities of its otherwise talented cast, which includes Kirsten Dunst, James Marsden, Adam Scott and Isla Fisher.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Bachelorette achieves a refreshing rarity: a film where women are allowed to be as flawed and messed-up on screen as men usually are.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Bachelorette strives to recapture the close-to-the-knuckle comic mayhem that made Bridesmaids a surprise hit, but the essential sweetness that underpinned the earlier film's gross-out gags is sadly lacking.

September 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

The edginess is just window dressing. The message is as schmaltzy as anything you'd find in a kooky rom-com.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Bachelorette is very much its own bitter brew, using the comic framework of a botched, coke-fuelled hen night to examine the stinging self-loathing exposed in three women by another's happiest day.

August 16, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Give me a nice Audrey Hepburn film any day.

August 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Retains that edge regularly removed from more commercially amenable comedies, and the cast make merry-ish ...

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

Gleefully caustic comedy that sticks an elbow in the face of the usual chick flick conventions ...

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Not good.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It flips in and out of its tone too many times. Nevertheless it does have a sourness and a wretchedness that make some moments startlingly real and vivid.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

It cuts to the quick with toxic glee, confronting us with a trio of the worst friends you could possibly want at your wedding.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It's hard to feel anything but vacuity after watching, regardless of Dunst's commendable and animated turn at crushing the nuptials dream.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

This is simply one of the best of its druggy-slackers-go-bananas genre. And such beautiful women haven't been allowed to be so funny since Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

August 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

The cast tear through the film with bug-eyed glee, with Fisher and Caplan perfect as the two worst friends a girl could ever have.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

No amount of zingy putdowns from Dunst or coke lines from Caplan can hide the fact that this film is fluffy at heart (and no worse for that).

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

...the filmmaker devotes much of the movie's first half to endless sequences that are, by and large, utterly devoid of laughs.

August 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Three bridesmaids embark on a non-stop parade of debauchery fueled by coke, booze, and pills... for all those people that wished Bridesmaids was more like The Hangover.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

This is a movie about people who have been so caught up in themselves, in being so defiantly themselves at the expense of actual human connection, that life is passing them by.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

It's a ensemble piece of attractive ladies, but their beauty is only skin deep. Each of the characters is an ugly person inside

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

It would be a major mistake to think that Bachelorette is simply a rip-off of Bridesmaids with a healthy dose of Mean Girls stirred into the mix. This comedy clearly marches to its own beat.

March 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Self-consciously raunchy, and simply more loud and annoying than funny, Bachelorette serves as ample evidence that women can do stupid and crude as well as men, if pushed to it.

December 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Audience Reviews for Bachelorette

I can see why this film would appeal to the actors involved but I do wonder if this has helped anyone's career. There is no reason why the girls can't act like the boys, that's good, I also liked the way it wasn't wedding heavy in storyline. It's just that there was nothing likable about anyone or anything. It wasn't funny. It wasn't nice. There really wasn't any point to it. It made me feel sad.
January 14, 2014

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With such a stellar a cast, this film should have been fantastic. Except, that it was a very poor attempt to match the comedy of Bridesmaids...with only raunchier humor. The characters in this movie were unlikeable, unbelievable, annoying, and sad (as in sad attempt). The writing, and stupid dialogue, was even worse. Too bad....
September 2, 2013

Super Reviewer

Bachelorette was not funny nor entertaining. I was quite bored and annoyed by almost all of these characters. Regan, Katie, and Gena are self absorbed and awful to their loyal friend Becky. The way they talked about her as if she was undeserving of marriage to a decent looking guy and being happy because she is a fubluscious gal is something I find really gross and petty. I'm not a fan of catty biotches in life or in movies (which is why I have a lot of guy friends).
I actually liked Gena and Clyde when they were off by themselves. I think Lizzy Caplan and Adam Scott were the only good things to come out of the film. I love Rebel Wilson, but she was not used nearly enough in this film. It's not something I would see again.
March 27, 2013

Super Reviewer

Snappy, Bitchy, and Surprisingly Fun!

Decent funny movie! This movie is funny once you get it. There is a big dip in quality the middle of the film and it gets below average, but the writing upkicks again and it ends well. The overall trouble with this film is the characters and friendships are not established very well. As a result, it takes a while for the viewer to believe the premise of the movie. Overall, 'Bachelorette' is a smart and a darkly funny story of flawed but vulnerable ladies in a one crazy night.

On the night of one of their old high school friend's wedding three irresponsible and capricious bridesmaids reunite for one last bachelorette bacchanal in the Big Apple. They unintentionally create a mess of their best friend Becky's wedding dress, before she marries her sweetheart Dale. They attempt to repair the situation by spending the evening before and morning of the wedding desperate to get the dress to Becky on time before the wedding starts, whilst discovering themselves and what they truly want from their lives along the way.
March 22, 2013
Manu Gino

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    1. Katie: Just a little lick. Like a cat lick!
    – Submitted by Belle S (23 months ago)
    1. Katie: What do you call a bachelorette party without a bride?
    2. Gena: Friday.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Trevor: I just want to give you what you want.
    2. Regan: What do I want?
    3. Trevor: You want someone to put you in your place.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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