Bachelorette (2012)

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Critic Consensus: 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 (Lizzy Caplan) is a whip-smart sarcastic who's actually a closet romantic, and Katie (Isla Fisher) is a ditzy beauty who loves the good life. But when Becky insists on keeping the bachelorette party tame, the women proceed with an after-hours celebration of their own. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
R (for sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Isla Fisher
as Katie
James Marsden
as Trevor
Adam Scott
as Clyde
Arden Myrin
as Melissa
Ella Rae Peck
as Stefanie
Paul Corning Jr.
as Jack Johnson Guy
Anna Rose Hopkins
as Club Monaco Customer
Sue Jean Kim
as Wedding Planner
Horatio Sanz
as Barely Attractive Guy
Ann Dowd
as Victoria
Megan Neuringer
as Singing Cousin 1
Leslie Meisel
as Singing Cousin 2
Jenn Schatz
as Geeky Bridesmaid
Beth Hoyt
as Anorexic Bridesmaid
Shauna Miles
as Theresa
Melissa Stephens
as Wasted Stripper
Chris Cardona
as Scores Bouncer
June Diane Raphael
as Cool Stripper
Candy Buckley
as Sheila
Alden Ford
as Photographer
Erik Parian
as Band Singer
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Critic Reviews for Bachelorette

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (30)

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

Full Review… | September 16, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

A nasty little piece of work -- a phrase I use not with contempt but with grudging admiration.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
Slate
Top Critic

Its actresses - particularly Dunst - are terrific. Headland has a nice feel for music, too, and takes some editing risks.

Full Review… | September 7, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 7, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

As smart and popreferential as Headland's writing is, it's a little underwhelming when it comes to delivering on laughs.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bachelorette

½

This is probably what The Hangover would have been like had it been made with female characters: a raunchy version of Bridesmaids that is dirtier, more politically incorrect and funny as hell - gladly lacking that typical sentimentality found in most comedies today.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Kind of disappointing. I didn't hate it, but for a comedy, it was low on laughs. I think the only even vaguely likeable one out of the three girls was Isla Fisher, and actually she was pretty horrible too, but kind of dumb, so you could laugh at it. Kristen Dunst I have never before seen so harsh on screen. The third girl I didn't recognize as an actress and I didn't like her at all. Rebel Wilson is the only one you can really like here, but her screen time is less than the other three. Maybe I just expected better because of the cast. I will have to watch it again sometime with my lowered expectations. 27/3/15 Actually did appreciate this more on a second viewing. Realising it wasn't going to be a laugh a minute (though there certainly are some dark laughs to be had), I could better see these girls are actually quite troubled. I didn't find Isla's character funny this time, actually she's very sad. Funnily enough, I liked Kirsten more this time. A flawed, but decent study of the rivalries hidden behind friendships.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

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....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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