Bachelorette | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Sep 07, 2012 Issue #42 - The Protest Issue
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In Bachelorette, icy maid of honor Regan (Kirsten Dunst), hipster Gena (Lizzy Caplan), and ex-prom queen Katie (Isla Fisher) travel to NYC to take part in a high school friend's wedding. Too much booze and cocaine leads to a mishap with the bride's dress and a night packed with further drug use, strippers, inadvisable sexual encounters, and eventually a little bit of enlightenment, as the chaos reminds the girls why they ever became friends in the first place. 

Even if that's predictable, it's all very funny. Based on writer-director Leslye Headland's play of the same name, Bachelorette should get some attention as a raunchy, female-led comedy after the success of the similar Bridesmaids. This film matches that one in vulgarity and scatological humor, but swaps its slapstick for a more acerbic bite. The pressures of a ticking clock—having to repair the dress just a few hours before the wedding—put the strong ensemble cast into numerous crazy situations, many involving bodily fluids being where they shouldn't be. While some of the jokes are just mean-spirited-particularly those targeting the overweight bride-the characters become more sympathetic once their own very human pathos cracks through. It's a gross-out comedy that's actually smarter than it has any business being.


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