Bachelorette is about four girls who were friends in high school
and have remained somewhat close, and how three react to the news that the
fourth is getting married. Most of the film takes place the day and night
before the wedding. This is not, however, some sweet romantic comedy about a couple
getting married, or about supportive friends. They’re very self-involved girls,
totally horrible to other people, and clueless that they’re horrible. The film
is deliciously harsh, and at times surprisingly funny, and rarely sweet.
Becky (Rebel Wilson), is
the first of the group to get married, which surprises the others, as she is
certainly the least conventionally attractive (she was called Pigface in
school). Of the three not getting married, one is a blonde, one is a brunette
and one is a redhead. Regan (Kirsten Dunst), the blonde, is the one who seems
the most successful, at least outwardly. When introduced, she is talking about working
with kids with cancer, but it’s clear that her work is not coming from any true
place of compassion. Gena (Lizzy
Caplan), the brunette, is more outwardly a mess, spending her time with various
men and drugs. And Katie (Isla Fisher) is ditzy, incompetent goof, who
miraculously doesn’t get fired from her job.
They’re exaggerated types, and so you enjoy the situations they get into
without really caring too much about them as people. A lot of the comedy comes
from the interactions between these types and the more real supporting
characters they come into contact with. It’s almost like cartoon characters
unleashed on the “real” world, and having to cope.
The girls end up insulting Becky at the party the night
before the wedding. Becky tells Gena and Katie not to show up at the wedding unless
they can act like people (though this isn’t really brought up again). So the
three girls are left on their own to drink and do cocaine, and to amuse
themselves. Katie and Regan decide to get into Becky’s wedding dress together
so they can take a funny photo, and of course it rips. So they’ve got to get
the dress fixed before morning. How can three people who are basically complete
messes get one rather simple task performed in a brief time (while on cocaine)?
In the commentary, writer/director Leslye Headland
mentions that people told her this story was like a female After Hours. However, Bachelorette
is not nearly as extreme. And though this film has several things go wrong over
the course of the night, we’re not emotionally connected to these characters.
While watching After Hours, you start
to feel anxious for Paul (Griffin Dunne). But in this film
you’re a bit removed; you’re never all that concerned for these girls. And I
found myself not caring about the dress at all. In fact, the girls themselves
often don’t seem to care about the dress. The enjoyment comes from watching how
the react, and interact, and the insane choices they make.
We see the groom and his
friends too, but we don’t really care about them until later when the girls
interact with them. And some of the funniest stuff comes from those
interactions. Such as Gena saying to her ex, “We got pregnant. I took care of it. You made mix tapes about it.” And
when Joe says to Katie, “I got so fucked
up once on shrooms that I started a Fight Club with my cats.”
The film uses that great song by The Cars, at which point
we get the slow motion shot, an obvious reference to Fast
Times At Ridgemont High. And then later they actually mention that movie by
name, and talk about a scene from it. And for those keeping track, there’s also
an extended My So-Called Life
Bachelorette is writer/director Leslye Headland’s first film, and it's based on her
The DVD has three bonus
features. The first is a commentary track by writer/director Leslye Headland.
The second is “Bloopers,” which is approximately two minutes of flubs and
deleted bits. The final bonus feature is “Behind The Scenes Of
Bachelorette,” a four and a half minute feature that begins with the main
actors discussing the film at what must have been its premiere.
There are also bits of interviews with Carly Hugo (a co-producer) and Doug
Emmett (the cinematographer). And there is some behind-the-scenes footage on
Bachelorette is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on
March 19, 2013.