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by Garon Cockrell
Bachelorette DVD Review
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March 8, 2013 12:01 a.m.

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


Bonus Features

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

the set.

Bachelorette is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on

March 19, 2013.

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