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Bachelorette – Written and Directed by Leslye Headland

Bachelorette - Written and Directed by Leslye Headland

While it might be tempting to compare Bachelorette to Bridesmaids because they are both about women and weddings – you would be doing so at your peril. Whereas Bridesmaids was about the utter collapse and rebirth of a woman, Bachelorette is about a bunch of hedonistic, awful high school friends who convene in NYC for the wedding of a classmate. The women — played by Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan — are mortified (though Kirsten Dunst is the most mortified) that the first of their high school friends to get married is overweight Becky played by a restrained Rebel Wilson. To top it off, she’s marrying a really hot guy.

Be prepared, these women are some of the most unlikeable women seen in recent memory onscreen. Some folks have found them too abrasive and simply terrible people but clearly this is resonating with an audience since the film has already become a huge hit on demand even before it opened in theaters.

Leslye Headland who wrote and directed the film joins a class of women unafraid to show women with it all hanging out. She shows how connected jealousy and love are.

Be prepared, that the amount of drugs that Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan ingest is more than enough to kill an elephant. And, oh yeah the threesome rip the bride’s dress while making fun of her weight.

As they spend the rest of the night, drinking, doing drugs, having sex, and subsequently ODing, they also seem to manage to salvage the dress (how they had any brain cells left I do not know).  Personally, I could have done without the ditzy salesgirl with no self-esteem played by Isla Fisher, but am always happy to see Kirsten Dunst as the type A maid of honor from hell and the always fantastic Lizzy Caplan.

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