You could, if you wanted, sit in a dark theater and simply check off the similarities between the blockbuster "Bridesmaids" and this fall's "Bridesmaids" knockoff, titled "Bachelorette."
Female bodily function jokes? Check. Inappropriate come-ons on an airplane? Check. Crass, crude and fearlessly frank talk about sex, once reserved for the fraternity house? Check. Wedding dress disasters? Check-eroonie.
Enthusiastic cocaine snorting, Xanax and alcohol abuse, abortion jokes ... wait, say what?
And what she's given us is an "Oh no, they didn't" romp that never quite romps, a teary-eyed string of taking-stock moments without tears, and a pretty serious squandering of major-league movie talent.
Four friends have reunited because one of their number is winning that race to the altar, 13 years after graduation.
One of the real rewards of the film is figuring out what connected her to the others, how the plump girl nicknamed "Pig Face" got to hang with the hotties.
Regan is in the homestretch of snapping at one and all, organizing this fete as the maid of honor. But in a tiny window of time the weekend of the wedding we get to see much of her good work come undone. It's part reunion movie, part wedding disaster, and both parts are filled with bridesmaids behaving badly.
A guy flirts with Katie, who doesn't remember him from way back when. "We were in French class together."
"I took French?"
An overdose warrants this exchange: "Shouldn't we get an ambulance?"
"No. She does this every weekend."
And so on.
It's another movie aiming to show women who are "Hangover" crude, with a hint of wedding wish-fulfillment fantasy. The transitions from silly to "serious" don't work. At all. We don't invest in anybody, so there's no mourning for the picked-on bride, the wedding or wedding dress that these self-absorbed brats are ruining.
So "Bachelorette" is like the abortive bachelorette party the film trots out -- complete with stripper -- a scene cut short to flip our expectations. It's a tease for a movie the filmmaker couldn't deliver.
"Bachelorette" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: R (for sexual content, pervasive language and drug use).
Running time: 1:31.
Credits: Written and directed by
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