I know what you’re thinking; Yes! We did pretty much see this exact same movie with Bridesmaids, but just like No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits, when you make two movies that was about the same thing, we get to judge!
In what is sure to be just the start of the post-Bridesmaids-female-ensemble-comedy splash, it can be argued that Bachelorette, is on par if not better at times then Bridesmaids.
Starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher and the soon to be married Rebel Wilson (who also had a role in Bridesmaids) the film centers around a group of thirty-something’s, friends since high school wanting to get down and party before their “pig faced” friend gets hitched.
Yes it sounds and looks exactly like the 2011 comedy, this film stands out for two reasons.
Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher, who play Gena and Katie, absolutely steal the show.
Part of the trio with Dunst, Caplan and Fisher are the two firecrackers who want to make sure they get their hands on as much booze, and drugs as possible. From raunchy oral sex descriptions from Caplan to Fisher’s obsession with pot, their comedic timing and acting is top notch.
And in the female comedy spectrum those two have to be towards the top, simply impressive performances.
Dunst plays the usual uptight, bitchy blonde with a guy problem. In this case it revolves around James Marsden who plays Trevor, a well-educated playboy just trying to get girls.
The other guys also play a big part in the film and are equally as funny as Caplan and Fisher. Adam Scott plays Clyde, a guy who has moved on with life, after a checkered past with Gena. Kyle Bornheimer plays Joe, the quiet stoner of the group who is after Katie.
The film plays out similarly to Bridesmaids with similar crude humor and women making sex jokes in a male comedy dominated world. Wilson, the bride to be named Becky, plays a smaller role but its clear her style of humor is working. Bachelorette shines when they showcase the interaction between Caplan, Scott, Fisher and Borneimer.
Comparisons are inevitable but the films are different. Bachelorette is a much darker, edgier comedy relying less on gags and slapstick comedy, while at times dealing with the drama of too much drugs and stupid decisions between couples.
I’ve touted Caplan as the next big star in Hollywood and comedy for over a year, and I’m sticking to it, she is damn talented!
Bachelorette is a fun comedy, with a great cast that may not be as well known as the Bridesmaids cast, and it will suffer from that. Along with the similar plot, many won’t give this film a chance, but they should. It’s understandable that no one wants to see the same film twice, and while it concludes like a typical romantic comedy, the journey getting to the end is an enjoyable one.
See this film for Caplan, Fisher, Scott and Bornheimer, their jokes and interaction alone are worth it, you won’t regret it.