First-time filmmaker Leslye Headland‘s Bachelorette will get a lot of comparison’s to Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids. These comparisons are unfair. Each do have famous female actresses starring in comedies about crazy stuff that happens leading up to a wedding but, where Bridesmaids is funny from start to finish and has a heart to boot, Bachelorrette has a bunch of hilarious moments that never quite suck you in. It’s a fun movie, no more and no less, thanks in large part to the cast which includes Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizze Caplan, Adam Scott and James Mardsen. Party Down fans will be pleased.

What you notice right off the bat with Bachelorette is that these girls aren’t nice people. The film’s bride-to-be, who is marrying before her friends, is an overweight girl (Rebel Wilson from Bridesmaids) the characters call “pig face.” They do cocaine and have sordid, promiscuous pasts rife with self-loathing. Still, as the film begins, those with a wicked sense of humor will come to embrace these characters for those terrible traits and it’s fun to see how far they’ll go.

An incident with the bride’s wedding dress then sets the film off in a different direction and, slowly but surely, as these characters become slightly more human, they become less and less interesting. All this leads to a happy (ish) ending that feels like another movie entirely.

Party Down fans will be happy to see Caplan and Scott bickering again and Fisher is back to her cute, crazy, Wedding Crashers self. Also, for a first time director, Leslye Headland also does a hell of a job making a very 2012 movie. It just needed to be more coherent to really bring it home.

/Film rating – 6 out of 10

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Germain graduated NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Cinema Studies program in 2002 and won back to back First Place awards for film criticism from the New York State Associated Press in 2006 and 2007.

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