Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school.
Writer: Leslye Headland
Director: Leslye Headland
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan
Runtime/Rating: 87 Minutes/R
Popcorn Score: Small Popcorn with Butter
I watched this movie on a Saturday morning during Labor Day weekend. Based on the title alone, I didn’t think about it and until about 10 minutes into the movie I thought that I was just re-watching Bridesmaids. I kept wondering where was Kristen Wig. The truth is, these two movies that will undoubtedly be compared to one another, truly do deserve the comparison. They are dirty/ raunchy/ rowdy “romps” about young women and the mishaps that lead up to a wedding. They of course have their differences. Most would assume that Bachelorette’s Sundance premier and VOD release a summer later than Bridesmaids, that Bachelorette is somewhat of a rip off, but I was surprised to find out that it is based on an Off Broadway play from 2010.
Visiting the screen often and always keeping and ear on the comedy while I was making breakfast in my nearby kitchen, I found the movie to clip along at a good pace. The movie had moments that were funny and I would say under the appropriate setting it is an overall enjoyable experience. It focuses on the three best friends of the bride to be in the week leading up to the wedding. They are ready for a party and with the help of a ton of booze and cocaine they are going to get what they want. There are a hand full of story lines that add some substance to the movie like the one between Lizzy Caplan’s character and her ex-high school boyfriend played by Adam Scott. Also, Kirsten Dunst’s character dealing with bulimia along with a plethora of other social issues. These subplots help round out the movie but everyone knows we are just here to see if these helpless girls can actually cross the finish line at the wedding and hopefully get some laughs along the way. There are jokes, scenes and themes that miss the mark quite often but I think that is pretty much accomplished.
Small Popcorn with Butter.