At first glance, Bachelorette may look like just another Bridesmaids clone. The film features a group of friends who serve as bridesmaids at the wedding of one of their less beautiful friends. The girls get together the night before the wedding for a bachelorette party. It’s at that point where the shenanigans begin and the similarities disappear.
Regan (Kirsten Dunst) is the Maid of Honor for her best friend Becky’s (Rebel Wilson) wedding and is tasked with organizing everything from organizing the guest list to making sure the correct flowers make up the bouquet. On the outside, Regan is happy to do everything, but inside she’s incredibly jealous that Becky is getting married before her. At least she has her other best friends, Gena (Lizzy Caplan), the raunchy partier, and Katie (Isla Fisher), the head-in-the-clouds ditz, to vent to. While things were initially supposed to be kept simple, it all spirals out of control when the wedding dress is ripped in a moment of drunken partying.
Bachelorette starts off with the typical raunchy, alcohol-fueled humor one would expect from producing duo Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Regan as the uptight organizer of everything is the sanest of the bunch and plays the voice of reason throughout most the film. Gena seems to only care about getting revenge on her ex-boyfriend Clyde (Adam Scott) who happens to be at the wedding as well. Katie is simply off in her own world, like an innocent child wandering aimlessly about. The three of them together is a recipe for disaster waiting to happen. It’s funny, fresh, and has just the right amount lewdness.
As the film progresses, it begins to take a much more serious tone. Normally taboo topics such as abortion and eating disorders are brought up in a not-so humorous fashion. One minute you’re laughing at the intimately detailed 10 levels of a blowjob and then next minute you’re thrust into some serious relationship talk between Gena and Clyde. It’s a little bit awkward, but surprisingly doesn’t feel out of place. Bachelorette manages to balance the humor and sentimentality quite well. It’s just something you don’t see coming based on how the trailers make the film out to be. That’s all part of the first act.
There are certainly plenty of laughs to be had with Bachelorette, and the film goes one step beyond that to create something more than just another Bridesmaids clone. While it doesn’t have quite the impact is its predecessors in the genre, it’ll leave you with a smile on your face.