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The Kidd Vs. BACHELORETTE

Published at: Sept. 6, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

 

It’s often hard to get yourself into a movie when its characters are such truly awful people. Unless you’re an asshole yourself, it’s much more challenging to try relating to or understanding with people who don’t seem to operate under our societal norms… or if they’re even of this planet. They live on a totally different level than the rest of us, one typically devoid of any moral or ethical code, where selfishness and rudeness are perfectly acceptable behavior. In real life, you wouldn’t want anything to do with these personalities, so spending time with them by choice during a movie can a chore. With that said, I completely embraced the three bitches around which BACHELORETTE revolves (and I’m not trying to be derogatory towards women; the trio of characters would probably be the first to admit that’s exactly what they are). It may not be as laugh out loud funny as I had hoped, but there is enough to watching Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan in their most despicable forms as the worst friends/bridesmaids anyone could ask for to have you watching the film with an incredulous smile throughout.

Dunst is the real bitch on wheels of the bunch, with Fisher slipping into the role of the dumb girl and Caplan the coked-up slut, who are all called upon to be part of the wedding party for their friend from high school (played by Rebel Wilson, tasked with being the straight woman in the equation after her hilarious turn in BRIDESMAIDS). It’s natural to try to compare those two films, because of the similar subject matter, but they couldn’t be more different. BRIDESMAIDS still managed to maintain a sweetness to its comedic material as it took its comedy down a raunchy route… BACHELORETTE knows there’s no place for such a thing in a film that features new theories on blowjobs and strippers wiping their jizz hands and dirty pussies on an increasingly ruined wedding dress, and doesn’t even try to travel that route. There’s nothing redeeming about any of these characters, and BACHELORETTE wears that as a badge of honor.

Forced to come together after getting fucked-up and ruining the bride’s dress the night before the ceremony, there is no compassion or urgency in the three’s actions towards rectifying the problem, not if it means inconveniencing themselves or infringing upon their own distant dreams of marriage. Dunst’s Regan would literally rather lick the New York City sidewalk than allow the easy fix of having someone who’s supposed to be one of her best friends walk down the aisle in what she one day hopes to wear in the unlikely event that some man can put up with her shit long enough to marry her. Fisher’s Katie continues to ingest more and more substance, whether it comes in powder, pill or inhalent form, because having a good time is far more important than solving the situation she had a hand in creating. Caplan, as Gena, seems to be the only one trying to take matters into her own hands by fixing her fuck-up, but that priority is going to have to take a back seat towards reconciling her past with an ex-boyfriend (Adam Scott) whose a part of the groom’s side of things.

Fisher’s role has been done to death with the girl who doesn’t understand what anyone is talking about any of the time having been driven into the ground for easy comedy (“Haha… she’s stupid… so that’s instantly funny.”), but Dunst and Caplan shoulder the load of letting their best horrible people shine through in order to bring BACHELORETTE together. Dunst can be grating at times during the film, a pratfall for such an unlikeable role, but when the shit really hits the fan in the third act, as the frantic craziness of the wedding day escalates, Dunst owns the uncaring tenacity of Regan strongly enough to excuse any of her earlier shortcomings. At times, there just isn’t enough for Regan to do, except wait around for the next opportunity for her bitchiness to spring into action, but when she does get the chance to kick it into gear, it’s an intriguing side of Dunst that we haven’t seen before.

Caplan is the true star of BACHELORETTE, as there’s some emotional depth revealed in her back story that lends some justification to her flawed personality. Her back-and-forth with Scott doesn’t feel forced for laughs, coming across more as an honest portrayal of two fucked-up people seemingly made for each other. Her behavior is far less outlandish than her two partners-in-crime, which allows Caplan to resonate as someone who may actually care for her bride of a friend really deep down somewhere. She’s not just a caricature of a heartless bitch… she just happens to be that way.

    

The men don’t escape the audacity of dickishness that BACHELORETTE lives and dies by. There’s something wrong with James Marden’s character, and he’s not sure what… but a diagnosis of just being an asshole is quite clear to the naked eye. He soaks up the disgraceful territory he gets to live in for the film, as evidenced by his cold behavior in a strip club, but it goes to show you that no one is off-limits in the film when it comes to being genuinely contemptible.

There are ample openings for BACHELORETTE to go for gross-out, but it’s a path it prefers not to take. The film’s dark comedy ultimately rests with how well you can get around accepting its loathing characters.  I found something about their reprehensible actions surprisingly riveting, making BACHELORETTE an entertaining watch for me.

 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

BillyTheKidd@aintitcool.com

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  • Sept. 6, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Any of them get naked?

    by Erotic Oven

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Bachelorette is like Bridesmaids...

    by Sanyi

    ...with humor in it.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST

    The Kidd is right about hating characters....

    by Taragor

    It is exactly what made me dislike Attack the Block. I wanted each of those kids to be eaten by something by the end. Just hated the characters.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Why review this on this site?

    by Mennen

    curious.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    @mennen

    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    Because we talk about movies of all kinds...

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Sluts snorting coke?

    by lookylookymoontard

    Sounds like fun

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    MARRY-FUCK-KILL with these 3... go!

    by Uncle Pooky

    Kill - Dunst Fuck - Fisher Marry - Caplan

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    I get it. O

    by irc-Hollywood

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    I get it. O

    by irc-Hollywood

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    we all know the trailer tells us enough to know everything about this movie

    by Mysterious_Volvo

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I was under the impresson that AICN focused mainly on genre movies?

    by paul burnett

    By that i mean sci fi, horror, fantasy, etc. Am curious as to what AICN thinks it's readership is interested in, if it's Kirsten Dunst comedys so be it. I mean you'll know better than me..

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Why not just call it "Dumb Cunts"?

    by nephilim138

    pieces of shit like this have no business being made. It's mortifying just how fucking retarded the assholes running the hollywood machine really are.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    @icanhavethat: the AICN readership is interested in

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    Movies, comics, toys, and soundtracks. Also tits.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST

    @icanthavethat

    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    Does that mean we should ignore good movies if they fall outside the realm of those categories? Should we not touch comedies altogether? What about something like a P.T. Anderson movie? We talk films period, because we love films, regardless what genre they may fall into. To dismiss something like BACHELORETTE unseen simply because it has Kirsten Dunst in it is a bit closed-minded. Not hurting me though... it's you that'd be missing out on good films, if you're only focusing on films of a certain sensibility.

  • I swear, you shouldn't be a writer on AICN if you have skin that thin. You come across as angry, elitist, and dismissive by calling someone who comes to a site known more for its reviews of SCI-FI and Horror films than romcoms and he simply asks if he's in the wrong place. I used to admire your workmanlike attitude towards cranking out material, Bill, but this angry man routine is wearing awfully thin. Even Harry, who receives FAR more scathing criticism on this site, shrugs it off with a smile and remains a pretty affable lug. You, on the other hand, are simply unpleasant.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Billy,Billy,Billy...why all the hostility?

    by paul burnett

    There's other film websites which deal with general releases ( i'm not going to name them here as this place is already fast becoming a ghost town). So maybe, just perhaps, i come to this site (where incidently, if you haven't noticed has your fearless leader dressed as Indiana Jones in the corner and a scene from Independance Day in the background) to read more "genre" movie news. I thought that was the niche AICN was/is aiming for. But thanks for assuming i'm closed minded and only watch films of a certain "sensibiliy".

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    @alienfanatic

    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    There's nothing angry about it at all. Just answering a growing sentiment about why we review certain movies that some may see as "beneath us" for some reason.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Fair enough, Billy, but let's be honest about the readership here.

    by AlienFanatic

    I know this is a community of film geeks led by film geeks. We all come to read a variety of articles. I also understand the desire to broaden your audience. But Harry has fostered this community for, what, over fifteen years now? It's an irreverent bunch that revels in genre films and films by auteurs. Some folks go out of their way to impress us with their film knowledge, while others simply love to geek out. I'm not AGAINST reviews like this, I just find them puzzling considering they don't fit into any of these cubby holes you guys have carved out for so long. If you're trying to branch out, cool. Hey, I know you guys have to pay the bills, so writeups that pull in new page hits as well as articles pushing product (*cough* Mondo *cough*) are your bread and butter. I guess in the end I would simply ask that you consider typing out your response and then stepping back and giving it a second look before you post. It's one thing for TB'ers to go nuts and try to be as offensive as they can be, as Ultratron and (may he rest in peace) Asimoflives used to do, but it's another when the writer is slinging mud, too. You guys have to be held to a (slightly) higher standard. It's all in good fun, here. A few nutsos, but mostly a buncha guys hanging out flicking boogers into each others' popcorn and reminiscing about the stuff that makes them feel like a kid again.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I second the "Dumb Cunts", and my M. F. K. is..

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    Kill Dunst, think we can all agree on that. Fuck Caplan. Look I loved her on Party Down, but she has the look of a one night stand slut. Marry Fisher. IMO, the hottest one of the 3, by far. Plus she gets point for Hot Rod and the Wedding Crashers nympho. Adam Scott is better than this shit.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Back to Isla Fisher

    by DickButtkiss

    She's a sexy little thing no?

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Wait a second, people...

    by TheBigFuckinLebowski

    What's the difference between a movie like this and "the Hangover"? The gender of the cast! So fucking what? If "the Hangover" is AICN material, then this movie is too. I'm beginning to thing that the talkbacks' name should be changed to "Whiny babies comments"! It seems that Ain't It Cool News can do no right with you guys. Why don't you just stop coming here? I'm getting pretty fed up of seeing the entire talkbacks being lead by a bunch of trolls!...

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    We HAVE seen the bitchy side of Dunst. It was called Spider-man 3.

    by Adelai Niska

    She was such a selfish, heartless monster in that movie I really hoped Pete would just let Venom keep her. Like "Really, you're kidnapping the bitch who ruined my life? OK then."

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    It's a fun movie

    by gaygoonie

    But it's not as fully realized as Bridesmaids. And none of the characters are as memorable as Rose Byrne or Melissa McCarthy or Kristen Wiig's characters were.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    In a way, I find reviews like this useful for secondary reasons

    by Jackie Boy

    I can see where some of the talkbackers are coming from when they point out a review for something like Bachelorette doesn't seem to fit in with the site's MO-- general film reviews notwithstanding, this IS "Ain't it Cool" and with that name comes a certain expectation. However, this site has never really been as singularly focused on one particular genre like Bloody Disgusting or some of the comic book websites, so it's more open to diversifying a bit. This has always been more about the geek viewpoint, rather than strictly geeky genre offerings, to me at least. I don't only watch movies alone. I go to the theatres or Netflix movies with my girlfriend, my family, my mother; and they aren't always going to want to watch the same bloody crime dramas or sci fi movies I'd personally watch. When one of them wants to go see something like Bachelorette, for instance, and they ask me what I've heard about it, I'd much rather trust the opinions of the writers here or Vern or wherever else I read reviews over an ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY any day of the week.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Kirsten Dunst is fugly

    by Hive Mind

    That is all.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    I already saw Bridesmaids...

    by PorkChopXpress

    ...and I'm quite sure it was better and funnier than this, considering the casting. Kirsten Dunst doesn't even have to work at making me hate her...I just have to look at her and she irritates me.

  • Seriously, just don't read the article then. It makes no sense to me, its a link on the main page, not required reading in your Aint it Cool classroom, how does the existence of an article for a movie you're not interested in impact you in any way whatsoever? Why waste time complaining that the website isn't fitting into whatever narrow category you'd like it to, just ignore the stuff you're not interested in, its as easy as not clicking the link.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I welcome reviews of all movies.

    by A_Banned_Apart

    While there a certainly a focus on genre flicks here, there's absolutely nothing wrong with getting the AICN perspective on other types of film. Lord knows plenty of TBers are more than comfortable sharing their perspective on all types of subjects, regardless of their grasp on them.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    There was a time when I found Dunst hot..

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    Can't remember when it was. But I think it was all the negative press, true, or probably exaggerated, that made me sour on her. Or maybe it was because I had issues with Spiderman 2 and hated 3 so much, and decided to take it out on her. Or maybe it was that shitty tennis movie a girlfriend made me see in theaters. Yeah, that is probably it.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Dont get the Dunst hate

    by tomdolan04

    Repressed TBers screaming shes fugly and they hate her when she has a fairly varied long body of work over the last 20 years whilst still being quite young from lowbrow like this to blockbuster to arthouse, keeps herself out of gutterpress, has struggled with depression, supports many good causes and personally is hotter than your generic Hollywood bimbo ever could be. <p> But seriously guys. You just keep hating. Its really inspired stuff.

  • ...so of course its reviewed on movie geek sites: Only male film geeks would like these types of women.

  • ...not that I really want to see ANY of them, mind, but a little equality doesn't hurt. Assholes are assholes, regardless of gender.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    This review doesn't make sense

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    First, you say that Fisher plays the dumb girl while Caplan is the coked-up slut, then you say that Fisher's character ingests and inhales everything she can get her hands on.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    No Wiig,no dice.

    by Mike McCutcheon

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    No Wiig,no dice.

    by Mike McCutcheon

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    No Wiig,no dice.

    by Mike McCutcheon

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    No Wiig,no dice.

    by Mike McCutcheon

  • The main characters in this film are female, which immediately renders it unwatchable to a cross-section of people here.</p> </p> The same type who refer to women as cunts and think that their online posturing somehow masks their puerile insecurities.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Nerds here hate Dunst because...

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    She didn't adequately represent how "hot" they think Mary Jane is and how she should've been portrayed, which is actually the fault of those that cast her. That's okay. People in the real world know she's attractive and if someone like her approached the pimple-faced geeks on here they'd wet their pants and dream about her later while thumbing through their comics or building their Battlestar Galactica model.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Whatever you say, dandelion.

    by Happyfat73

    Mummy issues much?

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Want to see Kirsten Dunst as the ULTIMATE BITCH?

    by Raptor Jesus

    'Melancholia'. She's the most awful person in the world in this movie. Fucks a total stranger on her wedding night. Treats everyone around her like total shit. Then she gets completely naked (they're huge) and then the world ends. Stupid movie, but she is naked and the world ending is pretty neat. Netflix streaming.

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Can't believe the immaturity...

    by Glenn

    ...and hypocrisy. I didn't see anyone complaining about all "The Master" coverage, or "The Grey" coverage, fairly staunch dramatic material, no geekery in evidence in their storylines. And as someone said, neither with "The Hangover," a comedy franchise I particularly loathe. But a film loaded with unlikeable women getting so much flack here, only points to the stench of misogyny from the the creeps that hover over this site. Other people above have already put this better, but the tone on these boards has been rather ugly and childish for some time now... but I keep coming back just to read the adult postings. And I like Billy's stuff. You don't have to agree with me but I can tell he and I would get along just fine. He demands better from Hollywood, as we all should, and rarely gets it, as we all don't. I can tell within three words the ubiquitously caustic yellhounds who are just waiting in the lurch to badmouth him for simply posting something, regardless of the wording of an article/review. I'm asking -- BEGGING -- all of you to just ignore these elementary-school-level miscreants from now on; by railing against them, by bothering to respond to them, only gives them a little mental leverage and legitimacy for continuing this crap. As for Dunst, she's moved beyond the crybaby fanboy crowd anyway so who cares if you think she 's fugly or unfuckable or whatever studio-executive mentality you're carrying against her is (we know how psychology works -- deep down you're angry that the pretty blonde rejected you in 8th grade); frankly, she's moved into adult circles now with her work and has left your kind behind. As for her selfish character in Melancholia (and apparently in this), I say good for her, for portraying ugliness; let's face it, most actors want so badly to be liked or admired or thought of as 'hot shit', that this is actually brave of her... especially since I've heard through the Hollywood gossip machine that she's actually a sweet person. Oh yeah -- saw her recently in Atwater Village here in L.A. Looked pretty damn cute to me.

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    This *is* a genre movie

    by captzeep

    Hot chicks genre. You'll see it, and go home and spank it, don't deny. I'm a old guy so I'll get it on Netflix and spank it right there.

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Melancholia isn't really worth it to see KD naked

    by captzeep

    Unless you're obsessed with her. They're pretty big but not huge.

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Rumourd- the whole point of the site is immaturity

    by captzeep

    Mature people comment on Paul Krugman's latest column at the NYT. (Shout out to PK, cool cameo in "Get Him To The Greek"!)

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Wow Kidd! You got a lotta haters...Keep up the good work!!!!!

    by The_All_Dead

  • About time the women in sociopathic comedies stoped being the saintly angels who contrasted to the men's bad behavior, and are now the ones who do the bad behavior. Welcome to the party, bitches. About time.

  • Which is maybe what has kept me from seeing Bridesmaids. I know we can't always expect them to be perfect, dainty creatures but it feels like these kind of movies are attempts to compete with Hangover style by lowering themselves to well, a low common denominator. As a film site (that will always retain it's geek slant) let the Kids and co review what the fuck ever. We are film geeks...not just exclusively genre geeks, are we? And while I still have major problems with Mary Jane's portrayal in the Spidey trilogy...God she was miserable, I too am more inclined to blame Raimi, who's supposed to know the mythos inside and out. During the Spidey period, my attraction to Dunst waned but then I found Crazy/Beautiful...come on, she's hot. I can't imagine any of you turning her down given the chance.

  • LOL I'm just saying he says it all in the first sentence. "It’s often hard to get yourself into a movie when its characters are such truly awful people. Unless you’re an asshole yourself" Makes perfect sense Kidd

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    all the talkbackers have curiously missed that fine point i have noted above..

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Basically a chick version of the Hangover...pinch me!

    by Drew

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Not a bad flick

    by Paul Macadom

    Doesn't quite sustain the awesomeness of the first act, but I enjoyed the hell out of it. It's definitely a female "Hangover", except a bit ballsier. Dunst is terrific here, she's doing great fucking work lately. Isla Fisher is fucking hysterical too. In an age where most comedies follow the tedious, saccharine, and hollow Apatow formula, it sure as fuck is refreshing to see something so unapologetically cynical and bitter. All you douches complaining about this review are fucking morons and hideously sexist. This is by no means a "chick-flick" or a date movie.

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    For all those saying this doesn't belong here -

    by sways

    <p> The lovely Lizzy Caplan should be EVERYWHERE. <p> I've actually seen this movie too - Watched with a group of friends with everyone laughing throughout. Highly recommended. Funny and dramatic when it needed to be. Plus a Party Down reunion. <p> What the fuck is wrong with some of you? <p> Isn't the term 'cool news' pretty objective anyway..?

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    BTW, this is based on a succesful off-Broadway play

    by animatronicmojo

    ..."part of a projected cycle covering the Seven Deadly Sins," this one on the theme of "gluttony," as I just learned from reading the NYT review. (Ha-ha! Paul Krugman. "My dad loves your shit!") This does seem to promise some sharper satire than Bridesmaids, which I thought was funny, sweet, raunchy, and moronic in that stock Apatow Machine kinda way.

  • Poor Massawyrm, has he been so completely forgotten already? I'm constantly amazed at how often I come across those around here who think this site's definition of "Cool" should be as pathetically limited as their own. But then I remember this is a haven for Fanboys who believe if it isn't their area of obsession, it's irrelevant (but that it must be commented on regardless, and with as much vitriol and righteous indignation as they can muster).