Saturday, September 8, 2012

Paragraph Movie Reviews: Bachelorette

If you don't have plans to see this movie, you can check the spoilers here and then come back.

Ok movie, some really fun bits, some standout performances, but ultimately too uneven to be the classic it could have and should have been. The first half hour or so is fantastic with Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan doing the female version of The Hangover, having fun playing uniquely flawed characters (Rebel Wilson is a bit underutilized as the bride, but that's the nature of the plot). Fisher is hysterical as a comically exaggerated ditz, Kaplan holds the flow of the story together with her seamless handling of the dialogue and while Dunst was a bit bland for me to start, she comes on strong later as the alpha bitch with a heart. On the dude side of the equation, James Marsden similar to Dunst starts slow but amps it up as a choice sleazebag, Adam Scott scores on his Party Down-established chemistry with Kaplan, and Kurt Bornheimer is charming enough as the high school loser in love with Fisher. My problem arises when about halfway through the film, the fun screwball caper gets hijacked by three separate and inferior romantic comedies. Things are never as fun during the long sequence where the girls are separated and tons of plot holes and dangling threads arise seemingly because the movie is trying to pack in emotional layers it doesn't need. Ultimately, like I said, it's fun, there are a lot of laugh out loud moments and nobody phones in their performance, but I wish this movie had gone for it all out on the comedy and not worried about trying to tack on depth.