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Bachelorette (Blu-ray Review)

21 Mar, 2013 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Anchor Bay
Box Office $0.45 million
$24.98 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use.
Stars Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, James Marsden, Adam Scott.

It’s always been three against one for the group of girlfriends in the comedy Bachelorette. Becky (Rebel Wilson), the ridiculed, overweight friend, is getting married to strapping lad Dale (Hayes MacArthur), and no one’s more upset than her best friend and maid of honor, Regan (Kirsten Dunst).

Instead of offering congratulations, Regan laments that she should be the one to get married first. Though self-centered and generally unpleasant, Regan’s Type-A personality comes in handy when organizing the bachelorette party and wedding-day preparations.

Long-time gal pals Gena (Lizzy Caplan) and Katie (Isla Fisher) come along for the trip to New York, looking forward to drug-and-alcohol-fueled debauchery for the bachelorette. When the three girls discover that the bride-to-be has tame ideas in mind for her last night as a single lady, they set off on their own wild night. But a catastrophe caused by some harsh teasing puts a damper of the festivities.

They ruin Becky’s wedding dress and have mere hours to get it repaired before she finds out, all the while babysitting Katie, who hit the cocaine and booze too hard. As the saying goes, with friends like these, who needs enemies?

On the surface, Bachelorette is Mean Girls meets Bridesmaids — a comical presentation of pre-nuptial mishaps that we’ve come to love. Yet, the storyline with former high school sweethearts Gena and Clyde (Adam Scott, reuniting with Caplan after their stint on “Party Down”) brings some depth to the superficial plot. Could “the one who got away” actually return for a “happily ever after” ending? Your eyeballs will be glued to the screen waiting to find out.

Bachelorette is a crude but amusing film that should appeal to men as much as women. Caplan and Fisher steal the show, returning to their archetypal roles as the feisty badass and girl-gone-wild, respectively.

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