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Bachelorette

With lovely Becky (Rebel Wilson) set to marry her handsome sweetheart, Dale (Hayes MacArthur), the remaining members of her high school clique reunite for one last bachelorette bacchanal in the Big Apple. Regan (Kirsten Dunst) is an overachieving, uber-Maid of Honor who`s secretly smarting over the fact that she is not the first to marry, while Gena (Lizzy Caplan) is a whip smart sarcastic who is actually a closet romantic, and Katie (Isla Fisher) is a ditzy beauty who loves the good life. When Becky insists on keeping the bachelorette party tame, the women proceed with an after-hours celebration of their own, sending the unholy trinity careening across Manhattan with a torn wedding dress in tow, bum-rushing a drycleaner`s, charming their way into a shuttered tailor`s, and crashing Dale`s bachelor party. Will the girls get through the night alive? Time is ticking away, but the bachelorettes are only getting started in what proves to be a life-changing weekend they will never forget.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 13 Dec 2012
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 27 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson, Kyle Bornheimer, James Marsden, Adam Scott
Director: Leslye Headland
Format: 35MM, 2D

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Watch this if you liked: “Bridesmaids” and “Friends With Kids”

"Bachelorette" spirals downward the moment Regan's (Kirsten Dunst) self-centering babble hits the screen in the opening. Immediately unlikable, you wonder what Dunst is doing starring in this "Bridesmaids" wannabe. The same question extends to James Marsden, who plays Trevor, the best man to bridegroom, Dale (Hayes MacArthur).

Even Rebel Wilson, who usually shines as the big girl with the even larger personality, fails to add humour to this disappointment of a comedy. Playing Becky, who is about to get married to catch-of-a-lifetime Dale, Wilson's character is mellowed and sporting an American accent, which might explain the lessened appeal to her. There are moments you notice her accent slipping back to an English one a few words at a time and you wonder if maybe her acting is distracted by trying to keep the pronunciations in line. It is refreshing that she finally picks up a role that strays from her stereotype but Wilson falls short at portraying Becky with good effect.

Bringing back her old gang together as bridesmaids, Becky appoints Regan as her maid-of-honour who reunites with the foul-mouthed Gena (Lizzy Caplan), who has another agenda for attending the wedding, and the over-the-top ditzy Katie (Isla Fisher). The four friends may be portrayed as being a tight-knitted group during their high school days, but whatever camaraderie they shared when they were younger does not translate to their reunion. At best, they seem like four acquaintances that happen to be spending time with each other.

Of course, there is the customary wedding disaster that sparks the plot in a comedy such as this. In the case of "Bachelorettes", the bridesmaids ruin the wedding dress while getting high on drugs. What follows is a mad dash to save the dress while dealing with their personal problems.

Overachiever Regan is secretly seething from the fact that fat Becky is getting her dream marriage to a well-to-do good-looking guy while she is still left hanging as a potential spinster. Gena wants to terrorize ex-boyfriend Clyde while Katie is just plain clueless throughout the whole movie.

The male leads do not really help out at all with the movie. Trevor just plain annoys as the typecasted jerk who only aims to sleep with the opposite sex, the more challenging the better. In this case, he sets his eyes on Regan. Clyde (Adam Scott) on the other hand, just glides along uninterestingly around the guys as just an excuse to have a love interest for Gena.

"Bachelorettes" is a forgettable film. Unless you are into watching girls sprouting profanity and delivering crude jokes, maybe you should forget about this film.

Cinema Online, 21 December 2012
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only