Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71% (Critics) / 47% (Audience)
Directed By: Leslye Headland
Written By: Leslye Headland
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson and Lizzy Caplan
Synopsis: On the night before an old friend’s wedding, three frisky bridesmaids go searching for a little fun but find much more than they bargained for. 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’s not the first to marry, while Gena (Lizzy Caplan) is a whip-smart sarcastic who’s actually a closet romantic, and Katie (Isla Fisher) is a ditzy beauty who loves the good life. But when Becky insists on keeping the bachelorette party tame, the women proceed with an after-hours celebration of their own.
The inherent unlikability of the 3 main characters in this film suggested a certain amount of fearlessness on the part of writer/director Leslye Headland that I found very enjoyable. While I found myself wondering exactly why Rebel Wilson’s Becky was ever friends with these three women, their flawed and somewhat toxic personalities made for a very original take on this film’s theme.
Sadly it seemed by the end of the movie Headland lost her nerve and took her three reprehensible antagonists and attempted to soften them. That would be bad enough but the way she went about it with two of them by basically using the women finding male knights in shining armor as the reason why their awfulness was washed away struck me as a bit sexist. The fact that the guys they were falling for were pretty much drips (despite being played by actors I really like) didn’t help matters.
Rebel Wilson is very funny yet she was used as the “straight man” for the majority of this film. Not a smart move.
Final Verdict: A fearlessly in your face for film for the majority of its running time but felled by a lack of courage by the ending. Despite that foible the performances of all the actors involved were very good and the funny bits were pretty darn funny. Not a perfect film but still a fun watch. B-