Trailer Tuesday: Bachelorette
No doubt capitalising on the success of last year's surprise mega-hit Bridesmaids, here's another raunchy comedy about women behaving badly in the lead-up to wedding celebrations. The big selling point with Bachelorette though is its fantastic cast of comically gifted young women - Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan and Rebel Wilson.
Given that these ladies are some of my favourite actresses, I'll be watching Bachelorette for its strong female ensemble alone. For the record though, the plot is based on a play by writer-director Leslye Headland -whose blog, Cinephilia I used to read before she headed to Hollywood, weirdly enough - and centres on a trio of high school friends (Dunst, Caplan, Fisher). Each of the young women reacts differently to the impending nuptials of their "fat" friend, Becky (Wilson): Overachieving maid of honour Regan (Dunst) is smarting over the fact that she's not first down the aisle, Gena (Caplan) appears to be a promiscuous cynic but secretly still pines for an ex, and ditzy Katie (Fisher) just wants a good time and the good life.
When the official hens party is too tame for their liking, these young women stage their own drunken late-night celebration, during which they damage the wedding dress. Cue a race against time to repair it without Becky finding out... and all the while romantic distractions appear in the form of James Marsden, Adam Scott and Kyle Bornheimer.
Out of interest, you can also watch the raunchy red band trailer for a better idea of the film's R-rated nature.
Having initially screened at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, Bachelorette has been available to download on demand since August, and popped up in American cinemas last week, on 7 September. With a divisive aggregated review score of 54% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, word is that Bachelorette is unlikely to be to everyone's tastes - it's not consistently funny and the leads are a pretty unlikeable bunch (despite impressive work by Dunst and Caplan, especially). However, if you get a laugh from cutting comments and crass behaviour, interspersed with some real emotional honesty and insight, this one may be right up your alley.
Bachelorette's South African release date has yet to be announced.