The wedding comedy has made a comeback. The the genre stretches back quite a ways to the original “Father of the Bride” from 1950 or 1984’s “Bachelor Party” or even “Wedding Crashers”. This sub-genre has had a longevity that most people often forget. The misadventures of the bridal party really went off the rails with 2009’s “The Hangover”. 2011’s hit comedy “Bridesmaids” brought the female equivalent of “The Hangover” to audiences.
Dubbed as the female “Hangover” or “Bridesmaids 2” when it premiered at Sundance, “Bachelorette” is a proud member of the wedding comedy.
It wants to be either of those two hit films but never materializes.
The movie is written and directed by Leslye Headland, who also wrote the play in which it is based off of.
The movie stars Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan as three bridesmaids who haven’t really really made a big play in life quite yet.
Dunst is the organizer, Princeton Graduate, medical student boyfriend but marriage has eluded her.
Fisher is the insane party girl who loves her alcohol and drugs plus refuses to grow up.
Caplan is a stoner who has never fully recovered from the breakup from her ex (Adam Scott).
The three women are their to support their friend (Rebel Wilson) get down the aisle. But a mishap during the bachelorette party sends the girls out onto the streets of New York looking for a solution to the problem.
There are some great performances here from the three leads. Their chemistry also makes me want to see a “Sex & the City” type series starring these three starlets. I have never been a fan of Kirsten Dunst but here as the “organized, self-absorbed, take charge” kind of gal I kind of liked her. Fisher and Caplan are also perfectly cast.
My problem with the film is even though it lasts 87 minutes it felt like over 2 hours. There is something really off with the pacing. Comedy’s are hard to direct because the pacing and joke delivery.
First-time director Headland just doesn’t know how to lay out a comedy.
This is quite a shame and would have been an amazing film if a veteran comedy director would have made this film.
Which is why Kristen Wiig was smart when she got Paul Feig to direct “Bridesmaids” or when Nia Vardalos got Joel Zwick for Greek Wedding.
Love the cast, really mixed on the execution.
3 out of 5
So Says the Soothsayer
Available on iTunes now. Opens in theatres on September 9.