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The feel-rotten Girls Night Out movie of 2012. Read full review

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  • 38

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Talented actors are wasted in a film that induces more cringes than chuckles as women old enough to know better act like horny sailors on leave, absorb mass quantities of alcohol and drugs, and generally behave horribly.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    A tasty cast and a good share of snappy dialogue provide entertainment but can't make this pre-nuptials shindig quite the party that it might have been.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Yet if Bachelorette takes the form of a romantic ensemble comedy, it's purged of any true romantic feeling. You'll laugh, maybe a lot, but you won't feel great about it in the morning.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 17 & under

Mean girls get nicer in raucous, raunchy party comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the women at the center of Bachelorette spend a very debauched night drinking, swearing, getting high, and hooking up, all while cutting one another down with mean-spirited remarks. This raunchy, hard-R comedy has elements in common with both The Hangover and Bridesmaids -- i.e. sometimes-immature/selfish adults engaged in highly questionable activities. It's quite funny, but it certainly doesn't show people at their best. Expect plenty of drug use (especially cocaine) and drinking, near nonstop swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and many more), some graphic sexual discussions, talk of a character's history of bulimia, and a few sex scenes and encounters with strippers, though no actual nudity.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of raunchy comedies like Bachelorette. Whom do they appeal to, and why? Do you think such comedies are getting raunchier?

  • Talk about the film's excessive depiction of violence, sex, and substance abuse -- is the film condoning or glorifying this kind of behavior, or showing its dangers and consequences?

  • Do Regan, Becky, Gena, and Katie seem like real friends? Do they support one another or cut one another down? Does this dynamic seem realistic?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Bachelorette makes it clear that friendship is important, even though some friends aren't as supportive as they could or should be. The women in this film say they're all friends, but don't always act as if they have one another's back.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The three women at the center of the movie are, frankly, bad friends. They badmouth someone who's supposedly one of their oldest friends, as well as speak ill of one another, and they're far from supportive. While they eventually come around and the bonds of friendship are made stronger in the end, it's hard to see them as role models. One character's history of bulimia figures prominently.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Several heated arguments, sometimes with name-calling.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Plenty of flirting and banter and several graphic discussions about sexual activities. Former sweethearts reunite and end up fooling around, while two other women have casual hook-ups. No nudity, though one scene featuring a quickie in a bathroom is pretty suggestive. A male stripper entertains a crowd of women while a group of guys heads out to a strip club, but none of the entertainers gets fully undressed.

  • language false5

    Language: Near-constant language includes "s--t," "f-k," "bitch," "ass," "d--k," "tw-t," and much more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Plenty of signage in the background during exterior scenes in the streets of New York.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some of the main characters spend a good portion of the film on cocaine, engaging in questionable activities due in part to being quite high. And almost everyone in the movie drinks at some point, whether they're having wine or champagne at a festive pre-wedding dinner or getting completely wasted later. Some people smoke cigarettes. A guy recommends that his friends give women Xanax to make them more willing to go to bed with them, and one woman later intentionally overdoses on the medication.