not for kids
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
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.
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: Several heated arguments, sometimes with name-calling.
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: Near-constant language includes "s--t," "f-k," "bitch," "ass," "d--k," "tw-t," and much more.
Consumerism: Plenty of signage in the background during exterior scenes in the streets of New York.
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.
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One big mean mess! by jeffrohde
Nothing else to say other than hopefully this disgusting offensive waste of emulsion (digital or otherwise) keeps anyone form ever allowing Leslye Headland near a computer (to write) or a camera (to direct). WOW - how did this ever happen?
Not another Bridesmaids by kelelaoha
I was hoping that this would have the comedy and wittiness of Bridesmaids, especially since Rebel Wilson is awesome, but it was awkward (in the uncomfortable way) and kind of frustrating. Very dry. No go.
Bridesmaids, Hold the Upper Decker by zephyrtr
More of a hard-nosed comedy than a lewd, 2-hour SNL sketch, Bachelorette starts off without giving you much time to think: old high school friends are reunited as the first of the four prepares for marriage. The issue is the 3 NOT getting married are shocked it's the kind if unattractive Becky that's landed the rich and handsome husband-to-be and not, well, anyone else. The rest of the movie explores exactly why this is: Gena still isn't over her high school boyfriend, Katie is oblivious and Regan is goal-oriented to the point of psychopathy. Did I also mention they're all coke-heads?
Fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm are sure to love this movie. Each character engineers their own destruction as well as those around them, thus forcing them on a quest to try to fix things as best they can. There are no poop jokes, though there is more than a little vomit. This is a real comedy: funny people in funny situations. My only complaint is Rebel Wilson's character didn't get more screentime.
Intense Floral Arrangement by gilbert282
How dynamic - the microscopic overlook of such charming and diverse maidens! I really loved the way Kirsten summarized the movie's conclusion - advancing from scene to scene, holding the fiasco together, staying calm, in control, charming as a feather in the wind. If I could spell a whistle it would go: Barruuga....uuuga!
Hilarious DARK Comedy...don't go expecting "Bridesmaids II" by 143-ChickFlicks
Seeing some of the more negative reviews I have to assume that people went expecting Bridesmaids II...that is not what this film is. If however you can appreciate a well written, sharp DARK comedy with the best My so Called Life references I've ever seen in a film, then you will like this movie =).
Bachelorette by Bobby B
This movie was really terrible. An attempted rip off of Bridesmaids but not funny, not entertaining, and not clever. It is amazing that some of these actors/actresses wasted their time and talent being in this movie. Don't waste your time going to see it.
Bachelorette by Bonitababs
Hated it. Walked out. On a scale of 0-10? Gave it a zero.
It's a satire, said the critcs. A satire? Hardly; satire has wit; this has none. Just a bunch of losers snorting cocaine and eviscerating one another with viscious barbs.
Bachelorette by RobinEdward
The best that could be said is that the film was somewhat entertaining and had moments that were funny, but for the most part it was exceptionally low-brow and in really bad taste. It is definitely not for children as it glorifies drugs, sex and over-the-top, out-of-control syndrome. I was really surprised that some of the actors would even accept behind in what I could describe as a D level film. The only reason to see this film is if you are just feeling so low that you need something even lower to lose yourself in to feel better.