After being premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January, and spoiling its way through the VOD platform reaching No. 1 on iTunes, Bachelorette finally premiered for the rest of mortals in the U.S. last week. It's "highlarious."
The comedy-drama film, not to be confused with ABC's show The Bachelorette, was written and directed by Leslye Headland, and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. It stars Spiderman's Kirsten Dunst, Confessions of a Shopaholic's Isla Fisher, 127 Hours' Lizzy Caplan and 27 Dresses' James Marsden.
The film revolves around the obvious theme of a wedding and toys with the idea that girls party as wild (or more) as guys. Themes of friendship, reunions, relationships, careers and others are also addressed by the film in a hilarious final product which is part The Hangover, part Magic Mike and doesn't have anything to do at all with its namesake reality television cheap product.
Though the film has been compared to the 2011 Kristen Wiig-written (and successful among critics and in the box office) Bridesmaids, Bachelorette possesses the edge of artsiers, foreign, films -- with jokes about cocaine use and male exotic dancers, usually reserved in the U.S. for late night cable television shows.
Director Leslye Headland addressed the comparison with Wiig's film as well as with ABC's reality show. "I think if you see the film you know it’s a completely different beast, so to speak. It’s kind of like comparing Fight Club to Rocky. They’re both about fighting but they’re exploring very different issues and almost in different genres in a way, Headland said.
As for ABC's The Bachelor/The Bachelorette: I actually haven’t (seen it). I’m going to get on a bit of a soapbox. It really makes me angry when people are like…”This movie is f—ing vulgar! It’s a f—ing piece of trash!” I’m like, I dunno man. I think a bunch of women trying to f— a guy they just met [like on The Bachelor], that seems vulgar to me….Doing cocaine at a wedding may be morally reprehensible but it’s not ten steps back for feminism."