Having loved “Bridesmaids” and being a proponent of female-centric comedies, even raunchy ones, I was eager to see “Bachelorette” despite the mixed reviews. Some of the critics praised the fact that the characters remain unlikable throughout the movie and that the tone is a bit darker and more challenging than “Bridesmaids.” Others found the story a ripoff of “The Hangover.” This critic? I just didn’t think the movie was funny. At all.
Three grown women who are still nursing grudges from high school can be amusing, but these three? One’s a prom queen type (Kirsten Dunst) who tries to control everything and everybody. Another is pathetic and depressed (Lizzy Caplan) because the guy who impregnated her as a teenager has seemingly moved on. The third (Isla Fisher in a retread of her “Wedding Crashers” turn) is the “stupid one.” All three do a lot of coke and either laugh hysterically or run around trying to repair the bride’s wedding dress.
I realize there’s a trend toward showing “realistic” women in their late 20s and early 30s with their anxieties and insecurities front and center, but enough already. I want to see smart women on screen. Funny, sympathetic, smart women. Is that too much to ask?