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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - NEWS - – CARIS BIZ­ZACA

THE hys­ter­i­cal fe­male-ensem­ble com­edy Brides­maids proved women could do gross-out hu­mour as well as The Han­gover guys.

The reve­la­tion led to a storm of out­ra­geous, fe­male-driven come­dies, where foul lan­guage, up­set stom­achs and zingers abounded. The lat­est, Bach­e­lorette, is a mix of Brides­maids, Mean Girls and Bad Teacher in which hu­mour and satire have, un­for­tu­nately, been con­fused with bad taste.

In­stead of be­ing out­ra­geously funny and de­spite its top cast, Bach­e­lorette is plain nasty.

The plot fol­lows three skinny, pretty, self-ab­sorbed women who are brides­maids at the wed­ding of their over­weight friend from high school, Becky (Aussie Rebel Wil­son).

None of them, par­tic­u­larly maid of hon­our Re­gan (Kirsten Dunst), can be­lieve Becky is the first of them to land a nice guy.

Their crazy bach­e­lorette night be­gins when Re­gan and the ditzy Katie (Isla Fisher) climb into Becky’s wed­ding dress to prove that she’s so fat, two peo­ple can fit in it. How­ever, plans for Gena (Lizzy Ca­plan) to take a pic and post it on Face­book turn sour, when, drugged and drunk, they rip the dress down the mid­dle. Their ef­forts to fix it lead them to co­pi­ous amounts of coke and booze and even­tu­ally, a strip joint with the grooms­men – player Trevor (James Mars­den), the nerdy Joe (Kyle Born­heimer) and Gena’s ex Clyde (Adam Scott).

Writ­ten and di­rected by Leslye Head­land, and based on her crit­i­cally ac­claimed play, Bach­e­lorette doesn’t trans­late well to the screen. The com­edy is very dark, the char­ac­ters and their jagged, bit­ing hu­mour un­like­able.

Ef­forts to re­deem the women work for some. Dunst re­mains scathing and al­though you warm to them, Fisher re­mains dumb and Gena re­mains sar­cas­tic.

Wil­son, a ris­ing star in Hol­ly­wood, is un­der-used as the nice bride who’s the butt of mul­ti­ple fat jokes (her friends re­fer to her as ‘‘pig­face’’ – an old high school nick­name).

With a cast like this, Bach­e­lorette had the po­ten­tial to be great. In­stead, it’s mean-spir­ited com­edy with fit­ful laughs.

Bach­e­lorette opens to­day.

Above: Lizzy Ca­plan as Gena, Kirsten Dunst as Re­gan and Isla Fisher as Katie in Bach­e­lorette.

Rebel Wil­son

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