R (sexual content, pervasive language, drug use); 91 min.
Writer-director Leslye Headland aimed for Bachelorette to out-bridesmaid Bridesmaids. She has taken an equally accomplished cast (and a better-looking one) and hurled them at the same heartbreak, fiascoes and emotionally overwrought pathos of an impending wedding, filled their dialogue with F-bombs and amped up their behavior on coke -- not the diet kind either.
And what she has given us is an "Oh no they didn't" romp that never quite romps, a teary-eyed string of taking-stock moments without tears and a pretty serious squandering of major-league movie talent.
Kirsten Dunst is icy, cool and bitter as Regan, the 30-something, hyper-organized professional woman, at a loss as to why she hasn't been the first in her quartet of high school pals to marry. That the dizzy, loose Katie (Isla Fisher) is still single, that she understands. Gena (a fierce Lizzy Caplan) has been living a drug- and booze-fueled nightmare since a romantic high school trauma.
And Rebel Wilson, of Bridesmaids, is to be the bride. One of the rewards of the film is figuring out, eventually, what connected her to the others, how the plump girl nicknamed "Pig Face" got to hang with the hotties.
Headland goes for cheap, broad shocks. And even if the situations are mostly recycled, the words can jolt a laugh out of you.
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-- Roger Moore, McClatchy- Tribune News Service