Bachelorette

  • Review Date: August 23, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Mean girls get nicer in raucous, raunchy party comedy.
  • Review Date: August 23, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive 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.

Positive 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.

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, & 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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Gena (Lizzy Caplan) and Katie (Isla Fisher), three best friends from high school, reunite to celebrate the impending wedding of the fourth member of their quartet, Becky (Rebel Wilson). Over the course of a long, raucous, and debauched BACHELORETTE party night, the friends race around New York hoping to repair a badly damaged wedding dress, while first establishing that they actually aren't always especially good friends and then making up for their actions, somewhat, by trying to support one another when they really need it. The madcap night starts with a male stripper in a hotel suite, but (fueled by abundant liquor and cocaine) the group is soon searching for a bridal shop with late-night hours and then trying to track down the groom and his pals at a strip club. As dawn nears, it's not clear whether they'll make it to the wedding at all ... and will Becky be forced to walk down the aisle in her pajamas?

Is it any good?

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Bachelorette starts off sour but gets sweeter as it goes. The main characters are mean-spirited, unhappy, and bitter. They were all best friends in high school but have grown up (sort of) to become the kind of people you might be glad to have left behind after graduation. It's not entirely clear what keeps them together besides plenty of history -- and that's a shame, since they aren't especially friendly to one another, nor to anyone else. But as the manic evening progresses, we learn more about what shaped them, humanizing them almost enough.

Dunst is especially great as an unlikable control freak who excels at micromanaging every detail of the wedding event while alienating everyone around her, and Caplan stands out as the damaged girl who still can't get over her high school boyfriend (Adam Scott). Bachelorette belongs in the same category of raunchy adult comedies as The Hangover and Bridesmaids, and while it's plenty funny, it's also perhaps the one film in the bunch that also seems realistic. (The real-life tinge of bitterness is also what makes it not quite as funny as the other two films.) These characters, who seem so unpleasant at first, eventually all become people you might really know. But you still might not like them. And therein lies the rub.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 7, 2012
DVD release date:March 19, 2013
Cast:Isla Fisher, Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson
Director:Leslye Headland
Studio:Radius TWC
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sexual content, pervasive language and drug use

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Teen, 16 years old Written byhockeyguy September 16, 2012
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18
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RAUNCH! SO RAUNCH!

don't see it. totaly innapropreate. only one funny part
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bybb13 February 12, 2013
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14
QUALITY
 

Good

This is crazy that for sexiness it got the same amount of filled circles as the other movie I just reviewed- The Notebook. In this movie they actually show them "doing it" once but that's it and a couple f- bombs are dropped too. Drugs are also abused in this film- alot. I like this movie and a 14+ could watch it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byMoviedudde18 September 30, 2012
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13
QUALITY
 

bm2012

Stupid, pointless, unfunny and irritating comedy. CSM suck bra why would they give this 3. They give Wimpy Kid 3 a 3/5 but they give That's My Boy a 1/5? That's My Boy was funny. They shoud've given this atleast a 2/5.

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