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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
Several heated arguments, sometimes with name-calling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Near-constant language includes "s--t," "f-k," "bitch," "ass," "d--k," "tw-t," and much more.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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