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Friday, September 7th, 2012

Review Roundup: 'Bachelorette' Is Definitely Darker than 'Bridesmaids', But Is it Better?

Regardless of the fact that Bachelorette was an off-Broadway play and a hot script well before Bridesmaids came out, the comparison is unfortunately unavoidable. Every single review seemed to be primarily hoping to contrast the two. Bachelorette is a good or bad movie insomuch that it's funnier or darker or more genuine or less genuine or grosser than Bridesmaids. Overall the reviews are split on the subject, resulting in a 49 on Metacritic and 50 on Rotten Tomatoes.

On one hand you had people like the Miami Herald claim: "The film is…less bloated than Bridesmaids — a comedy is always more nimble at 90 minutes than two hours — and it’s less maudlin, too." NPR took it a step further: "The picture is less self-congratulatory than the movie to which it will inevitably be compared, Bridesmaids…instead of telegraphing its 'Girls can be raunchy, too!' message every minute, Bachelorette simply allows its characters' ids to run naked and free." The critics who liked the movie liked that it was pure, unadulterated grossness. It had no pretense of being anything but a big broad hard-R comedy.

Though most critics enjoyed parts – like the cast and a scene in which Lizzy Caplan's character espouses on the art of blowjobs, which Rolling Stone called "time-capsule worthy" – the people who didn’t like it really wished it was Bridesmaids.

NY Daily News:

Where Bridesmaids had real heart, this movie is absolutely empty at its core. And while we don’t need realism in a broad comedy, a little plausibility would be nice.

Washington Post:

Unfortunately, Bachelorette has nowhere near the heart or humanity of that 2011 hit, despite cramming twice the crude humor into a much smaller package.

New York Magazine:

It isn’t what you’d call fun — it’s not Bridesmaids 2.

And so on.

It's unfortunate that these movies are linked but they are. If you thought Bridesmaids was too long and its shitting scenes were too commonplace, then Bachelorette might be your jam. Especially if you like a whole bunch of cocaine in your jam.

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  • Robert

    I watched Bachelorette before bridesmaids and I didn't really car for either. Bridsmaids was no where as funny as people portrayed it to be. I laughed a couple of times, but I don't think it was great or even good. I was tempted to just turn the movie off a couple of times.
    Kristen wig can't really pull down a lead character. I thought she was ok to good in snl, but this movie was just her sucking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.scurry William K. Scurry Jr.

    "Bachelorette" was a winning success to me: The people acted like people, and Leslye Headland had a lot more latitude to make the movie she wanted to make, without, say, the interference of an Apatow — who would have insisted on a raft of poop jokes. There's no question which I enjoyed more.