Sunday, February 9, 2014

Bachelorette: Story of (True) Friends

the Plot:
The film opens with Regan (Kirsten Dunst), a miserable careerist in her early thirties, having lunch with her longtime friend, Becky (Rebel Wilson), who reveals that she's getting married to her moneyed boyfriend, Dale (Hayes MacArthur).

Becky flashes her ring :)

Regan processing the fact

Although secretly jealous and embittered by the fact that her "fat friend" is now engaged, Regan notifies their two other friends, the sardonic coke-sniffing Gena (Lizzy Caplan) and the rowdy party girl Katie (Isla Fisher).

sharing the news, barely containing her true feelings

Gena flits from one bad into another

Becky works in retail, surviving with the help of her gay freelance stripper friend

Six months later, the women are preparing for Becky's impromptu bachelorette party that evening; Gena flies in to New York from Los Angeles, and the four meet at the hotel, when Katie announces that she has brought cocaine for all of them to do.

At the dinner party that night, Gena runs into her ex-boyfriend Clyde (Adam Scott), whom she sees flirting with Dale's younger sister, and Katie runs into Joe (Kyle Bornheimer), a former classmate and pot dealer. Trevor (James Marsden), the best man, gives a speech at the party, and Gena, high on cocaine, reveals in her toast that she first met Becky when she caught forcing herself to throw up in the high school bathrooms.

After the dinner, the women go to their suite, where Katie's gay co-worker arrives and does a striptease for the women, but Becky stops it after he jokingly calls her "Pigface", a cruel nickname of hers in high school. Becky leaves the bachelorette party, and Regan, Gena and Katie are left in the hotel room where they drink and continue to do cocaine.

Drunk and high, the three accidentally rip the dress, and Katie gets a nosebleed and stains it with her blood.

they try to get the hotel maid to fix it but was informed the tailor is off-duty

they bump into the guys going out for a stag party

Regan contacts the tailor who made the dress for Becky, who reluctantly agrees to open the store for them in the middle of the night.


After unsuccessfully searching the store for a dress that will fit Becky, and the one that is one size smaller for her is the one Regan always dreamed of having for her own wedding, Katie reveals that she can sew, which leads the women on a hunt for thread and a sewing machine.

Regan rather licks the pavement than letting Becky have that dress. So Gena asks her to do it so that they can settle the matter
Trevor text messages Regan asking the girls to stop by the strip club the men are at, which they agree to, in order to get Clyde's help with the dress (Clyde's mom used to sew their high school's play dresses).

yup. pretty sums up Katie all right

 There, Joe shares some pot with Katie in the gents whilst Regan chats up with Trevor, flirting.

Gena takes the dress into the strip club's bathroom where she attempts to clean it. There, she has a conversation with a stripper who begins using the dress as a towel and toilet paper, unbeknownst to her, and thus smearing semen and whatnots on it.

showing appreciation for the stripper's wise words

Regan, furious when she finds out, gets into an argument with Gena, who insists they confess everything to Becky, and it is revealed in the argument that Gena had an abortion once, with Regan driving her to the clinic when Clyde didn't show up. Gena leaves the club with Clyde and the dress.

And as they are having an argument in the Metro, Clyde blurts out that he didn't drive Gena to the clinic years ago because he was so sad that they had to abort the baby.


They arrive at Clyde's house and his mother agrees to help sew the dress, whilst insisting Gena to put some pants on. As the dress is getting fixed, Gena and Clyde get to talk and patch up somewhat.

Gena finds out that Clyde still keep a tab on her. in this pix, he's taking pictures of a Gena sad face pancake and tagging her on Facebook
Trevor asks Joe to take Katie home so that he can have Regan alone for the night, good to go mode ON, apparently

Meanwhile, Joe attempts to woo Katie, who is heavily intoxicated and high on cocaine, and Regan ends up having sex with Trevor in the hotel bathroom. Joe and Katie spend the night in the hotel swimming pool, where Katie reveals that she attempted suicide the year before whilst getting high.

i feel sorry for Katie... sobs

Becky calls and asks Regan to come to her room so they can talk; in their conversation, it is revealed that Regan is bulimic, and that Becky covered it for her in high school. Just as Regan begins to tell Becky about her dress, Becky's mother arrives, and they begin to prepare for the wedding.

Gena wakes up naked next to Clyde in the morning, rushing back to the hotel with the dress.

Gena is really serious about her war with pants. hahah
Back at the hotel, the party planner is unable to find the missing dress but Regan manages to divert their attention into focusing on Becky's hair and make-up instead.

freaking out

Gena asks a maid at the hotel to help her dry clean the dress before bringing it to Becky; meanwhile, Katie locks herself in the bathroom and overdoses on Xanax. While Regan forces Katie to vomit the pills, she ends up puking all over Regan's dress. Regan, in an attempt to buy time, convinces Becky to ride to the wedding in her pajamas and put on the dress when she arrives.

Becky, irate, screams at her mother and Regan in the taxi.

for once, Regan has nothing to say to calm Becky down

Gena arrives to the wedding with the dress, still stained with blood, yelling "I save the day!" They quickly get Becky to change.

At the moment when the wedding march sounds, Becky confides her insecurity, that people think she's too fat for Dale, which Regan retorts back with their longtime mantra "F@ck everyone!"

i love the way Dale looks at Becky, truly showing how he's feeling at the moment: the luckiest man in the world!

Becky ends up walking down the aisle while Regan and Gena sit on a bench and watch the ceremony, where they are joined by Katie, who arrives late.

if looks could kill
At the reception, Joe and Katie talk and kiss, Regan tries to sleep, and Clyde gives an obscene speech about him and Gena, ultimately confessing that he wants to spend his life with her. The film ends as the four women make up and dance together at the party.

the Review:
i was rather attracted to the underlying theme of the film, it's about friendship. friends you can always count on, someone to prop you up, shove their fingers down your throat, someone to pick you up and drive you to the abortion clinic, someone who would be your friend even when they are most jealous of you at that point and yet walk you through your wedding day.

a friend. in its truest sense.

Regan is a person, comparable to Hannibal Lecter. She's jaded, miserable and frustrated with her life, yet she helps Becky to plan her wedding for 6 months. on the eve of the wedding, it's only natural that she blows her steam, more so with Gena, the snarky and Becky the twat, the original B-faces Gang.

it is rather hurtful to think that in a 4-girls gang, yet there is a 3-person inner circle. Regan, Katie and Gena have one thing in common, they don't have physical issues that Becky is facing yet, believe it or not, each has their own problems, their own demons that they have to fix.

for instance, Regan hates her job where she attends to young kids having cancer. it is a noble job but as the kids undergo chemotheraphy which is hell, more so to the kids, her soul gets ate up bit by bit that she ends up hating what she has to endure to make the kids feel much better.

Gena, she couldn't work Clyde out of her system. the mere mention of Clyde's attending the wedding convinced her to come from Los Angeles. she's a mess, drifting from one night stand into another, in short, she's being a slut. but perhaps the abortion, Clyde's abandonment of her at that vulnerable time, being 15 years old at that point, makes her what she was..

Katie, a good soul but so messed up, she's not functioning. it saddens me when she confesses she was so high, she almost killed herself once. it's good that Joe's being a gentleman. that though i could hit his head for giving Katie's pot when she asked for it, i have to admit, he's basically a good person, redeeming himself by not getting it on with Katie when she's too inebriated to even know who he is.

i suppose, Becky is the luckiest person. she's a good friend, taking the flak for Regan by letting everyone think that it was her with the bulimia problem. no wonder she ends up with Dale, a true gentleman who's really into her.

Regan and Gena, they might fight with each other, but they are so close that mouthing off each other is so natural, it won't break their kinship.

i wonder how these people gonna end up in the future but as the movie ends, i realise, it's ok as long as you have your friends with you..

btw, that was gross of Clyde to describe his moment of clarity. nevertheless i do dig his relationship with Gena, they look sweet together! love Adam Scott in this one :)