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Weekend Watch: Mean Girl Movies

Weekend Watch is a weekly movie review looking at the latest films in the theaters, what's streaming online, and even black and white classics. This Week: "Bachelorette" (2012).

It was my wife’s birthday last Sunday so when she wanted to wind down an awesome weekend filled with wine tasting, cake and presents, by watching a movie together and cuddling, I didn’t object. Getting to spend time with her and be able to watch a movie is always a plus — especially when I choose to review said movie.

After wading through Comcast’s limited On Demand movie selection she chose to watch "Bachelorette" (2012). It was hard swallowing the $6.99 price tag for a movie that I hadn’t heard much about, but I wasn’t about to tell the birthday girl "no."

I should have.

"Bachelorette" centers on a group of mean-girls who have known each other since highschool: Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Gena (Lizzy Caplan) and Katie (Isla Fisher) who are asked to be bridesmaids by their friend Becky (Rebel Wilson), a chubby girl, who they not-so-secretly made fun of regularly.

The concept of "Bachelorette" is interesting: Mixing the clique dynamic of "Mean Girls" with the raunchiness of "Bridesmaids" should have resulted in hilarity — but it doesn’t.

The movie fails on multiple levels, but there are two blatant issues that I had: First, the characters that Director/Writer Leslye Headland wrote are bland archetypes that we’ve seen in a million different movies. They are not original in any way, and they truly have no redeeming qualities, so therefore I cannot sympathize or empathize with them. (This is the first rule of script writing.)

Second, due to uneven directing, the film doesn’t know what it wants to be. It tries to be a comedy, while at the same time imparting life lessons via dramatic moments. Seasoned directors can use this to achieve poignant films that touch us deeply, but in less skilled hands these types of films fall flat.

I suggest steering clear of "Bachelorette". Instead try watching "Mean Girls" followed by "Bridesmaids" to get the desired effect.

What are your favorite and least favorite movies about mean girls? Share your suggestions and reviews in the comments.

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Colby Wayne Heyer January 12, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Great I love suggestions! If I can find it on Netflix streaming I will review it next week, if not I can review it in two weeks!
Tom January 14, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Colby, there is VERY little original in thw way of movies out of hollywood. Take for example the huge box office hit Avatar. All you have to do is first watch Dances with Wolves and then watch Avatar and you will soon discover you are watching the same movie. The list goes on and on. The other interesting aspect is look at the Golden Globes from last night and see how far the democrat party is in partnership with big hollywood. Yet people continuue to buy what is being re-crammed down their throat, but the sheep masses just cant seem to open their own eyes. Cheers!
Colby Wayne Heyer January 14, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Exactly, and this is why Avatar didn't blow my mind. Yes, the 3D technology used in filming was pretty awesome, but the story-line wasn't anything special. Especially because I think Dances with Wolves was way better. The political aspect of awards shows like the Golden Globes, and the Oscars is usually what drives me to avoid them. I don't care what an actor or actress has to say about politics, and I hate when they use their acceptance speech as a soap box. Last night's Golden Globes didn't bother me as much as I thought (Probably because I had it on my DVR so I could fast forward through whatever I wanted) but I do understand what you are talking about when it comes to political influence within Hollywood.
Tom January 14, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Hello Colby, The industry loves to copy and paste sometimes clearly showing its hand and sometimes trying to hide it. The last original movie I watched was Inception. What was the last good movie you watched?
Dive Turn Work January 14, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Ishtar and Heaven's Gate. Definitely.

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