This is a movie that looked thrown together, maybe to capitalize on "Hangover" or "Bridesmaids" fever?
It centers on four women, high school friends, it's about twelve years later the "fat one" announces she's engaged. This happens abruptly in the opening as the "serious, tough one" recaps her shock over this by trying to break the news to the other two. And, who are they? Let's call them "the slutty one" and "the addicted one".
There's nothing wrong with having defining characteristics for these women, it helps you remember them and maybe enjoy their role in the "mayhem", but things just never get that funny. And when things are more serious, I just wasn't a fan of any of these people to care.
Let's take the "serious" one first - Regan, played by Kirsten Dunst, a fine actress. How does she come off? How about humorless, controlling, nasty and jealous. Not much to enjoy there - she's actually jealous that her fat "friend", nicknamed "pig face" in high school, is getting married before she is. Yeah, "pig face", good one. I know it's just a high school joke, but I was puzzled when that one line ends a planned performance by a gay guy doing the stripper thing at the bachelorette party. So what's worse here - the gay guy playing the stripper part or the fact that the fat girl calls it off because she's newly offended?
Then there's the "slutty one", Gena, played by Lizzy Caplan, who earns that title early on with her monologue on a plane to her horny seatmate. The subject is some kind of rating scale for performing oral sex on men. Not funny, somewhat shocking. You see, there's the kind of gross shockers that make you laugh or smile because you've thought of that or wish you did, and the kind that just make you shrug or wince. This movie had too many of those shrugging moments.
Finally, there's the addict, played by Isla Fisher, another fine actress, reduced to cocaine and pills and booze. She gets to barf and pass out and is being pursued by a friendly goofball (of course named Joe, played by Kyle Bornheimer) who makes the mistake of thinking she might really be into him.
I didn't like or care for any of these women - but the fat girl, Becky (Rebel Wilson) gets some points because she's in the movie for the least amount of time and manages to annoy or offend the least. I actually had to look up the all the character names for these women because I forgot them so easily.
The running gag here is all about the wedding dress, which the three try on, rip and then run like crazy to get repaired in time for the ceremony. That started out kind of funny, then got ridiculous, then forgotten. Like much of this movie, it became a derivative, muddled mess. Which all led to a puzzling ending in which these ladies are not bridesmaids, just attendees at the wedding. Huh? Maybe I dozed off on that explanation. I read that these four actresses really are friends and wanted to work together. Oh well, hope you had fun because I didn't. I give "Bachelorette" a "3".