Stepping up to the altar as a nastier, even more foul-mouthed version of "Bridesmaids," "Bachelorette" is a shrill, wedding-themed snipefest that seems determined to elevate backstabbing bitchery to the level of art. It doesn't quite get there. After a promisingly funny first haft, this tale of three coke-snorting gal-pals trying not to screw up their friend's nuptials all but drowns in its own catty cynicism, turning as stingy with emotion and insight as it is with real laughs. A primo cast takes the material as far as it will go, which could be enough where distaff and gay-male auds are concerned.
CREDITS: Directed, written by Leslye Headland. based on her play "The Bachelorette." Reviewed at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres), Jan. 23, 2012. Running time: 93 MIN.
With: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan. James Marsden. Kyle Bornheimer, Rebel Wilson. Adam Scott. Ann Dowd. Hayes MacArthur.