Abortion has been a hot-button topic for years, but it’s been resurrected as one of the most talked about issues this election season with debates about Planned Parenthood and Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” remark still ringing in our ears. The heated political and religious discourse on the issue of whether or not abortion should be legal has made it taboo in films and TV, so it’s not often that we see the issue honestly approached on screen. However, there have been some exceptions.
Without giving too much away, the dark comedy “Bachelorette,” out today, is one of those movies. In the film — starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan as high school BFFs reuniting for a girlfriend’s wedding— one of the characters opens up about an abortion from her teen years, and she even references one of the most iconic films about the same scenario, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Let’s look back at some of the memorable female characters who’ve wrestled with the decision to end a pregnancy on screen. Read more …
“With ‘Bachelorette,’ I thought of these really thin, beautiful women, who if you saw walking down the street you’d think, ‘These girls have their lives together and it makes me feel bad about myself.’ I wanted to examine how they are gluttonous through drug addiction, materialism, sexual voraciousness, eating disorders — literally take, take, take, consume, consume, consume. Then there is their friend, Becky, who is moving into adulthood. She’s the one who appears to be the gluttonous one, who you might point at and say she has a problem because she’s overweight. You might feel better about yourself and move on. But she’s the one who’s getting out of the prison that these characters have created for themselves. … I couldn’t for the life of me think of one good moniker for these women and who they are that wasn’t punitive. You know what I mean, like ‘Sluts’ or ‘Bitches,’ and who would see a movie called that? All we’ve got is this feminized version of this male idea, that’s, by the way, a great thing if you’re a man. If you’re not married and you’re a straight guy, the world is your fuckin’ oyster, but if you’re single and you’re a woman and you’ve got something going for you, it’s just so sad you’re not married yet. It doesn’t make any sense to me. But what do I know? I’m sad and alone.”
Watching “Bachelorette” on Video On Demand is on my to-do list this evening, so I was interested to read this Q&A with the writer/director Leslye Headland. “Bachelorette,” as you’ve probably heard, is about four high school friends who reunite for one of their weddings — and the other three freak the fuck out because they’re still single and childless. And snorting loads of cocaine, apparently. As someone who is gearing up for her 10-year high school reunion and is also “sad and alone” according to societal standards, I have to say it’s a topic of interest! The subject of the movie, I mean. [BlackBook Mag]
So this movie “Bachelorette” just came out, and I’m so ambivalent as to whether or not I should see it. On one hand, I love (in no manner of order other than how they are credited on iMDB) Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, Kirsten Dunst, James Marsden, Adam Scott, and Rebel Wilson. On the other, I heard that the movie itself is an abomination. On the other, other hand, I really want to see it, but will I regret wasting 91 minutes of my life? Therein lies the conundrum.
All internal battles aside, the stars looked just lovely on the red carpet at the premiere over the weekend. Winona and I agree that Kirsten slayed this Gaultier trench-inspired dress, which could have been a disaster on the wrong girl; Lizzy looked so good from the waist up that I’ll let her awkward-length slip slide; Isla was refined perfection in red lace Reem Acra. But I’m really feeling their individual approaches to makeup for the night — the three managed to look gorgeous and true to their own sensibilities without overshadowing one another. I think this calls for a special three-way edition, no? Keep reading »
Hey ladies, have you ever spent any time as a strip club? Actually, gentleman, you can feel free to answer this next question too. What would you say your favorite part of the strip club experience is? The naked breasts? The thumping club music and late-’80s hair metal? The overpriced champagne? For Kirsten Dunst, who appears in the new movie “Bachelorette,” the best part of hanging out at Scores was … the food? Describing it as “damn good,” Dunst also told Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show,” “We had sushi, we had lamb chops. One of the guys in our movie, Kyle, was, like, ‘These are some of the best lamb chops I’ve ever had.’” You know, Scores is a pretty high-end establishment, so maybe the food isn’t the typical buffet fare of most strip clubs. But I’ll just take her word for it rather than finding out for myself. Clips of Kirsten’s full appearance on “The Tonight Show” are above!
One of the breakout stars of “Bridesmaids” — besides Melissa McCarthy — was Rebel Wilson, who played the female half of Kristen Wiig’s weird brother-sister roommate duo. Remember? She got the Mexican drinking worm tattoo from some guy in the back of van? Well, Wilson next appears as an exceedingly normal bride in “Bachelorette,” a dark comedy that also stars Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan as the bitter and drugged out friends who are planning her bachelorette party. Rebel appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night to promote the film, and the Australian talked up her teenage appreciation for American “gangsta rap” group Kriss Kross. She and her sister — who’s amazingly named LIBERTY — performed their songs at talent shows. To prove it, Rebel rapped some of their lyrics — and was decidedly not wiggity-wiggity-wack.