Female Chauvinist Pigs: Bachelorette Review

15 / 11 / 2012

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Elisabeth Morgan looks at the rise of crass female characters in comedies with this review on the ‘Bachelorette’ movie, try currently screening in cinemas across Australia.

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Becky (Rebel Wilson) is getting married to a hunky guy. Her old high school pals have come to assist with/destroy her wedding. Uptight Regan (Kirsten Dunst), ampoule sarcastic Gena (Lizzy Caplan) and ditzy Katie (Isla Fisher) turn Becky’s quiet pre-wedding plans into a coke-fuelled nightmare. The neurotic trio manage to butcher Becky’s bridal dress, ampoule get their sex on, struggle through an abundance of emotional issues and get it all together for the big day.

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Bachelorette takes place around the ever-predictable wedding engagement scenario, but Becky is not your conventional bride. She’s content with being overweight and used to playing second fiddle to Regan, Gena and Katie who, despite being stereotypically attractive Alpha females, are plagued with self-doubt and dysfunctional relationships.

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Practically a sequel to Bridesmaids, Bachelorette attempts to remain safely accessible to a mainstream female audience while paving a path for women in the male territory of Hollywood’s ‘college/stoner’ flick (think American Pie, The Hangover, Knocked Up). Considering the rampant phallicism of these films, any attempts to slot in female protagonists will no doubt encounter some teething issues. For one thing, this film boasts a hefty helping of dick jokes from women and men alike (we probably have producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to thank for that).

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opcje binarne up down Bachelorette also attempts to take a serious stance on issues like abortion and bulimia, but this is almost always undermined by coarse humour and a watery plot line. We’re meant to empathise with Becky when she’s called “pig face” and bulimic, but laugh when Katie is unconscious and Regan says “reviving a fucked-up bitch wasn’t on the itinerary”. Gena has a mature discussion with an ex-boyfriend about her abortion, then said ex-boyfriend makes a bizarre and detailed wedding speech about the sex they had the night before, apparently all in the name of lulz. We’re also meant to shrug our shoulders when Regan dumps inebriated Katie onto some guy so that she can go off and have sadomasochistic sex with King Douche of the boy bunch (James Marsden).

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köpa Viagra nätet This left me feeling torn: the snobby feminist in me wanted to throw in the towel, but the more accommodating optimist – curious about the changing portrayals of women in film – wanted to persevere.

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opzioni binarie stati uniti legali A lack of diversity, though not at all surprising, made matters worse. All the characters are straight and white, unless you count the Asian caterer Regan screams at, or the black dry cleaner hired to fix Becky’s dress. Prepare yourself for painful flashbacks to Sex and the City 2 when Gena enters a strip club and says “It’s like Iran in here!” – a line managing to be both offensive and nonsensical.

strategie 60 sekunden optionen But as a continuation of the pioneering work of Bridesmaids, keeping in mind this genre is low-brow at the best of times, the gender progressiveness of these new ‘female stoner flicks’ is streets ahead of its male-centric counterparts. This lends these films a special kind of edge. Audiences have become desensitised to male jokes about their nether regions, but there’s still a shock to the system when a similar joke comes from a woman, especially on the rare occasion it’s about her own regions. The other thing I like about this new kind of comedy is that female protagonists are allowed to be as sharp, witty, irreverent, irresponsible, overweight, drunk, drug-addled, and funny as their male counterparts. Instead of a boring girlfriend/suffocating wife/overbearing mother/sex kitten existing on the margins, these women are at the centre of the action.

sparkassen trading deutschland binären optionen So how should we take these films? Failed attempts at joining the gender divide to the lowest common denominator, or small steps forward for girls-on-film-kind? Reflections of a new gender equality, or female acquiescence to boys-only humour? I didn’t enjoy Bachelorette all too much, but I can’t help but feel it displays an attempted progression forward for women in mainstream Hollywood comedy, however small, however crass, and I guess that’s a start.

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