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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Where Fall's Biggest TV Shows Rate on Director Diversity and a Look at Last Week's Biggest Premieres on Today's "Cinema in Noir"

Last week was a big week for TV's fall premieres, so the ladies of Cinema In Noir got together to discuss how some of the biggest shows rated on quality as well as where they stand on cultural and gender diversity of directors.

From The Mindy Project to Elementary and Scandal, which fall premieres did you watch? And which shows had the best representation of diversity of directors? We discuss on the DGA rundown on the show.

Speaking of fall's biggest shows, we discuss what could be the real reason Sofia Vergara hasn't garnered an Emmy win for her role on Modern Family. Could the neverending punchline of not being able to understand her accent be ruining her hopes? We talk about the recent Latino Voices post here.

We also review Looper and share our thoughts on the latest in film news (Expenda-belles has apparently enlisted its first badass).

And lastly, in keeping up with our lively TV discussion, we go over Deadline Editor Nikki Finke's Emmy comments stating that "pretty girls" can't be funny? We also try to figure out how she's defining the words pretty and funny.

Catch it all here:

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"Looper" Is the Genre-Bending Film 2012 Has Been Waiting For [REVIEW]

It's clear that writer/director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) took a long look at the current state of the action movie, and decided to flip it on its head when he delved into the tricky time traveling film, Looper.

Employing a medley of old school tactics--slow-motion grabs, a creepy kid, and of course the all important nod to some of the more memorable classics, time travel--Johnson re-teams with his Brick star Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a thrilling look at the deviating life of futuristic hit-man Joe (Gordon-Levitt). A Looper, as this type of hit-man is referred, is a contract killer whose job it is to dispose of unwanted people as their future selves. In other words, kill the people they can't somehow kill in the present when they're older, and possibly change the course of their present story.

Though his life unfolds in fragments as the film progresses, the audience gets right away that Joe's a far more complicated character than he's trying to convey. We see up front that he indulges in excess--drugs, partying, girls (or, actually, one girl who doesn't come cheap). But his outer layer, which seems even people who are close to him (including his "best friend" Seth, played briefly but effectively by Paul Dano) only get to see, is that he's the guy who gets the job done. Who's the kill? Where's the job? The end.

But his basic life falls off its course when Seth frantically shows up at his door to hide out from the Looper head honcho Abe (Jeff Daniels) and his gang after he leaves a job incomplete. The audience learns right away the consequence of that action and is therefore prepped and aptly concerned when Joe is faced with the same predicament.

As the story further unravels, we discover with Joe that Abe has dispatched an order to close the Loopers by having them kill off their future selves. Hence, in comes Bruce Willis as the older version of Joe, Joe's new assignment.

If it sounds like a lot to digest, it is. But the movie does a good job at maintaining a steady descent from one layer of the character to the next. Notably, when Willis' plot becomes more prominent, the movie goes off on a tailspin and the pace is amplified. It becomes a matter of the now two main characters chasing their own tails for different reasons.

Midway through the film, you're actually not sure whether you're watching a sci-fi, an action, or a horror film. And you don't care. Granted, there are a few cliches from each of the genres that are thrown in not gratuitously but rather matter of factly. When Joe seeks refuge on a farm, where he meets Sara (Emily Blunt) and her son Cid (Pierce Gagnon), we get two--a brief yet wanton romance and one of the creepiest kids in recent film (though the latter ties in nicely with the plot). Blunt is both heartbreaking and deeply compelling in the role that is much more worthy of her talent than the like-minded sci-fi dud The Adjustment Bureau. And she seems far more comfortable here.

Borrowing its time-leaping pace from films like Total Recall and Frequency, with the sophistication of The Matrix, Looper carves out a nice little niche for itself as an engaging genre-bender. It's more than flashy effects (which are top notch); it has excellent performances from the bottom to the top and a story that keeps you guessing until the very end. At its core, the movie is about a man who catches a glimpse of his future, which makes him acutely aware of the vicious cycle that has become his life and what he must do about it. While solid overall, the amount of twists and jumps the plot takes will more than likely require a second watch (or more), and after that you may be able to notice one or two plot holes that are covered in first glance by the film's elegance. The gaping one being that Cid's plot in the end that is literally put out to pasture.

Gordon-Levitt, who before this has yet to immerse himself into a role that makes us forget we're watching him, almost completely disappears into the role. Though that is likely due to the fact that the facial prosthetics he wears to appear like the younger version of Willis are completely transformative and natural. But then Gordon-Levitt flashes his trademark smirk, which reminds you it's him. That aside, it's clear he's having fun in the role. His chemistry with Willis, who's perfectly cast, is spot-on. And despite his signature pretty boy looks, he makes the role work for him without it overpowering him.

While he sometimes comes off merely ornamental in the grand scheme of Gordon-Levitt's performance, Willis smartly doesn't overwrought the film with any particular acting quirk. He's somewhat of a messenger in the film and gets that across swimmingly. As does Daniels, whose brooding demeanor mixed with his dark cynicism often throws a surprisingly wink at the audience.

A breath of fresh air as we creep into the heavy fall dramas and awards glitz, Looper will likely not be forgotten as the film that showed up and got the job done.

Rating: B+

Monday, September 24, 2012

"Vamps" Looks Like It's Trying to be "Clueless" but...Isn't [TRAILER]

All you really should have to say is Alicia Silverstone and Amy Heckerling and folks should come running to the theater in a wild stampede.

But one look at the new trailer for Vamps, the new project reuniting the Clueless director with her muse, and the anticipation sort of dwindles a bit. More on the movie below:

Beautiful vampires Goody (Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter) have been enjoying the good life in New York City. As upstanding, politically correct Extended Life Forms (ELFs), the pair hit a support group, 'Sanguines Anonymous,' to help curb the temptation of human blood in between their clubbing and dating schedules. When love steals into each of their lives, the pair's destiny is set on a new course and they must make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality--and maybe much more.

Don't get me wrong....I'm still going to see this. But, as many have pointed out already, it looks like a vampier version of Clueless, minus the cleverness that made the previous film so perfect.

On the other hand, Silverstone and Ritter seem perfectly cast. But, overall, the movie just appears to be a poor ripoff. Oh, movie gods, please let me be wrong.

What do you think? Will you watch Vamps once it hits theaters November 2nd?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

"Cinema in Noir" Celebrates Tonight's Emmys and This Weekend's UrbanWorld Film Festival

It's Emmys night and of course Cinema In Noir had to talk about!

So what do we think about tonight's nominees? Well, you've got to listen to the show to find out!

We also have our live report of this weekend's UrbanWorld Film Festival, and we're joined by Keeping It Reel host Tim Gordon to talk about films like director Ava Duvernay's Middle of Nowhere and the Gabrielle Union-starrer Being Mary Jane.

In addition, we discuss the new trailers for the new Jackie Robinson flick, 42, and Beautiful Creatures, starring Viola Davis. Check them out here:

Lastly, we chat with TV writer extraordinaire Eric Haywood, writer for Private Practice and Showtime's Soul Food. He shares his experience on the small screen, working with Shonda Rimes, and advice for budding writers.

Feel free to share your predictions/preferences for tonight's Emmys below, and tune in for the live ceremony on ABC at 7pm. In case you missed it, click here for the full list of nominees.

Catch a recap of today's Cinema In Noir below:

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Try to Outsing Each Other in New Images from "Pitch Perfect"

It's hard to argue with the fact that both Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson's careers are on fire right now. From Kendrick's Oscar nod for Up in the Air, to Wilson's spot-on contribution to the resurgence of the smart romantic comedy, the two are on a roll. Though I'm personally partial towards the latter actress.

The pair teams up for the Glee-style college comedy, Pitch Perfect. The film, which is promoted as a more biting take on the cult TV show continues to highlight Wilson as the go-to sharp-tongued awkward girl that somehow manages to still be charming. First time film director Jason Moore collaborates with fellow newbie film screenwriter Kay Cannon, who comes from a similar TV background. So it will be interesting to see how they fare on the big screen. More on the movie:

Beca (Oscar®- and Tony-nominated actress ANNA KENDRICK of Up in the Air, ParaNorman) is that girl who’d rather listen to what’s coming out of her headphones than what’s coming out of anyone’s mouth. Arriving at Barden University, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she would never have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect.

When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college music competitions. This could wind up either the coolest thing they’ll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both.

And, likewise, this movie looks like it may also wind up being either pretty gnarly or pretty lame. It's not mentioned in the brief synopsis above, but Wilson plays Fat Amy, the super-confident, self-professed best singer. I really have no reaction to the trailer, but maybe you do? Check it out:

And here are some images from the movie (which also include Brittany Snow, who plays Chloe, "the eager-to-please morale booster of the group):

Pitch Perfect hist theaters October 5th.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

REVIEW: Richard Gere is a Power Player on the Decline in "Arbitrage"

Among many other things that we can blame on the U.S. recession, we can add the onslaught of money and economy-related films. While movies like Margin Call told a sophisticated story that left the characters' personal lives as a secondary aspect, first-time feature director and screenwriter Nicholas Jarecki chose to heighten the plight of the main character to provoke a nearly two-hour steady onscreen meltdown in Arbitrage.

Even though its cast includes several high-caliber actors (who often go underused though accessible enough to the plot), Arbitrage proves early on in the film that its main focus will never shift from Richard Gere. This yields an even greater pressure cooker performance from the actor, who plays overconfident hedge fund superstar/Forbes magnate Robert Miller, who's desperate to close one last merger so he could replenish his company's hollow bank account and go back to living his plush life, uninterrupted.

While that's happening, Robert continues to keep up the typical rich man's facade so as to not rock his professional image or that of the man he portrays himself to be for his kids or at home with his wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) in their New York City mansion. He's even managed to keep his family's charities paid in full and maintain their wealth by employing his business savvy daughter Brooke (Brit Marling) as his company's Chief Operating Officer. But as his new business venture plummets, so does his personal life when one fateful night with his mistress Julie (Laetitia Casta) changes everything for the far worst.

An extremely centered portrayal of a meltdown by Gere elevates the film from its very conventional movie of its genre. The screenplay is certainly nothing over which to get excited; it really takes a paint by numbers approach. But right before it falls into an emotional dead end, the plot takes a turn for the better with the introduction of Jimmy Grant (exceptionally played by Nate Parker). Jimmy's true identity is disclosed in pieces and usually as an aside by Robert, but the audience will appreciate the significance the character has in Robert's life during this dark time, even if Robert himself doesn't always acknowledge it.

In other words, the audience never really knows whether Robert relies on Jimmy only because he's in a frenzied state and thinks Jimmy has nothing to lose over it, or whether he actually thinks of Jimmy as an ally. Not only is the dialogue between the two compelling, but it is marvelous to watch two very different actors approach the same conflict without each character knowing (or caring about) the full extent of which the other lives.

The ending is rather abrupt and serves more as character check-in than a conclusion, but the second act is surely worth the price of admission. It's definitely far better than Jarecki's first and only other feature, 2008's The Informers. With solid yet wallpaper performances by Sarandon as Robert's neglected wife and Tim Roth (who plays a detective investigating Robert), Arbitrage also includes a good performance from Marling. The actress takes a departure from her breakout role in last year's quirky drama Another Earth to play a completely different character with upper class punch.

It's a shame Arbitrage itself couldn't manage to be more risky in its approach to the perhaps overused genre that audiences will likely forget come the winter, but the audience will love to watch Gere smartly tackle a character on the decline.

Rating: B

Arbitrage is now playing in limited release and on VOD. Catch the trailer below:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Official Trailer for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" Fulfills All Oscar Bait Requirements

The eagle trailer for Steven Spielberg's star-filled historical drama Lincoln has finally landed! 

And it's just what you'd expect it to look like--Oscar bait. It's no secret that Oscar loves to embrace stories of yesteryear, so this movie, which follows president Abraham Lincoln's attempt to abolish slavery at the tail end of the Civil War, should fall right in line with that. It's also got the following award requirements:

1) A big name name director and writer (none only than Pulitzer-Prize winner Tony Kushner)
2) About 9,000 stars (including Daniel Day Lewis in the title role, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Earle Haley, James Spader, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook and John Hawkes)
3) Did I mention it was a period piece? 

Here's the full scope of the film:

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox film, in association with Participant Media, releases in U.S. theaters exclusive on November 9, 2012, with expansion on November 16, 2012.

Well, this looks and sounds a whole lot better than Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, with a very similar feel as Glory. Is it safe to call this the Glory of the new millennium? 

At any rate, the above mentioned aren't the only stars in the film. David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help), Gloria Reuben (TV's ER) and S. Epatha Merkerson (TV's Law & Order and Lackawanna Blues) are also squeezed into this gigantic film. But it's Lewis who will simply take your breath away in the clip. You almost forget that it's not Lincoln here. 

Check it out for yourself. It looks like they left out the part in Lincoln's history where he chased down vampires....(I guess we're pretending that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter didn't just happen? Okay, that's cool with me). 

Lincoln hits theaters November 16th. 

5 Reasons Why Michelle Rodriguez Is The Ultimate Wingman

Everybody knows one man can’t face off against a troop of crazy bad guys or slimy extraterrestrials on the big screen all by himself. He needs a good partner, a wingman who can get his back when ish gets wild on the streets. After more than a decade of doing just that in one film to the next, Michelle Rodriguez has proven that the best wingman in the biz is actually a woman.

Before she heads back to theaters on Friday to terrorize more villains in Resident Evil: Retribution, TheUrbanDaily lists five reasons why Rodriguez is the ultimate sidekick:

1)    She fights better than you. Rodriguez is the put-up-your-dukes-and-fight-like-a-man type of girl. And if you don’t believe that then you clearly haven’t seen pretty much every single movie she’s ever been in, especially Girlfight, where she made every rapper cut their cornrows for fear of being unworthy.

2)    She takes her job very seriously. Rarely do you ever see her crack a mile. Whether she’s annihilating alien invaders in Battle: Los Angeles, or boldly standing up for illegal immigrants in Machete, you only see the whites of her teeth right before she splits your skull.

3)    She can trick your pursuers with her hotness. Even when covered in sweat and gunpowder, her sly smile and teeny tank top will sidetrack even the toughest bad guy, who’ll totally miss the fact that she’s about to slug him in the face. Winning.

4)    She can drive the getaway car really, really fast. We’ve seen her behind the wheel in the Fast and the Furious movies, and from the looks of things she bleeds Nitrous Oxide.

5)   Zombies are no big deal to her. Look, we know that Will Smith is the reigning King of the zombiepocalypse, but in case he’s otherwise occupied, Rodriguez is a worthy backup. So when that hoard of reality TV stars high on bath salts come charging down your block, she’s the girl to call.

Resident Evil: Retribution is in theaters this Friday.

This piece was originally published by The Urban Daily.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul Try Not to Get "Smashed" [TRAILER]

After fighting off mutant aliens in last year's remake to The Thing and vintage bloodsuckers in this year's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, it's about time we see Mary Elizabeth Winstead battle real life demons in a Sundance drama some critics are already calling her best performance to date.

Smashed follows Kate (Winstead), a young woman who's decided to put her alcoholic binges behind her to focus on a sober life with her equally booze-loving husband Charlie (Aaron Paul). Cutting out out the bottle cold turkey proves to be a tough task for both her and her married. Here's a full synopsis:

Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter . . . and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, something’s got to give. But change isn’t exactly a cakewalk. Sobriety means she will have to confront the lies she’s been spinning at work, her troubling relationship with her mother, and the nature of her bond with Charlie.

Many films indulge the dramatic highs and lows of addiction. Refreshingly, Smashed is interested in the unglamorous middle path—what stumbling through recovery looks like. As Kate tests new boundaries and shoulders the consequences of her choices, this subtle story of imperfect transformation taps into truths about the challenges and losses intrinsic to living life honestly. Genuine performances and a grounded sense of place create an authentic, textured world where three-dimensional characters—neither all bad nor all good—occupy the uncomfortable grey zone of being human.

The movie, which took home the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing by Andrea Sperling and Jonathan Schwartz, also stars Octavia Spencer (in her first film role since  her Oscar-winning turn in The Help) and Megan Mullaly. It's directed and co-written by James Ponsoldt, in his first full feature film. 

I always thought Mullaly could do drama and not just the hilarious Karen on TV's Will & Grace, so it's exciting to see her a part of this. And it will be interesting to see what Spencer brings to this role, as I believe Hollywood has yet to see the best from her. Same goes for Paul, who stays putting in impressive work on TV's Breaking Bad but has yet to really grab the attention of a film audience. 

The movie promotions seem to be going hard on Winstead's performance, who've I've never been impressed with in the past, but I'm looking forward to seeing her work--as well as that of the entire cast in this film. Smashed is slated to hit theaters October 12.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Movie You Need to Know About: "Luv" Starring Common and Michael Rainey, Jr. (TRAILER)

Listen, I love Common as a rapper, but never quite got on board with him as an actor. New Year's Eve, Date Night, Wanted and especially Smokin' Aces didn't help matters...

But,the tide may be turning as it looks like his past failures as an actor might have prepared him for possibly his most respected performance yet in the 2012 Sundance darling, Luv. The rapper takes a dramatic turn as a mentor-like figure to an orphaned eleven-year-old boy (Michael Rainey, Jr.) in writer/director Sheldon Candis' first full feature film.

More on the film below from Deadline:

The film is about an 11-year old boy who awaits the return of his missing mother, and who lives with his grandmother and Uncle Vincent. He idolizes the latter, a man who is fresh off an 8-year prison stretch and who takes it upon himself to help the youth become a man. When Vincent’s attempts to open a business doesn’t work out, and pressure is brought to bear by his old Baltimore crime boss Mr. Fish, the youth’s growth into manhood accelerates.

The trailer looks very compelling, and highlights its great cast--including Dennis Haysbert (TV's 24, Far From Heaven), Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon), Charles S. Dutton (Roc, Gothika), Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) and Lonette McKee (Women of Brewster Place, Sparkle). Goodness knows it would be great to see Good in a role outside her normal cute girlfriend characters, and the rest of the actors are also top tier. 

This brings us to Common, who looks really impressive in the clip, and relative newcomer Rainey in the lead roles here. I'm not familiar with Candis' previous short films, but Luv looks like it can really be something good. And perhaps Common just needed a director like him, and a cast like this, to really prove himself as an actor. Definitely keep this film on your radar. 

Luv is set to release in theaters November 9th.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cinema In Noir: What's the Best Political Movie?

After two weeks off, Cinema In Noir returned today for another jammed packed show where our mail topic was political movies. In this election year, which political movie gets your vote as the best of the best? What qualifies a political movie?

We also review both Bachelorette and The Words. Is Bradley Cooper convincing as a thieving writer? Yeah....listen in to find out. We also commemorate the life of late actor Michael Clarke Duncan, and share the latest in casting news including the new face of the Hunger Games.

Missed the show? Catch the recap below:

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REVIEW: "Bachelorette" is a Little Bit "Heathers" Mixed with a Dash of "Bridesmaids"

With the success of last year's Bridesmaids, it's no surprise that it would spawn other films like it that cater to the audience's fascination with frolicking bouquet-carriers as they prepare to destroy assist their friend on her wedding day. The latest product in the Bridesmaids line? Writer/director Leslye Headland's Bachelorette. Unlike its predecessor, which delicately balanced a keen sentimental chord with raunch comedy, Bachelorette sharply avoids all real emotion to descend upon the secret dark struggles of high school-stricken female adults.

From the moment the opening credits begin to flash up on the screen, with a rebel anthem blaring in the background and vintage high school photos of the characters streaming across the screen, the audience will know that they're in for a wild ride. A little bit Bridesmaids but with a playfully dark edge borrowed from films like Heathers, Bachelorette follows the spiraling antics of three gal pals (or, "b-friends," as they call themselves)--Regan, Gena and Katie (Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher, respectively), bridesmaids in the wedding of their fellow b-friend Becky (Rebel Wilson, in a far less flamboyant role than that in Bridesmaids). At first glance, Regan seems to have it together as a Princeton grad and committed girlfriend to a charming doctor. But, as we've seen in bridesmaids movies before, she quickly unravels at the announcement of her good friend's success. In exact terms, her mouth begins to snarl in reaction to her happily betrothed--and overweight and less popular--friend's thrilling news.

And like any high school It girl, the ice princess relies on the two remaining b-friends, each socially and morally delinquent, to repair her bruised confidence by reminding her that she is still at least better than them. But instead, on the eve of Becky's wedding day they only confirm that her perfectly constructed life has just as many imperfections and chronic faux pas as theirs do (except that she is so much better at hiding them). From secret abortions to eating disorders and suicidal thoughts, the audience learns that these thirty-somethings are still desperately trying to escape the hell of their high school years through raucous partying and endless debacles, even--and especially--when one of their own has grown up.

Dunst, a departure from her more typical bubbly role, effortlessly embraces Regan's steely demeanor and excessive need to control all situations, even while they continue to fall apart around her. There are moments of no dialogue when the camera is so close to her face that you can actually see stress lined forming in the more trying scenes for Regan. She's a very complicated character that is trying so desperately to be hollow and immaculate like her reputation struggles to prove. In other words, she's the reverse Veronica from Heathers.

Similarly, her female counterparts represent varied levels of her in some capacity. Caplan's Gena, for instance, is never at a loss for a strikingly inappropriate thought that she has for which she has no filter and voices out loud (even if it's as a toast at Becky's engagement dinner). Gena's cynical yet mousy nature, as a result from heavy baggage she's also carried from the teenage years is an excellent role for Caplan, who's known for her sharp-tongue and dark humor. Caplan is without a doubt the funniest person in the movie, without even trying to be. She gives Gena's hang-up a real life appeal without compromising the character in any way.

Katie, deliciously played by Fisher, is a little less developed as a character but a whole lot of fun to watch on screen. As impossibly naive as she is outwardly insecure, the salacious redhead and Club Monaco (or "Club Mo-nah-coh," as she pronounces it as) employee never misses an opportunity to shed clothing or get the pary started. She's just always on. Goodness knows Fisher basks in portraying cutesy yet slightly insane characters (remember Wedding Crashers?). She's just so darn believable. But this role certainly has a darker side a lot of her previous roles lack. It's not thoroughly explored, but the audience gets more insight into her insecurity--though it comes off as more of an aside in the film--it's those moments when you realize that there is something more to Fisher as an actress that we might have yet to see. She's a very lonely character that tries to connect--even with her b-friends--but never quite can.

Since the three female characters share lead time, it's unfortunate that we couldn't get more from Katie, but it's quite an effort from first time feature filmmaker Headland. She's definitely got the right idea (bridesmaids from Hell), but needs to flesh out the characters a bit more. It's no easy task creating whole storylines for three women like these (especially for a first time director pulling double duty as a writer), but it's certainly a significant effort that still compels despite that. Thankfully she's not bound to a particular "chick flick" formula where she feels obligated for everyone to come full circle and end up holding hands in the end (and, honestly, who wants to see that anyway?). Rather, she boldly allows these characters to be as self-involved, directionless and unapologetic as they want to be.

Many people will want to label Bachelorette as the
Bridesmaids or the female Hangover (wait, wasn't that what they called Bridesmaids?), but at the end of the day Bachelorette is quite simply Bachelorette. No pretense, no copying from other movies. Borrowing? Yes, but there's only one Bachelorette, an this b$tch holds no prisoners.

Rating: B+

Bachelorette is playing in limited release in certain cities only. In case you missed the hilarious trailer, check it out here:

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