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Bachelorette is a 2012 movie written and directed by Leslye Headland and starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher and Rebel Wilson. The story revolves around former high school Girl Posse, the B-Faces, reluctantly getting together for the wedding of the group's former Chew Toy, Becky (Wilson). Her three so-called friends show up, about 15 years after their graduation from high school, as they are attempting to handle what's become of their lives since then. The uptight maid of honor, Reagan (Dunst), and her friends Gena (Caplan) and Katie (Fisher), jealous of Becky's happiness, make a total mess of the wedding preparations, rehearsal dinner and so forth. Hilarity Ensues.

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Bachelorette provides examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Regan, though she has shades of Academic Alpha Bitch as well. She's really intense.
    Dale: You know how there are, like, serial killers, and then there's Hannibal Lecter?
    Trevor: Yeah?
    Clyde: There are girls, and then there's Regan
  • Affectionate Pickpocket: Gena pulls this off. While on drugs.
  • Black Comedy: The film portrays the three main characters as awful people with even more pathetic lives and plays this both for drama and for laughs.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Regan, Gena and Katie, respectively.
    • Played with - the redhead is the ditz, the brunette is the wild child, and the blonde is the smart one.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Katie stains Becky's dress while having a nosebleed.
  • Blunt "Yes": Katie does a great one.
    Katie: We're totally gonna keep it low key. Just what we were talking about, 'cause that's just the kind of girls we are..
    Gena: Let's do some coke.
    Katie: YES!
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  • Brainless Beauty: Played with and painfully deconstructed. Katie is a gorgeous airhead and for most of the film her lack of intelligence is played for laughs. However in a candid moment she admits to her fears about her stupidity to Joe and how she doesn't actually like her life or know how to behave around people she has feelings for, other than via sleeping with them.
  • Broken Ace: Regan is apparently this. She seems put together, but is actually dealing with depression and a past of eating disorders.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Gena had one - her abortion. also lead to her breakup with Clyde.
  • Dance Party Ending
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gena. (Of course, it's Lizzy Caplan).
  • The Ditz: Katie, though maybe she's more of a Genius Ditz.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Dale. Also, poor little Joe. Clyde is a more deconstructed one, seeing how he does have his Jerkass moments.
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  • Drowning My Sorrows: For Gena and Katie, it's a way of life. For Regan, it's a way to handle with this specific madness, as opposed to coping with life.
  • Female Gaze: Adam Scott, of all people, gets this treatment by Gena.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Becky and Regan coped together with Regan's bulimia.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Regan is Choleric, Gena is Melancholic, Becky is Phlegmatic and Katie is Sanguine.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Maybe. It's not clear whether the girls ruin Becky's dress and make fun of her because they're jealous or just because they're awful human beings.
    • Though Reagan's expression when Becky shows her the ring is priceless.
  • It's All About Me: Regan, Gena and Katie.
    Katie: You guys had an abortion? Without me??
  • Jaded Washout: Regan, Gena and Katie suffer the "ex-Alpha Bitch" version of this trope, being former queens of high school who haven't really had much success, found much happiness and/or haven't really managed to get their lives together after the Glory Days of high school. One of the reasons they're so obviously jealous of Becky is because, despite being their former punching bag, she's managed to get her life together much better than they have.
  • Jerkass: Regan and Trevor.
  • The Lad-ette: Gena. So much so - alcohol and drug abuse, emotionless approach to sex, painful honesty, vulgar sense of humor - she has it down.
  • My Nayme Is: It's Gena - not Jenna, and Regan, not Reagan.
  • Only Sane Man: Dale, and to a lesser extent Becky (it is Rebel Wilson, after all).
  • Pet Homosexual: Manny. Down to a T.
  • Plucky Girl: Katie has nothing going for her but she is still hopelessly optimistic until she sorts of attempts suicide. Mainly when drunk.
  • Secret Keeper: Becky told everyone that she was bulimic when her and Regan were found in the bathroom stall in high school, taking the blame and having everyone make awful jokes about her, even well into adulthood.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Gena and Regan.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Gena and Clyde. She has her reasons.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Gena has some of the snarkier shades of this trope.
  • Suicide Is Painless: Katie tries overdosing on Xanax until Regan forces her to vomit it out. Too bad it gets on the latter's dress.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Gena and Kate.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: All three protagonists are (at least at the start of the film) selfish, callous and rude. Regan, who is a grown Alpha Bitch verges on being an outright Villain Protagonist.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Clyde does this to Gena about her drug abuse.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Gena and Clyde. They Do, obviously.
  • Woman Child: Gena.
    Stephanie: Nice to meet you Mrs. Myers!
    Gena: Oh, I'm not married. I'm not an adult either...

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