In Bachelorette, Kirsten Dunst stars as a woman seething over the happiness of a newly engaged friend — a friend she and the other mean girls used to call “Pig Face” in high school. “What we usually see in films is the over-glorification of female friendships,” says writer-director Leslye Headland. “There’s a very thin line between jealousy and loyalty.”
Okay, so maybe these gal-pals (Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, and Rebel Wilson) aren’t really friends. Frenemies is more like it. “At the beginning, she just doesn’t know how to be a good friend to someone,” Headland says of Dunst. “There’s this idea that if you get the guy and career and get thin enough and pretty enough you will be happy. It’s math. And at the end of this you will have contentment, but you don’t always. The crux of Kirsten’s character is she doesn’t have that. And somebody she perceives to be, essentially, ‘less than her’ does have those things.”
Drugs and booze are bad enough, but mix them with raging jealousy on a girls’ night out and … “It makes them make some very bad choices that they then have to fix,” Headland says.
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