David Edelstein http://wvxu.org en 'Bachelorette' Sounds Dark Comedic Depths http://wvxu.org/post/bachelorette-sounds-dark-comedic-depths Long before <em>Bridesmaids</em> convinced studio executives that a raunchy, female-centric comedy could find a huge audience, Leslye Headland was busy adapting her play <em>Bachelorette</em> into a movie. So this isn't a copycat rom-com, but the themes do overlap. Each film turns on a female rivalry: In <em>Bridesmaids</em>, it's between the maid of honor, Kristen Wiig, and the bride's rich friend, played by Rose Byrne. In <em>Bachelorette,</em> the rivalry is more complicated, more ... ugly. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:21:00 +0000 David Edelstein 3724 at http://wvxu.org 'Bachelorette' Sounds Dark Comedic Depths Sixty And Sexless, But 'Hope Springs' Eternal http://wvxu.org/post/sixty-and-sexless-hope-springs-eternal The last time my 14-year-old daughter saw me and my wife being affectionate, she said, "Ewwww, old people kissing." Now, I'm not so old — barely half a century. But let's be frank. My daughter's no different from many people whose objects of fantasy are young and freakishly fit. So even a mild, cutesy little comedy like <em>Hope Springs</em> about two sexagenarians trying to have sex can seem shocking, even transgressive.<p>Boy is it vanilla. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 17:03:00 +0000 David Edelstein 2134 at http://wvxu.org Sixty And Sexless, But 'Hope Springs' Eternal