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An Odd, But Strangely Comely Pairing: Jennifer Garner and Anna Faris

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 23, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 23, 2010 |

It’s a pairing that almost doesn’t make sense until you hear the premise. Jennifer Garner and Anna Faris are set to star in the romantic comedy The Bachelorette Party, a long in-development project that’s presumably being resurrected after the success of The Hangover. Because the ladies need their trifling, filthy-drunken comedies, too.

The premise is this: A high-school teacher recently left at the altar must now send off her uptight cousin with a huge bachelorette bash. The cousin is marrying the teacher’s best male friend. During a drunken bachelorette party, the uptight cousin betrays her fiance with a drunken indiscretion, leaving the teacher to decide where her loyalties lie.

Meh. If it were a hard R, I’d be down, just to see that inevitable drunken make-out scene between Garner and Faris, not because it’d be particularly hot, but because it’d be so incongruous with Garner’s career. She could stand to loosen up a bit. And though it’s likely that she’s been cast as the uptight cousin, it’d be nice to see her play against type.

The script comes from Karen Lutz, who also wrote the novel the movie will be adapted from. Lutz is also responsible for scripting the fairly heinous Anna Faris comedy The House Bunny, as well as The Ugly Truth. In other words, this woman is Satan.

The project was at one point set up by Nicole Kidman, who was producing under her own shingle with an eye toward starring. She’s since taken up more serious fare (read: dull), and The Bachelorette Party, meanwhile, drifted over to Peter Segal’s Callahan Filmworks. Segal is now producing along with Lutz.

The script is finished, though there’s no director on the project yet, and there may be some difficulty in finding a window for both Faris and Garner to make the film — they’re both attached to several projects, some of them high profile, though they each only have one currently in production — Butter for Jennifer Garner, and Yogi Bear for Anna Faris.

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