The modern day bachelorette party exists in many forms. From lavish, big city getaways to quaint and cozy trips to relax, the possibilities are endless when it comes to gathering your bridesmaids and girlfriends in one place for an epic night or weekend of your favorite activities. But no matter where the destination, bachelorette groups almost always want to maximize the fun and maintain a lively dynamic with events like boozy brunch, brewery or winery tours, and Insta-worthy photo booth shoots.
There may come a time during the bachelorette party, though, when you want to take a pause from the high-energy happenings to enjoy a laid-back movie night. Ease into the partying with Netflix and wine as everyone arrives, take an evening to slow down during the busy weekend, or round out the revelry in matching PJs on the couch. Your sorority sisters might be joining you for the celebratory vacation, but we all know we’ve come a long way from chugging beers until 3 a.m., so most guests will likely appreciate a quiet addition to the itinerary. Or if you've already got a packed schedule: Schedule a pre-bachelorette movie in with your nearest and dearest gal pals to get hyped up (and major inspo) from some classic female friendship films.
Regardless of if you’re cozying up in a cabin, soaking in the sun at the beach, or keeping things low-key in your hometown, trade in your Office binge and true crime documentaries for one of these bachelorette-themed film while everyone has “I do” on the brain.
Rebel Wilson stars as a bride who wants to keep her bachelorette party in New York City relatively tame, but when her jealous bridesmaids (Kirsten Dunst and Isla Fisher) ruin her wedding dress by drunkenly both trying to fit into it at once, the party’s mission becomes about saving the gown, which also acquires some R-rated stains. Along the way, the ladies’ evening includes plenty of booze, strippers, and ex-boyfriends, plus a plethora of cursing. Things get so rowdy that one bridesmaid almost doesn’t make it to the wedding the next day because of some medication...<br/>Available on: Netflix
Best Night Ever. (2014)
Four women rally to make the best of a Las Vegas bachelorette party when everything seems to go wrong. The bride-to-be (Desiree Hall) and her three bridesmaids (Samantha Colburn, Crista Flanagan, and Eddie Ritchard) get mugged, kicked out of a strip club, and beat up by a female gelatin wrestling champ—and the whole night gets caught on tape. Use this as a warning to perhaps keep the phones away at some parts of your bachelorette weekend.
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A frazzled maid of honor (Kristen Wiig) takes charge when her best friend (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged and finds herself leading a quirky group of bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy and Wendi McLendon-Covey) in everything from a dress fitting tainted by food poisoning and a Las Vegas bachelorette party that gets rerouted to Wyoming. This classic comedy will have you and your own bridesmaids cracking up between quoting your favorite lines.
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Girls Trip. (2017)
Though they’re not celebrating any upcoming nuptials, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah, and Jada Pinkett Smith play a group of college besties reuniting at Essence Fest in New Orleans after their lives diverged on different paths. The vacation—which is actually a work engagement for Hall’s character, an Oprah-like lifestyle guru speaking at the annual festival—includes party nights in the Big Easy, an unexpectedly wet zipline ride over Bourbon Street, an accidental drug trip, and that infamous grapefruit scene.<br/>Available on: Cinemax via Amazon and Hulu
Rough Night. (2017)
Four girlfriends (Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Scarlett Johansson, and Zoë Kravitz) attempt to relive their college glory days when they get together for a rowdy bachelorette weekend in Miami. After they pick up the future bride’s Australian best friend (Kate McKinnon) at a nightclub where they take too many shots, the whole group goes back to their beach house to await the arrival of a male stripper. The festivities take a turn, though, when the stripper winds up, accidentally, dead due to some overzealous partygoers, and the ladies attempt to cover their tracks while still making the most of their pal’s last fling before the ring.<br/>Available on: Starz
Sex and the City: The Movie. (2008)
Grab a cosmo and watch Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) continue to navigate her love life with her three best friends (Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon) in the city that never sleeps. Though hopefully your big day goes off more successfully than her and Mr. Big’s (Chris Noth) planned nuptials at the New York Public Library, the movie follow-up to the hit HBO series still provides bachelorette party-worthy levels of glitz and glam. Carrie has a casual sleepover bachelorette with none other than Charlotte, Samantha, and Miranda, a chic rehearsal dinner at N.Y.C. hotspot Buddakan, and a relaxing honeymoon in Mexico—although she spends most of it in bed after (spoiler alert) getting left at the altar.
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Magic Mike. (2012)
If you’re not in Las Vegas for the real deal, bring Magic Mike into your living room for a fraction of the cost. The male stripper dramedy is inspired by star Channing Tatum’s real-life start as a male dancer, and offers Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matthew McConaughey, and Alex Pettyfer giving lap dances, rocking banana hammocks, and thrusting their hips in front of screaming female clubgoers. Turn up the volume when Tatum dances to “Pony,” and make it a double feature with the movie’s sequel, Magic Mike XXL.<br/>Available for purchase on: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube
The Hangover. (2009)
This one may be male-focused, but no list of bachelorette party movies would be complete without the comedy that gave birth to the modern day, pre-wedding party film—especially if you’re throwing a coed bash. Before Doug (Justin Bartha) gets married, he brings along his two best friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms) and his peculiar future brother-in-law (Zach Galifianakis) for a night of debauchery in Sin City. His soon-to-be brother ups the ante when he drugs the group, sending the Wolfpack on a night they can’t remember. They lose Doug and must find him, repay their debt to a hyper gang leader (Ken Jeong), and make it back to California for the wedding, all while trying to retrace their steps from the prior night.
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