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The Bachelor (Widescreen/Full Screen)
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The Bachelor got critically slammed when it played in theaters, probably because reviewers couldn't help comparing it with the movie on which it's based, the brilliant Buster Keaton comedy Seven Chances. But on its own terms, The Bachelor is a modest and enjoyable picture about Jimmie (Chris O'Donnell), a happily single young man who suddenly gets an ultimatum from his grandfather's will: marry by his 30th birthday or lose an inheritance of $100 million. This is revealed the day before that very birthday. Unfortunately, Jimmie had already proposed to his girlfriend Anne (Renee Zellweger) and been turned down; she can see in his eyes that he isn't ready to get married and refuses to accept him until he is. So Jimmie needs to find a bride--fast. Though the commitment-shy man is a hoary cliché, The Bachelor successfully exaggerates Jimmie's fears to comic proportions. O'Donnell is his usual affable self, but it's Zellweger who seizes every scene she's in and makes something really enjoyable out it. The movie's greatest weakness is that she's such a small part of the second half. Still, there's good supporting performances from Hal Holbrook, Ed Asner, James Cromwell, and Marley Shelton (as Zellweger's sister), and Peter Ustinov and Brooke Shields both have very funny scenes. The Bachelor skirts some dangerously chauvinistic territory at times, but by and large it's a pleasant comedy with some genuine good humor. --Bret Fetzer
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Jimmie Shannon (Chris O'Donnell), an unabashed bachelor asks his girlfriend Anne (Renee Zellweger) to marry him. But his uncertainty about the change in lifestyle causes him to botch the proposal so badly that she refuses. Soon after, his grandfather dies leaving him 100 million dollars in assets, with one catch. Jimmy must be married by his 30th birthday or he won't get a cent. The bad news is, his 30th birthday is in 24 hours. From there begins a rush against time, first to find his girlfriend and try to change her mind, and then when that fails to find any eligible woman who will agree to marry him on short notice. Will Jimmie realize that he wants to get married after all, and will he get the girl he actually loves?
About the Movie:
In many ways, The Bachelor is an utterly delightful movie, despite its flaws here and there.
One of the most refreshing things I found in this movie was the positive view that was eventually given to marriage. O'Donnel's character goes from a single man who enjoys his single and somewhat philanderous lifestyle to a man who understands the joy of committing heart, soul and body to another person. He comes to realize that some things in life are more important than money or sex. The neatest part about all this is how he comes to this realization. It comes partly through his attempts to find a wife on short notice, but mostly it comes in the voice of a role model that is almost universally denigrated in movies these days... a priest. I found that to be a nice change.
Plotwise, this film is standard romantic comedy material. Boy loses girl, boy seeks girl, girl makes things difficult, boy gets girl. What makes this movie special is the offbeat way the whole situation is presented and eventually resolved.Read more ›
For women, on the other hand, the institution of marriage is often thought of in fairy-talesque ways. The prince marries the princess and they live happily ever after. The gentleman chooses the most romantic locale and the most perfect day to pop the question. Then, when he does ask for her hand in marriage, he does it with a poetic eloquence that would rival Keats.
The present movie pokes fun @ both men and women for their pre-conceived notions about marriage. Chris O'Donnell plays a happy-go-lucky independent male who has not yet hit 30. He has seen his friends get "picked off" one-by-one by the marital epidemic.
Meanwhile, the ultra-adorable Renee Zelwegger plays a young woman who has been bred on all the popular fiction about how "perfect" everything will be when she gets married. She's also expecting a breathtakingly perfect evening in which her man will offer her the rest of his life.
As you have probably guessed, these two protaganists fall in love but their different viewpoints cause a great deal of friction. The result is nothing short of a hilarious satire on the differences in how men & women look over a lifelong bond.
There are some zany twists & turns in the plot, but that is the main gist of the storyline. If you like Romantic comedies, this one is a dandy. I'd recommend this film for anyone who has ever been married. And, if you've never been married......I'd recommend this DVD even more!
Zellweger portrays used, beleaguered Anne, long-time girlfriend of Jimmy, who doesn't want to commit until he has to, when his deceased grandfather's will says if Jimmy isn't married by his 30th birthday, he loses everything. This includes the family pool hall, meaning he will have to fire all of his employees.
Jimmy gets this news the day before his 30th birthday -- right after a fight with Anne when he proposes with a smirk and the words "You win" --- and starts calling up his ex-girlfriends looking for a wife. He can't get himself to marry the girl he likes to make her happy, but he'll propose to strangers for money and keeping people employed -- who would have found other employment, believe it or not. There are lots of pool halls out there!
You know how this thing ends before you even put it in the VCR but you'll wish it ended any other way. It was probably a laugh-riot when Buster Keaton did the original in the 1920s, but in 1999, it sure is anything but.
The idea is good. A man who doesn't want to marry has to. Sounds like a great romantic comedy. I guess it's just little things that sort of make me groan inside. I think part of it is how many women are willing to just take their lives and surrender them to a man they don't even know--after he asks all the women he does know and they turn him down. Also, how is it that these women conveniently have wedding dresses? While the sea of white running up and down the streets of San Francisco is a good image, it's also pretty corny.
Renee Zellweger saves this movie. She's hilarious and charming--it's no wonder Chris O'Donnell's character (Jimmie) falls in love with her. Every scene of her after one of Jimmie's proposals are excellent.
It's a decent movie to see if you're in the mood for a no-thinking chick flick. There are parts that I love to watch. Just beware--Mariah Carey has a cameo.
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Not a bad collection of comedies. Always good to have a few Adam Sandler movies around for when company comes around. .Published 24 months ago by aslakeview
was very satisfied with the purchase of this produce i will use this customer again in the future purchases i makePublished on Jan. 18 2013 by Lorna Lohner
This movie just felt so cheesy and its so pathetic how this guy asks every woman to marry him. Its a fun date movie but that's all, nothing special. Read morePublished on May 27 2003
The Bachelor is a hilarious movie about a man that is afraid of committment, but has already found the woman of his dreams. Read morePublished on April 28 2003 by Jody L. Schoth
I totally thought this was going to be a movie that only women could enjoy, which didn't bother me since I am one, but my husband and his friend watched it with me and they laughed... Read morePublished on March 22 2003 by Lisa A. Nowaczyk
Jimmy's(Chris O'donnell) grandfather offers Jimmy 100 million dollars but there's conditions. He must marry her before he reaches 30 years old, which happens to be in a day! Read morePublished on Dec 23 2002 by bryhil_04
So, I saw the ad for this one and thought, Chris O'Denell as a loveable Bachelor, looks like fun...but was I ever in for a let down. THis movie is just awful. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2002
What an utterly terrible movie! What an odd look at marriage! What a waste of talent (Renee and Chris' talents are lost in this cinematic mess)! What a cheesy and predictable plot! Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2002 by radio