Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper
Every week there are movies released which go directly to video on demand (VOD), to DVD release or some other outlet rather than actual movie theaters. Such a film is "Bachelors", a movie being released on VOD and DVD. If you like movies that are romantic comedies you might want to look this one up. Just as long as you realize this one is unrated and has a long barrage of profanities that starts at the beginning of the movie and does not let up until the movie is over.
Colin Egglesfield and Drew Fuller are the main stars of this film. Both of these men are fringe actors. Their careers have hovered around stardom but the big break and/or star making role have evaded them. Egglesfield came close with the movie "Something Borrowed" and Fuller almost made it with his role in the TV series "Army Wives". Close, but no cigar!
In "Bachelors" they play two men who have been best friends since grammar school. They have played hard and loved the bachelor life but now Sean (Fuller) is getting married and it is killing Aaron (Egglesfield). He tries to point out the folly of such an undertaking but Sean is in love with the girl of his dreams and Aaron is in love with himself.
The bulk of the movie takes place at the bachelor party Aaron throws for Sean at the home of their good friend Floyd (Chris Owen). All of Sean's groomsmen have been invited plus their older friend Uncle Ulysses (Fred Willard). The party is also crashed by Gus (David Faustino), a "friend" nobody likes.
At one point some strippers arrive at the party, a surprise gift from groomsman Jessie (Joel Rush). This sounds like it would spice up the film a bit but it is really a tame segment compared to what it could have been.
What is good about the movie is (1) its message everybody needs to find their soulmate, (2) David Faustino actually creates a believable character, (3) Fred Willard has a very minor role. What is bad about the movie is (1) the profanity is overwhelming, (2) Egglesfield is weak as the main character, (3) Anna Hutchison is underused as Aaron's ex-girlfriend Kayla, (4) There is too much seen of Fred Willard.
What ties this film into the long list of RomComs Hollywood has made is its tender heart revealed in its message that marriage/commitment trump wild partying any day. It may be oh so modern in its use of profanity at every turn but at its core it has the same message as those old RockHudson/Doris Day movies.
If this information has piqued your interest, or if you are a rabid David Faustino fan, look "Bachelors" up on VOD/DVD.
I scored "Bachelors" a single 3 out of 10.
Jackie K Cooper