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The Bachelor (1999) 1999 PG-13 CC

Jimmie's grandfather dies and leaves him $100 million - on the condition that Jimmie marry before he turns 30. The problem is, that's 24 hours away.

Starring:
Chris O'Donnell, Renée Zellweger
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Gary Sinyor
Starring Chris O'Donnell, Renée Zellweger
Supporting actors Artie Lange, Edward Asner, Hal Holbrook, James Cromwell, Marley Shelton, Peter Ustinov, Katharine Towne, Rebecca Cross, Stacy Edwards, Mariah Carey, Sarah Silverman, Jennifer Esposito, Brooke Shields, Lydell M. Cheshier, Robert Kotecki, Pat Finn, Tim Perez, Romy Rosemont
Studio New Line
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: DVD
I fell in love with this movie; the romance and comedy are done very well and the characters have chemistry and charisma.
This is a story about Jimmie (Chris O'Donnell), a commitment-shy young man who's faced with his biggest fear: marriage. In order to inherit a fortune left by his grandfather, he has to find a bride within 24 hours. He proposes marriage to all of his ex-girlfriends, which by the way, is one of the highlights of the film. There are cameo appearances by Mariah Carey and Brooke Shields. But he doesn't want to marry these women; he wants to marry the woman he loves (Renee Zellweger). She had dumped him because he had refused to commit. Jimmie tries to win her back at all cost.
This is a sweet and charming movie that you wouldn't want to miss. The chemistry between O'Donnell and Zelleweger is great. Despite its banality, the story is funny and quite touching. Rent "The Bachelor," curl up on your couch and enjoy!
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I found this to be a madcap and highly entertaining romantic comedy. This is a remake of the 1925 Buster Keaton classic, `Seven Chances' and this story has been trotted out a number of times since in various forms so the material is far from fresh. Jimmie Shannon (Chris O'Donnell) is a confirmed bachelor who finds himself in love with Anne (Rene Zellweger). As his friends begin dropping like flies to the marriage bug, Jimmie realizes that his time too has come. So he proposes to Anne, but he botches it, making it so unromantic that despite desperately wanting to accept, she runs from the room. When his grandfather dies, he discovers that he is the sole heir to a vast fortune of $100 million, but to get it, he needs to get married by 6:05 PM on his birthday, which as it happens is the following day. With his one true love gone, he must marry someone, so he begins a litany of successive proposals to all his old girlfriends.
The story is utterly predictable and overly zany. It is comedy in its simplest and most unsophisticated form. Slapstick, if done well can be very funny, and this was done well. There were numerous belly laughs in this film from the many sight gags and absurd situations that develop. The romance between Jimmie and Anne was also charming.
The direction by Gary Sinyor was nothing special from a visual standpoint, but I felt he handled the setup of the sight gags well and did a good job of orchestrating the movement of the thousand or so brides in the chase scene (worthy of any Keystone Kops skit). The special effects on the Mustang scenes were pretty weak, though.
Chris O'Donnell was very good in his role as Jimmie. His comedic timing was effective and he succeeded in looking totally hapless in his various scenes with erstwhile girlfriends.
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Ok, the premise of the movie is pretty canned, and some ideas/montages downright dumb or silly, but the overall

presentation is a bit out of the box and humorous. The movie

moves at a brisk pace, and uses and lambasts a lot of cliches about marriage. One would think the comedy would be predictable, but it manages to create an off-beat edge that tickles. Supporting characters, including the older actors,

keep things diverse or outright wacky. Zellweger brings a pouting charm while O'Donnell is pure naivety and his fat side-kick delivers some good laughs. Again, the movie is a success on it's own terms because of the brisk pace that stays consistently outrageous and doesn't get stuck in any plodding emotional exposition, sentimentality, or melodrama. Fun flick.
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The Bachelor is a hilarious movie about a man that is afraid of committment, but has already found the woman of his dreams. It's how extreme circumstances, make him discover what he wanted a bit earlier than he was ready to. It's lots of fun, and the ending is extremely hilarious!! It is, however, a bit stereotypical in all the men in the film stress how marriage is the inevitable ball and chain... and all the women in the film, are ready for the committment, which is such a joke. However, the film is hilarious and all the crazy escapades that occur just had to the hilarity of it all. Highly recommended!
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By A Customer on March 10, 2000
Format: DVD
The Bachelor is a great movie! Especially for those women who think that their man will never commit. . . This movie gives you some hope as long as you can get past "You win" ;) (You'll have to watch the movie to understand the "you win comment)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I saw it years ago and liked it then. But I was seeking for some relief from all the gloomy movies out now, not to mention that a lot of the recent romantic comedies have been total bombs. So I decided to watch it again. I truly enjoyed it. I think there is still a lot that can be done with romantic comedies that hasn't been done yet because for some reason, everyone seems to be so into duplicating what's all ready been presented. That being said, I like the whole metaphor of the stallions, the journey into Jimmie's past relationships, seeing Ed Asner and Hal Holbrook together. If you want to watch a romantic comedy for the enjoyment of it and not to criticize and compare it to other movies, I would recommend this picture. I think Chris O'Donnell did some of his best acting in this movie, and Renee Zellweger is one of my favorite actresses.
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