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The Bachelor

3.5 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

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A romantic comedy in which Jimmie (Chris O'Donnell), can't come to terms with leaving bachelorhood. After an unromantic attempt at proposing to his girlfriend (Renee Zellweger), she decides he isn't ready for marriage. After they have separated, his grandfather dies and his last will and testament leaves O'Donnell a $100 million inheritance, with a catch. He must be married by his thirtieth birthday. He now has 24 hours to convince his girlfriend he is ready for marriage and go to the altar.

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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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  • Actors: Chris O'Donnell, Renée Zellweger, Artie Lange, Edward Asner, Hal Holbrook
  • Directors: Gary Sinyor
  • Writers: Clyde Bruckman, Jean C. Havez, Joseph A. Mitchell, Roi Cooper Megrue, Steve Cohen
  • Producers: Chris O'Donnell, Bing Howenstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780630122
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,498 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bachelor" on IMDb

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By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on May 5, 2000
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
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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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This is one of my favorite movies. With lines like "...... or get off the pot," and the sea of beautiful brides running around San Francisco, it is a funny and enjoyable movie. Yeah okay, you could say it was a chick flick.
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This film was doomed from the moment it was released due to the critics being critical. The Bachelor is a remake of an olde Buster Keaton film (the at present the title evades me) which is very similar. As a result it was shredded and had no real chance for success. No it is not the best film of all time or anything. It is a good comedy/romance though. Chris O'Donnell is adorable and it is really a sweet film. A man learns in order to inherit his grandfather's fortune he must marry very soon (like in a day), stay married at least ten years and father a child! Problem is his got commitment issues and flubbed up a proposal to the girl he wants to marry before the inheritance issue came into the picture. Sometimes it is a bit slow though but over all it is a nice film.
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