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DVD Review

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Bachelor Party (1984)
(2018 Reissue)


Starring: Tom Hanks, Adrian Zmed, William Tepper and Tawny Kitaen
Distributor: Fabulous Films Ltd / Fremantle Media Enterprises
RRP: £9.99


Certificate: 18
Release Date: 06 August 2018

Rick, a school bus driver has finally decided to tie the knot with his girlfriend Debbie. But first Rick must survive the wildest bachelor bash of all time, thrown by his party-animal buddies. Featuring a donkey, strippers, an Indian pimp and more, it’s a night none of them will ever forget...

Bachelor Party is such a bad film that it's almost too embarrassing to watch. Forget how society has moved on, the jokes on the whole, just don't work. Tom Hanks is badly miscast here as the rather wild bachelor Rick. In fact, despite how his character at first appears when he picks up the school kids in his bus and flirts with the old nun who scolds him, he soon settles down into a more straight-laced character. In fact, he's not a million miles away from the role he would go onto play, as a boy trapped in a man's body, in Big (1988).

Rick is about to marry a woman in a totally different social class. He knows it, she knows it and her parents certainly know it. Her father's plan is to get Rick out of the picture and get his daughter to marry her old boyfriend. So plans are hatched in order to make Rick look like a bit of a wild boy. In truth, Rick is just a bit immature and likes to act the clown, but he's certainly not a womaniser.

The film is brought to us by the same creative team that unleashed the Police Academy franchise. Neal Israel and Pat Proft co-wrote both movie. In fact, Bachelor Party was released the same year as the first Police Academy movie and I can't help wondering if originally Steve Guttenberg was their first choice for the lead role of Rick.

Adrian Zmed (who is probably best remembered for playing Officer Vincent "Vince" Romano in the '80s TV series T. J. Hooker is strangely creepy here... and I can't help thinking that back in the '80s he came across to the audience as the "cool" one. Now he just looks slimy.

I think even if you remember this fondly from your teens it's best to keep your memories as they are and not revisit this film.

Extras include Behind the Scenes (3 min, 10 sec); An American Tradition (2 min, 51 sec); Tom Hanks Interviews (3 interview clips on various subjects. It repeats a lot of the content, which is remarkable considering how short they are); While the Men Play (1 min, 43 sec); and Original Theatrical Trailer (2 min, 07 sec). All of these are pretty poor (although it's better than nothing) and are from the movie's original release.

Not a film I'd recommend. It might hold a very small nostalgic appeal for some, but for most this is an embarrassing mess.


Nick Smithson

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