The Bachelor

BB.5

(out of 5)


Routine romantic comedy that moves at a sluggish pace and is further hampered by the obvious embarrassment of its stars.  (in a mundane performance that lacks any personality or spark) plays a successful businessman who enjoys short-term relationships with girlfriends until he meets an endlessly charming woman () with whom he falls in love. They date for a few years, and she starts looking for progress in their relationship, so he caves in to the pressure and asks her to marry him. She, however, can see right through his immature proposal and turns him down, leaving them both in an emotional lurch without each other. When his grandfather suddenly dies, O’Donnell learns that he has a one hundred million dollar inheritance coming his way, providing only one condition: that he be married by his thirtieth birthday. Seeing as how that’s two days after the announcement of his grandfather’s will, he finds himself with something of a challenge before him. Little bits by  and  as former girlfriends and possible wives are entertaining, not to mention a seriously funny cameo by  as the terrifying end in economically sanctioned matrimony, but the money shot happens when O’Donnell is chased through the streets of San Francisco by thousands of potential brides decked out in their white wedding dresses. The finale is cheesy, and Zellweger looks stilted and bored, but perhaps a fanatic of this kind of movie will enjoy it. Remake of the Buster Keaton movie Seven Chances.


New Line Cinema, The Lloyd Segan Company, George Street Pictures

USA, 1999

Directed by 

Screenplay by , based on the play Seven Chances by  and the 1925 screenplay Seven Chances by ,

Cinematography by 

Produced by , ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

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