Reviewed by: Scott Ward
Remember the early ’80s film “Brewster’s Millions” in which a man has to spend exactly $30 million in 30 days to earn $100 million? In a similar vein comes “The Bachelor”.
Chris O'Donnell plays a likeable guy who can’t commit to marriage. As his friends all get married, he continues to enjoy the dating life, until various signs point him toward the altar. After a botched attempt at a proposal, he learns that his grandfather has left him a large amount of money, if he gets married within 3 days. His girlfriend (Rene Zellwager) leaves town after yet another botched proposal. From there, it’s off to the races to get the young man a bride!
“The Bachelor” is certainly not overly offensive… some bad language (warranting the PG-13 rating), plus a few references to sex. There was also the sense that marriage is something women have to drag men kicking and screaming into. Since I believe God created marriage for His glory, I found this idea a bit difficult to stomach.
On a positive note, there is no nudity. There are also several good laughs, and a positive Christian role model—a priest who teaches the young man about the value of marriage.
Unfortunately, the movie does drag a bit. The filmmakers apparently felt (quite rightly) that hundreds of brides-to-be chasing a man through San Francisco was funny—and it was… for about 5 minutes. Unfortunately, the scene lasts about 15 minutes, and seems to repeat itself.
All in all, “The Bachelor” is just fair. It’s a little slow and mildly offensive, but no more than most modern TV programs. Best seen off of the big screen.
Year of Release—1999