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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Entertaining, but shallow and weak in plot.

5/10
Author: Richard Brunton from Edinburgh, Scotland
12 August 2001

A fun film with some good laughs, not exactly belly rumblers, but you'll still have a loud chuckle. Quite a lot of these laughs are down to some insightful writing into the bachelor mentality. Shallow and weak in plot, but yet it still succeeds to pull you in and do an adequate job of entertaining.

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Runaway bachelor

7/10
Author: (stefanhoeffllin@yahoo.de) from Teningen, Germany
30 July 2001

Jimmie (Chris O´Donnell) is a convinced single and lucky with his one night stands. When he meets Anne (Renée Zellweger) his world changes - he falls in love with her. But as he proposes to her, he provokes her so much, that she leaves him. A few days later, Jimmies grandfather (Peter Ustinov) dies. His testament says: Jimmie will heir 100 million - but only if he will find a bride until his 30th birthday. And that´s tomorrow! Time is running!

Sometimes everything can go wrong in a romantic- comedy. "Runaway bride" is a good example. Lousy script, no chemistry! A missed chance. But not here! I have really enjoyed "The bachelor". The film has a "rhythm" and the humor is well timed - especially the final scene, when Chris O´Donnell is chased by the brides, was wonderful! SOMETIMES, the supporting actors steal the show - e.g. Peter Ustinov or Brooke Shields, just to mention two of them. But it would be unfair to argue about that - just because Chris O´Donnell and Renée Zellweger are a really sweet couple! A refreshing and VERY charming comedy!

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Three reasons I like this film - O'Donnell, Zellweger, and Shields!

Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth
13 April 2001

Even though I'm an older male grandfather with 5 children type of movie watcher, I always enjoy light romantic comedies for almost mindless entertainment, and "The Bachelor" fits the bill nicely. I rate it "7" of 10.

Cute story -- wealthy grandfather dies, wills all his wealth to grandson (O'Donnell), $100,000,000. But there is a big catch -- grandson must marry by 6:05PM on his 30th birthday, must stay married for at least 10 years, cannot spend more than one night a month apart from his wife, and must have children. Otherwise, all assets, including the billiards factory, will be sold. A nice comedic touch, the will is delivered by videotape, and Peter Ustinov does a great job. Big problem, though, his 30th birthday is tomorrow!!!

Zellweger plays his 3-year girlfriend, and he proposes to her, but she can see in his eyes that he doesn't really want to marry, so she says 'no' and takes off for an assignment in Athens. So, to save the business, and not put 200+ friends and co-workers out of work by the sale of the business, he looks up all his old girlfriends one-by-one and tries to get them to marry him. All answer flatly 'no' except Shields' character. Her family needs an infusion of wealth. The lawyer has told her about the $100million, but gave her other erroneous information about the "deal." At the wedding ceremony, as she finds out each "condition" she pauses the wedding, left eye twitching, steps off to the side and lights up a cigarette to ponder. Each time she stepped back in place to resume the wedding. Until she found out about children. That she couldn't take, and drove off hurriedly.

To me, Brooke Shields was the scene-stealer of the whole movie. She did such a perfect job of playing the self-centered, money-grubbing woman that the script demanded. I never knew she was so good.

Meanwhile, one of the buddies put an ad in the S.F. paper and hundreds of prospective brides showed up the next afternoon at the church, Saints Peter and Paul. Meanwhile, Zellweger cancelled her trip to Athens, O'Donnell finds out the true meaning of married life by talking to the priest who was married and has a bunch of grandchildren. Zellweger and O'Donnell manage to get together right at 6PM, and exactly at 6:05 the priest, over the cop car speakers, sourrounded by hundreds of prospective brides in the street, pronounces them man and wife.

Obviously constructed for a romantic comedy, it contrives several situations, adds gratuitous drama, has a fairy-tale ending, and everyone lives happily ever after. But some times that's just what we need to watch for good, light entertainment. A very lightweight film, acted well, can you tell my wife and I enjoyed it?

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

the movie isn't a batchelor :-)

8/10
Author: mexxfbi from netherlands
30 January 2001

It's a fun movie not that it makes meal chiver of fun. But it's a nice movie to watch. Some times it gets alittle weak. but other parts bring that up again. There are acting all good wel. Be sure to rent this one ive you like comedy

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

one million brides one million dollars

Author: Darth_Voorhees from Chicagoland Area
4 July 2000

The movie is about a guy and his girlfriend.When he asks her to marry him.He blew it.And made it sound like he never cared.He is the last hope for his family.So when his grandfather made his will.He would give his grandson a million dollars if he got married before his 30th birthday.He asks his true love again and again he did it wrong.So he looks for all of his old girlfriends.And he blows it each time.So his friend but an add in the newspaper.Would you marry this man for a million dollars? it said.Every girl in town chased him all over the place.Then he realizes the true meaning of love and asks his girl- friend.And so he gets married and gets the money.And the movie is over.It was a good movie.Funny in alot of ways.See it if you want a movie that has a million laughs.

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A 'Nice' film

7/10
Author: Kevin Brant (azaro666@hotmail.com) from Northampton, UK
15 February 2000

It is very much a nice romantic comedy, with its heart in the right place. This isn't attempting to stretch any cinematic boundaries or win oscars it is simply a well done re-make of a good old fashioned tale of love. I have always looked upon Chris O'Donnell as a very charmless actor but he gives his pretty boy features a good acting test and comes across as a very likeable hero. Zellewegger doesn't have much comic flair but has done no damage whatsoever to her 'Meg Ryan' to be career and with a few spots of clever relationship humour and a few spots of genuine hilarity this film is the perfect couples picture.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

An average love story that makes sure the guy gets the girl!!

6/10
Author: Doc_Who from VACAVILLE, CA, USA
14 November 1999

This movie stars Chris O' Donnell (who also produced this movie) as man who is about to 30. The man must marry a girl by his 30th birthday or else he loses $100 million dollars!To do this and not lose his company (from his grandfather whom the man is in the will) . After this O'Donnell must hurry and find a woman to marry!Oh course he already likes a girl(the lead girl) and tries to win her back. O'Donnell's best friend puts a ad in the S.F newspaper. The best part is seeing thousands of wannabe brides chasing O'Donnell though the streets of S.F!If you like happy ending , average love story and acting , you must like this movie!!If it gets too boring you can always catch a nap and catch up a the end!!Artie Lang (MadTV,Dirty Work),James Cromwell(Eraser,L.A Confidental,Species 2) also co-star in average love story!!it's Ok for a matinee or a video rental!!This movie is not one of my favorite movies of the year!!I do like the stars , just the story needs a little help here and there!!Go only if you like the stars or the love story!!Otherwise wait for DVD or video!!

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

always a bridesmaid---

7/10
Author: capricorn9 from Toronto, Canada
28 December 2004

Just watched this film and at first thought Chris O'Donnell was not suited for comedy. He seems awkward in the first part of the film, but the character grew on me. Peter Ustinoff is underused, but quite funny and makes the most of his scenes and the last segment with all the brides showing up at the church,chasing him around town then being there as witness to the wedding is a nice piece of writing. One of the best scenes is the one with Brooke Shields. Some very bad continuity problems in the early scene with Mr.Ustinoff - obviously cut down. Got this film as a "gift with purchase" with a bucket of chicken, so no extras except an add for "Elf". A few good laughs out loud here and there but as someone else said a "cute" film.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Questionably Underrated

7/10
Author: IMDBmurphy from Berlin, Germany
8 February 2004

I gave it 7/10, but was close to give it even 8/10. In nine out of ten cases, my vote doesn't differ more than 1 point from the IMDb rating, so WTH is wrong with this movie that it deserves a lousy average of 5/10?

The Bachelor was one of three or four movies I liked Renée Zellweger best in, Peter Ustinov and especially James Cromwell were hilarious, and Brooke Shields did the greatest performance I've ever seen of her. It was entertaining, amusing and never dull or tedious. The wicked "Bride's Hunt" will be one thing of thousands of movies I will always remember, and most notably I appreciated it's sarcastic and undisguised humor. The movie didn't pretend to be something it is not, as so many others try to.

The only thing I didn't like about it was the cast of Chris O'Donnell for the main leading role, but he's never been a great actor anyway. Maybe this is the only reason why I didn't rate it 8/10.

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

You win!!

8/10
Author: Kannan Kalaisekaran from United States
5 February 2005

Do you want to have a good time watching a movie with your friends and family? "The Bachelor" would be a perfect choice especially if you love romantic comedy movies. The movie begins with a title sequence featuring wild horses running in the wilderness and an aptly chosen "Dont fence me in" number. The storyline is simple and I'm not going to detail that. The movie doesn't falter even for a minute. A flawless screenplay and dialogs make the movie enjoyable. Chris is handsome and Renee is adorable. Every character in the movie has a part to play and every actor has done just to his/her role. There is an interesting cameo appearance by Brooke Shields and she is the perfect choice for that role. The movie ends with a funny chase along the streets of SanFrancisco. At the end of the movie, an one-liner you would remember from the movie would definitely be "You win!!" and you definitely win because you would have had a good time watching the movie.

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