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Melinda loves her fiancé Ron. Her brother Todd, doesn't approve of his upcoming brother-in-law. He wants Melinda to cancel the wedding, but for her to do that, he must get Ron to mess up. He hopes to achieve his plan by organizing the world's wildest bachelor party. Written by
Sneaky schemer tries to get women to do Ron, Ron, Ron, to do Ron, Ron.
I was just as surprised as everyone else when I realised that a sequel to the 1984 comedy movie, Bachelor Party, had been released almost a quarter of a century after the original. I was even more surprised to find myself enjoying it a fair bit.
Why the, apparently spurious, connection to Bachelor Party? Well, this movie is still based on the work of Bob Israel that inspired that first film and Neal Israel and Pat Proft return (with newcomer Jay Longino accompanying them) to write another screenplay about a wild bachelor party made even wilder as some devious git tries to get the groom-to-be in hot water.
Josh Cooke plays Ron,the man who IS that groom-to-be this time round, and Warren Christie plays Todd, his future brother-in-law and a man most miffed when he finds that Ron may get the position in the family company that he has been seeking for so long. Not to worry. Todd will get his plan back on track when he takes Ron and his buddies away for a bachelor party weekend and sets Ron up for an almighty fall that will see him lose his loved one. IF all goes according to plan.
First time director James Ryan does well with the material here and provides a light, lively comedy that's either providing laughs or titillation. There are some great one-liners and a pleasing amount of nudity, as befits a film of this kind. It's just a shame that the movie throws in one or two strands that don't work as well, dragging the whole thing down by a good few points.
Josh Cooke is a decent enough lead and Warren Christie is enjoyably sneaky but the better moments come courtesy of the friends tagging along for the weekend, played by Danny Jacobs, Gregg Pitts and the great Harland Williams. Jacobs is stuck with the least amusing character, Williams gets the bulk of the best lines and Pitts makes an impression in a great set-piece that leads to a "sexy" dance-off.
Sara Foster, Emmanuelle Vaugier and the other women on screen may not get half as much to do, though they do get some decent moments of their own, but this is a film squarely aimed at the young, male demographic.
There's also some strip golf, a stripper fight, a large group of sex addicts, problems with an immovable erection and many other laughs to be had here. It's not up to the standard of the first film (which, nevertheless, wasn't the classic that many people claim it to be either) and it pales in comparison to many smoother, bawdy comedies that have been released in recent years but this is far from unwatchable and I'd happily watch it again if it was ever on and I had nothing else planned.
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