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The Bachelor Weekend (2013)

The Stag (original title)
TV-MA | | Comedy | 7 March 2014 (Ireland)
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A bachelor party weekend in the great outdoors takes some unexpected detours.


John Butler
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Scott ... Davin
Hugh O'Conor ... Fionan
Peter McDonald ... The Machine
Brian Gleeson ... Simon
Andrew Bennett Andrew Bennett ... Big Kevin
Michael Legge ... Little Kevin
Amy Huberman ... Ruth
Marcella Plunkett ... Uli
Justine Mitchell Justine Mitchell ... Linda
Eamonn Hunt Eamonn Hunt ... Farmer
Catherine Walsh Catherine Walsh ... Farmer's wife
John Kavanagh ... Fionan's dad
Amy De Bhrún ... Rachel
Jane McGrath Jane McGrath ... Clementina
Amy Stephenson Amy Stephenson ... Suzanne


A bachelor party weekend in the great outdoors takes some unexpected detours.

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Release Date:

7 March 2014 (Ireland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dublin Mountains, Ireland See more »


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€600,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the USA, this film is called 'The Bachelor Weekend' because the term stag is not used in America. See more »


During the final scene when The Machine is singing One, his boutonnière appears to move from the left lapel to the right and back again. What is actually happening is the image was reversed in post-production, probably to make the direction the actor was looking match the other shots. Thus, not only does the boutonnière change sides, the pocket and handkerchief does, too (as well as the hand with which the actor holds the microphone). See more »


Davin: Hi. This is Davin. I'm a friend of Fionan's, who is marrying your sister. This weekend we're going, we are embarking, on a silent walking retreat with some transsexual friends of ours, in the rain. And we wanted to let you know that. And, eh, you can call me back, but it will be just as I say. And silent. And boring. And weird. Okay? Bye.
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Crazy Credits

Toward the end of closing credits "U2, we <3 you" can be read. See more »


References Mulholland Dr. (2001) See more »


Written by Bono (as Hewson), Adam Clayton (as Clayton), The Edge (as Evans), Larry Mullen Jr. (as Mullen)
Performed by Peter McDonald (as The Machine) and The Covers
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Amusing Film About Male Self-Discovery
29 October 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Five middle-class Irish men go away on a hiking weekend to celebrate Fionnan's (Hugh O'Conor's) stag-party. They spend a lot of time and money trying to find the appropriate gear, and look forward to enjoying themselves. Unfortunately their leisure-time looks as if it might ruined by the presence of The Machine (aka Richard) (Peter McDonald), a boorish bully, who just so happens to be Fionnan's future brother-in-law.

The basic scenario of John Butler's film provides the basis for a weekend of discovery, as all six men realize that their preconceptions have turned out to be false. Fionnan, a slightly metrosexual personality who did not really want to go away at all, finds out something about his best friend Davin's (Andrew Scott's) past that puts their relationship to the test. The two Kevins (Michael Legge, Andrew Bennett) understand that they are not really social outcasts after all, even in the eyes of Fionnan's father (John Kavanagh). The Machine turns out to be a vulnerable person, covering up his personality deficiencies under a veil of bravado. On the other hand, he has a devil-may-care attitude to life that exposes some of the middle- class pretensions of his five fellow- hikers.

Butler and McDonald's script contains some very funny moments, especially when we see Davin trying to negotiate plans for his wedding with the planner Linda (Justine Mitchell), who obviously has little or no clue about what he is saying. The film contains some neat set pieces - notably the sequence where The Machine inadvertently sets fire to the tent, forcing the hikers to live rough, something they had never really anticipated. They had simply viewed the hike as an extension of their middle-class existence; now they have really been catapulted 'back to nature'. Later on they throw off their clothes and go for a naked midnight swim; unfortunately the idea goes horribly wrong, forcing all of them to confront themselves totally unclothed, both physically and emotionally.

The basic scenario of THE BACHELOR WEEKEND (aka THE STAG) might be a familiar one - the importance of male bonding as a means of self- discovery - but the material has been handled with a light touch. In the end the film has an important point to make about friendship and trust as the basis of any effective relationship between people, irrespective of their gender. Needless to say, the action ends happily with everyone reconciled and Davin manages to wed his fiancée Ruth (Amy Huberman).

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