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The Bachelor Weekend (2013)

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

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

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Comedy | Drama

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John Butler's feature directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Fionan: Yea. No. No way. No stags. Sorry.
Big Kevin: Fionan, have you ever even been on a stag?
Fionan: [nods his head, then hesitates] No.
Big Kevin: So not even a weekend walk?
Fionan: I don't enjoy being in exclusive male company for long periods. There's something forced about it. And false. All that banter. I just, I mean, under what other circumstances would we five ever agree to be in a tent, in the shitting rain, in mid November, all for the sake of some needless ritual?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits Andrew Scott walks home from Trinity College in Dublin on a very rainy evening, while the song "You are my Sunshine" is played. See more »

Connections

References The Sopranos (1999) See more »

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Written by Delorentos
Performed by Delorentos
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A Heartfelt Comedy
26 March 2016 | by kdavies-69347See all my reviews

I somehow ran across this title after review of the title 'Calvary' (2014), another film from the Irish Film Board that I was impressed with. I was quite delighted with this tale of a bachelor stag gone awry, that didn't take the low road of comedy, as the infamous 'Hangover' Trilogy.

Long time friends Davin and Fionan find themselves planning and impromptu stag party for the rather effeminate and polite groom. What starts off as a simple little camping trip between 5 friends turns into a rather long evening of mishaps, bad decisions, and inconveniences. Enter 'The Machine,' brilliantly played by Peter McDonald, the grooms soon to be brother in-law, and a character of insulting bravado, who acts as an instigator throughout the film. Things begin nicely enough, but little by little, plans get skewed and they all end up off course.

What made this film such a pleasure was how real the whole situation seems. If you've ever been hiking with friends, you learn very quickly who are the capable friends, and who are not. This film delightfully plays into this idea, when friendships are tested out in the wilderness after a few slight mishaps. At no point did this film scream fake, and I found myself laughing along with the banter. Each character brings a little bit of their own humour in this film, and each personality was perfect for their role. The run on jokes are timed very well, and even though you know they might be coming, they still deliver laughs.

A great heartfelt comedy, funny and smart throughout.

6/10


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7 March 2014 (Ireland) See more »

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Dublin Mountains, Ireland See more »

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EUR600,000 (estimated)
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