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Got a date? Avoid the laughable, mediocre new movie The Bachelor


The Bachelor

Starring: Chris O'Donnell and Renee Zellweger
Running Time: 105 min.
Rating: PG-13

Grade: D +


By Isabella So
Daily Cougar Staff

You're planning a date. You decide, "what can go wrong with dinner and a movie?" Trust me, a bad movie can make it wrong. Trust me again when I say The Bachelor is not the movie to see.

The Bachelor is supposed to be a romantic comedy, but it proves to be far from funny and romantically annoying.


The Bachelor, starring Renee Zellwegger (top photo), Artie lange (bottome left) and Chris O'Donnell, is a waste-of-time film that falls well short of expectations.
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Jimmie Shannon (Chris O'Donnell) is a single guy and very happy with his noncommittal dating status. He values his freedom more than life itself.

So just when he stops looking he finds Anne, a single female ready for a meaningful relationship, and falls in love with her.

Jimmie spends the next three years committed to Anne (Renee Zellweger, Jerry Maguire) and watches his buddies get lassoed into marriages. He sees his friends' marriages and feels pressured into "giving in."

Jimmie decides to "pop" the question at the most romantic restaurant in the city, which is usually a sure sign of engagement to any female.

He starts his proposal with uncertainty and ends it with the most unromantic "you win." Anne, angry at his lame attempt at a proposal, dumps Jimmie back to "Bachelorville."

Then, unexpectedly, Jimmie's grandfather -- who pushes marriage on Jimmie -- passes away. He is determined to get Jimmie married, so he writes a will that states that if he doesn't marry by his 30th birthday, he will lose the $100 million inheritance.

As the plot would have it, Jimmie's 30th birthday is less than 24 hours away, and trying to reconcile with Anne just doesn't work.

After consulting with his family attorney and family friend, the next best thing that Jimmie can do is reconcile with any of his ex-girlfriends.

His string of ex-girlfriends includes Buckley, a well-to-do ex-debutante (Brooke Shields), a diva opera singer (Mariah Carey), a tough cop (Jennifer Esposito) and many others.

When reconciliation with these ex-girlfriends doesn't work, Jimmie's best friend Marco (Artie Lange) places a last-resort ad in the newspaper saying: "Would you marry this man for $100 million?"

This, of course, brings chaos to the city of San Francisco, where every eligible female shows up to the church in wedding gowns ready to say "I do."

So where is Anne this whole time? Out of town trying to forget about Jimmie and not succeeding. You can probably figure out how the story ends up from here.

It's very predictable and just plain annoying. You know what's going to happen, yet the movie drags on even longer than it should.

Chris O'Donnell's acting ability is not put to the test with this seemingly everyday "Joe Blow" character. It's as if the filmmakers said, "just give me that cute smile of yours and the movie will be fine."

After making a breakthrough as "Dorothy Boyd" in Jerry Maguire, Zellweger proved her acting ability. She does a decent job as Anne.

The movie falls well short of any hype it may have received. If you are in the mood for a romantic comedy, The Bachelor is not "the one." Instead, try the original Buster Keaton's Seven Chances.
 

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