Bachelor Party (1984 film)

Bachelor Party is a 1984 American comedy film directed by Neal Israel, written by Israel and Pat Proft, and starring Tom Hanks, Adrian Zmed, William Tepper and Tawny Kitaen. The film chronicles a bachelor party being thrown by a group of friends for their friend Rick Gassko (Hanks) on the eve of his wedding and whether or not he can resist the temptation of being unfaithful to his fiancée Debbie (Kitaen).

Bachelor Party
Theatrical poster
Directed byNeal Israel
Produced byJoe Roth
Bob Israel
Ron Moler
Raju Patel
Written byNeal Israel
Pat Proft
Story byBob Israel
Starring
Music byRobert Folk
CinematographyHal Trussell
Edited byTom Walls
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • June 29, 1984 (1984-06-29)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7 million[1]
Box office$38.4 million (USA)[1]

Plot

Party-animal Rick Gassko (Tom Hanks), who makes his living as a Catholic school bus driver, decides to settle down and marry his girlfriend Debbie Thompson (Tawny Kitaen). After gathering his buddies to give them the news, his shocked friends (led by Jay (Adrian Zmed)) decide to throw him the bachelor party to end all bachelor parties. The bride's wealthy, conservative parents are not at all happy with her decision and her father decides to enlist the help of Debbie's ex-boyfriend Cole Whittier (Robert Prescott) to break them up and win her back.

While Debbie worries and goes off to her bridal shower thrown by her friends, Rick heads off to the bachelor party and promises to remain faithful. Both parties start off on the wrong foot thanks to a little sabotage by Cole. As the bachelor party starts to heat up, Debbie and the girls decide to get even with Rick and his friends by having a party of their own. Both parties eventually collide leading to Debbie accusing Rick of infidelity.

Both parties end up becoming one big drunken orgy and the bachelors' hotel room ends up getting trashed much to the chagrin of the hotel's ever-frustrated manager (Kenneth Kimmins). Adding to the confusion is Rick's friend, Brad who has become despondent over his wife breaking up with him. At various points during the movie, he riotously botches every suicide he attempts. He even tries slitting his wrists with an electric razor to which Rick says, "Well.....at least your wrists will be smooth and kissable."

Rick convinces Debbie of his love and faithfulness just as the party is raided by the police. In the ensuing melee, Rick and Debbie become separated and Cole kidnaps Debbie leaving Rick and his friends to chase after them culminating in a showdown between Rick and Cole, which includes a chase through a 36-screen movie theater. Rick and Cole have a humorous fist fight just below the movie screen which is showing a 3D movie. The fight is in direct synchronization to the on-screen fist fight. A female audience member gets punched in the face but attributes it to a 3D movie effect. Rick wins and he and Debbie embrace. After the wedding, Rick and Debbie are driven to the airport for their honeymoon in Rick's school bus driven by a laughing Brad.

Cast

Production

The origins of the film came from an actual bachelor party thrown by producer Ron Moler and a group of friends for fellow producer Bob Israel. In fact, several members of the cast and crew involved with the production of the movie were at that party when the idea began to take shape.[2]

The film was made in the wake of the success of Police Academy.[3]

Music

Bachelor Party: Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedJune 1984
GenreNew wave
Length30:44
LabelI.R.S. (remastered and re-released in 2003 by Superfecta Recordings)

The soundtrack album from Bachelor Party was released in 1984.

Side one
  1. "American Beat '84" – The Fleshtones (3:28)
  2. "Something Isn't Right" – Oingo Boingo (3:42)
  3. "Crazy Over You" – Jools Holland (2:59)
  4. "Little Demon" – Adrian Zmed, Alex Carlin, Tommy Dunbar, John Seabury, (3:21)
  5. "Wind Out" – R.E.M. (1:58)
Side two
  1. "Bachelor Party Theme" – Oingo Boingo (3:49)
  2. "What Kind of Hell" – The Alarm (2:43)
  3. "Alley Oop" – Darlene Love (3:57)
  4. "Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys?" – Angel and the Reruns (2:10)
  5. "Dream of the West" – Yip Yip Coyote (3:07)

The film also features songs:

Reception

Reviews for Bachelor Party were mixed, holding a rating of 54% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 26 reviews. While some critics appreciated the humor, others found it to be vulgar and gratuitous. Both film critics Roger Ebert and Janet Maslin recommended the film, but had reservations about certain aspects, calling it "sophomoric" and "not a great film". Comedian Paul Scheer has gone on record on multiple occasions with his belief that Tom Hanks’s career did not start until this movie.[4][5]

Sequel

Twenty-four years after Bachelor Party was released, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment produced a straight-to-DVD sequel-in-name-only[6] called Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation.

Controversy

It's believed that actress Rebecca Perle was tricked into doing the moonroof scene. According to the script, Cole was land into the moon roof only to have her scream. Instead the final scene is she and one of the writers kissing Cole's exposed hairy rear after he crashes through the – previously opened – moonroof.[7]

TV show

On October 21, 2014, it was reported that ABC will be developing a TV show inspired by the film.[8]

References

  1. WE'RE TALKING GROSS, TACKY AND DUMB Brown, Peter H. Los Angeles Times 20 Jan 1985: 6.
  2. "Behind The Scenes Special Feature". Bachelor Party DVD. 20th Century Fox. 2001.
  3. WE'RE TALKING GROSS, TACKY AND DUMB Brown, Peter H. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 20 Jan 1985: t6.
  4. Ebert, Roger (January 1, 1984). "Bachelor Party". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  5. Janet, Maslin (June 30, 1984). "Bachelor Party". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  6. LaPorte, Nicole (December 6, 2004). "Blue Star snags another look". Variety.
  7. {{Bachelor party (1984) [Audio blog review]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/video-rangers-podcast/id1168176755?mt=2}}
  8. Andreeva, Nellie. "'Bachelor Party' Comedy Series Inspired By Movie Set At ABC As Put Pilot". Deadline.com. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
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