Starring: Chris O'Donnell
Directed by Gary Sinyor.
Produced by Lloyd Segan
and Bing Howenstein.
Written by Steve Cohen.
The magic of love once again ignites the screen in "The Bachelor."
Even though the amount of cheese in this flick is inexplicable, I must
give this film credit for making marraige look like a great
romance. However, the film did have it's flaws, and the wedding scene
was pretty... well, it had it's ups and it's downs.
Jimmie Shannon (Chris O'Donnell) is a bachelor who lives the life of
a wild mustang. He has no obligations, and is free to roam the earth
taking whatever he pleases. However, it all changes when he meets the
one woman he can't live without. Anne (Renee Zellweger) is sweet,
sensible, adorable. He can't help but fall in love. Eventually,
three years have gone by, and their still togeather, having fun--
until they reach "that place."
Now, Jimmie's giving up the life he had in 'bachelor ville' and moving
on up to 'marraige ville.' No less, he botches up the proposal and ends
up apologizing until he's sent her a million roses.
Meanwhile, Jimmie has an old grandpa, who dies in the midst of chaos.
In his will, he leaves Jimmie everything. In
other words, 100 million dollars. Only, there's one little condition.
That Jimmie gets married before his 30th birthday, remains married
10 years, and has healthy children. Ironically, he had indeed proposed,
but what's he supposed to do now? Propose again under the pretense of
money? And to stir things up even more, Anne leaves town. Jimmie now
has to forget the only woman he's ever loved, and he has to get a bride!
Through the chaos, the laughs, the ride, Jimmie can help stumble
upon the true meaning of love.
The movie was refreshing, since it really did have some of that 'movie
magic.' Nonetheless, it failed to emphasize Jimmie's reason for even
attempting to find a bride other than Anne, his true love. The laughs
in the midst of this, were great. However, one can't help but think
throughout the movie, "if he really loves her, why isn't he trying to
track her down?" Also, the whole newspaper thing was almost a little
Nonetheless, the acting was really good and there was definately
chemistry between Chris O'Donnell and Renee Zellweger. For instance,
when Jimmie says "..the only thing good about me is you," the audience
is actually convinced that he means it. Furthermore, lines like that
are really risky since they can be delivered poorly, and give off a
feeling as if the passage was "forced." However, the lines were
surprisingly eloquent, and they were said with a real passion. There
were also some incredibly extroidanary scenes.
There was a particular
scene in the film, where Jimmie rowing on a beautiful lake with his priest.
As they begin to talk, Jimmie slowly understands what
marraige really is and what love really means. It's almost as if the
sun was shining on him, and revealing the truth in a striking pillar
of light which he had never seen before...