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Bachelor Party

1984 R 1h 45m DVD

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Bachelor Party

1984 R 1h 45m DVD
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Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks got his big break in this raunchy comedy. Hanks plays bus driver Rick Gasko, engaged to super-rich Debbie Thompson (Tawny Kitaen). To keep an eye the groom, Debbie and her pals pose as hookers and go to his bachelor party. While the film veers into Animal House territory at times, the laughs are solid.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 4.0, English: Dolby Digital Mono
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Pause for kids 17 & under
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Reviews

age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie is not intended for kids. The comedy's motto "Chicks and guns and drugs and booze and fire trucks -- all the things that make life worth living for!" cues sex/nudity, prostitution (made to looks like fun), and suggestions of lesbian, gay, and human-animal coupling. Drinking is jovial; drug jokes include a donkey (hired for a sex act) fatally overdosing. Swearing is at mild PG-13 level. Hotel property is gleefully trashed. Racial stereotypes include black pimps and horny Japanese men. Wealthy, upscale (AKA non-partying, polite) people are depicted negatively. Running jokes about suicide. Do-not-try-this-at-home stuff with a crossbow. Schoolkids are shown gambling (with the adult driver Rick's approval). Some mockery of nuns, for any conservative Catholics who might still be watching at the 70-minute mark.

Sexual Content

Full-frontal female nudity in one scene. Scantily clad "hookers," who do kinky S&M lesbian sex acts just out of camera. Male strippers shown, one with a huge penis (barely off screen) a woman accidentally fondles. Plans for a donkey and an exotic dancer to mate (a drug accident interferes). Male bare buttocks. A porn film eagerly screened (the joke: except for flashes, serious sex/nudity got mysteriously cut). Condoms shown, plentiful suggestive dialogue about oral sex and other techniques. Rick and Debbie live together but aren't married. Rick's friends, including husbands, take turns with prostitutes (off screen). One pairs up with a male transvestite without realizing it.

Violence

A fist fight. A threatened assassination by crossbow. A jealous wife beats up her husband. A character tied up and dangled outside a window.

Language

"T-ts," "a-hole," "bitch," dick," the s-word (again and again, including a subtitle), the f-word once.

Social Behavior

Message, if there is one, seems that true love, even for a wild-and-crazy guy like Rick, can survive incredible temptation (though sour undercurrent is that all Rick's married friends regret leaving bachelorhood behind and try to talk him out of the wedding). Side theme that aristocratic, wealthy folks are uptight and unpleasant; low-class dudes like Rick are more tolerant, fun, and maybe even ethically superior (of course, guess who the target audience for Bachelor Party was?).

Consumerism

Shopping-mall stores, hotels, and high-consumerist Los Angeles landmarks comprise a lot of the setting and set a tone. Mickey Mouse and Nike logos, beer labels, car makes, automotive products, theater chains, references to appliance brands, James Bond, Star Wars, pop-rock bands in posters and dialogue.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Tons of drinking. A depressed character uses pills (specifically Quaaludes). A donkey overdoses on pills and cocaine. Smoking, including a doctor rarely without his pipe.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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