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Bachelor Party

by Tony Pinizzotto
Friday May 23, 2014
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Now out on Blu-ray is the ultimate film of pre-marriage madness "Bachelor Party," starring Tom Hanks as Rick, an unenthusiastic subject of a bachelor blow-out with "all the things in life worth living for" including hookers, booze, drugs, and more hookers. The night is planned by five of his closest unpredictable guy pals. Rick’s suspicious fiancee (Tawny Kitaen) is in hot pursuit of her man, getting to the bottom of his escapades during one of his final nights of freedom. Will this evening of debauchery change things forever?

Although, a bit dated, "Bachelor Party" is one of those iconic 80s "T & A" films that one needs not to take too seriously, but more enjoy it for what it is: the opportunity for its audience to live a "no rules applied" evening of boys being bad boys. Hanks and Kitaen’s characters feel all the normal pangs of engagement roadblocks: rejecting parents, worries for the future, worries for each other, trust and fidelity.

Hanks is the best thing about the film and it’s fun to see him so young. (It was thirty years ago, after all.) Gay audiences will get a kick out of: a hilarious scene in which actress Wendie Jo Sperber, (Hanks’ TV "Bosom Buddies" co-star) lets loose at a Chippendale’s strip club; the rest of Kitaen’s gal-pals getting introduced to Nick "the dick" by way of a hot dog bun; and let’s not forget when one of the guys has some fun with a tall blonde, later to find out her name is "Tim" who PEES standing up. Also, 80s heartthrob Adrian Zmed plays Jay O’Neill, Rick’s best friend.

"Although, a bit dated, ’Bachelor Party’ is one of those iconic 80s "T & A" films that one needs not to take too seriously, but more enjoy it for what it is..."

Reportedly based on a true story, (remember this is Hollywood,) creators and director Bob and Neal Israel also gave us fun in such comedies as "Moving Violations," "The Police Academy" series, and later in the 90s, "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." Sophomoric, yes -- but "Bachelor Party" was a fun film for its time.

The transfer to Blu-ray is a nice, clean one. but, regrettably, the Blu-ray doesn’t offer a ton of extras, "Bachelor Party" on Blu-ray, reuses the original cast and crew interviews from the 1984 Electronic Press Kits, as well as the film’s trailer. Unfortunately, there’s no director or actor commentary. These were all extras rehashed from the DVD release. Similar to "Revenge of the Nerds," 20th Century Fox Home Video put little effort into making this release "extra" special for fans of the films.

"Bachelor Party"
1984 - Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Blu-ray, as part of the "Guys Being Guys Party 3-Pack"

A native of the South Jersey/Philadelphia area Tony Pinizzotto holds a BA in Speech Communications, with a double major in Theatre Arts, and a minor in vocal performance from Rowan University, NJ. Pinizzotto began his career in Chicago, writing in Marketing and Promotions for numerous TV/Film/Theatrical companies including; ABC-TV, CBS-TV, Weigel Broadcasting Co., Paramount Studios, and LarsErik Films; and was a co-founder of Chicago’s critically acclaimed Close Call Theatre. Pinizzotto currently works as a Actor/Writer/Producer in Los Angeles. In his spare time Tony collects vintage classic motion pictures on 16mm film, Hollywood ephemera, and 60s Polynesian Tiki memorabilia. He is a member of The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation and The Los Angeles Conservancy, preserving the art, history, and restoration of vintage LA movie palaces. Pinizzotto also writes for his classic film blog WTFCinema.blogspot.com and is the leading biographer for 50s character actor Jules Munshin. Tony Pinizzotto currently lives with his Domestic Partner of 18 years, and their puppy Tiddly.


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