Bachelor Party, Vegas DVD: Review By Brian Gallagher

A nicely-layered flick with some nice performances and a surprisingly strong script. It's just a really fun movie, guys.
  • OVERALL
    3.5
    GREAT
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
A nicely-layered flick with some nice performances and a surprisingly strong script. It's just a really fun movie, guys.
THE BAD
Some of the smaller performances are a tad weak, it's a bit cliched at times and I would've loved to see at least a few special features.
THE FEATURE
Many flicks try their damndest to cater to any and all demographic they possibly can. They try to either cast diversely enough to bring a broad audience to the theater, or they write up scripts that appeal to many different people. With that in mind, it's a little refreshing to see a flick like Bachelor Party Vegas that's aimed strictly at the men. Even though this is more specifically aimed at younger men, it's scope and depth, surprising as it may seem, allows for any male, married or single, young or old alike, to enjoy this thoroughly entertaining flick.

I know this might seem crazy, but this flick is a very weird mix of Judgment Night, The Game and any raunchy college flick you can think of. It all starts out innocently enough in Chicago, with 5 lifelong friends about to leave for Las Vegas for Nathan's (Jonathan Bennett) crazy bachelor party. When they get to Vegas, though, things go from just a rocky start with an undesirable stripper in their bus, to having their party planner being a casino theif with them as patsy's for a $5 million casino heist, running from an unhinged Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell (who plays himself) and questioning their own selves and why they needed a crazy bachelor party in the first place.

If you pass this flick on the racks at your local Blockbuster or what have you, your first impression will likely be that this is just another brainless, raunchy adventure set in Sin City. The welcome surprise here, though, is that there's far more than meets the eye here. Writer/director Eric Bernt crafts a pretty slick tale here that actually is pretty well layered. While at the surface are the strippers and booze that is the staple of any bachelor party, they throw some fairly conceivable obstacles in their way, while also subtly exploring the bond of friendship between men, and even a little insight into why we do the things that we do.

While we don't get a cast of A-list or even B-list stars here, there is a damn solid cast here with even a few surprise cameos (one from the "D-List") here and there. The most notable guy here is probably Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Van Wilder) and he's solid as Z-Bob, the screw-up in their group of friends and the one who planned the bachelor party. Jonathan Bennett is great as the bachelor who doesn't want to go to far and gets way in over his head. Donald Faison is decent as the troublemaker Ash, but Aaron Himelstein is just out of sync as the nerd of the group, Eli. It took me almost the whole damn movie to try and think of where I'd seen Charlie Talbert, who plays Johnny C, but I finally got it near the end, and remembered him as the title character in Angus. And I always wondered what Angus would look like all growns up... Anyway, look for some cameos from Daniel Stern as a porn producer, the lovely Jamie Pressly as herself and The Sopranos' Vincent Pastore as the party planner.

This is just a damn fun movie, folks, or should I say, guys, but it's not perfect. A lot of Bernt's jokes fall flat and he pushes the script a little too far where you should be able to predict the ending. But while the ending might not be an incredible surprise, it's still a damn good one. This flick had the possiblity to be both stupid and corny, but Bernt's script and direction has such an honest and real tone to it that he dodges those bullets quite nicely, even though he does use a few poorly-used cliches here and there. Still, if you're willing to overlook these minor problems, and just kick back with your boys and have a good time, this is definitely the flick for you.
THE EXTRAS
Sorry folks, nothing to see here...
THE VIDEO
The flick is presented in the anamorphic widescreen format in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
THE AUDIO
The sound is done in the Dolby Digital 5.1 format.
THE PACKAGE
They design this keep-case disc rather well. The front cover has the three biggest stars' names above a big title card, with the tagline below it. But the main focus of this cover is all of the guys around a poker table (which is a little weird since they don't play poker at all in the flick), all whooping it up... with a woman standing on the table as well. The back cover has a few decent photos from the flick and a decent synopsis and the tech specs. Pretty solid design, that doesn't waste an inch of space.
THE FINAL WORD
Bachelor Party Vegas is all about guys, baby. This won't be on the Lifetime Channel anytime soon, that's for sure. This is the kind of flick that if The Man Show were still on TV, they'd endorse in a heartbeat. While the flick is set against the Vegas backbone of booze and sex, if you look a little deeper you'll see a flick with a lot of heart, that says a lot about the friends a man keeps and even a little insight to men in general. So ice up a case of beer, line up the shots and tell the girlfriends or wives you'll be in late tonight. It's a boys night out, with Bachelor Party Vegas, and a damn fun one at that.

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