Februrary 1, 2013
Tom Hanks, Adrian Zmed, and Tawny Kitaen
start your boners."
Before I say anything about one of my favorite guilty
pleasure comedies of the 80's, Bachelor Party, let me first post this
from a user review at the IMDB. Because this sums up my
thoughts about this movie pretty much perfectly:
of the things I enjoy about this movie is the mere fact that it exists."
If you aren't familiar with Bachelor Party, this is THE TOM HANKS MOVIE
that Tom Hanks would probably prefer that you weren't familiar
with. And I think that is a shame. Because not only
do I think this is a really funny movie, I also think it is
the best performance of Tom Hanks back when he was a budding young
comedy star. Yes, years before he was the greatest living
actor of our generation, years before he was an Academy Award winner
and a national treasure, Tom Hanks
was just some smart aleck kid who was trying to
break into movies. And at no point in his career was he
funnier or more charming than he was in Bachelor Party.
Pardieu, the holy man
There isn't much of a plot to write about when it comes to Bachelor
Party. Rick Gassko (Tom Hanks) is getting married to his
girlfriend Debbie (Tawny Kitaen), and Rick's friends decide at the last
minute that they are going to throw him a bachelor party.
They are going to throw him the mother of all bachelor
parties. Complete with guns, and hookers, and booze, and
drugs, and fire trucks.
You name it. Again, this really isn't the type of
movie where you care about the storyline. This is the type of
movie where you only care about three things. All you really
care about is A) is the movie funny, B) how crazy does the movie get,
and C) are the actors funny.
Rick and Debbie, the loving couple
Okay A) is Bachelor Party funny?
I happen to love Bachelor Party. It's not my all time
favorite comedy, and I certainly wouldn't put it in my top ten or my
twenty or anything. But if you are looking for a fun harmless
movie from the 80's that is memorable and quotable and will probably
make you laugh, well you could do a lot worse. I remember in
high school my friend Mark and I used to quote this movie endlessly.
Especially the first half of the movie, where Tom Hanks is
just ad libbing the entire thing and he is throwing out smart ass one
liners and quotes left and right.
The first half of Bachelor Party is easily one of the more quotable
comedies of the 80's. And I don't think it has ever really
enough credit for that. Most people just remember it for the
sex and the drugs and the boobs, but man there were some funny quotes
in this movie. I mean, I could see my friend Mark
tomorrow (we haven't seen each other in over twenty years) and I know I
could still make him laugh just by quoting the elevator scene from
Hotel Manager [angrily]:
Just where do you think you are?
The Library of Congress?
Beyonnnnnd the sunnnnnn?
Rick, I want Debbie. You dump her and I'll give you cash.
Well I don't know. What's Debbie's blue book value?
Now obviously this isn't the type of movie I would recommend to
everyone. I mean, let's face it, it is a sex comedy.
It is an early 80's sex comedy. It is one step away
from being soft corn porn. Hell, at one point in the
movie a sex show donkey overdoses on coke and they leave its corpse in
an elevator. So yeah, if that is the type of movie you don't
enjoy, you probably won't get a whole lot out of Bachelor Party.
There is a reason they didn't include this movie during the
of "Tom Hanks' Greatest Films" at the Academy Awards.
Yeah, they didn't show the scene with Nick The Dick in
between Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan.
Nick. The Dick.
And that leads us into criteria number two. B) How crazy does
this movie get?
Um, it gets pretty crazy. We will just leave it at that.
And then we come to criteria number three. The one that I
think is the most important. C) Are the actors in Bachelor
Like I said before, hands down this is my favorite Tom Hanks comedy.
Actually, no, let me rephrase that. I like a lot of
the early Tom Hanks comedies, but this is the one where I think he was
the funniest. In fact he is so funny in Bachelor Party that
he pretty much steals the show. If you ever wanted to see
what Tom Hanks' career would have been like if he had chosen to be Bill
Murray instead of morphing into "Tom Hanks", this is the movie you
should use as your evidence. In fact that is exactly what my wife said
we just rewatched it again last week.
We were watching Tom Hanks ad lib all his lines in Bachelor Party, and
just throw out quotes and one liners left and right, and my wife said
"You know what? Bill Murray could have been in this movie and
it would have been exactly the same."
And she is right. There is a reason that Tom Hanks was the
best SNL host for most of the 80's. It was because back
then he was one of the funniest guys in Hollywood.
So there you go. Bachelor Party. Featuring the
incomparable Tom Hanks. In what I consider his funniest
Some might call it a fluff movie. Some might call it a stupid
movie. Some might call it a brainless sex comedy.
don't care. All I know is that it makes me laugh, and it
stars Tom Hanks. And that in itself makes it a must see.
Honestly, I really can't repeat this enough. Anyone
who has never seen Tom
Hanks in a comedy before should really see this one. He
didn't do many great comedies (and I know it is a stretch even calling
this one a great comedy), but if you want to see a young smart ass
Murray Tom Hanks
at his funniest, well this was his masterpiece.
Oh yes, and coke snorting donkeys
P.S The tennis scene in Bachelor Party always kills me.
That is EXACTLY what
used to happen on my grandpa's tennis court when I was a little kid.
I used to smash the ball over the fence all the time and it
used to drive him crazy.
[Grandpa serves the ball to 10 year old Mario]
[Mario winds up and blasts the ball as hard as he can.
It flies up and over the tennis court fence.]
[Mario drops the racket and raises his hands in the air like he just
hit a home run.]
Oh yeah, one last thing. I need to add that Bachelor Party is
two significant movies featuring one of my favorite B movie actresses
of all time, Monique Gabrielle. Her role in Bachelor Party
uh, topless and it is, uh, pretty memorable. But her other
big movie (the really big one)
is the one that I will talk about tomorrow. That one is her
Monique has some suggestions on what you should do to her
favorite IMDB user reviews about Bachelor Party:
A great comedy that
deserves more credit, 31 March 2004
Hanks' career began in comedy, and this film is a shining example of
his comedic talents. Hanks delivers a satisfying and enjoyable
performance as groom-to-be Rick Gassko, and his supporting cast
couldn't have been better selected. Many of the film's co-stars had
worked with Hanks in the past, most notably on TV's Bosom Buddies. The
chemistry is apparent here, as the actors are all very comfortable in
their roles, as the dialogue is executed with a smooth, yet expedient
wit. The jokes all work in this film - outlandish as some of them may
be. There is never a dull moment in Bachelor Party, as each scene is
well-constructed to deliver an inevitable laugh, without the
premeditated one-liners that seem so forced in today's trash comedies.
The events of the film were based on Producer Bob Israel's real life
bachelor party experience, and the realism of the story can be felt in
the film, as the viewer rarely has to suspend disbelief. This movie can
best be appreciated by the movie fan who enjoys witty, smirk-inducing
comedies such as Porky's, Animal House, Police Academy, Summer School,
and Weekend At Bernie's.
Classic sophomoric romp,
25 October 2001
of the things I enjoy about this movie is the mere fact that it exists.
I'm thinking Tom Hanks scratched this one of his resumé long ago, along
with "Dragnet" and "Volunteers." I delight in the notion that some
folks who love Hanks from films like "Saving Private Ryan" and "You've
Got Mail" might stumble onto this puppy and give it a shot based on
more recent work. Boy are they in for a shock.
early, in 1984, it's obvious Hanks had the capability of spinning gold
from pewter. Because the script is nothing more than an endless series
of low-brow gags and d*ck jokes. But in Hanks' hands, it all comes out
much better than you'd think.
I think the second-most famous
person in this film is either Tawny Kitaen or Adrian Zmed, so what does
THAT tell you? (By the way, think they get Christmas cards from Hanks?)
But the odd assembly of buffoons and horndogs here team up to do some
surprisingly funny work.
Sometimes I'll take one scene and let
it sum up a movie's entire mindset. I can definitely do that for this
flick: In the middle of a donkey show at the bachelor party, the donkey
wanders off, snorts a lot of coke, munches a bunch of pills and drops
dead of a massive coronary on the spot.
So ask yourself this: Am
I the type of person who thinks a sex-show donkey OD'ing on blow and
pills is funny? If no, steer clear. If yes, you may proceed.
FOR A MAINSTREAM HOLLYWOOD FLICK!, 21 March 2002
tale of a soon-to-be-married guy and the Sodom and Gomorrah-style
bachelor party that his friends throw for him is like a crazy, filthy
live-action cartoon. No joke is too broad or silly, and pretty damned
funny to boot! In a film loaded with classic "guy moments," my favorite
segment has to be Tom Hanks' extremely displeased soon-to-be
father-in-law sitting him down for a serious man-to-man talk:
FATHER-IN-LAW (attempting absolute earnestness): Rick, I think you're
an asshole. And I'm afraid that my grandchildren are going to be little
Any guy who has ever had to face a father who knows
that you're nailing his daughter (and would rather see her with a farm
animal than you) can relate to that bit.
The plethora of bad
taste gags are a riot, and even my mother lost it at the sight of Nick
the Dick. Throw tastefulness to the wind and rent the last good film
that Tom Hanks made before becoming an "actor."
So funny, one of my new
favorite comedies! - 16 May 2008
have heard of Bachelor Party a couple times, once on VH1's I love the
80's and also in Clerks 2 there was a small reference. The weird thing
is, I'm more used to a dramatic Tom Hanks, other than Big and A League
of Their Own, I've never seen him in a raw comedy movie, so it was a
little weird to think of Tom Hanks as this very funny male lead in a
movie. But I decided to go ahead and give the movie a look, I have to
tell you, I haven't laughed so hard and so out loud in a movie like
this in a long time. Then I check out the rating on IMDb, 5.7?! Are you
kidding me?! This movie is just so beyond funny, I know that it is
cliché'd eighties, but come on! I just couldn't believe that anyone
else would not find this to be a funny film. If you're telling me you
did not find Brad to be funny, you have got to get your funny bone
checked because Bachelor Party is non stop laughs from beginning to end.
is about to get married to beautiful Debbie, his friends who live to
party are throwing him the biggest bachelor party they can have.
Debbie's rich and snobby family definitely don't want Rick to be apart
of their lives, so Debbie's dad will do anything, including her
ex-boyfriend, Cole, who wants her back, to split them up. But the
bachelor party night has arrived, and things are going more crazy than
the boys have expected.
Bachelor Party is seriously funny, it's
predictable and silly, especially the end, but it's all in good fun.
This is perfect 80's humor, it's the humor I miss and I'm sure others
do too, because it's raunchy but doesn't over do it and just has fun
with the audience. This cast looked like they had an ultimate blast and
Tom Hanks was just brilliant, his character could be a jerk, but such a
great guy at the same time, so he's real and likable. This is just a
funny movie that I would recommend, it's a lot of fun and the rating on
IMDb is just too harsh. Come on, let's get this rating up.
The Greatest Party Movie
Ever!!, 2 June 2000
who critiques this movie on its acting, story, or redeeming values,
well then forget it! They just don't get it! This movie was made for
laughs and that's what you get! There are only a hand full of movies
you can play at a party where everyone will stop what they are doing
and watch, some are (and take note, these movies must be seen
unedited!) "Animal House" "Blazing Saddles" and "Airplane"
the greatest one of all is "Bachelor Party" I know I have thrown a few
parties where everyone is dancing, partying, but you put this movie on
and slowly a crowd forms in front of the TV and people start laughing
and have a great time. I heard once a few years ago that Tom Hanks said
in an interview that this was his favorite movie to make because he had
so much fun making it, well it shows!
I do have to say that if
you have only seen this movie edited on TV and not on video, you are
missing out! This is one of those movies that must be seen unedited!
Holds Up All These Years
Later, 31 May 2010
first saw this movie as a kid, and being a juvenile at the time, I of
course loved the juvenile humor (not to mention the nudity). But humor
is one of those things that rarely ages well, and I fully expected all
these years later to find that the movie was rather, well, juvenile.
Very pleasantly surprised to find that it really was still funny, even
if Hanks himself is so over the top that it makes the central storyline
(Tawny Kitaen wants to marry him) unbelievable. Its silly, low brow,
and yet exuberant and consistently funny throughout. One of those
movies where everybody is having such a good time that its hard not to
yourself, and the jokes are fearlessly tasteless. Not a classic, but
still fun nearly 30 years later (has it been nearly 30 years? wow!).
married to craziness, 23
Party" is a big, stupid, pointless excuse for a movie. And it's proud
of being such. That's what makes it so great. One of the many examples
of Tom Hanks's career before he started acting in serious movies, it
portrays him getting a party thrown by his buddies the day before he
gets married. His father-in-law-to-be may try to undermine the wedding,
but this guy doesn't know what he's up against! So, while the
critic-stapo may say that Tom Hanks is now a serious actor, so these
sorts of movies are worthless, I categorically beg to differ. It's just
a nice, wacky, not-for-children excuse to have a lot of fun. And when I
say not for children, I mean that this movie isn't afraid to do
anything that it wants! I assert that it's worth seeing. You're sure to
* My favorite quotes in Bachelor Party:
Rick, let's cut through the B.S.
I'd like that.
I think you're an asshole.
you the pimp?
look like Gandhi!
got girls to sit on your face.
for spice, and the lucky spice is... paprika! "Oh thank you, thank you!
You've made me the happiest spice in the world!"
Rick Gassko: What
the hell are you doing?
slashing my wrist.
With an electric razor?
I couldn't find any razor blades.
Well at least your wrist will be smooth and kissable.
have a bachelor party with chicks and guns and fire trucks and hookers
and drugs and booze!
[when he sees the endowment on Nick the Dick]
Personally, I was impressed when they opened the World Trade Center,
but this, this is a piece of work.
The car has low mileage and handles like a dream.
Rick Gassko: Well,
so does Debbie.
[after the guys find out their porno film has been edited] Not that I'm
complaining, but I usually don't like my filth this clean.
waste of two women!
Is that the foot-long?
Nick the Dick:
And then some.
favorite scene in Bachelor Party:
Pretty much any scene with Tom Hanks is great (and I already mentioned
the famous tennis scene) but in the end I can't
get over the fact that he drives a school bus. I have always
that fact about Bachelor Party. The main character doesn't
car, he drives a school bus.
Okay, and the Monique Gabrielle scene too. I'm a
guy. Sue me.
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