Time: 101 mins.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
I know, I know, I shouldn't have expected much from a film about a single guy who has to get married to receive his hefty inheritance, but the cast suckered me in. I really like Chris O'Donnell and I figured that his first foray back onto the screen after several years absence would be something he was really excited to do. Granted it's the first time he's ever really been cast as the leading man and that may have been why he choose this film. However, after making this flick, he may not get another chance. He definitely has the charm and chops to be a big star, but if he keeps picking crap like this he will never jump to the A-list.
THE BACHELOR has it's moments, many of them due to the talent of O'Donnell, but they are few and far between. However, what really makes this film not work is the total lack of chemistry between O'Donnell and Zellweger. This is not entirely their fault. The way their characters meet is not only contrived and stupid, but that initial scene is basically all we get to see of their supposed relationship. The film then plays for another 5 minutes or so with O'Donnell giving a voice over about his friends being suckered into marriage, which he's petrified Anne (Zellweger) is after as well. It's obvious from the get go that Jimmy/O'Donnell doesn't want to get married. What isn't made clear is why he and Anne are in love in the first place. The movie hinges on the fact that even though he doesn't want to marry her, that she's still the woman for him. Maybe if we were ever given a reason why, besides the fact that she's the most beautiful girl in the film, his fight to regain her love would seem more worthwhile.
Jimmy proposes to Anne after she catches the bouquet at a friend's wedding. They've been dating for 3 years and he feels they're at that point in their relationship where you either take the next step or break up, which is essentially what he says during his proposal. It's pretty obvious to Anne that though he loves her, he is in no way ready to be married. She refuses and supposedly leaves town on an assignment.