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The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014)




Critic Consensus: The Bachelor Weekend offers nothing new on the narrative front, but its strong ensemble cast and well-written gags more than compensate for any lack of originality.

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This is a laugh-out-loud comedy that's also big on heart - a hilarious take on modern male friendship, bonding and brotherhood, set in rural Irelandbachelor party weekend takes some unexpected detours in this hilarious and heartfelt Irish comedy, about a foppish groom-to-be (Hugh O'Conor) who reluctantly agrees to go on a camping trip before his nuptials. But when his fiancee's alpha-male brother, nicknamed "The Machine," unexpectedly turns up, all concepts of masculinity are challenged - and a leisurely weekend in the great outdoors takes a turn for the worse.(c) Tribecamore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: John Butler, Peter McDonald
In Theaters:
Tribeca Films - Official Site


Peter McDonald
as The Machine
Michael Legge
as Little Kevin
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Critic Reviews for The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag)

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (3)

Formulaic but effective comedy survives a performance that first threatens to overwhelm it.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Though formulaic and cartoonish, this feel-good comedy... is the sort of harmless entertainment that fuels inactive evenings in front of the tube and helps pass the time on long flights.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
Top Critic

The Stag is formulaic and schmaltzy, and its endless 'gay' jokes jar with its warm-hearted message - but it coasts along on an undeniable likeability.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

The script turns decidedly adult at times, but the content, themes and dilemmas and childish sense of fun almost give this more in common with Nativity 2 than The Hangover series.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

this brisk and deadpan character study has such charm, and such bite, that the familiar tropes rise above the cliché.

Full Review… | May 18, 2014
Killer Movie Reviews

Weekend does a fine job avoiding expectations, while the cast is simply perfect, managing pathos and punchlines with superb timing and feeling.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014

Audience Reviews for The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag)

I somehow ran across this title after review of the title 'Calvary' (2014), another film from the Irish Film Board that I was impressed with. I was quite delighted with this tale of a bachelor stag gone awry, that didn't take the low road of comedy, as the infamous 'Hangover' Trilogy.

Long time friends Davin and Fionan find themselves planning and impromptu stag party for the rather effeminate and polite groom. What starts off as a simple little camping trip between 5 friends turns into a rather long evening of mishaps, bad decisions, and inconveniences. Enter 'The Machine,' brilliantly played by Peter McDonald, the grooms soon to be brother in-law, and a character of insulting bravado, who acts as an instigator throughout the film. Things begin nicely enough, but little by little, plans get skewed and they all end up off course.

What made this film such a pleasure was how real the whole situation seems. If you've ever been hiking with friends, you learn very quickly who are the capable friends, and who are not. This film delightfully plays into this idea, when friendships are tested out in the wilderness after a few slight mishaps. At no point did this film scream fake, and I found myself laughing along with the banter. Each character brings a little bit of their own humour in this film, and each personality was perfect for their role. The run on jokes are timed very well, and even though you know they might be coming, they still deliver laughs.

A great heartfelt comedy, funny and smart throughout.


Though formulaic and cartoonish, this feel-good comedy... is the sort of harmless entertainment that fuels inactive evenings in front of the tube and helps pass the time on long flights.

This film was even better than I expected...I had expected it to be a sort of "journey comedy" story, mostly focusing on the difficulty of having the Bride's brother "The Machine" at The Stag party. (Why they felt they had to rename this for the US market is beyond me. They do call them Stags here, too...)

Well, it's much more than just a comedy, it's ... sort of like a Hollywood buddy comedy --the type where things keep going wrong and the fun is seeing our heros react to them--got crossed with an Independent film about a group of men who get together on a weekend and, through adversity and unexpected honesty, they all become much closer--and somehow it mixes these two 'genres' together very lightly so you have a very funny, but also very touching film that, due to the addition of more serious material becomes much more memorable and special. Andrew Scott easily carries out his leading man duties, and there are a few scenes --one in particular where he sings by the fire, and the song is essentially an exposition of his character's history and secret... the amount of emotion and 'story' told simply by his body language and expressions during that song was incredible. Really recommend this one, it was fun. I'll be buying it on DVD (and if they don't release it on DVD in the US, I'll just buy the UK version.)

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