Total Recall: Memorable Movie Bachelor Parties

With The Hangover Part II hitting theaters, we run down some of cinema's wildest pre-marital bashes.

A Guy Thing

24%

Okay, so the Tomatometer isn't so hot, but...hey, how about that cast? A Guy Thing revolves around the laff-a-minute travails of a hapless groom-to-be (Jason Lee) who wakes up the morning after his bachelor party to discover the stripper (Julia Stiles) next to him -- and then finds out she's related to his fiancee (Selma Blair). Wackity schmackity doo! In spite of its likable stars, A Guy Thing sputtered at the box office and was pounced on by most critics, although it did have a few defenders -- including the kind-hearted Peter Howell of the Toronto Star, who called it "A bale of romantic fluff that is a lot funnier than it has any right to be."

The Hangover

79%

After all these years, you'd think there wasn't much left to add to the bachelor party subgenre, but then along comes The Hangover and throws a random assortment of animals, an enraged, effeminate Ken Jeong, a baby, and Mike Tyson into the mix. Supposedly inspired by the time the groom went missing at a real-life bachelor party attended by producer Tripp Vinson, The Hangover plunges viewers into the sandy hell that is Las Vegas the morning after a night you can't remember, with Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Bradley Cooper frantically searching for their soon-to-be-wedded pal (Justin Bartha) while trying to dodge a gangster (Jeong) and solve the mystery of Helms' missing tooth. Queried Kyle Smith of the New York Post, "Memento meets Old School? It's party time."

How to Murder Your Wife

67%

A perfect example of the sort of unrepentantly sexist comedy we only could have gotten during the swinging 1960s, How to Murder Your Wife stars Jack Lemmon as a successful cartoonist who relishes his bachelor lifestyle -- that is, until he wakes up the morning after a bachelor party and discovers, to his slowly dawning horror, that he married the stripper (played with vivacious brio by Virna Lisi). Of course, it isn't that she's a bad wife, it's just that Lemmon's character resents being domesticated, and will entertain thoughts of homicide to escape. "Believable or not, this stuff is funny just so long as one can go with the sour joke," wrote a slightly incredulous Bosley Crowther for the New York Times, adding, "and that depends upon one's tolerance of trivia and also, perhaps, upon whether one is a fellow or a girl."

The Marrying Man

10%

When Alec Baldwin gave that 2009 interview where he bemoaned his failure as an actor, he might have been thinking of this infamous turkey, which used a Neil Simon screenplay as a recipe for critical and box office disaster. Baldwin starred as Charley Pearl, a toothpaste heir who falls for a nightclub singer (Kim Basinger) during his bachelor party, quickly dumps his fiancee, and marries the new object of his heart's desire -- only to divorce her, remarry her, divorce her, remarry her...oh, you get the idea. The Marrying Man's staggeringly low Tomatometer speaks for itself, but it wasn't all bad -- Roger Ebert was one of the very few who liked it. "There's more juice in the story than I usually expect from Neil Simon," he wrote, adding, "the characters don't just trade one-liners, but get under each other's skins."

Very Bad Things

44%

Bachelor parties are supposed to be fun, right? Someone forgot to tell the guys in Very Bad Things, who end up -- whoops! -- killing the stripper (Kobe Tai). Despite what you may have heard about things staying in Vegas, the repercussions of the group's actions quickly spiral out of control, with deaths and double-crossings piling up along the way. Things' pitch-black humor and almost wholly unsympathetic protagonists were understandably off-putting for audiences, who ignored the movie during its brief theatrical run -- and while most critics were similarly unimpressed with its mean-spiritedness, Dwayne E. Leslie of Boxoffice Magazine was one of the scribes who wrote in its defense, saying that "the film wages a war against one's moral senses in a story that's unforgettable."


Take a look through the rest of our Total Recall archives. And don't forget to check out the reviews for The Hangover Part II.

Finally, here's the trailer for Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation:

Comments

seanmprd78

Sean Guyon

Very Bad Things gets a bad rap. It's just really, really dark humor.

May 25 - 05:01 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Agreed, it was better than it's rating would imply. It's just that half the reviewers are sissy-boys and women.

May 25 - 05:26 PM

Aurora B.

Aurora Bellard

because all women are alike, right?

May 25 - 06:03 PM

Lilwookiee

Dana Frakes

I was one of the 10 people that saw this in the theatre and have seen it multiple times since. I have never understood why people don't appreciate it. I find it to be very funny and I appreciate how dark it is.

May 27 - 07:15 AM

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May 29 - 06:12 PM

Matthew T.

Matthew Thomas

That wasn't dark humor, that was just dark. Unnecessarily and almost depressingly dark.

May 25 - 09:42 PM

Kairu A.

Kairu And

whollly disagree, it was dark humor, that is what dark humor is. I think you matt t, along with all those who've avoided and/or disenjoyed this flick in the past simply don't know how to enjoy full on dark humor. I laughed my ass off

May 27 - 01:04 PM

Kairu A.

Kairu And

whollly disagree, it was dark humor, that is what dark humor is. I think you matt t, along with all those who've avoided and/or disenjoyed this flick in the past simply don't know how to enjoy full on dark humor. I laughed my ass off

May 27 - 01:06 PM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

I love it as well. When Daniel Stern loses it with the kids, so do I. "WILL YOU SHUT UP ABOUT THE FUCKING WHIZZERS!!!"

May 27 - 01:24 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Agreed, it was better than it's rating would imply. It's just that half the reviewers are sissy-boys and women.

May 25 - 05:26 PM

Aurora B.

Aurora Bellard

because all women are alike, right?

May 25 - 06:03 PM

Lilwookiee

Dana Frakes

I was one of the 10 people that saw this in the theatre and have seen it multiple times since. I have never understood why people don't appreciate it. I find it to be very funny and I appreciate how dark it is.

May 27 - 07:15 AM

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May 29 - 06:12 PM

Aurora B.

Aurora Bellard

because all women are alike, right?

May 25 - 06:03 PM

doomzdavo

Doomz Davo

Tom Hanks was great in Bachelor Party. Not sure how well it holds up these days. I saw it when I was a kid. But American Wedding's bachelor party was surprisingly lame for the standards set by the series. There were a few laughs, but I guess the producers decided to focus more on the wedding aspect of the story. Maybe they'll milk the Reunion for what it's worth.

May 25 - 06:16 PM

Jake D.

Jake Doss

Bachelor Party holds up, better than you'd expect it to.

May 26 - 12:47 PM

kingjames10

James Mayer

Nothings close to Bachelor Party. A Donkey, hookers, drugs, sex, fights, pimps, 80's music, strip clubs, horney Asians, car modification, weapons and Tom/Tawny at their best! Don't talk about these cookie cutter clean little teeny bopper movies. Very Bad Things was a good one to

May 27 - 03:38 PM

Alex  T.

Alex Tracy

Seems like some of these titles are a bit of a stretch calling them "bachelor parties"

May 25 - 08:36 PM

Randal Graves

Taylor White

Clerks II is overrated! The characters aren't even realistic!

May 25 - 09:36 PM

doomzdavo

Doomz Davo

Says the guy with the Clerks 2 profile pic. lol

May 25 - 11:20 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

marbe we should start a new trend....profile pic. our least favourite film.....

May 26 - 01:51 PM

Matthew T.

Matthew Thomas

That wasn't dark humor, that was just dark. Unnecessarily and almost depressingly dark.

May 25 - 09:42 PM

Kairu A.

Kairu And

whollly disagree, it was dark humor, that is what dark humor is. I think you matt t, along with all those who've avoided and/or disenjoyed this flick in the past simply don't know how to enjoy full on dark humor. I laughed my ass off

May 27 - 01:04 PM

Kairu A.

Kairu And

whollly disagree, it was dark humor, that is what dark humor is. I think you matt t, along with all those who've avoided and/or disenjoyed this flick in the past simply don't know how to enjoy full on dark humor. I laughed my ass off

May 27 - 01:06 PM

Danny H.

Danny Hall

Mostly crappy movies just like the second Hangover.

May 25 - 10:15 PM

Supachewy

Jeffrey Cooperhouse

Burned!

May 26 - 03:12 PM

Dean W.

Dean Wirth

Hangover 2 was great you just didn't like it

May 30 - 06:28 AM

Mikey T.

Mikey Tomyn

A Guy Thing was one of the worst jason lee movies in my opinion. but Tom Hanks in Bachelor Party is a classic come on people from the past why give such an awesome movie a 50 % but hey the second B. Party was shit. hahaha I"M DRUNK AS FUCK!!!! Oh god my mom is behind me. ..... wack.....

May 25 - 10:44 PM

doomzdavo

Doomz Davo

Says the guy with the Clerks 2 profile pic. lol

May 25 - 11:20 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

marbe we should start a new trend....profile pic. our least favourite film.....

May 26 - 01:51 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Well I think people should just leave the sub-genre alone based on the RT scores for the majority of these movies. The only one's that looked great were The Hangover because it's the only one over 70% and How to Murder Your Wife because it has Jack Lemmon in it. Just saying. :/

May 26 - 12:44 AM

Dave J

Dave J

I agree- this is not exactly a popular genre for me, either! I know they're better ones than the ones listed here, but I don't really care for remembering what they're or to look them up!

May 26 - 12:05 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I agree- this is not exactly a popular genre for me, either! I know they're better ones than the ones listed here, but I don't really care for remembering what they're or to look them up!

May 26 - 12:05 PM

Jake D.

Jake Doss

Bachelor Party holds up, better than you'd expect it to.

May 26 - 12:47 PM

kingjames10

James Mayer

Nothings close to Bachelor Party. A Donkey, hookers, drugs, sex, fights, pimps, 80's music, strip clubs, horney Asians, car modification, weapons and Tom/Tawny at their best! Don't talk about these cookie cutter clean little teeny bopper movies. Very Bad Things was a good one to

May 27 - 03:38 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

marbe we should start a new trend....profile pic. our least favourite film.....

May 26 - 01:51 PM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

Actually, one of the best bachelor party movies is a no-budget indie film called Night Before the Wedding. Not laugh out loud funny, but has some humorous moments and is thought provoking.

May 26 - 01:56 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

coming from the guy who gave Harold Ramis' Caddyshack (with Bill Murry, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Ted Knight, AND THE GOPHER) a 50% . . .how could you? (The Gopher alone makes Caddyshack a 60 % at least)

May 26 - 02:37 PM

Marc

marc harrriman

Sideways is a glaring omission to this list - and should be at the very top of it.

May 26 - 02:07 PM

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