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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. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

Chaos strikes when an engaged man (Hugh O'Conor), his future brother-in-law (Peter McDonald) and a group of friends go hiking in the Irish wilderness for a bachelor party.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Scott
Davin
Andrew Bennett
Big Kevin
Michael Legge
Little Kevin
Eamonn Hunt
Farmer
John Butler
Screenwriter
Peter McDonald
Screenwriter
Ferdia Murphy
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Kathy Strachan
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Critic Reviews for The Stag

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (6)

  • The Stag tries to play on its Irish comic charm and falls flat.

    January 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It succumbs to a few too many clichs and paper-thin characterizations to fulfill its potential.

    May 2, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Formulaic but effective comedy survives a performance that first threatens to overwhelm it.

    May 1, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 1, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The men bicker and bond, with old rivalries and new acceptances blossoming among the bared buttocks and breast beatings.

    March 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The trajectory of the film is predictable and the ending is horribly maudlin, but Butler makes his points about masculinity, trust and friendship in droll enough fashion.

    March 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Stag

  • Jan 12, 2016
    I think this is how you make a film about 'male bonding' without being an absolute douchebag dudebro, and sexist assholes to boot, about it like Entourage, both the series and the movie. This was quite the pleasant surprise, to be honest, I think it's better than the rating would imply. One of the things that was surprising about it is how well-written the movie actually is. Not that the characters themselves had any real depth to them, but they're likable and somewhat interesting, all of them have their own little issues, so it's not just about the hi-jinks they find themselves in during the stag weekend, though that, obviously, is a big part of it. The film does, however, follow a familiar narrative thread of these types of movies. Thankfully the gags are well-written, the acting is really quite good, particularly from Andrew Scott. Though I do wonder why the guys were so hesitant to go along on this stag trip with The Machine, the bride's brother. Other than the Machine's first scene, there's nothing about him that screams annoying or unbearable. Particularly as the movie progresses, when you do get to see a side of him that's actually really helpful and insightful. It might've been better if it was a little more gradual, but The Machine, almost immediately, starts to show off that he isn't who the guys think he is. Like have The Machine be obnoxious for a longer period of time than just the one scene and then have the gradual change, where you can see the layers sort of peeling off. But the film sort of does this without any rhyme or reason. The Machine is an asshole in one scene and then he isn't in the very next one. So I thought that could've been better handled, at least in my opinion. That's one of the few issues I had with the movie. Like I said, I do think the movie does do an effective at building a rapport with these characters without being mean-spirited about it like a lot of these films tend to do. My other big issue with the film is the fact that the third act is a little too sentimental for my tastes. I'd like say it feels earned, but parts of it aren't. Like the best man speech at the wedding was earned, everything else was a little too much for my tastes. Not that it bothered me that much, since I still really enjoyed the movie, but it was definitely a flaw. With that said, however, that didn't keep me from enjoying this movie. It's better than the rating might imply, but there's just some flaws that keep it from reaching a higher level. But if you want something that's quick and easy to digest, then this would be a good choice.
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